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Tanks in the German armed forces participate in military exercises near Bergen, Germany, on October 14, 2016.
Tanks in the German armed forces participate in military exercises near Bergen, Germany, on October 14, 2016.

Baltic States Wanted German Tanks in Ukraine Yesterday

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz promised a new foreign policy. Critics say he has yet to deliver.

Britain's Prime Minister Liz Truss (L) and Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng (R) chat during a visit to Berkeley Modular, in Northfleet, England on Sept. 23.
Britain's Prime Minister Liz Truss (L) and Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng (R) chat during a visit to Berkeley Modular, in Northfleet, England on Sept. 23.

Liz Truss Wants to Be Thatcher. She’s Not.

The new prime minister is making Britain look like Argentina—in more ways than one.

Democratic resistance fighters escort protesters in Myanmar.
Democratic resistance fighters escort protesters in Myanmar.

In Myanmar, the Tatmadaw’s Frustration Fuels Violence

The junta’s tactics have grown more brutal, and the international community doesn’t have an answer.

Asia

the Nippon Budokan, the venue for the state funeral of former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe
the Nippon Budokan, the venue for the state funeral of former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe

Shinzo Abe’s State Funeral Is as Controversial as He Was

China

People line up to be tested for COVID-19 next to a propaganda poster showing Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Aug. 31.
People line up to be tested for COVID-19 next to a propaganda poster showing Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Aug. 31.

Bus Crash Amplifies Zero-COVID Frustration

Middle East & Africa

Students sit at desks in a classroom.
Students sit at desks in a classroom.

Who Speaks English?

Europe

Electricity pylons are shown under cloudy skies during rainfall near Romanel-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland, on Sept. 15.
Electricity pylons are shown under cloudy skies during rainfall near Romanel-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland, on Sept. 15.

Europe’s Energy Crisis Is Destroying the Multipolar World

Americas

Peace activists wearing masks of Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and newly elected US President Joe Biden pose with mock nuclear missiles in front of the US embassy in Berlin on Jan.a 29, 2021.
Peace activists wearing masks of Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and newly elected US President Joe Biden pose with mock nuclear missiles in front of the US embassy in Berlin on Jan.a 29, 2021.

The Crazy Logic of Brinksmanship Is Back

Long Reads

Chinese President Xi Jinping inspects a British honor guard during a visit to London in 2015.
Chinese President Xi Jinping inspects a British honor guard during a visit to London in 2015.

Britain’s Golden Era With China Is Well and Truly Dead

Liz Truss’s administration is the nail in the coffin for friendly ties with Beijing.

Giorgia Meloni
Giorgia Meloni

The Italian Far Right Is About to Meet Italian Bureaucracy

Italy’s politics is a constant cycle of failed populist waves.

Raisi stands at a podium featuring an atomic energy symbol in front of a backdrop that reads, in English, "Nuclear Technology"
Raisi stands at a podium featuring an atomic energy symbol in front of a backdrop that reads, in English, "Nuclear Technology"

Let’s Be Honest About the Iran Nuclear Deal

There are several politically inconvenient realities its detractors and defenders should consider.

Russian servicemen gather at Red Square in Moscow.
Russian servicemen gather at Red Square in Moscow.

Russia’s Sending Its Ethnic Minorities to the Meat Grinder

Chaotic mobilization sparks renewed fears that the pain will not be shared evenly across Russia.

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People wade across a flooded street after heavy rainfall in Karachi on July 25. ASIF HASSAN/AFP via Getty Images
People wade across a flooded street after heavy rainfall in Karachi on July 25. ASIF HASSAN/AFP via Getty Images

Pakistan After the Floods

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg
Linda Thomas-Greenfield appears before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Linda Thomas-Greenfield appears before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
The Taiwanese navy launches a U.S.-made missile
The Taiwanese navy launches a U.S.-made missile

Subscribers’ Picks

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting on economic issues in Moscow on Feb. 17, 2022.
Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting on economic issues in Moscow on Feb. 17, 2022.

Putin Doubles Down on a Bad Hand With Mobilization

The war in Ukraine is going so bad, he’s willing to risk domestic unrest.

Steam rises from cooling towers at the Niederaussem coal-fired power plant during the coronavirus pandemic near Bergheim, Germany, on Feb. 11, 2021.
Steam rises from cooling towers at the Niederaussem coal-fired power plant during the coronavirus pandemic near Bergheim, Germany, on Feb. 11, 2021.

Putin’s Energy War Is Crushing Europe

The big question is whether it ends up undermining support for Ukraine.

An older man walks past a mural of Maoist hero Lei Feng
An older man walks past a mural of Maoist hero Lei Feng

China’s War on History Is Growing

The government is inviting snitches to report on “historical nihilism.”

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Russian President Vladimir Putin
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Russian President Vladimir Putin

Why Did Modi Push Back on Putin?

India may have signaled a shift in its posture on Russia’s war, but it seeks more quiet support from the West.

Political Theater

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Watching Gogol in Simferopol

Life imitates art in Crimea, where nothing seems real anymore except the tears and the vodka.

People arrive to watch the actress Zsofia Szamosi perform in the play Pali at the Jozsef Katona Theater in Budapest on Jan. 18, 2019.
People arrive to watch the actress Zsofia Szamosi perform in the play Pali at the Jozsef Katona Theater in Budapest on Jan. 18, 2019.

Orban’s Macbeth

The tragic figure behind the Hungarian populist leader’s efforts to remake his country’s theater.

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TTTC

The Refugee Puppeteer

Inside Zaatari Camp, one volunteer is on a mission to help war-weary children overcome their disabilities and fears with theater.

A musician wearing a Soviet militia uniform stands before the entrance of the Ilkhom Theatre in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on March 13.
A musician wearing a Soviet militia uniform stands before the entrance of the Ilkhom Theatre in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on March 13.

Tashkent Underground

The Ilkhom Theatre Company has kept freedom alive in Uzbekistan since before the fall of the Soviet Union.

visual stories

Members of the Ukrainian State Emergency Service rest.
Members of the Ukrainian State Emergency Service rest.

Forest of the Dead

Another mass grave in Ukraine reveals the horrors of Russia’s occupation.

The head of a man emerges from floodwaters.
The head of a man emerges from floodwaters.

The Month in World Photos

A disputed presidential election in Kenya. Deadly airstrikes in Gaza. And extreme weather around the globe. This was August 2022.

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With Russian President Vladimir Putin’s order of a partial mobilization of reservists to bolster his forces in Ukraine, Russia’s invasion has potentially entered an even more destructive...Show more

People wade across a flooded street after heavy rainfall in Karachi on July 25. ASIF HASSAN/AFP via Getty Images
People wade across a flooded street after heavy rainfall in Karachi on July 25. ASIF HASSAN/AFP via Getty Images

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NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg

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