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Britain's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives in New York on October 19, 2018 in New York City.
Britain's new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth arrives in New York on October 19, 2018 in New York City.

The Royal Navy Has More Ambitions Than Assets

The sun never sets on London’s naval visions.

A chicken runs near a burned-out house in the village of Kapchygay, near the Kyrgyz-Tajik border, on Sept. 21.
A chicken runs near a burned-out house in the village of Kapchygay, near the Kyrgyz-Tajik border, on Sept. 21.

Why Russia and China Aren’t Intervening in Central Asia

As tensions between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan flared, Moscow and Beijing chose to remain on the sidelines.

Gas emanates from a leak on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.
Gas emanates from a leak on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

Russia May Use Nord Stream Aftermath to Cause More Trouble

An investigation of the leaks may cause a standoff with Russia.

Asia

A plane takes off from the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on Aug. 29, 2021.
A plane takes off from the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on Aug. 29, 2021.

How Western Errors Let the Taliban Win in Afghanistan

China

Traders work during the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on February 28, 2020 at Wall Street in New York City.
Traders work during the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on February 28, 2020 at Wall Street in New York City.

The Long 20th Century Comes to a Shuddering End

Middle East & Africa

A reporter wearing a flak jacket with the hashtag in Arabic, "#Shireen Abu Akleh"  takes a picture in the West Bank city of Jenin, on May 13.
A reporter wearing a flak jacket with the hashtag in Arabic, "#Shireen Abu Akleh" takes a picture in the West Bank city of Jenin, on May 13.

Will Open-Source Intelligence Liberate Palestine From Digital Occupation?

Europe

Russian President Vladimir Putin looks out the window at the Black Sea resort of Anapa, Russia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin looks out the window at the Black Sea resort of Anapa, Russia.

Putin’s World Is Now Smaller Than Ever

Americas

A demonstrator walks past police during a protest demanding the impeachment of Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benítez in Asunción, Paraguay, on Aug. 19, 2020.
A demonstrator walks past police during a protest demanding the impeachment of Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benítez in Asunción, Paraguay, on Aug. 19, 2020.

Biden’s Anti-Corruption Agenda Finds Its Test Case: Paraguay

Long Reads

Chinese President Xi Jinping inspects a British honor guard during a visit to London in 2015.
Chinese President Xi Jinping inspects a British honor guard during a visit to London in 2015.

Britain’s Golden Era With China Is Well and Truly Dead

Liz Truss’s administration is the nail in the coffin for friendly ties with Beijing.

Giorgia Meloni
Giorgia Meloni

The Italian Far Right Is About to Meet Italian Bureaucracy

Italy’s politics is a constant cycle of failed populist waves.

Raisi stands at a podium featuring an atomic energy symbol in front of a backdrop that reads, in English, "Nuclear Technology"
Raisi stands at a podium featuring an atomic energy symbol in front of a backdrop that reads, in English, "Nuclear Technology"

Let’s Be Honest About the Iran Nuclear Deal

There are several politically inconvenient realities its detractors and defenders should consider.

Russian servicemen gather at Red Square in Moscow.
Russian servicemen gather at Red Square in Moscow.

Russia Is Sending Its Ethnic Minorities to the Meat Grinder

Chaotic mobilization sparks renewed fears that the pain will not be shared evenly across Russia.

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People wade across a flooded street after heavy rainfall in Karachi on July 25. ASIF HASSAN/AFP via Getty Images
People wade across a flooded street after heavy rainfall in Karachi on July 25. ASIF HASSAN/AFP via Getty Images

Pakistan After the Floods

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg
Linda Thomas-Greenfield appears before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Linda Thomas-Greenfield appears before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Subscribers’ Picks

U.S. President Joe Biden listens to remarks in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington on May 19.
U.S. President Joe Biden listens to remarks in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington on May 19.

Russia’s Defeat Would Be America’s Problem

Victory in Ukraine could easily mean hubris in Washington.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Russian President Vladimir Putin
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Russian President Vladimir Putin

Why Did Modi Push Back on Putin?

India may have signaled a shift in its posture on Russia’s war, but it seeks more quiet support from the West.

An older man walks past a mural of Maoist hero Lei Feng
An older man walks past a mural of Maoist hero Lei Feng

China’s War on History Is Growing

The government is inviting snitches to report on “historical nihilism.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting on economic issues in Moscow on Feb. 17, 2022.
Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a meeting on economic issues in Moscow on Feb. 17, 2022.

Putin Doubles Down on a Bad Hand With Mobilization

The war in Ukraine is going so bad, he’s willing to risk domestic unrest.

NGOs' Place in the World

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz welcomes Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at Riyadh international airport on November 10, 2015.
Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz welcomes Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at Riyadh international airport on November 10, 2015.

The Real Reason the Middle East Hates NGOs

Western promoters of democracy aren’t seen as a threat to individual rulers but as a reminder of colonial history.

Chinese President Xi Jinping poses after delivering his speech.
Chinese President Xi Jinping poses after delivering his speech.

China Is Choking Civil Society at the United Nations

The Chinese government is using every means at its disposal to do battle with NGOs.

Indian police clash with protestors on the beach at Idinathakarai village near the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in southern Tamil Nadu on September 10, 2012.
Indian police clash with protestors on the beach at Idinathakarai village near the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in southern Tamil Nadu on September 10, 2012.

Democracies Need a Little Help From Their Friends

The war against foreign-funded NGOs — from India to Israel — is harming democratic governance, not enhancing it.

Women are seen making food and holding food containers in a kitchen.
Women are seen making food and holding food containers in a kitchen.

Chavismo’s Latest Target

NGOs are essential to Venezuelan society. A new law may lead to their collapse.

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Child with crown in front of flowers

The Month in World Photos

The death of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, a women-led revolution in Iran, and a daring landslide rescue in China. This was September 2022.

Members of the Ukrainian State Emergency Service rest.
Members of the Ukrainian State Emergency Service rest.

Forest of the Dead

Another mass grave in Ukraine reveals the horrors of Russia’s occupation.

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BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - MARCH 29: US Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo and EU Commissioner in charge of financial services, financial stability and the Capital Markets Union, Mairead McGuinness (not seen) hold a joint news conference in Brussels, Belgium on March 29, 2022. (Photo by Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
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