WSJ Opinion: Foreign Edition
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1
Brazil's Electoral Upset; Germany's Changing Le...
Joseph C. Sternberg and Mary Anastasia O'Grady discuss Brazilian voters' revolt against corruption and Angela Merkel's political decline.
24 min
2
Saudi Arabia's Many Tall Tales; Global Economy ...
Joseph C. Sternberg and Hugo Restall discuss Riyadh's inability to get its story straight on Jamal Khashoggi's murder and turmoil in global financial markets.
22 min
3
Bavarians Revolt; Beijing Represses
Joseph C. Sternberg and Hugo Restall discuss Bavarian voters' rebuke to Angela Merkel and Beijing's repression of its Muslim minority.
24 min
4
Beijing Expands Its Reach Abroad, America Responds
Joseph C. Sternberg and Hugo Restall discuss a missing Interpol official, a journalist kicked out of Hong Kong, and a new Trump strategy on China.
25 min
5
Britain's Parties Search for Message, London Se...
Joseph C. Sternberg and Robert Colvile catch up on Britain's annual party convention season, and weigh the next challenging few weeks in Britain's divorce from the European Union.
23 min
6
Trump Back in Love With Kim Jong Un; Merkel's G...
Joseph C. Sternberg and Hugo Restall discuss Trump's overture to North Korea, and the beginning of the end of Merkel's long reign in Berlin.
25 min
7
Trump Visits United Nations and Gets a Chuckle
Joseph C. Sternberg and Hugo Restall discuss whether there's a Trump Doctrine, why Europe is obstructing Washington on Iran.
24 min
8
Shots Fired in Trump's Trade War; More Brexit M...
Joseph C. Sternberg and Hugo Restall on what winning a trade war with China means, and why Theresa May can't pick a Brexit plan and stick to it.
24 min
9
'Fort Trump' in Poland, and Staring Down Modern...
Joseph C. Sternberg and Elisabeth Braw on Poland's plan to name a fort after Donald Trump, and what 'deterrence' means in an age of cyber threats.
27 min
10
Asia Avoids a Crisis; Britain Falls Into One
Joseph C. Sternberg and Hugo Restall on how East Asia has avoided the current emerging-market contagion, and why a Brexit deal for Britain is so elusive with only six months to go.
23 min
11
What European Voters Want
Joseph C. Sternberg and Sophia Gaston on how voters really feel about immigration, and why politicians keep missing the point.
25 min
12
Sweden Speaks; Progress (or Not) in North Korea
Joseph C. Sternberg and Hugo Restall on European politics in turmoil and Asian diplomacy in confusion.
23 min
13
The Bolivar Crisis; Iran Sanctions' 'Afghan Eff...
Mary Kissel and Steve Hanke on Venezuela's devaluation and how money dies.
21 min
14
Belt-and-Road Roadblocks; Xinjiang's 'Re-Educat...
Mary Kissel and Hugo Restall on resistance to China's debt-trap diplomacy and the Communist Party's religious repression campaign.
20 min
15
Syrian Civil War Update; ISIS's Resurgence
Mary Kissel and Jennifer Cafarella on the Assad regime's winning streak and implications for U.S. foreign policy.
22 min
16
Turkey's Downward Spiral; Erdogan's Hostage Dip...
Mary Kissel and Eric Edelman on a new nadir in U.S.-Turkey ties and Ankara's search for a financial savior.
22 min
17
Pakistan's Coming Crisis; China's Internment Camps
Mary Kissel and Hugo Restall on the fiscal squeeze on Islamabad and Beijing's campaign against the Uighurs.
18 min
18
Britain's Burqa Debate; The Skripal Sanctions
Mary Kissel and Nile Gardiner on Tory Party political correctness and Prime Minister Theresa May's response to Russian aggression.
22 min
19
Saudi Arabia-Canada Spat; The War In Yemen
Mary Kissel and Karen Elliott House on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's political maneuvers and Iran's threat to the Kingdom.
21 min
20
North Korea Sanctions Loopholes; China's 'Unite...
Mary Kissel and Hugo Restall on the Secretary of State's entreaties to Asian allies and Chinese interference in Australian affairs.
21 min
21
Zimbabwe's Election; South Africa's Expropriati...
Mary Kissel and Frans Cronje on Harare's rigged election and South Africa's attack on property rights.
22 min
22
Iran's Economic Crises; Trump and Tehran Talks
Mary Kissel and Behnam Ben Taleblu on Iran's monetary and fiscal distress and President Trump's offer to talk 'without preconditions.'
