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News Analysis
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News Analysis
The Future of Saad Hariri

The Lebanese prime minister’s resignation points to a new Saudi strategy in the region.

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The Black Box of Saudi Politics

Is Mohammed bin Salman’s surprise purge an anti-corruption drive or a consolidation of power? It could be both.

Toward a Civil War in Northern Iraq

With the Iraqi government’s move to retake Kirkuk, it’s time for the U.S. to start planning for just how bad things could get.

Counting Carbon
America’s Emissions Are Still Declining Under Trump

The EIA projects US energy-related greenhouse gas emissions will continue to fall this year.

European Disunion
Cracks Widen in Catalonia

In forcing Catalonia to clarify its intentions on independence, Madrid is chipping away at the separatists’ facade of unity.

Development and Its Discontents
How Effective Is China’s Foreign Aid?

A new data dive offers mixed evidence, confirming some prevailing narratives and confounding others.

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Echo Chamber Redux
The Shameful State of Debate on the Iran Deal

Americans deserve in-depth commentary and analysis about the merits and faults of the Iran nuclear deal. They are not getting it.

Spy Games
Politico: China Abducted American With Impunity

Another disturbing chapter in the Obama-era spy wars.

Climate Solutions
Burying Carbon in Iceland

A Swiss company is attempting to capture CO2 from the air and turn it into stone.

Pressuring Pyongyang
The Bittersweet Fruits of Trump’s North Korea Policy

The administration is notching a series of tactical victories in isolating Pyongyang—but in service of a strategic objective that is widely seen as unachievable.

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