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Economics’ Biggest Success Story Is a Cautionary Tale
Field experiments now dominate development economics—often at the expense of the world’s poor.
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Trudeau Scrapes Through
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has proved himself an unbelievably resilient politician. At the end of the race, which ran just over a month but felt to many like an eternity, Trudeau showed that nothing could pull him all the way down. Not a
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Iran Is Losing the Middle East, Protests in Lebanon and Iraq Show
In less than a month, demonstrations against corruption and a lack of economic reform erupted in both Iraq and Lebanon. In both countries, the unprecedented protests, which rocked Shiite towns and cities, have revealed that Iran’s system for exerting
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Fighting Continues in Syria as Russia Brokers New Deal
Clashes between Syrian Kurdish fighters and Turkish-backed forces continued across northern Syria this week despite a U.S.-brokered pause in the fighting that is expected to expire Tuesday, as both sides staked claims along the contested border with
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Turkey’s Cease-Fire Set to Expire
Here is today’s Foreign Policy brief: The Turkish and Russian leaders meet as Turkey’s cease-fire in northern Syria is set to expire, workers join Chile’s protests in solidarity, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives up on forming a coalition i
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Africa’s “Civil Wars” Are Regional Nightmares
Long considered domestic issues, the continent’s battles are really international contests for influence and power.
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Why Trolling Can Win You a Nobel Prize for Literature
Peter Handke’s greatest aesthetic strength is his biggest intellectual weakness: the absence of all political and psychological depth.
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Lebanon’s Year of Fire
From self-immolations to forest blazes, the country’s conflagrations are igniting pan-sectarian protests.
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China’s Surveillance State Has Tens of Millions of New Targets
So-called key individuals, from drug addicts to religious believers, are singled out in police databases.
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U.S. Plan to Guard Syrian Oil Fields Sows Confusion
Officials and experts say the proposal may be a way to sell Trump on keeping a residual force in Syria.
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Germany Chooses China Over the West
Berlin’s refusal to shut Huawei out of its 5G networks weakens Europe’s prospects of standing up to Beijing.
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Turkey’s Crackdown on Kurdish Mayors Could Backfire
The country’s offensive in northern Syria was preceded by the suppression of the Kurdish political movement at home.
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How Maxime Bernier Lost His Seat
Canada’s nationalist People’s Party has run a familiar populist playbook — and ended up a joke.
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Our Top Weekend Reads
Suspected white phosphorus attacks in Syria, sanctions take their toll on Chinese firms, and Britain debates Boris Johnson’s new Brexit deal.
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Why the United States Is So Bad at Peace Talks
Even when the country wants a deal, at least four largely psychological impediments get in the way.
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Here’s What Boris Johnson’s New Brexit Deal Would Mean for Britain and Ireland
After weeks of painstaking negotiations between representatives of the European Union and the British government, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has struck a deal detailing the nature of his country’s relationship with the EU after its scheduled d
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Xinjiang Backlash Is Hitting Chinese Firms Hard
The United States has slapped sanctions on companies tied to Chinese repression. That may be just the start.
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Lithuania Is Forming a New Relationship With Its Past—and With Israel
As political ties flourish, the country is taking tenuous steps to confront its Holocaust history. But it hasn’t gone far enough.
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America’s Syria Debacle Is Not Trump’s Alone
By going along with the myth that the president is pulling out of the Middle East, his critics are helping make U.S. wars there worse.
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Trump Can Forget Burden Sharing Now
By abandoning the Kurds in Syria, Trump has undermined one of his central foreign policies.
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Senior State Official Accused of Mismanagement to Step Down
Kevin Moley, the top U.S. diplomat overseeing international organizations affairs, will retire next month.
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Trump’s Next Envoy to Russia Has a Mountain to Climb
First John Sullivan must get through Congress, which wants to question him about Ukraine. Then he must deal with a hostile Moscow.
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Will Brexit Stumble Over Northern Ireland Again?
On Thursday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced that the United Kingdom and the European Union had finally reached a Brexit deal, which will see Britain pay the EU as much as $50 billi
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Parliament Is Skeptical About Boris’s Brexit Deal
Still, if the new agreement fails to gain approval, the public may not blame Johnson at the polls.
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China’s Record on Intellectual Property Rights Is Getting Better and Better
The country is making the transition from net importer of ideas to net innovator, and as it does, it is finding that good patent laws matter.
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Fighting Continues in Syria Despite Cease-Fire Agreement
The tentative agreement negotiated by the United States was seen as a major victory for Ankara.
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Assad Is Now Syria’s Best-Case Scenario
The ruthless Syrian dictator is guilty of countless war crimes—and regrettably represents his country’s least bad remaining option.
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Turkish Proxies Appear to Be Using White Phosphorus in Syria
Turkish-backed forces appear to be using munitions loaded with white phosphorus—a chemical that can maim and kill when it comes in contact with human flesh—in their violent campaign against Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, Foreign Policy has learn
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Why is Turkey Fighting Syria’s Kurds?
Turkey’s president says Syrian Kurdish fighters are terrorists—but he’s a very unreliable narrator.
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Turkey Advances on Kobani in Latest Broken Promise
Erdogan told Trump he would not attack the symbolically important Kurdish-held town in northern Syria.
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