Indian schoolchildren prepare for their Central Board of Secondary Education senior school certificate examinations in New Delhi on March 1, 2012.

Modi’s Textbook Manipulations

Under cover of the pandemic, the administration has removed chapters on democracy, secularism, and citizenship from schoolbooks.

Russian President Vladimir Putin talks to his Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbayev in Baku, Azerbaijan in December 2003.

Putin Is Ruling Russia Like a Central Asian Dictator

The Kremlin didn’t invent term limit resets and constitutional referendums. The autocratic leaders of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan blazed the trail.

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The COVID-19 Global Response Index

From FP Analytics: A country-by-country assessment of government responses to the pandemic.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies before Congress.

Trump’s Hand-Picked State Department Watchdog Quits Less Than 3 Months Into the Job

The latest high-profile departure underscores the turmoil at Foggy Bottom, and officials fear it will weaken an important watchdog already under fire from top Trump officials.

An employee walks outside the headquarters of ByteDance, the firm that owns the video-sharing app TikTok, in Beijing on Aug. 5.

What’s Next for TikTok?

The confused U.S. policy over the Chinese-owned app exemplifies the challenges of decoupling in a globalized world.

Children talk with soldiers in a municipality of Chocó, Colombia, on June 9, 2017. The area has grown used to the sight of heavily armed soldiers and continues to see swarms of villagers displaced by clashes between armed groups.

In Colombia, the Pandemic Provides Fertile Ground for Illegal Armed Groups

Criminal bands and fighters are capitalizing on fear to expand their control in vulnerable communities.

A US military vehicle patrols the oil fields in the town of Qahtaniyah in Syria's northeastern Hasakeh province near the Turkish border, on May 8.

U.S. Troops Really Are in Syria to Protect the Oil—for the Kurds

It’s the only way to get Trump to keep troops on the ground.

A Lebanese couple inspect the damage to their house in an area overlooking the destroyed Beirut Port on Aug. 5, in the aftermath of a pair of massive explosions in the Lebanese capital.

The Beirut Blast Is Lebanon’s Chernobyl

Negligence and corruption have caused a devastating disaster.

A Kashmiri boy looks out from his damaged family house after cross border shelling.

Kashmiris Lament the Loss of Their Youth

While much of India opened up to the world after the country’s 1991 reforms, Kashmir instead became the world’s most militarized zone. A generation of young people have suffered.

An aerial view of Marathon Petroleum's refinery in Carson, California, on April 22.

How Biden Could Use Trump’s Trade War Thumbscrews to Fight Climate Change

Fortunately for supporters of aggressive action on global emissions, Trump has demonstrated a highly effective way to circumvent the legislative process.

Indian security forces stand guard at a roadblock.

Kashmir’s Year of Hopelessness

One year on from New Delhi’s decision to revoke Kashmir’s autonomous privileges, the region remains ignored and underinvested. It’s difficult to see what could change the status quo.

A woman waits to cross a street in New Delhi on Aug. 1.

The COVID-19 Economic Crash Could Set Indian Women Back Decades

They’ve been disproportionately affected by job losses, and now new jobs may first go to men.

“Mom told me what happened, what a scare!” Fran, the digital influencer, says to her aunt over a video call. Her uncle and their family’s maid contracted COVID-19 from guests, who came over for a birthday celebration. The family “spared no expense” on medical care for the uncle, who survived after 12 days in an intensive care unit. The aunt is categorical: It wasn’t the guests who infected him; she blames the maid. “You know how it is in the favela, everyone crammed in,” she says. “She brought COVID to us.” The maid dies in a run-down public hospital and is replaced by another one right after. “New maid—I have to teach her everything. How annoying,” the aunt laments. “Hahaha, I know how it is. But thank God the worst is over now,” Fran says. “Life carries on.”

A New Comic Exposes Racism Amid the Pandemic in Brazil

“Confinada” critiques the disproportionate toll the coronavirus has taken on poor and Black Brazilians—on top of ongoing systemic inequality in the country.

Soviet Red Army soldiers march in downtown Kabul during a military parade in October 1986.

Russia Is Winning the Information War in Afghanistan

The country’s former occupier is using Kremlin-backed media to fuel anger toward the United States.

A man in a mask stands before smoldering buildings near Beirut's port on Aug. 5.

‘This is Lebanon, This is Our Destiny’

A catastrophe that smashed the city center is the last thing we needed.

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 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

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Donald Trump at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017.

Trump Has Alienated Allies—but Has Them Acting in America’s Interest (and Their Own)

Amidst the torrent of criticism, the administration's accomplishments are often forgotten.

German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer speaks to the media to present the Bundeswehr's new volunteer service program on July 23, in Berlin.

Ask What You Can Do for Your Country

Western countries need national service programs, and Germany is leading the way.

Boris Johnson, as mayor of London, meets tourists during an official visit to the Forbidden City in Beijing on Oct. 15, 2013.

Boris Johnson’s Remarkable U-Turn From Sinophile to China Hawk

Six months ago, Britain was the most China-friendly state in Western Europe. That’s ancient history now.

The flags of the United States and India adorn a conference table during a meeting between representatives of the two countries.

India and the United States Need Each Other Mostly Because of China

Just 50 years ago, Washington was trying to intimidate New Delhi so it could cozy up to Beijing. China’s rise has brought the world’s two largest democracies closer.

visual stories

Ghulam Mohammad Najar sits on a window sill observing the damage to his home in Nawakadal on May 31.

In Kashmir, a Year of Exploding Memories

A year after the state’s special status was revoked, peace remains a distant hope.

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The Week in World Photos

Stranded Syrians at the border,  a U.S. civil rights leader’s farewell, and a distanced Hajj in Saudi Arabia.