Presidents leave. Czars stick around.
History offers clues about the likely course of a dangerous dynamic in east Asia.
Even without them, the Kim regime can menace its immediate neighborhood—or sell nuclear material to rogue states.
China’s leader is determined to turn his country into “the biggest player in the history of the world.” Can he do it while avoiding a dangerous collision with America?
China and the U.S. are each intent on greatness. Those visions may not be compatible.
It isn’t enough for a commander in chief to invite friendly academics to dinner. The U.S. could avoid future disaster if policy makers started looking more to the past.
How the nuclear agreement looks in the country where its consequences are the gravest
The statesman understood something most diplomats don’t: history—and how to apply it.
In 12 of 16 past cases in which a rising power has confronted a ruling power, the result has been bloodshed.
It’s impossible to “solve” the Iranian nuclear threat. This agreement is the next best thing.
Decades of arms-control deals reinforce Nietzsche’s warning: “The most common form of human stupidity is forgetting what one is trying to do.”
A decades-old treaty offers clues to evaluating the potential deal with Iran.
Assessing the impact of the accord in three charts
Singapore's late leader governed undemocratically but effectively. Which raises a question: What is the ultimate purpose of government?
America is partnering with Iran to fight the Islamic State, whether the U.S. admits it or not.
Assessing the similarities and differences between 1914 and 2014
Establishing zones free of nuclear-weapons material would address one of the gravest threats to global security.
Want to understand the significance of the agreement? Channel your inner football fan.
Six ways the U.S. can really punish Assad
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