22 min
23
Cambodia's Rigged Election; Taiwan Tug-of-War
Mary Kissel and Hugo Restall on Hun Sen's authoritarian regime and China's latest bid to isolate Taipei.
21 min
24
U.S.-E.U. Trade Next Steps; NAFTA Update
Mary Kissel and Dan Ikenson on the Trump-Juncker trade agenda and the status of U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade talks.
21 min
25
China's Bad Medicine; Beijing's Growth Slowdown
Mary Kissel and Hugo Restall on a major vaccination scandal and disagreements in Beijing about economic policy.
21 min
26
Pompeo's Iran Speech; Juncker Goes to Washington
Mary Kissel and Joseph Sternberg on truth-telling about Iran's corrupt regime, and a preview of U.S.-E.U. trade talks.
21 min
27
Putin's Enemy Number One
Mary Kissel and Bill Browder on the Magnitsky Act and President Trump's Russia policy.
22 min
28
Japan-EU Trade Deal; Pakistan Election Preview
Mary Kissel and Hugo Restall on a new free trade agreement and the dangers of Pakistan's upcoming general election.
19 min
29
The Trump-Putin Summit; Brexit Regrets
Mary Kissel and Joseph Sternberg on the Helsinki summit and more turmoil within Britain's Tory party.
20 min
30
The Future of NATO; Putin's Helsinki Plan
Mary Kissel and Toomas Hendrik Ilves on the security alliance's future and the Baltic view of the upcoming Trump-Putin summit.
21 min
31
Liu Xia's Freedom; Pompeo's Pyongyang Flop
Mary Kissel and Hugo Restall on China's human-rights abuses and the state of U.S.-North Korea denuclearization talks.
18 min
32
British Cabinet Resignations; The Amesbury Pois...
Mary Kissel and Joseph Sternberg on fallout from Theresa May's Brexit plan, and a death from a Russian-made nerve agent.
22 min
33
NATO Summit Preview; Merkel's Migration Compromise
Mary Kissel and Joseph Sternberg on President Trump's priorities for the coalition and the German chancellor's political bargain.
21 min
34
Mexico's Left Turn
Mary Kissel and Mike Gonzalez on the election of left-wing populist Andrés Manuel López Obrador to the presidency.
19 min
35
Slaughter in Syria; Trump-Putin Summit
Mary Kissel and David Satter on the Assad regime's assault on Daraa province and the pitfalls of meeting with Vladimir Putin.
24 min
36
Tehran's Grand Bazaar Protests; Trump's Iran Sq...
Mary Kissel and Behnam Ben Taleblu on renewed demonstrations in Iran and U.S. financial and energy sanctions on the regime.
20 min
37
Erdogan's Re-Election; Pacific Island Power Plays
Mary Kissel and Hugo Restall on Recep Tayyip Erdogan's victory and Vanuatu's request for a U.S. military base.
21 min
38
Turkey Election Preview
Mary Kissel and Soner Cagaptay on Sunday's presidential and parliamentary elections.
21 min
39
U.N. Rights Council Withdrawal; Japan's Guest W...
Mary Kissel and Hugo Restall on the Geneva-based organization's record and Tokyo's immigration push.
20 min
40
Merkel's Political Peril; Tories for Higher Taxes
Mary Kissel and Joseph Sternberg on the German chancellor's immigration battle and Theresa May's NHS policy.
20 min
41
North Korea: Next Steps
Mary Kissel and David Albright on how to denuclearize the Kim regime.
21 min
42
Asian Anxieties About Singapore; AIT Opening
Mary Kissel and Hugo Restall on regional reactions to the Trump-Kim summit and the U.S.'s new, de facto embassy in Taipei.
16 min
43
The Singapore Joint Declaration: Not Munich, No...
Mary Kissel and Nicolas Eberstadt assess the Trump-Kim summit and the prospects for denuclearization.
19 min
44
G-7 Ructions; Singapore Summit Preview
Mary Kissel and Joseph Sternberg on the U.S.-Canada trade spat and President Trump's sit-down with Kim Jong Un.
23 min
45
May's Customs Union Fix; Bibi In Britain
Mary Kissel and Robert Colvile on Brexit progress of a sort, and the Israeli Prime Minister's European tour.
25 min
46
The Meaning of Manbij; Iraq's Challenge
Mary Kissel and Michael Rubin on a U.S.-Turkey deal in Syria and coalition-building in Baghdad.
22 min
47
Remembering Tiananmen; The Uighur Crackdown
Mary Kissel and Hugo Restall on the 29th anniversary of the June 4 massacre and a disturbing turn in Xinjiang.
21 min
48
Russian Dissidents At Risk
Mary Kissel and David Satter on lessons learned from the 'death' and resurrection of journalist Arkady Babchenko.
