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League leader Matteo Salvini (L), Fratelli d'Italia leader Giorgia Meloni (C), and Forza Italia party leader Silvio Berlusconi (R)at the end of a meeting in Rome on Oct. 20, 2021.
League leader Matteo Salvini (L), Fratelli d'Italia leader Giorgia Meloni (C), and Forza Italia party leader Silvio Berlusconi (R)at the end of a meeting in Rome on Oct. 20, 2021.

How Giorgia Meloni Took Over the Italian Right

The likely next prime minister maintained ideological purity while her fellow right-wingers compromised. Now, she’s ready to reap the rewards.

The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant seen from across the Dnipro river on Aug. 13.
The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant seen from across the Dnipro river on Aug. 13.

Protect Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant Before It’s Too Late

The United States can’t denounce Russia until it embraces the norms it’s seeking to enforce.

Myanmar security forces
Myanmar security forces

Engagement With Myanmar’s Junta Has Failed

Accelerating atrocities show there’s no point in talking to a desperate regime.

Asia

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during celebrations to mark the 75th anniversary of independence at the Red Fort in New Delhi on Aug. 15.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during celebrations to mark the 75th anniversary of independence at the Red Fort in New Delhi on Aug. 15.

75 Years After Independence, a Changing ‘Idea of India’

China

MARCH 31: US and Philippine soldiers take part in a joint live fire exercise as part of the annual 'Balikatan' (shoulder-to-shoulder) US-Philippines war exercises, on March 31 in Crow Valley, Tarlac, Philippines.
MARCH 31: US and Philippine soldiers take part in a joint live fire exercise as part of the annual 'Balikatan' (shoulder-to-shoulder) US-Philippines war exercises, on March 31 in Crow Valley, Tarlac, Philippines.

The United States Is Deeply Invested in the South China Sea

Middle East & Africa

Two men in military uniforms sit on a military vehicle.
Two men in military uniforms sit on a military vehicle.

How the Army Is Swallowing the Ugandan State

Europe

A police officer oversees the exhumation of three bodies.
A police officer oversees the exhumation of three bodies.

How to Prosecute Russia’s War Crimes

Americas

Kabul’s Fall, One Year On

Men in colorful outfits stand around on a sandy road.
Men in colorful outfits stand around on a sandy road.

Afghanistan, 1 Year Later: ‘It’s a Really Dire Situation’

Two experts on the Taliban’s governing style—and why Pakistan has “buyer’s remorse.”

In this handout provided by U.S. Central Command Public Affairs, U.S. Air Force personnel load passengers onto a C-17 Globemaster III during evacuation efforts in Kabul on Aug. 24.
In this handout provided by U.S. Central Command Public Affairs, U.S. Air Force personnel load passengers onto a C-17 Globemaster III during evacuation efforts in Kabul on Aug. 24.
A man passes a group of veiled women in Kabul
A man passes a group of veiled women in Kabul

One Year Later, Afghanistan Is a Land of Shrugs and Sadness

The return of the Taliban may have ended the fighting. The suffering goes 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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Does Putin’s War Mark a New Period in History?

It has been only two years since the start of another world crisis thought to mark a new era.

The 1970s Weren’t What You Think

Yes, fiscal and monetary policy seemed stuck for too long in expansionary mode. But the era also saw the rebalancing of the world economy.

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.

What Subscribers Are Reading

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.

A Taiwanese military outpost is seen beyond anti-landing spikes along the coast in Kinmen, Taiwan, on Aug. 10.
A Taiwanese military outpost is seen beyond anti-landing spikes along the coast in Kinmen, Taiwan, on Aug. 10.

Why Doesn’t China Invade Taiwan?

Despite Beijing’s rhetoric, a full-scale invasion remains a risky endeavor.

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin

How to Take Down a Tyrant

Three steps for exerting maximum economic pressure on Putin.

Crosses, flowers, and photographs mark the graves of victims of the battles for Irpin and Bucha at the cemetery of Irpin, Ukraine, on May 16.
Crosses, flowers, and photographs mark the graves of victims of the battles for Irpin and Bucha at the cemetery of Irpin, Ukraine, on May 16.

Russia’s Brutal Honesty Has Destroyed the West’s Appeasers

Yet plenty of Western intellectuals and politicians still ignore what Moscow is saying loud and clear.

Looming Debt Crisis

People take part in a protest against the government's motion to increase taxes in order to reach a credit agreement with the International Monetary Fund in San José, Costa Rica, on Sept. 30, 2020.
People take part in a protest against the government's motion to increase taxes in order to reach a credit agreement with the International Monetary Fund in San José, Costa Rica, on Sept. 30, 2020.

The International Monetary Fund: Holy Grail or Poisoned Chalice?

As the global south struggles to grapple with its debt pandemic, experts question the efficacy of the IMF’s conditional lending.

Opposition supporters march during a protest against inflation, political destabilization, and fuel price hikes in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, on July 2.
Opposition supporters march during a protest against inflation, political destabilization, and fuel price hikes in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, on July 2.

Pakistan Is Drowning in Debt

Rising prices, food insecurity, and a growing debt burden make Islamabad’s other challenges all the more pressing.

Solar technicians from Alianza Ceibo/Amazon Frontlines help members
Solar technicians from Alianza Ceibo/Amazon Frontlines help members

Ecuador’s Distant Dream of a Green Recovery

The debt-saddled country is struggling to meet its climate goals under IMF austerity.

Members of leftist groups demonstrate against the International Monetary Fund on the eve of a $730 million installment due to repay Argentina’s debt in Buenos Aires on Jan. 27.
Members of leftist groups demonstrate against the International Monetary Fund on the eve of a $730 million installment due to repay Argentina’s debt in Buenos Aires on Jan. 27.

Argentina and the IMF Turn Away From Austerity

Last week’s agreement may set a better precedent for dealing with debt levels around the world.

visual stories

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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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