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Russian service members in Ukraine
Russian service members in Ukraine

Russia Is a Real Threat to NATO

Despite its failings, the Russian military is still a powerful force.

A supporter of Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. holds pictures of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda Marcos, at a campaign rally
A supporter of Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. holds pictures of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda Marcos, at a campaign rally

The Echoes of America’s Hypocrisy Abroad

Decades of Western support for dictators have caused a crisis of democracy.

Russia's assault on the South Caucasus in the 19th century
Russia's assault on the South Caucasus in the 19th century

For Opposition to Putin’s War, Look to the Fringes of His Empire

The dirty secret of the Russian military is that long-conquered subjects are the Kremlin’s cannon fodder.

Asia

Workers load sacks of wheat on a freight train at Chawa Pail railway station in Khanna, India, on May 19.
Workers load sacks of wheat on a freight train at Chawa Pail railway station in Khanna, India, on May 19.

Why India Just Limited Wheat Exports

China

Security personnel stand guard at the entrance to the Forbidden City near an image of Chinese President Xi Jinping as the closing session of the National People's Congress takes place in Beijing on March 11.
Security personnel stand guard at the entrance to the Forbidden City near an image of Chinese President Xi Jinping as the closing session of the National People's Congress takes place in Beijing on March 11.

Expanding State Power Still Tops Xi’s Agenda

Middle East & Africa

Demonstrators hold a placard that reads "EU, UN and US it is time for B.D.S."
Demonstrators hold a placard that reads "EU, UN and US it is time for B.D.S."

The BDS Movement Has Already Lost

Europe

Ukrainian infantry take part in a training exercise with tanks near Dnipropetrovsk oblast, Ukraine, less than 50 miles from the front lines, on May 9.
Ukrainian infantry take part in a training exercise with tanks near Dnipropetrovsk oblast, Ukraine, less than 50 miles from the front lines, on May 9.

The Window To Expel Russia From Ukraine Is Now

Americas

Cubans line up to buy food outside a store in Havana on Jan. 6.
Cubans line up to buy food outside a store in Havana on Jan. 6.

Rethinking Maximum Pressure

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What Exactly Is America’s China Policy?

The United States needs to right-size the China threat to know how to counter it.

How Beijing Sees Biden

For decades, Chinese leaders thought they knew the man who would become America’s 46th president. But he was changing all along.

Ukraine Crisis: What to Read

Illustration United States Ukraine
Illustration United States Ukraine
A black and white image shows men and women seated around a U-shaped conference table.
A black and white image shows men and women seated around a U-shaped conference table.

Why the World Isn’t Really United Against Russia

Global institutions have long relegated much of the world to second-class status.

Putin and Guterres sit facing each other across an exceptionally long table.
Putin and Guterres sit facing each other across an exceptionally long table.

The West vs. the Rest

Welcome to the 21st-century Cold War.

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin

The Intellectual Catastrophe of Vladimir Putin

The meaning of Russia’s war in Ukraine is its own national weakness.

Long Reads

Former residents evicted from a crowded Lagos shantytown stand on a flotilla of boats.
Former residents evicted from a crowded Lagos shantytown stand on a flotilla of boats.

It’s Africa’s Century—for Better or Worse

Asia gets the attention, but the real economic revolution is the inevitable growth of an overlooked continent.

An illustration from Lin Lan’s The Three Brothers (1929) from a collection at the Beijing Normal Library.
An illustration from Lin Lan’s The Three Brothers (1929) from a collection at the Beijing Normal Library.

Where the West and China Find Common Ground

A striking new translation of Chinese fairy tales shows a shared folkloric tradition.

Visitors view the Benin Bronzes exhibit at the British Museum.
Visitors view the Benin Bronzes exhibit at the British Museum.

Africa’s Stolen Art Debate Is Frozen in Time

Europe’s arguments against restitution have ignored the legitimate claims of African scholars and governments for 50 years.

A child stands by the window of her room at a medical center in Lviv, Ukraine.
A child stands by the window of her room at a medical center in Lviv, Ukraine.

A Children’s Hospital in Wartime

Pediatric patients from all over Ukraine crowd into a single facility.

Oil and Russia's War

Oil rig silhouettes are seen before a bright orange and yellow sky.
Oil rig silhouettes are seen before a bright orange and yellow sky.
A motorcycle passes in front of an oil-themed mural in Caracas, Venezuela
A motorcycle passes in front of an oil-themed mural in Caracas, Venezuela

Democracy Is Not a Commodity

The United States shouldn’t bargain away Venezuela’s future for oil.

Working pumpjacks are seen in the Montebello Oil Field in Montebello, California, on February 23, 2022.
Working pumpjacks are seen in the Montebello Oil Field in Montebello, California, on February 23, 2022.

How to Stop Oil Companies From Propping Up Kleptocrats

Energy giants could do more to avoid bolstering corrupt and repressive regimes.

A worker directs motorists lining up at a gas station just before a huge jump in the price of petroleum products went into effect in Quezon City, Phiippines, on March 7.
A worker directs motorists lining up at a gas station just before a huge jump in the price of petroleum products went into effect in Quezon City, Phiippines, on March 7.

How Rising Oil Prices Will Change the World as We Know It

FP columnist Adam Tooze on the implications for inflation and climate change.

visual stories

Holocaust survivor Edward Mosberg and Polish President Andrzej Duda hold hands as they walk in front of the “Death Wall” during the annual International March of the Living through the grounds of the former Auschwitz death camp in Oswiecim, Poland, on April 28. Kacper Pempel/Reuters
Holocaust survivor Edward Mosberg and Polish President Andrzej Duda hold hands as they walk in front of the “Death Wall” during the annual International March of the Living through the grounds of the former Auschwitz death camp in Oswiecim, Poland, on April 28. Kacper Pempel/Reuters

The Month in World Photos

Shocking civilian casualties in Ukraine, a Holocaust survivor’s march in Poland, and a swan’s unusual nest in Serbia. This was April 2022.

Ukrainian refugees at a relative's house in Moldova.
Ukrainian refugees at a relative's house in Moldova.

Moldova Welcomes Ukrainian Refugees but Fears for Its Own Future

The country has offered solidarity to neighbors fleeing Russia’s war. Will it get more support from the EU?

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