18 min
49
Italian Political Chaos; On-Again U.S.-China Tr...
Mary Kissel and Hugo Restall on President Sergio Mattarella's veto and the Trump Administration's unpredictable trade tactics.
19 min
50
North Korea's Summit Miscalculation
Mary Kissel and Gordon Chang on the cancelled Trump-Kim summit, and what the U.S. president learned about Kim Jong Un.
21 min
51
U.S.-China Trade Truce; Bulking Up CFIUS
Mary Kissel and Hugo Restall on the Trump team's deal with Beijing and a bipartisan effort to strengthen national-security reviews.
18 min
52
The View From Pyongyang
Mary Kissel and Nicholas Eberstadt on Kim Jong Un's strategy for the upcoming U.S.-North Korea summit.
20 min
53
Italy's Populist Leap
Mary Kissel and Alberto Mingardi on a left-right coalition's challenge to European Union unity.
21 min
54
North Korea's Summit Theatrics; Saving ZTE
Mary Kissel and Hugo Restall on Pyongyang's threat to abandon denuclearization talks and President Trump's sanctions blunder.
20 min
55
Iraq's Pivotal Election
Mary Kissel and Michael Pregent on Saturday's election results and the risk that Baghdad is leaning toward Tehran.
22 min
56
The Malaysian Spring; North Korea's Hostage Rel...
Mary Kissel and Hugo Restall on a surprising opposition victory and Kim Jong Un's olive branch ahead of a summit with President Trump.
22 min
57
Trump's Iran Deal Withdrawal
Mary Kissel and Elliott Abrams with on-the-ground reaction from the Middle East.
19 min
58
Kerry's Shadow Diplomacy; More Chinese Provocat...
Mary Kissel and Hugo Restall on secret talks to save the Iran deal and People's Liberation Army misbehavior in Asia and Africa.
20 min
59
Iran's Secret Nuclear Archive
Mary Kissel and David Albright on new evidence that Tehran lied to U.N. weapons inspectors, and what to do about it.
23 min
60
U.S.-China Trade Talks; Malaysia Election Preview
Mary Kissel and Hugo Restall on the Trump trade team's trip to Beijing and a Southeast Asian political showdown.
20 min
61
Britain's Windrush Scandal; EU Tariff Anxiety
Mary Kissel and Joseph Sternberg on the Home Secretary's resignation and trade tensions with Brussels
20 min
62
An Iranian Fallout; A Korean Summit
Joseph Sternberg and Hugo Restall discuss the Iranian fallout from Emmanuel Macron's Washington trip and an unusual Korean summit.
19 min
63
Foreign Policy Quicksands of the Korean Peninsula
Joseph Sternberg and Hugo Restall on a denuclearization "big bang" for North Korea and Donald Trump's personal diplomatic style.
22 min
64
After the Castros
Mary Kissel and Mike Gonzalez on Cuba's new president and the future of the island dictatorship.
19 min
65
Pompeo's Pyongyang Trip; Eurozone Economics
Mary Kissel and Joseph Sternberg on the CIA director's meeting with Kim Jong Un and Europe's growth worries.
18 min
66
The Syria Strikes; Abe at Mar-A-Lago
Mary Kissel and Hugo Restall on the U.S.-led coalition's Syria strategy and a preview of this week's U.S.-Japan summit.
21 min
67
How to Think About Syria
Mary Kissel and Frederick Kagan on U.S. strategic interests and the 'coalition of the oppressive poor.'
23 min
68
Russia Sanctions Multipliers; Macron's Third Rail
Mary Kissel and Joseph Sternberg on the Trump Administration's blacklist and the French President's reform gamble.
18 min
69
'Animal Assad' Strikes Again; China's Tech Tran...
Mary Kissel and Hugo Restall on the Syrian regime's latest chemical-weapons attack and an unnoticed benefit of the U.S.-China trade war.
17 min
70
Egypt's New Strongman
Mary Kissel and Samuel Tadros on Abdel Fattah Al Sisi's rigged re-election and his relationship with Donald Trump.
17 min
71
The Skripal Investigation; Hungary's Election
Mary Kissel and Joseph Sternberg on new developments in Britain's chemical weapons investigation and Viktor Orban's challengers.
18 min
72
China's Trade Tit-for-Tat; Arming Taiwan
Mary Kissel and Hugo Restall on Beijing's new tariffs and a Senate push to sell F-35s to Taipei.
17 min
73
Turkey: Rogue Regime
Mary Kissel and Michael Rubin on President Erdogan's march toward authoritarianism.
