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Past articles by Uri:

The war in Ukraine might just be beginning

Forecasting a conclusion to an unpredictable conflict → Read More

The Seven Habits of COVID-Resilient Nations

South Korea has repeatedly suppressed the spread of the virus and kept deaths to relatively low levels. → Read More

The Pandemic Is Revealing a New Form of National Power

In the COVID-19 era, a country’s strength is determined not only by its military and economy, but also by its resilience. → Read More

New Zealand’s Prime Minister May Be the Most Effective Leader on the Planet

Jacinda Ardern’s leadership style, focused on empathy, isn’t just resonating with her people; it’s putting the country on track for success against the coronavirus. → Read More

We Were Warned

When the inevitable inquiry into the government\'s response to COVID-19 happens, it will conclude that signs of a coming crisis were everywhere. → Read More

Face Masks Are In

The West has long stigmatized mask-wearing, unlike many Asian countries, where those who don’t wear masks during public-health crises are the ones who are stigmatized. → Read More

The Coronavirus-Denial Movement Now Has a Leader

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has lashed out against local officials who have implemented severe lockdowns, accusing them of destroying the country. → Read More

America Is Alone in Its Cold War With China

If the Trump administration is truly going all-in on competition with Beijing, it’s not clear that Trump himself is fully on board. Nor, it’s now clear, are several of America’s closest friends. → Read More

The Sanders Doctrine

The presidential candidate wants to redefine American power. → Read More

America Has Come Full Circle in the Middle East

“We are opening a Pandora’s Box,” Dwight Eisenhower warned when he ordered the first U.S. combat mission in the region. Little did he know how right he would be. → Read More

The Downed Jetliner Reminds Us that War Spins Out of Control

Mistakes and misperceptions bookended this latest episode in the long conflict between the U.S. and Iran. Expect that not to change. → Read More

The Blueprint Iran Could Follow After Soleimani’s Death

Here’s what to expect after the U.S. killing of Iran’s most powerful military commander. → Read More

What US Intelligence Thought 2020 Would Look Like

A 2004 National Intelligence Council report was eerily prescient in some ways, and totally off in others. → Read More

In Iraq, the US Gets Hit Where It Hurts

The storming of the U.S. embassy in Baghdad demonstrated that America doesn’t have a monopoly on pressure. → Read More

How Donald Trump’s Daring Diplomacy With Kim Jong Un Fell Apart

When it comes to America’s last-ditch effort to prevent North Korea from becoming a nuclear power, timing has been everything. Now time’s running out. → Read More

Under Trump, the US Has Become a Leading Source of Global Instability

The country is now a known unknown, increasing the risk of crises from the Middle East to East Asia to Central America, a new survey suggests. → Read More

How North Korea Soured on Donald Trump

Kim Jong Un only wanted to engage with the president. Now he’s turning on him. → Read More

America Hasn’t Always Supported Ukraine Like This

For a policy that’s purportedly a pillar of the decades-old international order, military aid to Ukraine is pretty new. → Read More

How Trump’s ‘Green Light’ Moment in Syria Shook the World

During a few wild weeks in October, U.S. allies watched as their own worst nightmare befell America’s Kurdish partners in Syria. Here's what that means for America’s standing in the world. → Read More

What It’s Like to Deal With US Foreign Policy in the Trump Era

The administration’s shadow foreign policy sees the light of day. → Read More