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Former U.S. President Donald Trump and Yasir al-Rumayyan, head of the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia, look on from the second tee prior to the LIV Golf Invitational-Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 28.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump and Yasir al-Rumayyan, head of the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia, look on from the second tee prior to the LIV Golf Invitational-Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 28.

The Battle for the Soul of Golf

A Saudi-sponsored tournament shows why China and other rising powers will struggle to replace established global institutions with their own.

Finland's ambassador to the United States Mikko Hautala
Finland's ambassador to the United States Mikko Hautala

The Russia Whisperer

Finland’s envoy to Washington once shared a sauna with the Russian president. Here’s what he thinks the West got wrong about Vladimir Putin.

Two men walk past a row of guards in uniform.
Two men walk past a row of guards in uniform.

Chinese Police Could Crush Solomon Islands Opposition

Government critics fear security pact consequences.

Asia

Cargo ships are seen at a harbor in Taiwan.
Cargo ships are seen at a harbor in Taiwan.

Shipping Is Staying Cool About Taiwan

China

A Chinese military vessel sails off Pingtan Island, one of China's closest points to Taiwan, on Aug. 5.
A Chinese military vessel sails off Pingtan Island, one of China's closest points to Taiwan, on Aug. 5.

China’s Military Exercises Aren’t a Crisis—Yet

Middle East & Africa

A crowd of men protesting hold flags and a large portrait of Sadr.
A crowd of men protesting hold flags and a large portrait of Sadr.

Moqtada al-Sadr Wants to Be Iraq’s Ayatollah Khomeini

Europe

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz appears at a press conference at European Union headquarters in Brussels on Dec. 10, 2021.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz appears at a press conference at European Union headquarters in Brussels on Dec. 10, 2021.

It’s Time for Olaf Scholz to Walk His Talk

Americas

U.S. Navy sailors bring ammunition supplies ashore for Cubans fighting for independence from Spain in this print published in 1898.
U.S. Navy sailors bring ammunition supplies ashore for Cubans fighting for independence from Spain in this print published in 1898.

America’s Long Road to Global Power

Kabul’s Fall, One Year On

A military transport plane takes off in Kabul.
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.

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The Last Days of the Afghan Embassy

The Biden administration shut down a touchpoint for thousands of refugees from Afghanistan—and left its diplomats in agonizing limbo.

U.S. Army 3rd Division Bradley fighting vehicles take up their position.
U.S. Army 3rd Division Bradley fighting vehicles take up their position.

How the U.S. Got 9/11 Wrong

The lone superpower inadvertently taught the rest of the world how to fight it—and win.

TOPSHOT - Women walk through a road in Ghazni on June 3, 2021.
TOPSHOT - Women walk through a road in Ghazni on June 3, 2021.

‘They Left Us to the Taliban’

Six Afghan women describe their feelings of fear, anger, and betrayal in the wake of America’s departure.

Long Reads

A collage image that includes Xi Jinping, pandas, a dragon, tanks, Chairman Mao, surveillance cameras, and other nationalist Chinese iconography.
A collage image that includes Xi Jinping, pandas, a dragon, tanks, Chairman Mao, surveillance cameras, and other nationalist Chinese iconography.

China Illustrations Need More Than Dragons, Pandas, and Propaganda

Editorial imagery often recycles stereotypes and ignores Chinese life.

Vladislav Surkov and Vladimir Putin lean their heads close together to confer privately.
Vladislav Surkov and Vladimir Putin lean their heads close together to confer privately.

The Wizard of the Kremlin

A French novel offers a fascinating, fictionalized look at Vladimir Putin’s longtime spin doctor.

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bakla-philippines-tagalog-decoder-queer-ari liloan-illustration

How ‘Bakla’ Explains the Struggle for Queer Identity in the Philippines

The Tagalog word eludes Western concepts of gender and sexuality—and offers a window into LGBTQ+ Filipinos’ quest for acceptance.

An Afghan security guard stands in front of the Chinese Embassy in Kabul.
An Afghan security guard stands in front of the Chinese Embassy in Kabul.

China Is Doomed to Play a Significant Role in Afghanistan

Beijing is desperate to avoid being trapped in Kabul’s politics.

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A group of older Chinese adults sits on a bench outside chatting.
A group of older Chinese adults sits on a bench outside chatting.

A Shrinking China Can’t Overtake America

But if U.S. democracy continues to decay, what’s the point of being on top?

A view of the Russian Central Bank headquarters in downtown Moscow on May 26.
A view of the Russian Central Bank headquarters in downtown Moscow on May 26.

Actually, the Russian Economy Is Imploding

Nine myths about the effects of sanctions and business retreats, debunked.

A textile worker at the Maxport factory in Hanoi on Sept. 21, 2021.
A textile worker at the Maxport factory in Hanoi on Sept. 21, 2021.

Companies Are Fleeing China for Friendlier Shores

“Friendshoring” is the new trend as geopolitics bites.

Saudi military jets take part in a drill.
Saudi military jets take part in a drill.

Could There Ever Be a Middle East NATO?

Biden’s trip to the region showed that while many Arab nations want to collaborate with Israel, they don’t want to do it in public.

Art and Politics

Frodo stands before the Cracks of Doom in Sergei Iukhimov’s cover illustration for Volume I of Vlastelin Kolec, Natalya Grigor’eva and Vladimir Grushetskij’s two-volume 1993 translation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.
Frodo stands before the Cracks of Doom in Sergei Iukhimov’s cover illustration for Volume I of Vlastelin Kolec, Natalya Grigor’eva and Vladimir Grushetskij’s two-volume 1993 translation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

Comrades of the Ring

How Soviet artists evaded censors to create their own visions of Tolkien.

Former U.S. President George W. Bush paints.
Former U.S. President George W. Bush paints.
Political cartoonist Badiucao reveals his face in a self-portrait in April.
Political cartoonist Badiucao reveals his face in a self-portrait in April.

China’s Rebel Cartoonist Unmasks

Badiucao’s work has brought him praise from critics—and threats from Beijing.

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GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images

A Russian Artist’s Snapshot of the National Psyche

Why Russia’s entry at the world’s toniest art fair speaks volumes about the country’s predicament.

visual stories

A couple look on in fear
A couple look on in fear

The Month in World Photos

The shocking assassination of Shinzo Abe in Japan, devastating forest fires in southwest France, and glittering images showing the birth of distant stars. This was July 2022.

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Abortion-Roe-Worldwide-foreign-policy-infographic-homepage

Roe Abolition Makes U.S. a Global Outlier

Almost 50 years ago, the United States liberalized abortion laws, and the world followed suit. Today, it joins Iran, North Korea, and Russia in rolling back reproductive rights.

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