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Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people storm the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6.

The Capitol Coup Attempt Was the Far-Right’s Opening Shot

Jan. 6 was a classic example of propaganda by the deed—a revolutionary approach favored by everyone from 19th-century anarchists to Osama bin Laden.

Cars pass beneath an electronic billboard depicting Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and the phrase “Together we can” in Cairo on Jan. 15.

Sisi’s Last Stand

The Egyptian president enjoyed relative impunity during the Trump years. Now, an uptick in repression at home—and criticism from abroad—may end up spelling his downfall.

An Iranian woman wearing a protective mask walks past a mural painted on the outer walls of the former U.S. embassy in Tehran, on Dec. 30, 2020.

What a New Iran Nuclear Deal Really Requires

To get Washington’s Gulf partners on board, Biden needs an actual strategy for protecting them and ways to make them contribute to it.

Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan and Nayef Falah al-Hajraf, the secretary-general of the Gulf Cooperation Council, in al-Ula, Saudi Arabia, on Jan. 5.

The Qatar Blockade Is Over, but the Gulf Crisis Lives On

Efforts at regional reconciliation have done nothing to address the core differences that divide Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain.

Protesters prepare to burn an effigy of Chinese President Xi Jinping during an anti-China protest in Siliguri, India, on June 17, 2020.

Why Attempts to Build a New Anti-China Alliance Will Fail

The big strategic game in Asia isn’t military but economic.

In a photo released by Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense on May 11, 2018, a Taiwanese Air Force fighter jet flies near a Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force bomber that reportedly flew over the Luzon Strait south of Taiwan during an exercise.

Beijing’s Welcome Gift to Biden: More Threats and Tensions

If China is seeking a reset of relations, it has a strange way of showing it.

Flags of different countries hang from a house  in Aylesbury, United Kingdom, on May 8, 2020.

This Is the Year Democracies Fight Back

Liberal states have been on the defensive for too long.

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas meets with with Jordanian King Abdullah on March 31, 2013 in Ramallah, West Bank.

Don’t Pursue Saudi-Israeli Peace at Jordan’s Expense

The Hashemite Kingdom views custodianship of Jerusalem’s holy sites as a core national interest. Rumors that Riyadh is seeking to displace Amman would humiliate and weaken the Jordanian monarchy and endanger regional security.

A souvenir shop displays Matryoshka dolls featuring Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump in Moscow on Dec. 3, 2019.

You Can’t Blame Russia for Trump

America’s reality TV autocrat was a homegrown creation.

Police detain a protester during a rally in support of jailed opposition leader Alexey Navalny in Moscow on Jan. 23.

Putin Has Learned From Belarus in Handling the Navalny Protests

The Russian regime has barely started to tap its vast toolkit for violence and intimidation.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits a vaccination facility in the Israeli Arab city of Nazareth on Jan. 13.

Israel’s Arabs May Help Netanyahu Avoid Trump’s Miserable Fate

Netanyahu is courting Arab voters in a bid to win the election, curry favor with Biden, save the Abraham Accords, and stay out of prison.

As a presidential candidate, Joe Biden pays his respects to fallen service members on Memorial Day at Delaware Memorial Bridge Veteran’s Memorial Park in New Castle, Delaware, on May 25, 2020.

Biden Must Rethink the American Way of War

Fighting drags on because it places too little burden on the public and politicians. That has to change.

An Indian Army convoy carrying reinforcements and supplies drives toward Leh on a highway bordering China in Gagangir, India, on Sept. 2, 2020.

India Can’t Say It Wants U.S. Help Against China

The Sikkim clash and a declassified Indo-Pacific strategy raise tough questions for New Delhi.

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