21 min
74
The Xi-Kim Meeting; Nord Stream II
Mary Kissel and Joseph Sternberg on Korean peace deal prospects and Germany's approval of a Russian gas pipeline.
21 min
75
U.S.-China Trade Talks; Isolating Taiwan
Mary Kissel and Hugo Restall on the dangers of "managed trade" and Xi Jinping's push to marginalize Taipei.
20 min
76
The John Bolton Pick
Mary Kissel and Daniel Blumenthal on the new National Security Adviser's foreign-policy views.
18 min
77
U.S.-Saudi Ties; Europe's Tech Tax
Mary Kissel and Joseph Sternberg on Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's visit and new trade tensions with Brussels.
19 min
78
Putin's Re-Election; China Tariffs
Mary Kissel and Hugo Restall on Russia's rigged vote and President Trump's plan to restrict Chinese imports.
17 min
79
George Shultz's Guide to Diplomacy
Mary Kissel and George Shultz on lessons from the Reagan era, and how to succeed as Secretary of State.
14 min
80
Punishing Putin; Transatlantic Trade Talks
Mary Kissel and Joseph Sternberg on Britain's expulsion of Russian spies and new hope for EU reform.
22 min
81
North Korea Peace Talks; Rohingyas In Limbo
Mary Kissel and Hugo Restall on President Trump's diplomatic gamble and Burma's ploy to stop ethnic Muslims from repatriating.
19 min
82
The Murky World of Russian Espionage
Mary Kissel and David Satter on a British poisoning and Putin's long trail of terror.
26 min
83
Europe's Tariff Blowback; Italy's Indecision
Mary Kissel and Joseph Sternberg on reaction to the Trump tariffs and Italy's election results.
20 min
84
U.S.-China Trade Tensions; Beijing's Security D...
Mary Kissel and Hugo Restall on the Trump steel tariffs and China's ballooning military budget.
22 min
85
Italian Election Preview
Mary Kissel and Alberto Mingardi on the players, politics and peril of Italy's parliamentary election.
22 min
86
Corbyn's Rise; Germany's Sinking SPD
Mary Kissel and Joseph Sternberg on the British Labour Party's popularity and Angela Merkel's center-left squeeze.
18 min
87
Xi Jinping's Power Grab
Mary Kissel and Hugo Restall on why China's supreme leader is abolishing term limits.
18 min
88
Who's Really Fighting in Syria
Mary Kissel and Jennifer Cafarella on the complex battlefield and competing interests in Syria.
22 min
89
China's Overseas Agents; India's New Tariffs
Mary Kissel and Hugo Restall on Beijing's 'magic weapons' and India's protectionist turn.
20 min
90
Israel Confronts Iran; 'Captured' Lebanon
Mary Kissel and Elliott Abrams on a brewing Mideast conflict and how to think about Beirut.
21 min
91
Zuma's Exit; Oxfam Under Fire
Mary Kissel and Joseph Sternberg on South Africa's future and a British charity's sex-abuse scandal.
20 min
92
The Winter Olympics; China's Debt Crisis to Come
Mary Kissel and Hugo Restall on South Korea's outreach to Pyongyang and Beijing's financial woes.
22 min
93
Poland's Libel Law; Britain's Broken NHS
Mary Kissel and Joseph Sternberg on Poland's libel law, Britain's National Health Service and Angela Merkel's grand coalition.
22 min
94
Thai Junta Scandal; More Hong Kong Crackdowns
Mary Kissel and Hugo Restall on political upheaval in Thailand and new crackdowns on Hong Kong's freedoms.
20 min
95
Hong Kong's Democrats; China: Friend or Foe?
Mary Kissel and Anson Chan on Hong Kong's democrats and Xi Jinping's authoritarian turn.
21 min
96
France's Supply-Side Growth; May-Xi Meet
Mary Kissel and Joseph Sternberg on France's supply-side growth and Theresa May's trip to China.
20 min
97
The Method in North Korea's Madness
Mary Kissel and Nicholas Eberstadt on Pyongyang's economy and its strategic vulnerabilities.
24 min
98
China's Unfair Trade; Beijing Bullies Taiwan
Mary Kissel and Aaron Friedberg on Trump's China tariffs and how Beijing bullies Taiwan.
22 min
99
Turkey's Syria Incursion; Italian Politics
Mary Kissel and Joseph Sternberg on Ankara's attack on Syrian Kurds and Silvio Berlusconi's comeback.
21 min
100
Burmese Atrocities; Manila's Media Crackdown
Mary Kissel and Hugo Restall on mass graves in Burma and Rodrigo Duterte's authoritarian turn.
22 min