An armed Polish border guard and a Belarusian boarder guard stand next to a group of migrants resting at a makeshift encampment on the border between Belarus and Poland in Usnarz Gorny, near Bialystok, northeast Poland, on Aug. 20, 2021.

The World Has No Answer for Migration

The migrant crisis in Belarus is a window into the failure of today’s global order to solve a growing problem.

Russian President Vladimir Putin looks through the porthole while aboard the presidential plane during the approach to the Russian air base in Hmeimim in the northwestern Syrian province of Latakia on December 11, 2017.

Russia Is Right on the Middle East

Moscow has been supporting, not undermining, U.S. interests in the region.

Demonstrators with CASA in Action and Service Employees International Union 32BJ march against the Trump administration’s immigration policies in Washington on May 1, 2017.

Unionization Can End America’s Supply Chain Crisis

Allowing workers to organize would protect and empower undocumented immigrants critical to the U.S. economy.

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.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

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Float, Move, and Fight

How the U.S. Navy lost the shipbuilding race.

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Sea Power Makes Great Powers

History reveals a country’s rise and decline are directly related to the heft of its navy. So why is the United States intent on downsizing?

The Ever Given Crew Are Still Stuck at Sea

Here’s why and what their story means for other seafarers.

Indira Gandhi’s Lesson for Modi

A new account of India’s state of emergency in the 1970s takes on fresh relevance amid its ongoing erosion of democracy.

Long Reads

An illustration of a captain's hat with a 1980s era Pepsi logo and USSR and U.S. flag pins.

The Doomed Voyage of Pepsi’s Soviet Navy

A three-decade dream of communist markets ended in the scrapyard.

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Nature Is Becoming a Person

How to make sense of the new global trend that grants legal rights to animals, plants, and rivers.

Xi Zhongxun from a postage stamp commemorating the Chinese military leader.

A Squabble About History Almost Killed Xi Jinping’s Father

Fights about the party’s past are serious business in Beijing.

Karambir's mother, Bahoti Devi, sits outside the family home with the farming family's buffalos behind her in Haryana, India, on March 27.

Farmers Have Become Martyrs in India

A grim death toll accompanies long-running protests.

A New Look at the Nordics

A glacier sits above a stream running past cabins in Norway.

Nordic Countries Aren’t Actually Socialist

Denmark, Norway, and Sweden shouldn’t be held up as socialist utopias.

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How the Danish Left Adopted a Far-Right Immigration Policy

In an effort to outflank the populist right, the ruling Social Democrats have adopted one of the harshest refugee policies in the world.

Migrants sit by a fire near the Belarusian-Polish border.

Even Sweden Doesn’t Want Migrants Anymore

Sweden’s generous response to the 2015 refugee crisis may have permanently dented its moral worldview.

People walk in the illuminated streets in a village in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where electricity is a rarity, on July 17, 2016.

Rich Countries’ Climate Policies Are Colonialism in Green

At COP26, developed-world governments are working to keep the global south poor.

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An aerial picture shows smoke rising from a forest fire outside Berdigestyakh, in Sakha, Siberia.

The Gap Between Talk and Action on Climate Is on Full Display in Glasgow

Environmental disasters are rapidly engulfing the world. Can bureaucracy meet their pace?

People pray inside a church in Haiti.

The Month in World Photos

A military coup in Sudan, migrant crises in the United States and Europe, and an out-of-this-world training mission in Israel.