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Russian soldiers wear chemical protection suits as they stand next to model of Russian Topol intercontinental ballistic missile during a training session at the Serpukhov's military missile forces research institute some 100km outside Moscow on April 6, 2010.
Russian soldiers wear chemical protection suits as they stand next to model of Russian Topol intercontinental ballistic missile during a training session at the Serpukhov's military missile forces research institute some 100km outside Moscow on April 6, 2010.

Ukraine Wants NATO’s Help Against Russia’s WMDs

Ukraine is calling out Russia’s “state nuclear terrorism.”

United Nations troops fight in the streets of Seoul, South Korea, on Sept. 20, 1950.
United Nations troops fight in the streets of Seoul, South Korea, on Sept. 20, 1950.

Ukraine Is the Korean War Redux

Russia’s invasion heralds the transition to a new global order—but it will be less stable than the Cold War.

North Macedonian Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski
North Macedonian Prime Minister Dimitar Kovacevski

EU Enlargement Is Broken in the Balkans

Ukraine and Moldova are shortlisted for the European Union. Ask North Macedonia how that went.

Asia

Members of the Student Federation of India push against a police barrier during a protest against the government's new Agnipath recruitment plan in Chennai, India, on June 22.
Members of the Student Federation of India push against a police barrier during a protest against the government's new Agnipath recruitment plan in Chennai, India, on June 22.

Has India’s Military Recruitment Plan Backfired?

China

A US-made CH-47 helicopter flies an 18-meter by 12-meter national flag at a military base in Taoyuan on September 28, 2021.
A US-made CH-47 helicopter flies an 18-meter by 12-meter national flag at a military base in Taoyuan on September 28, 2021.

The Real Stakes of Taiwan

Middle East & Africa

An empty inflatable  boat after migrants were rescued by the Abeille Languedoc—an ocean-going tugboat—following a failed crossing of the English Channel from France to Britain on May 9.
An empty inflatable boat after migrants were rescued by the Abeille Languedoc—an ocean-going tugboat—following a failed crossing of the English Channel from France to Britain on May 9.

Britain’s Rwanda Deportation Policy Is a Cruel, Expensive Failure

Europe

A close up of Erdogan's face is shown with the NATO logo behind it.
A close up of Erdogan's face is shown with the NATO logo behind it.

What Erdogan Gets by Being a Spoiler in NATO

Americas

Castillo sits in a dark room beside other people, with a slight frown on his face.
Castillo sits in a dark room beside other people, with a slight frown on his face.

Peru’s Democracy Is Dying

LGBTQ Rights Around the World

Tanay and the unnamed paying guest in the film "Cobalt Blue."
Tanay and the unnamed paying guest in the film "Cobalt Blue."

Netflix India’s ‘Cobalt Blue’ Shows Queer Love—in Primary Colors

The recent LGBTQ film tries to give life to the complications of queer desire. It falters.

Pete Buttigieg stands with his arm around his husband Chasten behind a podium with a U.S. flag in the background.
Pete Buttigieg stands with his arm around his husband Chasten behind a podium with a U.S. flag in the background.

‘Will I See a Gay President in My Lifetime? Absolutely.’

James Kirchick chronicles how the persecution of gay men in Washington tragically altered 20th-century foreign policy.

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How Gay Rights Advance Democracy in the Middle East

LGBT activists are in the vanguard of the struggle against the region’s dictators and theocrats.

Retired Sgt. Tom Swann wears a "lift the ban" armband to protest the "don't ask, don't tell" policy against gays in the military in Washington.
Retired Sgt. Tom Swann wears a "lift the ban" armband to protest the "don't ask, don't tell" policy against gays in the military in Washington.

Fighting ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Paved the Way for Gay Rights

A new book chronicles the arduous struggle for LGBTQ equality in the U.S. military.

Long Reads

A man views congestion in Kathmandu, Nepal
A man views congestion in Kathmandu, Nepal

Nepal’s Big EV Bet

Is it a genuine push toward a cleaner—and safer—nation?

A portrait of Alexander Pushkin.
A portrait of Alexander Pushkin.

From Pushkin to Putin: Russian Literature’s Imperial Ideology

Russian classical literature, chock full of dehumanizing nationalism, reads disturbingly familiar today.

The sun sets on a deep-sea mining vessel
The sun sets on a deep-sea mining vessel

Race to the Bottom: Deep Sea Mining Is the Next Frontier

The untapped trove of metals on the ocean floor might be the key to a greener future—or an environmental catastrophe.

A pedestrian passes artwork by the artist known as the Rebel Bear
A pedestrian passes artwork by the artist known as the Rebel Bear

Who Managed COVID-19 Best, and Why?

A new book compares different countries’ responses to the pandemic, and the conclusions are intriguing.

visual stories

A child walks past a memorial that says “Stop Killing Us”
A child walks past a memorial that says “Stop Killing Us”

The Month in World Photos

Mass shootings in the United States, record flooding in Southeast Asia, and continued losses in Ukraine. This was May 2022.

Syeda Lameeya Parween and her partner, Naina, play with their cats at their house in New Delhi on Feb. 21.
Syeda Lameeya Parween and her partner, Naina, play with their cats at their house in New Delhi on Feb. 21.

LGBTQI Muslims in India Find Solace in Their Pets

“The first living being to know that I am a gay was my pet parakeet.”

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