Members of Brazil’s armed forces patrol the favelas of Chapéu Mangueira and Babilônia in Rio de Janeiro on June 21, 2018.

Brazil’s Murder Rate Finally Fell—and by a Lot

Bolsonaro will claim credit for the good news, but his policies may erase the country’s hard-won gains.

Sri Lankan officials inspect St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo, north of Colombo, after multiple explosions targeting churches and hotels on April 21.

What’s Behind the Terrorist Attacks in Sri Lanka?

Coordinated blasts recall the island country’s violent past.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R) listens while Japan's Foreign Minister Taro Kono speaks during a press conference after 2+2 meeting at the US Department of State April 19, 2019, in Washington, DC.

Japan Pushes the Speed Limit on Trade Talks

Tokyo wants to swerve past Trumpian pitfalls—and get a deal done.

A decade of Global Thinkers

A decade of Global Thinkers

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Volodymyr Zelensky celebrates after the announcement of the first exit poll results in the second round of Ukraine’s presidential election at his campaign headquarters in Kiev on April 21.

Ukraine’s Pretend President Now Faces a Real Test

In his fight against corruption, Zelensky will face real challenges—not least from his own constituents.

Teenage girls pose behind a pretend car in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on June 22, 2018.

Riyadh May Have Unleashed More Change Than It Can Handle

In the wake of social and economic reforms, some Saudis are speaking out.

Organization of American States Secretary-General Luis Almagro (left) listens while Ecuadorian President Lenín Moreno speaks at the OAS in Washington on April 17. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

For Ecuador’s Lenín Moreno, Evicting Julian Assange Is Only the Beginning

The Ecuadorian president is seeking to broadly reverse Rafael Correa’s legacy.

Banners hang along a street ahead of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on April 22, 2019. (Photo by WANG ZHAO / AFP)        (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)

Can China Deliver a Better Belt and Road?

Beijing promises greener and fairer projects, but it has to keep its promises at home as well.

Voices

A miner stands on a mound of dirt at an abandoned industrial mine March 28, 2006 in Mongbwalu, Congo. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Your Cell Phone Is Spreading Ebola

A deadly outbreak in Congo has become a global emergency because of a raging conflict over valuable minerals.

A fortune-telling fairground attraction bearing the likeness of Donald Trump stands at Washington Square Park in New York on Oct. 14, 2016. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

The United States Will Be Shocked by Its Future

The only thing that’s clear about the changing world order is that Americans can shape their role in it—and that they’re likely to mess it up.

Carl Muscarello and Edith Shain, who claim to be the nurse and sailor in the famous photograph taken on V-J Day, kiss next to a sculpture based on the photograph in Times Square to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II on Aug. 14, 2005 in New York City. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Nostalgia Is a National Security Threat

By idealizing the past, Americans have made themselves unsafe in the present.

Donald Trump listens while Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi makes a statement to the press in the Oval Office before a meeting on April 3, 2017 in Washington. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Sisi Has His Own Jamal Khashoggi

It’s time to hold Egypt accountable for the U.S. citizens it has unjustly victimized.

Galleries

A bride and groom jump over a rope during a wedding photo shoot at a park in Pyongyang, North Korea, on April 18. Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

A wedding in North Korea, Easter attacks in Sri Lanka, and Holy Week in Venezuela and Jerusalem.

Smoke and flames engulf the spire and roof of the the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 15. The church was constructed betwen 1163 and 1345. (Hubert Hitier/AFP/Getty Images)

The Modern Loss of Historic Sites

As the French take stock of the severe damage to Notre Dame, here is a look at the recent toll of fire, natural disaster, and war on some of the world’s cultural treasures.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

The Fearless Girl statue looks up at Wall Street's Charging Bull sculpture in New York on March 29, 2018.  (Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The End of Economics?

Human beings are rarely rational—so it’s time we all stopped pretending they are.

Firefighters try to control a blaze as it spreads toward the towns of Douglas City and Lewiston in California on July 31, 2018. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

The Coming Climate Crisis

The Little Ice Age could offer a glimpse of our tumultuous future.

Understanding Trump’s Trade War

This year will show what the president really wants. Here’s what to watch for.

Springtime for Strongmen

The world’s authoritarians are on the march—and the West helped pave the way.

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