A woman displays her iPhone in front of the building housing the Israeli NSO Group in Herzliya, Israel, on Aug. 28, 2016.

Pegasus Lands in Africa

From Morocco to Rwanda, governments and their intelligence services have allegedly used spyware to target everyone including opponents, monarchs, and foreign leaders.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Joe Biden

Ukraine Won’t Stop Fighting the Nord Stream Deal

Kyiv feels let down by supposed allies in Berlin and Washington.

A demonstrator wears a mask with the East Turkestan flag

Calls for Independence May Not Help the Uyghur Cause

Stopping the atrocities in Xinjiang requires reaching the Chinese public.

People celebrate in the streets of Tunis after Tunisian President Kais Saied announced the suspension of parliament and the dismissal of the prime minister on July 25, 2021, after a day of nationwide protests.

Maybe Tunisians Never Wanted Democracy

If Westerners are shocked at political developments in Tunisia, it’s because they described it as a straightforward success for too long.

A protester lifts a Tunisian national flag during an anti-government rally in front of the parliament in Tunis, Tunisia.

The International Community Must Use Its Leverage in Tunisia

Foreign powers should condemn Kais Saied’s power grab to halt long-term damage to the nascent democracy.

A U.S. Cobra helicopter participates in a military exercise.

U.S. Lawmakers Hold Up Major Proposed Arms Sale to Nigeria

Senators quietly press U.S. President Joe Biden to reassess U.S.-Nigeria relations amid human rights concerns.

U.N. Security Council members

How a Dream Job Became a Bureaucratic Nightmare for a Top U.N. Lawyer

Chief advocate for alleged terrorists sanctioned by the United Nations announces his resignation citing red tape, rule-of-law issues.

An anti-vaccination protester in France

Macron’s Big Vaccination Gamble

The French president is making vaccines mandatory for many—sparking fresh protests ahead of next year’s elections.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman talks with Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum during the Future Investment Initiative FII conference in the Saudi capital Riyadh on October 24, 2018.

The Rocky New Era of the Saudi-Emirati Relationship

After years of closely cooperating on everything from Iran to oil, the Arab Gulf is entering a moment of wariness.

The MV Ever Given container ship sails in the Suez Canal

How the Red Sea Became a Trap

From piracy to the Ever Given, colonialism left hard scars.

Merkel and Biden at the White House

Biden’s Surrender to Merkel on Nord Stream 2

His support for the pipeline abandoned a bipartisan consensus, got nothing in return, and made the world less secure.

A security officer walks past a mural showing U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in Kabul on July 31, 2020.

India Resists the Taliban Bandwagon

As Blinken heads to New Delhi, he could find some surprising common ground on Afghanistan.

Afghan security forces escort suspected Taliban fighters

U.S. Officials Make Last-Minute Push to Get Afghan Spies Out Before Withdrawal

Intelligence assets who worked for the CIA now face deadly reprisals.

Fishermen lay their nets on the Mekong River close to the site of an approved dam site near Luang Prabang, Laos, on Feb. 8 2020.

In Laos, a Dubious Dam Threatens Luang Prabang

A hydroelectric project could force UNESCO to delist the spectacular World Heritage Site.

Portrait taken on May 12, 1982 of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

Postmodern America Didn’t Deserve Jimmy Carter

A new biography paints a portrait of a president who made vast progress on policy—and failed at smoke-and-mirrors PR.

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