A woman sits in front of a riot police cordon after a standoff during a demonstration against Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic outside the presidential building in Belgrade, on March 17, 2019.

Serbia’s Protests Aren’t the Beginning of a Balkan Spring

Demonstrations against Aleksandar Vucic’s authoritarian government won’t achieve anything until the opposition can present a coherent alternative.

Fighter of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are seen at a position in the village of Baghouz, near Syria's border with Iraq, in the eastern Deir Ezzor province on March 15, 2019. (Delil Suleiman/ AFP/Getty Images)

Syria’s Civil War Is Now 3 Civil Wars

The fight to depose Assad is over. The battle over his regime’s boundaries has no end in sight.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) leaves after an inspection of a mock-up F35A fighter  during a review ceremony at the Japan Air Self-Defense Force's Hyakuri air base Ibaraki prefecture on Oct. 26, 2014.

The Japanese Air Force Needs an Upgrade

Faced with China’s increasing aggression, Japan must invest in fifth-generation fighter jets to deter Beijing’s expansion.

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A decade of Global Thinkers

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Norwegian mass murder Anders Behring Breivik makes a Nazi salute before his appeal hearing at a court at the Telemark prison in Skien, Norway, on Jan. 10, 2017.

The Dark Web Enabled the Christchurch Killer

The attack in New Zealand was inspired in part by the Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, but the real threat is lone wolves lurking in the far corners of the Internet.

Mourners gather outside the State Library of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia after a 28-year-old Australian-born man, Brenton Tarrant, appeared in Christchurch District Court on Saturday charged with murder for killing 49 people at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. The attack is the worst mass shooting in New Zealand's history.

The Inspiration for Terrorism in New Zealand Came From France

The gunman who massacred Muslims was inspired by ideas that have circulated for decades on the French far-right.

Chinese President Xi Jinping gives a speech during the celebration marking the 40th anniversary of China’s “reform and opening up” policy in Beijing on Dec. 18, 2018. (Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images)

China’s Economic Black Box

Beijing’s recent GDP downgrade shows that it is serious about fixing its data problem.

A stairwell at Fatih University in Istanbul on March 7, 2013. (Photo by Monique Jaques/Corbis/Getty Images)

The Geography of Gulenism in Turkey

As trials against the Gulen movement wrap up, a look at how deep its influence really was.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

The Fearless Girl statue looks up at Wall Street's Charging Bull sculpture in New York on March 29, 2018.  (Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The End of Economics?

Human beings are rarely rational—so it’s time we all stopped pretending they are.

Firefighters try to control a blaze as it spreads toward the towns of Douglas City and Lewiston in California on July 31, 2018. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

The Coming Climate Crisis

The Little Ice Age could offer a glimpse of our tumultuous future.

Understanding Trump’s Trade War

This year will show what the president really wants. Here’s what to watch for.

Springtime for Strongmen

The world’s authoritarians are on the march—and the West helped pave the way.

Voices

President Donald Trump leaves the East Room of the White House after a summit as senior adviser and daughter Ivanka Trump, and senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner look on May 18, 2018 in Washington. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

America’s Corruption Is a National Security Threat

Donald Trump is one symptom of a wider problem that’s making the United States weaker on the international stage.

Students demonstrate in Algiers, Algeria on March 12, 2019, one day after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced his withdrawal from a bid to win another term in office. (Ryad Kramdi/AFP/Getty Images)

Don’t Get Your Hopes Up About Algeria

The Middle East’s latest protests seem like the Arab Spring all over again. That’s no reason for optimism.

Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban and France's President Emmanuel Macron at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg, Austria, on Sept. 20, 2018.  (Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images)

The EU’s Next Big Election Is Heading for Disaster

If nationalists keep the momentum in the run-up to the European Parliament elections, the EU will never be the same again.

Vice President Mike Pence listens while Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer argue with President Donald Trump at the White House on Dec. 11, 2018 in Washington. (Brendan Smalowski/AFP/Getty Images)

America’s Polarization Is a Foreign Policy Problem, Too

The fact that Democrats and Republicans hate each other is making the United States weaker.

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A child dressed as a Pope cries during the weekly Angelus prayer at St. Peter's square in the Vatican on March 3. TIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Protests in Algeria, a pope costume at the Vatican, and International Women’s Day around the world.

A group of girls leave their school during a rally by All Progressives Congress party supporters celebrating the re-election of the incumbent president and the leader of party in Kano, Nigeria, on Feb. 27. (Luis Tato/AFP/Getty Images)

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A welcome in Hanoi, an election in Nigeria, and Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.

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