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Protestor standing in front of a river, holding a sign against the Amazon River Club Development.

Amazon’s New Africa HQ Pits Indigenous South Africans Against Each Other

The planned development will bring jobs, but raises questions about who speaks for Khoi and San peoples, what is sacred, and how to commemorate injustice.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi speaks following a funeral procession carrying the remains of 200 Iranian soldiers recovered from former battlefields of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War in Tehran on Dec. 27, 2022.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi speaks following a funeral procession carrying the remains of 200 Iranian soldiers recovered from former battlefields of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War in Tehran on Dec. 27, 2022.

Why Saudi Arabia Doesn’t Want Iran’s Regime to Fall

Riyadh seeks to leverage ongoing protests to extract concessions from Tehran—not effect regime change.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg attend a town hall meeting.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg attend a town hall meeting.

Modi Is Muzzling Big Tech

Silicon Valley has spent years courting India, but its companies face an increasingly tricky censorship minefield in the world’s largest democracy.

Asia & the Pacific

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Jan. 25.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Jan. 25.

On Republic Day, India Looks to Deepen Middle East Ties

China

An image of Alexander the Great on horseback fighting the Battle of Issus.
An image of Alexander the Great on horseback fighting the Battle of Issus.

What China Can Learn From Japan—and Alexander the Great

Middle East & Africa

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A bronze sculpture of a woman's head sits on a pedestal behind glass in a museum.

What Europe Stole From Africa

Europe

Ukrainian artillerymen fire toward Russian positions at a front line in the Lugansk region of Ukraine.
Ukrainian artillerymen fire toward Russian positions at a front line in the Lugansk region of Ukraine.

Subscriber Questions on Ukraine, Answered

Americas

Uruguayan President Luis Lacalle Pou and his Brazilian counterpart, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, walk at the presidential residence in Montevideo, Uruguay, on Jan. 25.
Uruguayan President Luis Lacalle Pou and his Brazilian counterpart, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, walk at the presidential residence in Montevideo, Uruguay, on Jan. 25.

Brazil and Uruguay Give South American Trade an Adrenaline Shot

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A man stands in front of a heavily damaged apartment building following a rainstorm in Ukraine.
A man stands in front of a heavily damaged apartment building following a rainstorm in Ukraine.

Lessons for the Next War

David Petraeus, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Lee Hsi-min, and eight other experts on how to avoid a war over Taiwan—or anywhere else.

The Cult of Modi

How India’s prime minister dismantled the world’s largest democratic experiment.

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People arrive to the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 22, 2018. FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images
People arrive to the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 22, 2018. FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images
CARSON, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 22: An aerial view shows Marathon Petroleum Corp's Los Angeles Refinery, the state's largest producer of gasoline, as oil prices have cratered with the spread of the coronavirus pandemic on April 22, 2020 in Carson, California. Crude oil prices dropped into negative territory for the first time on April 20 with millions of barrels going unused after travel restrictions and widespread social distancing measures brought on by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic all but obliterated global energy demand. Today marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the annual celebration of the environmental movement. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 22: An aerial view shows Marathon Petroleum Corp's Los Angeles Refinery, the state's largest producer of gasoline, as oil prices have cratered with the spread of the coronavirus pandemic on April 22, 2020 in Carson, California. Crude oil prices dropped into negative territory for the first time on April 20 with millions of barrels going unused after travel restrictions and widespread social distancing measures brought on by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic all but obliterated global energy demand. Today marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the annual celebration of the environmental movement. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
A Panzerhaubitze 2000 tank howitzer fires during a mission in Ukraine’s Donetsk region in July 2022. Julia Kochetova photo
A Panzerhaubitze 2000 tank howitzer fires during a mission in Ukraine’s Donetsk region in July 2022. Julia Kochetova photo

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U.S. President Joe Biden speaks on the DISCLOSE Act.
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks on the DISCLOSE Act.

So You Want to Buy an Ambassadorship

The United States is the only Western government that routinely rewards mega-donors with top diplomatic posts.

Vladimir Putin meets with workers at a missile manufacturing plant in St. Petersburg.
Vladimir Putin meets with workers at a missile manufacturing plant in St. Petersburg.

The World Economy No Longer Needs Russia

With alternative sources in place, Putin’s attempt at blackmailing Europe on energy has failed.

Taiwanese sailors salute the island's flag on the deck of a supply ship at Tsoying Naval Base in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on Jan. 31, 2018.
Taiwanese sailors salute the island's flag on the deck of a supply ship at Tsoying Naval Base in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on Jan. 31, 2018.

