People collect recyclable items at a landfill, to be sold for extra income, in Iraq

Global Poverty Rampant Despite Sunny Talk, U.N. Finds

Reliance on arbitrary metrics, like a $1.90-a-day bar for poverty, masks huge and growing inequality in the world.

A man stands in front of a billboard displaying an image of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wearing a scarf as a facemask.

The Coronavirus Is Hastening Modi’s Transformation of India

New Delhi is invoking the pandemic to accelerate its suppression of the press.

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When It Comes to America’s Race Issues, Russia Is a Bogeyman

As talk turns once again to Russia’s role in stoking racial tensions ahead of an election, the United States would be wise to look within.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

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Crises Only Sometimes Lead to Change. Here’s Why.

The coronavirus pandemic won’t automatically lead to reforms. Great upheavals only bring systemic change when reformers have a plan—and the power to implement it.

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Welcome to the Post-Leader World

The United States has abdicated its dominant role. Here’s how to fill the gap.

Margrethe Vestager Is Still Coming for Big Tech

The coronavirus pandemic has made the world more reliant on technology. The EU’s competition commissioner says that makes her fight more urgent.

Welcome Back to Kissinger’s World

Neoconservatism has died, and liberal internationalism is discredited. Perhaps it’s time to return to the ideas of one of the last century’s greatest realists.

A midwife in training attends to one of the first patients of the day in the labor ward at Mirwais Hospital on Feb. 18.

The Midwives on the Front Lines

Despite rising violence, some of Afghanistan’s most vital workers are fighting stigma to deliver health care to the country’s mothers.

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The Tip of the American Military Spear Is Being Blunted

Reforms to the Marine Corps may be necessary to face China, but Congress needs to ask hard questions.

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Will the Coronavirus Fuel Conflict?

Projections based on economic data show an increased risk of internal violence in fragile states.

A man wearing a facemask walks past a billboard featuring Britain's Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Michael Gove, Number 10 special advisor Dominic Cummings and Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Britain Is Becoming America in All the Worst Ways

British politicians used to condescend to their U.S. counterparts. During the pandemic, they've started copying their most destructive habits.

Riot police hold up a warning flag during a demonstration in a mall in Hong Kong on July 6, in response to a new national security law introduced in the city that makes political views, slogans, and signs advocating Hong Kong's independence or liberation illegal.

Beijing’s Secret Police Rule Hong Kong Now

The new national security law effectively undercuts the city’s once great justice system.

Protesters raise their fist and give the finger from the statue of Marianne on Place de la Republique in Paris on June 13, 2020.

France Was Officially Colorblind—Until Now

The country is upending its national identity by finally starting to acknowledge race.

Chinese soldiers march during a military parade on Oct. 1, 2019 in Beijing.

China’s Superpower Dreams Are Running Out of Money

When the coronavirus crisis is over, China will be forced to embrace a less ambitious future.

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Empire’s Little Helper

Chinese history shows that where soldiers march, plague follows.

Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf gives an address during the 2017 Iranian presidential election.

Iran Is Becoming Immune to U.S. Pressure

Trump’s so-called maximum pressure campaign has empowered hard-line figures in Tehran, marginalizing those eager to take the diplomatic route.

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China’s Own Documents Show Potentially Genocidal Sterilization Plans in Xinjiang

Ethnic minorities are being targeted by family planning departments as reproduction restrictions loosen on Han Chinese.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi leaves after a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

IMF Loans Will Further Entrench Corruption in Egypt

Recently disbursed IMF funding will only help the Sisi regime and entrench its rule.

Israeli activists protest against the U.S. peace plan for the Middle East, in Jerusalem on May 15.

Annexation Will Probably Go Smoothly. The Problems Will Come Later.

Israel’s annexation of Palestinian territory won’t trigger a disaster. But the aftermath will be toxic for the Jewish state.

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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The Future of Travel

Seven predictions for how tourism will change.

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Cities in the Future

12 experts on the coming transformations in urban life.

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The Fate of the Economy

Nine economists on a rapidly changing fiscal landscape.

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The Future of the State

Ten leading global thinkers on government after the pandemic.

Voices

President Donald Trump and Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrive for a bilateral meeting during the G7 summit on Aug. 25, 2019 in Biarritz, France.

The Pandemic Is the World’s Long Overdue Reality Check

Populists came to power peddling political fantasies—but the coronavirus has broken the fever.

Flags of the United States and China are placed ahead of a meeting between U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and his Chinese counterpart, Han Changfu, at the Ministry of Agriculture in Beijing on June 30, 2017.

Everyone Misunderstands the Reason for the U.S.-China Cold War

The left says it’s U.S. arrogance. The right says it’s Chinese malevolence. Both are wrong.

A demonstrator holds a placard reading 'Stop 5G', during a protest against the 5G (fifth generation) mobile communications network in Bern on May 10, 2019.

The Imagined Threats of 5G Conspiracy Theorists Are Causing Real-World Harm

Attacks on cell phone towers are evidence that virtual disinformation is leading to actual violence.

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Why a Trade War With China Is a Bad Idea for India

New Delhi risks responding to a deadly border skirmish by making its economy more insular. Few things would benefit Beijing more.

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A woman smiles in a rice paddy field during National Paddy Day—which marks the start of the annual rice planting season—in Tokha village on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal, on June 29. PRAKASH MATHEMA/AFP via Getty Images

The Week in World Photos

A Paddy Day romp in Nepal, masked protesters in France, and the coronavirus’s exhausting toll.

A midwife in training attends to one of the first patients of the day in the labor ward at Mirwais Hospital on Feb. 18.

The Midwives on the Front Lines

Despite rising violence, some of Afghanistan’s most vital workers are fighting stigma to deliver health care to the country’s mothers.