A picture taken on July 12, 2019 shows a general view of the new nuclear submarine called "Suffren" in the Naval Group shipyard in Cherbourg, north-western France, ahead of its unveiling ceremony.

France Rages at AUKUS Sub Snub

As French officials complain of being blindsided over submarine deal, Australia says it communicated its reservations clearly.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is reflected as German Finance Minister and Vice-Chancellor Olaf Scholz listens while she delivers a speech to parliament on March 21, 2018 at the Bundestag in Berlin.

The Post-Merkel Return of German Ideologies

After years of consensus, a new era of division is set to roil German politics at home and abroad.

Russian Communist Party leader Gennady Zyuganov

Russia’s Crazy Sham Election

To retain control in this weekend’s Duma elections, the Kremlin has reached very deep into its bag of tricks.

Leaving Afghanistan

What happens to the country and its people after the forever war ends?

Shadow Government

A front-row seat to the Republicans’ debate over foreign policy, including their critique of the Biden administration.

Zalmay Khalilzad, special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation, speaks.

Zalmay Khalilzad: ‘I Will Reflect’ on What U.S. Could Have Done Differently

America’s man in Afghanistan reflects on Trump’s ill-fated peace deal, the pullout, and how everything went wrong.

George W. Bush drives a golf cart to the event site with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt on June 3, 2003.

Democracy Was Never Going to Stop Islamist Terrorism

Twenty years after 9/11, U.S. policy in the Middle East is still based on a fundamental mistake.

The Italian diplomat Stefano Pontecorvo at the Kabul airport

NATO’s Man in Kabul

Stefano Pontecorvo coordinated the evacuation of 124,000 people before saying goodbye to the city himself.

North Korean missile launch

New Cruise Missile Gives North Korea Lethal Capability

The long-range weapon could strike South Korea, Japan, and U.S. bases in the region.

German chancellor candidates wait for start of an election debate.

Germany Has Three Chancellor Candidates but No Answers

A nationally televised debate mostly highlighted the weaknesses of the leading contenders to succeed German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Javad Zarif meets with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar of the Taliban

Afghanistan Is a Bigger Headache for Tehran Than It Is Letting On

Iran cheered the U.S. withdrawal but is nervously hedging its bets with the Taliban.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu

Moscow Expands Its Military Footprint on NATO’s Borders

Russia has been wargaming with Belarus. Sometimes, that’s a prelude.

A CCP official gestures at ETIM weapons.

How Sept. 11 Supercharged China’s Propaganda

Beijing has used the “war on terror” to target its own minorities like Uyghurs.

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The Other Side of Angela Merkel

What the world has misunderstood about the German chancellor.

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The Bidenomics Revolution

If he succeeds, the president will cast 40 years of economic doctrine on history’s ash heap. But that’s a big if.

Age and the Agbayas

One word perfectly captures the clash between Nigeria’s leaders and its booming young population.

Commuters wait in line for public buses.

China’s Social Credit System Is Actually Quite Boring

A supposedly Orwellian system is fragmented, localized, and mostly targeted at businesses.

U.S. President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson attend the G-7 summit.

Britain’s Special Relationship Fantasy Has Been Exposed

For years, London convinced itself it was Washington’s close partner. That’s now impossible to believe.

Patrons sit at a sidewalk cafe in Lisbon.

Portugal’s Sardine Capitalism Is a Model for the World

Lisbon’s macroeconomic model could show other small countries the path to recovery.

A military transport plane takes off in Kabul.

The Falling Man of Kabul

Zaki Anwari represented what a free Afghanistan could achieve. His gruesome death is a vivid reminder of the human toll of U.S. abandonment.

International terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York

America’s Pandemic Travel Bans No Longer Make Sense

A thoughtless, unscientific policy of closed borders—even to vaccinated travelers—does a little more damage every day.

A wildfire which engulfing a Mediterranean resort region on Turkey's southern coast near the town of Manavgat, on July 30, 2021.

The Middle East Is Becoming Literally Uninhabitable

One of the regions hardest hit by climate change is also one least equipped to deal with it.

The flag of the Islamic Emirate is painted on the wall outside the former U.S. Embassy in Kabul

Life Under the Taliban

A few weeks after militants took over Kabul and the country, Afghanistan has gone back to a past it didn’t miss.

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Hurricane Ida fire chief walks away

The Month in World Photos

The Taliban’s takeover in Afghanistan, earthquake devastation in Haiti, and extreme weather around the world.

An Afghan woman and her cousin are interviewed in Bamiyan province

As Taliban Expand Control, Concerns About Forced Marriage and Sex Slavery Rise

In some Afghan towns, women are fleeing ahead of insurgent takeovers.