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.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

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Float, Move, and Fight

How the U.S. Navy lost the shipbuilding race.

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Sea Power Makes Great Powers

History reveals a country’s rise and decline are directly related to the heft of its navy. So why is the United States intent on downsizing?

The Ever Given Crew Are Still Stuck at Sea

Here’s why and what their story means for other seafarers.

Indira Gandhi’s Lesson for Modi

A new account of India’s state of emergency in the 1970s takes on fresh relevance amid its ongoing erosion of democracy.

Long Reads

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The Doomed Voyage of Pepsi’s Soviet Navy

A three-decade dream of communist markets ended in the scrapyard.

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Nature Is Becoming a Person

How to make sense of the new global trend that grants legal rights to animals, plants, and rivers.

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A Squabble About History Almost Killed Xi Jinping’s Father

Fights about the party’s past are serious business in Beijing.

Karambir's mother, Bahoti Devi, sits outside the family home with the farming family's buffalos behind her in Haryana, India, on March 27.

Farmers Have Become Martyrs in India

A grim death toll accompanies long-running protests.

Evolving Criminal Networks

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How to Run a Criminal Network in a Pandemic

Drug dealers and human traffickers are upgrading their marketing and delivery services.

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Goodbye, Government. Hello, Mafia.

From insurgent groups to charities, a range of nongovernmental organizations are stepping in to respond to the coronavirus crisis.

A man looks at a solidarity basket displayed with a note reading "Who can, put, who cannot, take" in one of the deserted streets in the historic center of Naples on April 3.

Mafia, Poverty, and the Pandemic

In southern Italy, an already shaky economy is left struggling by the coronavirus—leaving a vacuum for organized crime.

A member of the hacking group Red Hacker Alliance monitors global cyberattacks on his computer at an office in Dongguan, China, on Aug. 4.

Lockdowns Have Been Hard on Organized Crime, Too

And a rise in cyber-ransoms is the result. To stop the cycle, businesses should stop paying up.

visual stories

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The Month in World Photos

An escalating civil war in Ethiopia, a migrant crisis at the Belarusian-Polish border, and a scattering of red crabs in Australia.

An aerial picture shows smoke rising from a forest fire outside Berdigestyakh, in Sakha, Siberia.

The Gap Between Talk and Action on Climate Is on Full Display in Glasgow

Environmental disasters are rapidly engulfing the world. Can bureaucracy meet their pace?