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Russian opposition figure Ilya Yashin, charged with "discrediting" the Russian army fighting in Ukraine, flashes a victory sign inside a defendant's box at the Meshansky district court in Moscow on Dec. 9.
Russian opposition figure Ilya Yashin, charged with "discrediting" the Russian army fighting in Ukraine, flashes a victory sign inside a defendant's box at the Meshansky district court in Moscow on Dec. 9.

A Russian Dissident Is Sentenced in Moscow

Ilya Yashin’s is the most significant political trial in Russia since Alexey Navalny’s imprisonment in 2021.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi embrace before their summit meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Dec. 6, 2021.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi embrace before their summit meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Dec. 6, 2021.

India’s Maddening Russia Policy Isn’t as Bad as Washington Thinks

India upholds the rules-based, Western-led international order—but in its own way.

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces and a U.S. soldier stand beside each other looking out over a field with smoke in the distance.
A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces and a U.S. soldier stand beside each other looking out over a field with smoke in the distance.

How the U.S. Can Compromise With Turkey on Syria

Washington should build on past three-way Turkey-U.S.-SDF arrangements to put a real offer on the table.

Asia & the Pacific

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves during a Bharatiya Janata Party rally in Ahmedabad, India, on Dec. 1.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves during a Bharatiya Janata Party rally in Ahmedabad, India, on Dec. 1.

Can India’s BJP Sustain Its Popularity?

China

A man holds his release papers after leaving a government quarantine facility in Beijing on Dec. 7.
A man holds his release papers after leaving a government quarantine facility in Beijing on Dec. 7.

China Lets Up on Zero-COVID Policy

Middle East & Africa

Police officers in riot gear are seen standing in tear gas smoke during a protest in Hong Kong on July 28, 2019.
Police officers in riot gear are seen standing in tear gas smoke during a protest in Hong Kong on July 28, 2019.

How Protests and Crackdowns Can Exacerbate Climate Change

Europe

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Employees work on the assembly line for the Volkswagen ID.3 electric car of German carmaker Volkswagen at a production site in Dresden, Germany.

Brussels Is Ditching Its Free-Trade Gospel

Americas

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French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. President Joe Biden walk along the colonnade of the White House in Washington on Dec. 1. 2022.

Biden’s ‘America First’ Economic Policy Threatens Rift With Europe

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A pedestrian walks past a vandalized mural depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Belgrade on June 2.

Sanctions on Russia Are Working. Here’s Why.

The Kremlin’s ability to wage war is already constrained, but the worst is yet to come.

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Europeans Have Weapons but Aren’t Warriors

Military spending can’t make up for the continent’s lack of military culture.

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A Ukrainian tank rolls along a road near Bakhmut in the Donetsk region.

‘General Frost’ Will Be Fighting for Both Sides This Time

Winter may slow down Ukraine’s advances, but Kyiv is better prepared than Russia’s ragtag forces.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.
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A Ukrainian tank rolls along a road near Bakhmut in the Donetsk region.
A Ukrainian tank rolls along a road near Bakhmut in the Donetsk region.

‘General Frost’ Will Be Fighting for Both Sides This Time

Winter may slow down Ukraine’s advances, but Kyiv is better prepared than Russia’s ragtag forces.

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Men dance at a festival in Munich.

Europeans Have Weapons but Aren’t Warriors

Military spending can’t make up for the continent’s lack of military culture.

French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. President Joe Biden talk.
French President Emmanuel Macron and U.S. President Joe Biden talk.
A billboard promoting military service is seen in Russia.
A billboard promoting military service is seen in Russia.

It’s No Crime to Be a Russian Soldier in Ukraine

Moscow’s war is unjust, but there’s no moral obligation for soldiers to refuse to fight.

The Rise of Hostage Diplomacy

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In this picture taken on March 2, 2017, a cell for inmates waiting to see the prison medic is seen at Stanley Prison in Hong Kong.

Why ‘Hostage Diplomacy’ Works

From China to Iran to the United States, arbitrary detention is an immoral—and often effective—pressure tactic.

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Western Expats Are No Longer Safe in China

Beijing’s swift release of two Canadians confirms that Xi Jinping is prepared to engage in hostage diplomacy.

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People in jackets hold up posters with a face that read "FREE Ahamad Reza Jalali."

‘A Pawn in a Cruel Political Game’

Iran is threatening to execute an Iranian Swedish doctor—and human rights activists say the West isn’t doing enough.

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Red balloons in the shape of a heart that read "Free Deniz"—in reference to Deniz Yucel, a German-Turkish journalist imprisoned in Turkey—are pictured.

Turkey’s New Foreign Policy Is Hostage-Taking

The West knows what Ankara is up to, but won’t call it by its name.

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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.

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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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