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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.

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.

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.

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.

Fighters from the former al-Nusra Front listen to a speech.

The Middle East’s Jihadis Are Copying the Taliban Model

Islamist groups are hoping that a turn to local jihad will win them international legitimacy.

A man dressed in a blue tunic and pants gazes out over a view of the city through peaked arches atop a high building.

How Not to Lose the Peace in Afghanistan

A U.N. peacekeeping mission could help avert civil war.

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.

Taliban fighters in Afghanistan

Why the Taliban Won’t Quit al Qaeda

Don’t expect the Taliban to compromise their terrorist allies.

Zeynab Serekaniye’s grave

Turkey Capitalizes on Afghanistan Distraction to Attack Kurdish Forces in Syria

Turkish airstrikes in Syria have escalated over the last month as the world concentrates on a different crisis.

Pakistan International Airlines plane takes off from Kabul

China and Pakistan See Eye to Eye on the Taliban—Almost

They share economic and geopolitical interests in Afghanistan, but counterterrorism could be a wrench.

People celebrate in the streets with members of Guinea's armed forces

Denounce Guinea’s Coup—and Incumbent Leaders’ Abuses of Power

Africa’s regional organizations won’t be taken seriously if they regularly denounce military juntas while tolerating constitutional coups.

The Royal Australian Navy submarine HMAS Ranki

Australia Badly Needs Nuclear Submarines

The country’s maritime scope, and China’s rise, makes the AUKUS deal a no brainer.

Members of the Taliban

The Taliban Don’t Need the West

Afghanistan’s new rulers have shown themselves to be skilled—and ruthless—diplomats.

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