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The Art of the Arms Race

To avoid disaster, the United States must relearn crucial Cold War lessons.

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1970s-inflation-george-wylesol-illustration-site

The 1970s Weren’t What You Think

Yes, fiscal and monetary policy seemed stuck for too long in expansionary mode. But the era also saw the rebalancing of the world economy.

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Asia

A child walks amid the rubble of damaged houses in Bermal district, Paktika province, Afghanistan, on June 23, following a 5.9 magnitude earthquake.
A child walks amid the rubble of damaged houses in Bermal district, Paktika province, Afghanistan, on June 23, following a 5.9 magnitude earthquake.

A Modest Proposal to Save Afghanistan—From Itself

Middle East & Africa

Europe

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon addresses members of the Scottish Parliament.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon addresses members of the Scottish Parliament.

The Scots Question

Americas

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An aerial view of an island, beach, and cruise ship.

China Is Sweeping Up Pacific Island Allies

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nuclear-threat-putin-russia-senor-salme-illustration-site

Is Using Nuclear Weapons Still Taboo?

The world is starting to forget the realities of nuclear weapons.

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new-iron-curtain-george-wylesol-illustration-site

The Classic Cold War Conundrum Is Back

It is impossible to forget Russia’s violent and repressive actions in Ukraine, but it is necessary to deal with them to avoid escalation.

Long Reads

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A man views congestion in Kathmandu, Nepal

Nepal’s Big EV Bet

Is it a genuine push toward a cleaner—and safer—nation?

A portrait of Alexander Pushkin.
A portrait of Alexander Pushkin.

From Pushkin to Putin: Russian Literature’s Imperial Ideology

Russian classical literature, chock full of dehumanizing nationalism, reads disturbingly familiar today.

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The sun sets on a deep-sea mining vessel

Race to the Bottom: Deep Sea Mining Is the Next Frontier

The untapped trove of metals on the ocean floor might be the key to a greener future—or an environmental catastrophe.

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A pedestrian passes artwork by the artist known as the Rebel Bear

Who Managed COVID-19 Best, and Why?

A new book compares different countries’ responses to the pandemic, and the conclusions are intriguing.

visual stories

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An unconscious swimmer is rescued

The Month in World Photos

Brutally high temperatures across Europe, the battle for abortion rights in the United States, and a dramatic rescue in a Budapest pool. This was June 2022.

Priest Oleg helps Vuhledar evacuee Katya into his van
Priest Oleg helps Vuhledar evacuee Katya into his van

Civilians on Ukraine’s Front Lines Face Food and Water Shortages and Worse—Lack of Medication

The battle for the Donbas could well be the deadliest phase of the war.

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