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Why Russia Is Trying to Stop Macedonia From Changing its Name

September 19, 2018 There is plenty to consider when a country decides to change its name. What impact, for example, will it have on its government institutions, its passports, or its currency? Will the change affect its national airline or its sports teams? How does a country go about registering its new name...

The Trump-Putin Summit: What the Europeans Fear

June 29, 2018 French President Emmanuel Macron has done it. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has done it. Yet when it was confirmed Thursday that President Trump would be meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Europeans could be forgiven for not greeting it like a routine get-together. After all, there is a context. Trump...

The Foreign Leaders Trump Favors

April 23, 2018 He’s been known as the “French Obama” to some, and the Roman god “Jupiter” to others. But this week, French President Emmanuel Macron has earned himself a new nickname: “Trump Whisperer.” The French president was anointed with the new moniker on the eve of his visit to Washington, where this...

From 'Give Me a Break' to 'Get Ready'

April 12, 2018 The progression of President Trump’s reaction to the latest reported chemical-weapons attack on the Damascus suburb of Douma is less straight line than seesaw. On Sunday, the president warned Syrian Bashar al-Assad’s regime and its backers in Russia and Iran that there would be a “big price to pay” for...

Cold War Tactics Return to Britain

March 15, 2018 The last time the United Kingdom moved to expel Russian diplomats en masse, it was during the depths of the Cold War. The defection of a top KGB officer in 1971 revealed the scope of the Soviet Union’s espionage apparatus in the U.K., prompting the British government to banish 91...

The Problem of Securing London's Tube

September 15, 2017 At least 19 people were hospitalized Friday after an explosion went off on one of London’s underground rail lines, in an incident British authorities are treating as an act of terrorism. The explosion took place at approximately 8:20 a.m. local time on the District line near London’s Southwest Parsons Green...

What Does It Mean for North Korea to Fly a Missile Over Japan?

August 29, 2017 North Korea staged its 18th, and perhaps most provocative, missile test of the year Monday night Eastern Time over Japan’s northernmost main island, following a month in which North Korean and American leaders have traded threats. The missile, whose launch was confirmed by the Pentagon and South Korea’s joint chiefs...

North Korea Answers Trump's Vague Threats With Specific Ones

August 10, 2017 President Trump seemed to draw a red line Tuesday when he warned North Korea that continued threats against the United States would be met with “fire and fury like the world has never seen.” The next day, North Korea crossed it. Or it at least it announced, in unusually specific...

St. Louis to Remove Its Confederate Monument

June 27, 2017 The city of St. Louis announced Monday an agreement to dismantle its controversial Confederate monument by the end of the week. The memorial is one of the latest Civil War-era structures to be targeted for removal, as cities across the country push to dismantle statues and monuments honoring the war’s...

Is ISIS More Violent During Ramadan?

June 26, 2017 As Muslims observe Eid al-Fitr, the three-day festival marking the end of Ramadan, they celebrate the completion of a monthlong period of fasting, self-reflection, and spiritual renewal. It also marks the end of a holy month marred by several tragedies, from the attack in London that killed eight people to...