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What we're driving: The Hyundai Kona

Hyundai Kona
2019 Hyundai Kona electric SUV. Photo: Hyundai

This week I got behind the wheel of the plug-in version of Hyundai's new compact crossover SUV, the Kona.

Details: This is an electric vehicle that checks all the boxes. It offers a popular small crossover design, a class-leading 258-mile battery range, 201 horsepower, and 290 lb-feet of torque.

Where Saudi Arabia fits in the global arms trade

Data: SIPRI Arms Transfers Database; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

President Trump has said it would be "foolish" to cancel billions of dollars in weapons deals with Saudi Arabia over the kingdom's alleged involvement in the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi — a remarkably blunt admission of the role the international arms trade plays in U.S. foreign policy.

The big picture: The U.S. is the world's top arms exporter, competing directly with Russia and increasingly China in a global market that's worth upwards of $89 billion annually. Saudi Arabia is currently the No. 1 buyer of U.S. weapons, purchasing nearly three times as much as any other country over the past two years. Arms deals tie ethics to economics, and they can exacerbate geopolitical tensions in high-risk areas like Yemen and North Korea.