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Like it or not, diplomacy is all about backroom deals.
The BRICS were well poised to rival the West's control of the global economy. But while they grapple with economic slowdowns and rising social tensions, other blocs of developing economies are rising to the fore.
In their latest deal to fight ISIS, Washington and Turkey are treating the Middle East's largest stateless minority like pawns. That's a huge mistake.
Somehow a disagreement over Ukraine has morphed into Nazi armies poised on the Polish border, or Soviet armored divisions threatening to overrun Western Europe.
A smaller, more accurate bomb can contribute to the longevity of the U.S. nuclear weapons program.
The landmark U.S. disability rights legislation became the basis for an international treaty embraced by much of the world — but not, ironically, by the U.S. itself.
Barack Obama is headed to Ethiopia. Will he speak up for the journalists and activists locked up by Washington's "war on terror" ally?
From Athens to Tehran, powerful countries make the rules and break the rules. Everyone else just squeezes the best deal they can — for now, anyway.
The unfolding intervention against the Islamic State shows that oil doesn't just guide U.S. foreign policy. It constrains our ways of thinking about it.
People from Seattle to Fiji are filing lawsuits over global warming — and they just might have a case.