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Police officers in riot gear are seen standing in tear gas smoke during a protest in Hong Kong on July 28, 2019.
Police officers in riot gear are seen standing in tear gas smoke during a protest in Hong Kong on July 28, 2019.

How Protests and Crackdowns Can Exacerbate Climate Change

Rather than relying on tear gas, water cannons, and tanks, governments should implement greener counterprotest measures.

Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout
Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout

Beware of a Freed Viktor Bout

In August, the man who oversaw the effort to capture the Russian arms dealer warned the White House to think hard about trading him away.

Soldiers listen to Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele.
Soldiers listen to Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele.

El Salvador’s Anti-Gang Crusade

A growing number of countries are sacrificing civil liberties for increased public security.

Asia & the Pacific

A voter prepares to stamp her ballot at a polling station in Bhaktapur, Nepal, on Nov. 20.
A voter prepares to stamp her ballot at a polling station in Bhaktapur, Nepal, on Nov. 20.

Nepal’s Ruling Coalition Has the Edge in Elections

China

Workers stand on a roadside near a 'toxic lake' surrounded by rare earth refineries near the Chinese city of Baotou in August 2012.
Workers stand on a roadside near a 'toxic lake' surrounded by rare earth refineries near the Chinese city of Baotou in August 2012.

NIMBYism Is a Strategic Threat

Middle East & Africa

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa speaks during a press conference in London on Nov. 24.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa speaks during a press conference in London on Nov. 24.

South Africa’s President Hangs On

Europe

Julia Myron walks her 2-month-old daughter with a friend in Irpin.
Julia Myron walks her 2-month-old daughter with a friend in Irpin.

Ukraine Braces for a Brutal Winter Under Russian Bombs

Americas

French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. President Joe Biden walk along the colonnade of the White House in Washington on Dec. 1.  2022.
French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. President Joe Biden walk along the colonnade of the White House in Washington on Dec. 1. 2022.

Biden’s ‘America First’ Economic Policy Threatens Rift With Europe

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BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - JULY 15: EU Commissioner for European Green Deal - First Vice President and Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans talks to to media in the Berlaymont building, the EU Commission headquarter on July 15, 2021 in Brussels, Belgium. EU Commissioners talked about making transport greener. (Photo by Thierry Monasse/Getty Images)

The Road After COP27

Robert Malley, Biden administration special envoy for Iran, testifies about the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations on Capitol Hill May 25, 2022, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
Robert Malley, Biden administration special envoy for Iran, testifies about the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations on Capitol Hill May 25, 2022, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
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A police officer walks past G-20 signage in Indoesia on July 7. DITA ALANGKARA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images
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A pedestrian walks past a vandalized mural depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Belgrade on June 2.
A pedestrian walks past a vandalized mural depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Belgrade on June 2.

Sanctions on Russia Are Working. Here’s Why.

The Kremlin’s ability to wage war is already constrained, but the worst is yet to come.

Indian Army soldiers are seen in Tawang.
Indian Army soldiers are seen in Tawang.

China Has India Trapped on Their Disputed Border

Beijing’s military and infrastructure advantage has transformed the crisis and left New Delhi on the defensive.

Protesters hold up white paper as a symbol against censorship during a protest in Beijing.
Protesters hold up white paper as a symbol against censorship during a protest in Beijing.

Will China’s Protests Survive?

A nationwide movement of this scale has no post-1989 precedent.

Activists hold placards and flags as they gather in Lafayette Square to protest Russia's invasion of Ukraine in Washington on Feb. 24, 2022.
Activists hold placards and flags as they gather in Lafayette Square to protest Russia's invasion of Ukraine in Washington on Feb. 24, 2022.

The Perpetually Irrational Ukraine Debate

The war continues to be discussed in ways that are self-serving—and self-defeating.

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World Cup Politics

Serbia's forward Dusan Vlahovic (L) and Serbia's midfielder Nemanja Gudelj take part in a training session at the Al Arabi SC on Dec. 1 on the eve of the Qatar 2022 World Cup match between Serbia and Switzerland in Doha.
Serbia's forward Dusan Vlahovic (L) and Serbia's midfielder Nemanja Gudelj take part in a training session at the Al Arabi SC on Dec. 1 on the eve of the Qatar 2022 World Cup match between Serbia and Switzerland in Doha.

Why Switzerland vs. Serbia Is Really All About Kosovo

Serbia’s schadenfreude will be on display as the national team seeks revenge against a rival stacked with stars of Kosovar heritage.

Australian midfielder Jackson Irvine, forward Awer Mabil, defender Milos Degenek, and midfielder Riley McGree celebrate after defeating Tunisia 1-0 at the World Cup at Al Janoub Stadium in al-Wakrah, Qatar, on Nov. 26.
Australian midfielder Jackson Irvine, forward Awer Mabil, defender Milos Degenek, and midfielder Riley McGree celebrate after defeating Tunisia 1-0 at the World Cup at Al Janoub Stadium in al-Wakrah, Qatar, on Nov. 26.

Australia’s World Cup Hopes Depend on Its Refugee Stars

Canberra has spent decades ostracizing asylum-seekers. Now, the national team needs them on the field.

Lionel Messi of Argentina is challenged by Salem Al-Dawsari of Saudi Arabia during the 2022 FIFA World Cup match between Argentina and Saudi Arabia at Lusail Stadium in Lusail City, Qatar, on Nov. 22.
Lionel Messi of Argentina is challenged by Salem Al-Dawsari of Saudi Arabia during the 2022 FIFA World Cup match between Argentina and Saudi Arabia at Lusail Stadium in Lusail City, Qatar, on Nov. 22.

What Lionel Messi Reveals About Geopolitics

Gulf states have embraced the soft power of Latin American soccer in their campaign for global influence.

A woman walks past a promotional installation for this year's World Cup soccer tournament, which is being held in Qatar, at a shopping mall in Beijing on Nov. 17.
A woman walks past a promotional installation for this year's World Cup soccer tournament, which is being held in Qatar, at a shopping mall in Beijing on Nov. 17.

Chinese Firms Are at the World Cup, but Not Chinese Fans

A soccer-loving nation is isolated from the global sport.

Long Reads

A Ukrainian tank rolls along a road near Bakhmut in the Donetsk region.
A Ukrainian tank rolls along a road near Bakhmut in the Donetsk region.

‘General Frost’ Will Be Fighting for Both Sides This Time

Winter may slow down Ukraine’s advances, but Kyiv is better prepared than Russia’s ragtag forces.

Men dance at a festival in Munich.
Men dance at a festival in Munich.

Europeans Have Weapons but Aren’t Warriors

Military spending can’t make up for the continent’s lack of military culture.

French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. President Joe Biden talk.
French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. President Joe Biden talk.
A billboard promoting military service is seen in Russia.
A billboard promoting military service is seen in Russia.

It’s No Crime to Be a Russian Soldier in Ukraine

Moscow’s war is unjust, but there’s no moral obligation for soldiers to refuse to fight.

visual stories

A stuffed toy sits in the remains of a playground in the heavily damaged Saltivka suburb of Kharkiv, Ukraine.
A stuffed toy sits in the remains of a playground in the heavily damaged Saltivka suburb of Kharkiv, Ukraine.

Ukrainians Returning to Liberated Towns Find Utter Destruction

For many coming home to Ukraine’s east, their prewar lives are a distant dream.

Jordanian Gendarmerie forces arrest a protester in the Jordan Valley.
Jordanian Gendarmerie forces arrest a protester in the Jordan Valley.

Awash in U.S. Aid, Jordan Escalates Repression

A street vendor’s plight highlights violations that Washington would prefer to ignore.

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