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Outgoing Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in 2008
Outgoing Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in 2008

Pervez Musharraf Dragged His Country Down

The charismatic Pakistani general died at the age of 79 in Dubai after a prolonged illness.

Rishi Sunak reacts as he leaves 11 Downing Street, in London, on March 23, 2022.
Rishi Sunak reacts as he leaves 11 Downing Street, in London, on March 23, 2022.

Britain Is Much Worse Off Than It Understands

Things weren’t nearly this bad in the 1970s—but the country’s leaders haven't grasped that yet.

A group of school boys displaced by World War II bombardments pose with CARE (Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe) packages from the United States in Belgium in 1947.
A group of school boys displaced by World War II bombardments pose with CARE (Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe) packages from the United States in Belgium in 1947.

How Truman Sold Americans on Going Hungry

In 1947, the United States sacrificed for the sake of a starving Europe.

Asia & the Pacific

An artist puts paints a picture of Indian businessman Gautam Adani.
An artist puts paints a picture of Indian businessman Gautam Adani.

Adam Tooze: What the Adani Group’s Plunge Says About the Indian Economy

China

Middle East & Africa

Blinken looks at Netanyahu, who is looking down. An Israeli flag can be seen in the background.
Blinken looks at Netanyahu, who is looking down. An Israeli flag can be seen in the background.

5 Ways Biden Can Thread the Needle With Israel’s New Coalition

Europe

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during his party's group meeting  in Ankara on Feb. 1.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during his party's group meeting in Ankara on Feb. 1.

NATO Must Stand Up to Turkey’s Blackmail

Americas

U.S. President Joe Biden talks to reporters after returning to the White House in Washington, D.C.
U.S. President Joe Biden talks to reporters after returning to the White House in Washington, D.C.

Is There a Biden Doctrine?

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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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An illustration shows US President Joe Biden surrounded by the foreign-policy issues he has faced in his first two years in office.
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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)

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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.

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar chairs a meeting in Ankara, Turkey on Nov. 21, 2022.
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar chairs a meeting in Ankara, Turkey on Nov. 21, 2022.

Turkey’s Problem Isn’t Sweden. It’s the U.S.

Erdogan has focused on Stockholm’s stance toward Kurdish exile groups, but Ankara’s real demand is the end of U.S. support for Kurds in Syria.

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

It’s time for Beijing to reexamine its long-standing sense of purpose.

U.S. Army M1 Abrams tanks pictured at Mockava railway station in Lithuania.
U.S. Army M1 Abrams tanks pictured at Mockava railway station in Lithuania.

The M1 Abrams Is the Right Tank for the Job in Ukraine

Sending American tanks now helps guarantee a safer world tomorrow.

Long Reads

The author stands on the nuclear bombing test fields in Kazakhstan.
The author stands on the nuclear bombing test fields in Kazakhstan.

Can Kazakhstan Bury Its Nuclear Past?

Forgetting the site where Russia became a nuclear power comes with its own risks.

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Kashmir-Chenab-railway-bridge-IMG_5459

How India’s New Bridge to Kashmir Divided a Region

Kashmiris fear an expensive infrastructure project will mean more military domination and demographic change.

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

People sit near the Golden Horn in Istanbul.
People sit near the Golden Horn in Istanbul.

Erdogan’s Turkey Faces a Growing Exodus Ahead of Elections

Fed up with the economy and a political crackdown, young Turks are increasingly looking abroad to find their futures.

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.

visual stories

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)
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)

Do U.S. Sanctions Work?

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JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - DECEMBER 29:  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of National Security Itamar Ben Gvir react after sworn in at the Israeli parliament during a new government sworn in discussion at the Israeli parliament on December 29, 2022 in Jerusalem, Israel. Conservative Benjamin Netanyahu and a bloc of nationalist and religious parties won a clear election victory last month and will be sworn in as government to the Knesset today. This completes Netenyahu's political comeback with a record sixth term in office.  (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - DECEMBER 29: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of National Security Itamar Ben Gvir react after sworn in at the Israeli parliament during a new government sworn in discussion at the Israeli parliament on December 29, 2022 in Jerusalem, Israel. Conservative Benjamin Netanyahu and a bloc of nationalist and religious parties won a clear election victory last month and will be sworn in as government to the Knesset today. This completes Netenyahu's political comeback with a record sixth term in office. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)

Israel’s Democratic Decline

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