Members of the anti-Brexit campaign group Border Communities Against Brexit, dressed up as British Army Soldiers and Customs officials, pose with a wall installed on a road crossing the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, during a demonstration in Newry, Northern Ireland, on Jan. 26.

Brexiteers Bear All the Blame for the Irish Border Impasse

The European Union and Ireland are trying to preserve Northern Ireland’s fragile stability. The British government is playing with fire.

Secondary school students attend a rally at Edinburgh Place in Hong Kong on August 22, 2019.

Beijing Is Shooting Its Own Foot in Hong Kong

Political paranoia is making it hard for the Chinese Communist Party to sell its own narrative.

A Libyan flag is seen outside an oil refinery in Zawiya on Sept. 23, 2011.

Outsiders’ Battle to Rebuild Libya Is Fueling the Civil War There

In competing for lucrative reconstruction contracts, China, Italy, France, Russia, and others are preventing the conflict from ending.

A Long March 3B rocket lifts off from the Xichang launch centre in China's southwestern Sichuan province early on December 8, 2018.

America Is Losing the Second Space Race to China

The private sector can give the United States a much-needed rocket boost.

U.S. Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michèle Flournoy listens during a hearing before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Sept. 24, 2009.

Women Look to 2020 to Break the National Security Glass Ceiling

Advocacy groups see the upcoming election as an opportunity to boost the number of women in senior positions.

A protester dressed as German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands next to a giant 1 Euro coin during a demonstration in front of the chancellery in Berlin October 21, 2011, calling on Germany and France to spend more on alleviating poverty and protecting the environment, rather than on banks.

Germany Is an Economic Masochist

Europe’s biggest economy could easily stop its own slide into long-term stagnation—but it would prefer not to.

A dog hangs around an abandoned farmhouse on February 6, 2014 near Bakersfield, California.

The Global Food Crisis Is Here

It’s not just that climate change is ravaging the world’s agriculture. Agriculture is also ravaging the climate.

An Italian Guardia di Finanza ship sails towards the Spanish migrant rescue NGO ship Open Arms to retrieve 27 unaccompanied minors and take them to the Italian island of Lampedusa on August 17, 2019.

There’s No End in Sight for Matteo Salvini’s War on Migrants

Italy’s interior minister has already passed draconian laws to stop humanitarian rescue ships. If he manages to become prime minister, it will only get worse.

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa shakes hands after addressing a meeting attended by white Zimbabwean farmers and businessmen on July 21, 2018 in Harare.

Economic Isolation is Hindering Zimbabwe’s Transformation

Lifting sanctions and increasing international investment will speed land and security sector reform—and enhance the protection of human rights.

Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block, Rev. Susan Henry-Crowe, Imam Talib Shareef, and Rev. Traci Blackmon speak at a rally at the White House on June 30, 2018.

To Protect Human Rights Abroad, Preach to Trump Voters

Religious leaders can help convince the most ethnocentric and authoritarian U.S. voters to oppose Washington’s backing of abusive dictators.

A Solidarity union supporter holds a banner reading “Solidarnosc” as she and several thousands of people gather for an open-air mass celebrated by Pope John Paul II in Gdansk on June, 12 1987.

Donald Trump and the War for Polish History

The Law and Justice party is trying to reframe the fight against the Nazis and communism—and the U.S. president is a useful pawn.

Volunteer community mobilizers (VCMs) hold flip charts used for educating parents about polio and other routine immunizations at a health center in Kano, Nigeria, on July 23.

Nigeria Just Won a Complex Victory Over Polio

The country’s vaccinators have overcome distrust, misinformation, and an insurgency to reach this point, but they can’t stop yet.

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi gestures as he attends a rally in Rome on Nov. 27, 2013.

We’re All Living in Berlusconi’s World Now

The Italian leader played buffoon, victim, and messiah. Others have followed suit.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the media before departing from the White House in Washington on Aug. 21.

Why Trump Fails at Making Deals

His fumbles with China, Iran, North Korea, India, and now Denmark are evidence of what the people who know him best have long said: The U.S. president is actually a poor negotiator.

Screenshots of videos on TikTok.

Xinjiang’s Voiceless Protests Hit Social Media

Videos show Uighurs silently posing with photos of detained relatives.

Paramedics remove an injured man suspected of being an undercover police officer and attacked during a protest at Hong Kong International Airport during a demonstration on Aug. 13.

Hong Kongers Can’t Always Tell Cops From Comrades

Police infiltration is an old tactic—and not just by autocrats.

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