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The Most Important Election. Ever.

Why the fate of the American republic—and the world—could depend on what happens Nov. 3.

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The Real Hacking Threat

It doesn’t matter if Russia actually sways the vote. What matters is whether Americans think it did.

Thai protesters attend a rally outside the Thai parliament in Bangkok on Sept. 24.

Can Thailand’s Protest Movement Broaden Its Appeal?

To succeed, the protesters will have to overcome old regional and class divides—and new ones, along generational lines.

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Why Europe Wins

Everyone writes off the European Union as dull and prone to fracture. But the last decade shows that Brussels is smarter than Beijing, London, Moscow, and Washington.

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Israeli TV Spy Thriller ‘Tehran’ Flouts Stereotypes About Iran

Apple TV+ premieres series by the director of “Homeland” that captivated Israelis this summer.

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A World in Counterfeit

After they mastered their territories, rulers wanted to master crafts, too.

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Want to Learn How the Pentagon Works? Then Play This Board Game.

A new game meant to help the U.S. government write the 2018 National Defense Strategy shows what happens when resources and commitments collide.

Election 2020

President Donald Trump speaks alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

The State Department’s Struggles to Diversify Just Got Harder

Trump’s executive order taking aim at diversity training could make it even harder to fix the State Department’s dismal record on inclusion.

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How Pompeo Blurs the Line Between Diplomacy and Politics

Pompeo's speeches in potential battleground states during official State Department trips have drawn fire from Democratic lawmakers.

 

What Joe Biden Wants

Columnist James Traub offers an inside preview of the foreign-policy vision, and instincts, of the potential 46th president of the United States.

A Somali American protester kneels during a call for justice for George Floyd, a Black man who was killed by police, in Minneapolis on June 1.

‘This Is Personal’: Minnesota’s Somali Americans Fear Reckoning in Second Trump Term

A solid blue state is closer to being in play this year—galvanizing Somali Americans in an election they call “do or die.”

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

A soldier runs for cover in Libya.

The End of Hope in the Middle East

The region has always had problems—but it’s now almost past the point of recovery.

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Feeling Like an Outcast

The bestselling book “Caste” brilliantly frames racial hierarchies in the United States but largely ignores the horrors of India’s caste structure.

The Tragic Romance of the Nostalgic Western Liberal

Anne Applebaum wants to understand rising illiberalism but is clinging to a Cold War moral framework that no longer applies.

Don’t Believe the Hype. Wealth Taxes Are Nothing New.

Lessons from ancient Greece and Islamic finance for creating a tax that will benefit the poor—and the wealthy, too.

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Books in Brief

Staff reviews of recent releases on U.S. isolationism, the future of energy, and China’s new Silk Road.

Joe Biden takes his sunglasses off as he arrives for a campaign event with President Barack Obama at Strawbery Banke Field in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on Sept. 7, 2012.

Biden Needs to Play the Nationalism Card Right Now

The 2020 election is veering into dangerous territory—and liberalism won’t be enough to win.

A Sudanese man holds bags to build a barricade amid flood waters in Tuti island, where the Blue and White Nile merge between the twin cities of Khartoum and Omdurman, on Sept. 3.

The White House Wants Peace With Sudan. Congress Wants Khartoum to Pay.

Normalizing ties with Israel could mean removal from the U.S. state sponsors of terrorism list—but U.S. legislators are standing in the way.

A man walks past a large billboard showing a woman wearing Italy’s national flag as a face mask and the headline “All together, without fear,” in Naples, Italy, on March 22.

How Italy Snatched Health From the Jaws of Death

Those who used to scoff at its mismanagement should take note of Rome’s strategy for defeating COVID-19.

The Blue Nile as it passes through the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, near Guba, Ethiopia, on Dec. 26, 2019.

The African Union Needs to Resolve Ethiopia’s Dam Dispute

U.S. diplomacy has failed. African diplomacy can’t afford to.

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and French President Emmanuel Macron speak after the closing press conference of the seventh Med7 Mediterranean countries summit in Corsica on Sept. 10.

Turkish Military Maneuvering Pushed Italy and France to Join Forces in the Mediterranean. Now What?

Formerly competitors, Paris and Rome’s Pax Mediterranea may spell Ankara’s final estrangement from Europe.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during the 2019 International Women of Courage awards ceremony.

State Department Misled Public, Congress About Revoking Journalist’s Award for Criticizing Trump

An inspector general’s report concludes that State officials nixed a high-profile award out of fear of offending higher-ups—then lied about it.

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‘We Have Nothing Here’: A Collapsing Lebanon Sparks an Exodus of Despair

A country that previously took in refugees could become an exporter of people as government ineptitude and an economic cataclysm destroy all hope.

Voices

Two members of Tunisia's Jewish community, one of the largest in the Arab world, light candles 09 May 2004 in the Ghriba synagogue, on the isle of Djerba, on the second day of the annual pilgrimage there.

The Arab World Is Having a Jewish Revolution

The real achievement of the Abraham Accords isn’t geopolitical—it’s cultural.

Former U.S. Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton attend the trophy presentation prior to Thursday foursome matches of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on September 28, 2017 in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Is the Blob Really Blameless?

How not to evaluate American grand strategy.

Rapid Action Force personnel stand guard following sectarian riots over India's new citizenship law in New Delhi on Feb. 28.

India’s Democracy Is Under Threat

New Delhi’s crackdown on dissent is endangering free speech and the entire system of criminal justice.

French President Emmanuel Macron gets off a plane as he arrives at Baghdad airport, on Sept. 2, 2020.

Macron Wants to Be a Middle Eastern Superpower

The French president is making a bid to shape the region—but does his reach exceed his grasp?

A FOCUS ON RACE AND FOREIGN POLICY

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Why Is Mainstream International Relations Blind to Racism?

Ignoring the central role of race and colonialism in world affairs precludes an accurate understanding of the modern state system.

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When Did Racism Become Solely a Domestic Issue?

International relations theorists once explored racism. What has the field lost by giving that up?

People walk down 16th Street in Washington after volunteers painted "Black Lives Matter" on the street near the White House on June 5.

Seeing Race In a Pandemic

How the physical environment affects our experience of difference.

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Why Race Matters in International Relations

Western dominance and white privilege permeate the field. It’s time to change that.

Special insights on the post-pandemic world

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Culture Shock

Eight voices on the future of entertainment, culture, and sports.

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The Future of Travel

Seven predictions for how tourism will change.

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Urban Life Transformed

Twelve experts on planning, policy, history, and health predict the future of cities.

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The Future of the State

Ten leading global thinkers on government after the pandemic.