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Analysis | Why does North Korea hate the United States? Let’s go back to the Korean War.

SEOUL — Any day of the week, the North Korean propaganda machine can be relied upon to spew out anti-American vitriol using some formulation of …

Obama’s Legacy? The Imperial Presidency That He Passes On To Trump

To paraphrase the Bard, the evil that he did lives after him, the good will be interrèd by the Republicans.<p>LONDON—President Barack Obama cut his …

Political Science

How Exxon, under Rex Tillerson, won Iraqi oil fields and nearly lost Iraq

When Ashti Hawrami, the oil minister from Iraq’s largely autonomous Kurdistan region, unfurled a map of untapped oil fields for a team of ExxonMobil officials in the spring of 2011, they saw possibility and profit.<p>The minister pointed to the blocks that had already been taken by other foreign firms …

Middle East

Stop Saying Trump’s Win Had Nothing To Do With Economics

<i>This is</i> <i>In Real Terms</i><i>, a regular column analyzing the latest economic news. Comments? Criticisms? Ideas for future columns?</i> <i>Email me,</i> <i>or drop a note in</i> …

The Rise of the Chinese National Security State Under Xi Jinping

China has flourished since it opened its doors to the outside world and embarked on economic development from the late 1970s. But under the tenure of Xi Jinping (習近平), domestic and external security concerns have risen to the top of his administration’s thinking and in its policy priorities. This …

China