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French President Emmanuel Macron takes part in a military ceremony before the official launch of the new French nuclear submarine "Suffren" built by Naval Group at the French naval base on July 12, 2019, in Cherbourg, France.

How France Can Avoid Being Reduced to a Symbolic Power

After AUKUS, the French face the same fate on the world stage as the British unless they pursue EU strategic autonomy led from Brussels rather than Paris.

Christian Lindner, head of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) arrives for a press conference the day after elections in the eastern German states of Brandenburg and Saxony on September 2, 2019 in Berlin.

The Next Big Player in the Global Economy Is Christian Lindner

Three Germans are running to replace Angela Merkel—but it's someone else who might end up with the most influence.

Biden meets with Modi and other Quad leaders

AUKUS, the Quad, and India’s Strategic Pivot

As Joe Biden and Narendra Modi meet in Washington, the business of balancing China enters a serious phase.

Hong Konger Chief Executive Carrie Lam meets reporters.

Hong Kong’s National Security Promises Were All Hollow

The Beijing-backed law is now used to crush dissent across the board.

French President Emmanuel Macron gestures next to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping following their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris on March 26, 2019.

Europeans Want to Stay Out of the New Cold War

New polling shows that Europeans think a struggle between Washington and Beijing is unavoidable—but want no part of it.

Police officers patrol by the wreckage of a car at the scene of suicide car bomb attack that targeted the city's police commissioner in Mogadishu, on July 10.

Could Somalia Be the Next Afghanistan?

A similar rapid collapse of state institutions awaits if Somali elites and Western governments don’t alter their approach.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi remotely addresses the U.N.

Separate the Iran Deal From Regional Security Negotiations

U.S. allies have already taken the initiative on regional issues. Insisting on a package deal could permanently derail nuclear talks.

Taliban fighters pass a billboard in Kabul.

The Myth of Moderate Jihadis

The unspoken pact between Washington and anti-Islamic State jihadi groups is a short-sighted move that will reward extremists.

A polling station in Moscow

Putin’s Party Is Preparing for a Post-Majority Future

Slow shifts in the Russian electorate are making dominance harder—so United Russia is changing the rules.

Then-presidential candidate Joe Biden

When the White House Changed Hands, It Changed Tone but Not Policies

Whether snubbing allies, abusing tariffs, or expelling refugees, the Biden administration at eight months looks little changed from Trump’s.

U.S. President Joe Biden meets with his national security team.

Is Joe Biden Missing a Team of Rivals?

The U.S. president appointed longtime staffers to his most powerful foreign-policy roles—and is now suffering the consequences.

Biden and Macron at NATO in Brussels

Don’t Underestimate the AUKUS Rift With France

Paris doesn’t speak for Europe, but it can disrupt transatlantic ties.

Afghan refugees arrive at Dulles International Airport

Throw a Lifeline to the Afghans Left Behind

This week’s U.N. General Assembly provides an opportunity to assist the minorities, activists, women, and girls still in Afghanistan.

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