Mario Mario Draghi speaks at a press conference in Frankfurt.

Mario Draghi Doesn’t Have ‘Whatever It Takes’ Anymore

Whether as Italy’s prime minister or its president, he may not have the solution to Italy’s problems.

Djokovic smiles while holding a tennis racket and towel.

Novak Djokovic’s Visa Cancellation Is About Politics, Not Health

The Australian government attempts to hide its COVID-19 mismanagement.

Valérie Pécresse gives a talk at a Paris high school.

France’s Iron Lady

Can Valérie Pécresse reunite the right and defeat French President Emmanuel Macron?

In the Magazine

In the Magazine


Why the U.S. Military Isn’t Ready for Civil War

A significant portion of Americans seek the destruction of political authority. What if they succeed?

Party Animals

New books assessing democracy suggest how to fix things—but it’s complicated.

The Good, the Bad, and the Bimyou

Neither yes nor no, this idea can take you far in Japanese politics.

Long Reads


Afghanistan’s Diplomats Refuse to Represent a Terrorist Group

Some are working on resistance. Others, consular services. And all of them must figure out how to keep their embassy’s lights on.

A young South Sudanese soldier stands guard during a military parade at the John Garang Mausoleum in Juba.

The Lost Boys Weren’t Lost. They Were Stolen.

A new book details how South Sudan’s founders forcibly conscripted tens of thousands of children.

U.S.-ASEAN Summit

America’s Asia Strategy Has Reached a Dead End

Washington should prioritize economic statecraft and stop thinking with its missiles.

A demonstration takes place in which crowds of supporters of then-Guatemalan President Carlos Castillo Armas’s anti-communist government paraded in Guatemala City’s central square.

The Harsh Price of U.S. Profit in Latin America

Mario Vargas Llosa’s novel “Harsh Times” is an acid denunciation of corporate interests’ role in establishing U.S. power.

The Word's Railways

A freight train transporting containers laden with goods from the UK, departs from DP World London Gateway's rail freight depot in Corringham, east of London, on April 10, 2017, enroute to Yiwu in the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang.
The first-ever freight train from Britain to China started its mammoth journey on Monday along a modern-day "Silk Road" trade route as Britain eyes new opportunities after it leaves the European Union. The 32-container train, around 600 metres (656 yards) long, left the vast London Gateway container port laden with whisky, soft drinks and baby products, bound for Yiwu on the east coast of China. / AFP PHOTO / Isabel Infantes        (Photo credit should read ISABEL INFANTES/AFP/Getty Images)

China’s Continent-Spanning Trains Are Running Half-Empty

Beijing is funding dozens of new rail routes as part of its global ambitions — and losing money on every one. So what’s the long game?


The Midnight Train to Moscow

Riding the rails to Russia with the migrant workers of Central Asia.

The RTV 31 hovercraft train in Peterborough, England, on Jan. 25.

A Train to Nowhere

Hovertrains were meant to revolutionize British transport. But they never arrived.

Indian laborers work at the construction site of a bridge for the new railway in Janakpur on June 14, 2017.

China and India Are Fighting Over Nepal’s Railways

The mountain state has just 18 miles of track. Beijing and New Delhi are keen to change that.

visual stories

A pro-democracy protester is detained by riot police

50 Photos That Defined Foreign Policy in 2021

The desperate crossed rivers seeking asylum. The hopeful stood in lines waiting for vaccines. And countries from Afghanistan to the United States experienced unrest that changed the course of history.

Men walk near the Torkham border crossing.

Afghan Refugees Get Cold Welcome in Pakistan

The Taliban takeover has pushed many Afghans over the border and into another kind of limbo.