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A demonstrator holds a sign during a protest calling for the European Union to impose further sanctions against Russia in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Feb. 21.
A demonstrator holds a sign during a protest calling for the European Union to impose further sanctions against Russia in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Feb. 21.

The World Needs an Economic NATO

Russia’s war has made sanctions a powerful tool of statecraft. It’s time to formally enshrine them.

China's President Xi Jinping (right) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin
China's President Xi Jinping (right) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin

Xi’s Control of Domestic Politics Has Trapped Beijing Over Ukraine

Analysts in China can’t be open about what drives policy.

Members of the National Defence Training Association of Finland attend a training.
Members of the National Defence Training Association of Finland attend a training.

Finns Show Up for Conscription. Russians Dodge It.

Two seemingly similar systems produce very different militaries.

Asia

China

Screengrabs from several Chinese Tiktok accounts show a sparkly, shirtless, bear-riding Daddy Putin version of the Russian president.
Screengrabs from several Chinese Tiktok accounts show a sparkly, shirtless, bear-riding Daddy Putin version of the Russian president.

Chinese TikTok Users Are in Love With ‘Daddy Putin’

Middle East & Africa

Demonstrators wave Western Sahara flags during a protest against the Spanish government support for Morocco's autonomy plan for Western Sahara, in Madrid, on March 26.
Demonstrators wave Western Sahara flags during a protest against the Spanish government support for Morocco's autonomy plan for Western Sahara, in Madrid, on March 26.

Why Is Madrid Pandering to Morocco?

Europe

A bullet hole is seen through the bust of Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko in the main square of Borodianka, Ukraine on May 15.
A bullet hole is seen through the bust of Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko in the main square of Borodianka, Ukraine on May 15.

How to Help Ukraine Fight Cultural Erasure

Americas

A motorcycle passes in front of an oil-themed mural in Caracas, Venezuela
A motorcycle passes in front of an oil-themed mural in Caracas, Venezuela

Democracy Is Not a Commodity

Ukraine Crisis: What to Read

Illustration United States Ukraine
Illustration United States Ukraine
A black and white image shows men and women seated around a U-shaped conference table.
A black and white image shows men and women seated around a U-shaped conference table.

Why the World Isn’t Really United Against Russia

Global institutions have long relegated much of the world to second-class status.

Putin and Guterres sit facing each other across an exceptionally long table.
Putin and Guterres sit facing each other across an exceptionally long table.

The West vs. the Rest

Welcome to the 21st-century Cold War.

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin

The Intellectual Catastrophe of Vladimir Putin

The meaning of Russia’s war in Ukraine is its own national weakness.

Long Reads

Former residents evicted from a crowded Lagos shantytown stand on a flotilla of boats.
Former residents evicted from a crowded Lagos shantytown stand on a flotilla of boats.

It’s Africa’s Century—for Better or Worse

Asia gets the attention, but the real economic revolution is the inevitable growth of an overlooked continent.

An illustration from Lin Lan’s The Three Brothers (1929) from a collection at the Beijing Normal Library.
An illustration from Lin Lan’s The Three Brothers (1929) from a collection at the Beijing Normal Library.

Where the West and China Find Common Ground

A striking new translation of Chinese fairy tales shows a shared folkloric tradition.

Visitors view the Benin Bronzes exhibit at the British Museum.
Visitors view the Benin Bronzes exhibit at the British Museum.

Africa’s Stolen Art Debate Is Frozen in Time

Europe’s arguments against restitution have ignored the legitimate claims of African scholars and governments for 50 years.

A child stands by the window of her room at a medical center in Lviv, Ukraine.
A child stands by the window of her room at a medical center in Lviv, Ukraine.

A Children’s Hospital in Wartime

Pediatric patients from all over Ukraine crowd into a single facility.

Memory and Diplomacy

A World War II Soviet propaganda poster by N. Zhukov and V. Klimashin depicting, a Red Army soldier, circa 1941. The text reads: 'Let's Fight For Moscow!'.
(Photo by: Laski Diffusion/Getty Images)
A World War II Soviet propaganda poster by N. Zhukov and V. Klimashin depicting, a Red Army soldier, circa 1941. The text reads: 'Let's Fight For Moscow!'. (Photo by: Laski Diffusion/Getty Images)

Moscow Is Using Memory Diplomacy to Export Its Narrative to the World

Putin is pushing Russian revisionist history to bolster the Kremlin’s influence abroad and its legitimacy at home.

Chinese President Xi Jinping takes his tea cup during the closing session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People on March 11, in Beijing, China.
Chinese President Xi Jinping takes his tea cup during the closing session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People on March 11, in Beijing, China.

Xi Jinping Is Fighting a War for China’s History

Fear of “historical nihilism” has haunted China’s leadership for years.

French President Emmanuel Macron (R) poses with French historian Benjamin Stora for the delivery of a report on the colonization and the Algerian War in Paris on Jan. 20.
French President Emmanuel Macron (R) poses with French historian Benjamin Stora for the delivery of a report on the colonization and the Algerian War in Paris on Jan. 20.

Macron’s Algeria Report Isn’t Progress, It’s a Whitewash.

France lost the Algerian War but is still controlling the narrative about its history—while refusing to apologize or pay reparations. 

Art collectives march in Buenos Aires to commemorate the Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice.
Art collectives march in Buenos Aires to commemorate the Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice.

Will Argentina’s Stolen Generation Be Forgotten?

Far-right leaders want to erase the memory of the junta’s disappeared. The fight to remember them is now in the hands of Argentine youth.

visual stories

Holocaust survivor Edward Mosberg and Polish President Andrzej Duda hold hands as they walk in front of the “Death Wall” during the annual International March of the Living through the grounds of the former Auschwitz death camp in Oswiecim, Poland, on April 28. Kacper Pempel/Reuters
Holocaust survivor Edward Mosberg and Polish President Andrzej Duda hold hands as they walk in front of the “Death Wall” during the annual International March of the Living through the grounds of the former Auschwitz death camp in Oswiecim, Poland, on April 28. Kacper Pempel/Reuters

The Month in World Photos

Shocking civilian casualties in Ukraine, a Holocaust survivor’s march in Poland, and a swan’s unusual nest in Serbia. This was April 2022.

Ukrainian refugees at a relative's house in Moldova.
Ukrainian refugees at a relative's house in Moldova.

Moldova Welcomes Ukrainian Refugees but Fears for Its Own Future

The country has offered solidarity to neighbors fleeing Russia’s war. Will it get more support from the EU?

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