A Deeply Divided Israel Greets New Coalition Government
The “change government” of Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid promises little real change—other than an end to Netanyahu.
Putin and Biden Curb Their Enthusiasm
A “cold peace” is the best-case scenario coming out of this week’s summit.
Afghan Air Force Could Be Grounded After U.S. Pullout
The one advantage the Afghan army had on the Taliban looks set to slip away with the hasty U.S. withdrawal.
What Putin Wants From His Summit With Biden
With expectations low in Moscow, the Kremlin is looking for limited deescalation.
Israel’s New Coalition Government Is More Stable Than It Looks
With all its parties facing disaster by leaving, the coalition has every reason to make it work.
Nepal’s Vaccine Disaster Has Left Millions Unprotected
Alleged corruption and geopolitical worries have created a deadly shortage.
Forced Confessions Are the Propaganda of Terror
Belarus’s Lukashenko doesn’t want to be believed—he wants to be feared.
Is Europe Any Good at Soft Power?
The increasingly aggressive authoritarianism of Belarus is an acute test of the EU’s diplomatic self-image.
Turkey Will Never Recognize the Armenian Genocide
It’s time for Yerevan to shift gears and work toward rapprochement with Ankara.
‘Responsibility to Protect’ Is One More Casualty of the Syrian War
The conflict’s impact on the world’s ability to prevent atrocities will be felt for years to come.
Peru’s New President Isn’t as Radical as He Looks
Pedro Castillo ran as an anti-establishment leftist. Here’s why he won’t govern like one.
Tom Tugendhat Is the British MP China Hates Most
A stalwartly anti-Beijing figure doesn’t quite fit his party’s mold.
‘War on Disease’ Is a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
The mindset that helped fight the current pandemic is what gets us into situations like this in the first place.
The Sneaky Conservatism of China’s Feminist Dramas
As Beijing limits women’s choices, ta shidai television shows soothe without offering real change.
It’s the Roads, Stupid
Armed checkpoints along key trade routes—not natural resources—are the key to financing rebel groups and insurgencies around the world.
Biden’s Balkans Test Has Arrived
The U.S. president has taken a step toward getting tough on Serbia—but can he see the policy through?
What to Expect From the Biden-Putin Summit in Geneva
The two leaders have much to discuss. Just don’t hold your breath for a breakthrough.