‘Strategic Ambiguity’ Has the U.S. and Taiwan Trapped

Washington’s long-held policy has outlived its usefulness.

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Cavusoglu gestures with his hand while speaking. A Turkish flag can be seen behind him.

What Everyone Gets Wrong About Turkey

Turkey isn’t East or West. It’s Turkey.

Long Reads

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Is Cold War Inevitable?

A new biography of George Kennan, the father of containment, raises questions about whether the old Cold War—and the emerging one with China—could have been avoided.

A visitor looks at an 18th century painting of Karim Khan Zand at the 'Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum - Masterpieces of Islamic Art' exhibition at Martin-Gropius-Bau on March 16, 2010 in Berlin, Germany.
A visitor looks at an 18th century painting of Karim Khan Zand at the 'Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum - Masterpieces of Islamic Art' exhibition at Martin-Gropius-Bau on March 16, 2010 in Berlin, Germany.

Muslim Activists Misunderstand Islam

Why the latest controversy over depictions of Mohammed was completely unnecessary.

The Bitcoin logo is seen on a Coinstar cryptocurrency ATM at a grocery store in Washington, DC, on January 19, 2023.
The Bitcoin logo is seen on a Coinstar cryptocurrency ATM at a grocery store in Washington, DC, on January 19, 2023.

The Crypto Dominoes Are Still Falling

The bankruptcy of Genesis shows the need for regulators to have teeth.

Physicist Vaughn Draggoo inspects a huge target chamber at the National Ignition Facility in Livermore, California in October 2001.
Physicist Vaughn Draggoo inspects a huge target chamber at the National Ignition Facility in Livermore, California in October 2001.

Could Fusion Overcome Public Opposition to Nuclear Power?

Recent progress might lead to a nuclear energy source that produces no high-level radioactive waste and presents fewer proliferation concerns.

The Future of Cities

An aerial view of the citizen service center of the Xiongan New Area in China.
An aerial view of the citizen service center of the Xiongan New Area in China.

China’s Futuristic City Is a Test of Its Planning Power

Xiongan is a window into Xi Jinping’s ambitions.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, left, and Zhihang Chi, Air China's vice president for North America, at Los Angeles International Airport on Feb. 19, 2015. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, left, and Zhihang Chi, Air China's vice president for North America, at Los Angeles International Airport on Feb. 19, 2015. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

Cities Will Determine the Future of Diplomacy

Urban centers are taking international relations into their own hands.

Farmers harvest wheat in a field in Tabuk in April 2016. The province has been tapped for the location of a high-tech megacity called Neom.
Farmers harvest wheat in a field in Tabuk in April 2016. The province has been tapped for the location of a high-tech megacity called Neom.

Mohammed bin Salman’s Bloody Dream City of Neom

Saudi Arabia’s $500 billion planned high-tech city involves forced evictions and vague promises of compensation.

A woman walks upstairs in Jardim Peri, one of the poorest neighborhoods in the city of São Paulo on June 12, 2018.
A woman walks upstairs in Jardim Peri, one of the poorest neighborhoods in the city of São Paulo on June 12, 2018.

The Future of Development Is Local

To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, the world will have to shift its thinking from the national toward the urban.

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A stuffed toy sits in the remains of a playground in the heavily damaged Saltivka suburb of Kharkiv, Ukraine.
A stuffed toy sits in the remains of a playground in the heavily damaged Saltivka suburb of Kharkiv, Ukraine.

Ukrainians Returning to Liberated Towns Find Utter Destruction

For many coming home to Ukraine’s east, their prewar lives are a distant dream.

Jordanian Gendarmerie forces arrest a protester in the Jordan Valley.
Jordanian Gendarmerie forces arrest a protester in the Jordan Valley.

Awash in U.S. Aid, Jordan Escalates Repression

A street vendor’s plight highlights violations that Washington would prefer to ignore.

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A Russian flag at the Embassy of Russia is seen through a bus stop post in Washington, DC on April 15, 2021. - The US announced sanctions against Russia on April 15, 2021, and the expulsion of 10 diplomats in retaliation for what Washington says is the Kremlin's US election interference, a massive cyber attack and other hostile activity. President Joe Biden ordered a widening of restrictions on US banks trading in Russian government debt, expelled 10 diplomats who include alleged spies, and sanctioned 32 individuals alleged to have tried to meddle in the 2020 presidential election, the White House said. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
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