A meeting at the Bundestag in Berlin occurs.

The Post-Merkel Return of German Ideologies

After years of consensus, a new era of division is set to roil German politics at home and abroad.

People drink in a festival tent of the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, on October 3, 2019.

How Europe’s Temperance Movement Saved Beer

Socialists fought for prohibition to stop workers being exploited.

Demonstrators protest against electricity tariffs in Madrid

Why This Energy Crisis Is Different

Climate change and the policies to curb it lie behind skyrocketing gas, coal, and electricity prices in Europe and Asia.

Leaving Afghanistan

What happens to the country and its people after the forever war ends?

Shadow Government

A front-row seat to the Republicans’ debate over foreign policy, including their critique of the Biden administration.

French President Emmanuel Macron takes part in a military ceremony before the official launch of the new French nuclear submarine "Suffren" built by Naval Group at the French naval base on July 12, 2019, in Cherbourg, France.

How France Can Avoid Being Reduced to a Symbolic Power

After AUKUS, the French should pursue EU strategic autonomy led from Brussels rather than Paris.

The brother of Ezmarai Ahmadi, a civilian wrongly identified as an Islamic State militant and killed in a U.S. drone strike, stands next to the wreckage of a vehicle that was damaged in the strike in the Kwaja Burga neighborhood of Kabul on Sept. 18.

‘The Question Not Being Discussed Is Whether the War Is Just or Necessary’

In a new book, a Yale historian argues that Washington is setting a dangerous international precedent for permanent war.

Liberal Democratic Party presidential candidates (from left to right) Taro Kono, Fumio Kishida, Sanae Takaichi, and Seiko Noda

Japanese Prime Minister Suga Has No Clear Successor

Convoluted voting and elite splits mean the top job is up for grabs.

Royal Australian Navy submarine HMAS Sheean arrives for a logistics port visit on Apr. 1 in Hobart, Australia.

Will AUKUS Hit China Where It Hurts?

The submarine deal could reshape the balance of power in the Pacific.

Hong Konger Chief Executive Carrie Lam meets reporters.

Hong Kong’s National Security Promises Were All Hollow

The Beijing-backed law is now used to crush dissent across the board.

The Royal Australian Navy submarine HMAS Ranki

Australia Badly Needs Nuclear Submarines

The country’s maritime scope, and China’s rise, makes the AUKUS deal a no brainer.

Russian and African presidents pose at a Russia-Africa summit.

Who Blessed the Vlads Down in Africa?

Russia’s Wagner Group has its eyes on Mali. It fits a pattern of Russian interference in Africa.

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Angela Merkel

The Other Side of Angela Merkel

What the world has misunderstood about the German chancellor.

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The Bidenomics Revolution

If he succeeds, the president will cast 40 years of economic doctrine on history’s ash heap. But that’s a big if.

Age and the Agbayas

One word perfectly captures the clash between Nigeria’s leaders and its booming young population.

Police officers patrol by the wreckage of a car at the scene of suicide car bomb attack that targeted the city's police commissioner in Mogadishu, on July 10.

Could Somalia Be the Next Afghanistan?

A similar rapid collapse of state institutions awaits if Somali elites and Western governments don’t alter their approach.

Mario Draghi and Emmanuel Macron speak during an EU summit.

Europe Is Fighting Over Its Fiscal Future

France and Italy want to make COVID-19-era budget flexibility a feature, not a bug.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a press conference.

NATO Chief on Afghan Legacy: ‘Have To Ask Some Difficult Questions’

Jens Stoltenberg weighs in on AUKUS, Zapad, and the fate of Afghanistan after 20 years of bitter toil.

Then-presidential candidate Joe Biden

When the White House Changed Hands, It Changed Tone but Not Policies

Whether snubbing allies, abusing tariffs, or expelling refugees, the Biden administration at eight months looks little changed from Trump’s.

A military transport plane takes off in Kabul.

The Falling Man of Kabul

Zaki Anwari represented what a free Afghanistan could achieve. His gruesome death is a vivid reminder of the human toll of U.S. abandonment.

A CCP official gestures at ETIM weapons.

How Sept. 11 Supercharged China’s Propaganda

Beijing has used the “war on terror” to target its own minorities like Uyghurs.

A wildfire which engulfing a Mediterranean resort region on Turkey's southern coast near the town of Manavgat, on July 30, 2021.

The Middle East Is Becoming Literally Uninhabitable

One of the regions hardest hit by climate change is also one least equipped to deal with it.

The flag of the Islamic Emirate is painted on the wall outside the former U.S. Embassy in Kabul

Life Under the Taliban

A few weeks after militants took over Kabul and the country, Afghanistan has gone back to a past it didn’t miss.

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Hurricane Ida fire chief walks away

The Month in World Photos

The Taliban’s takeover in Afghanistan, earthquake devastation in Haiti, and extreme weather around the world.

An Afghan woman and her cousin are interviewed in Bamiyan province

As Taliban Expand Control, Concerns About Forced Marriage and Sex Slavery Rise

In some Afghan towns, women are fleeing ahead of insurgent takeovers.