Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf gives an address during the 2017 Iranian presidential election.

Iran Is Becoming Immune to U.S. Pressure

Trump’s so-called maximum pressure campaign has empowered hard-line figures in Tehran, marginalizing those eager to take the diplomatic route.

People hold a banner protesting against U.S.-developed Aegis Ashore missile interceptor systems during a demonstration against a forthcoming state visit by U.S. President Donald Trump to Japan in Tokyo on May 25, 2019.

Japan Is Canceling a U.S. Missile Defense System

Aegis Ashore was more expensive than bargained for, but scrapping the program may come with its own costs.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper speaks alongside President Donald Trump at the White House.

White House Directed Hiring of Conspiracy Theorist Over Pentagon Objections

The White House wants fired National Security Council aide Rich Higgins hired for a senior Defense position.

A police officer stands guard outside a cordoned-off block of apartments where the suspect in a multiple stabbing incident lived in Reading, west of London, on June 23.

Terrorism After the Pandemic

Months of isolation and governments grappling with other crises could lead to a rise in attacks.

A person holds a sign reading "United against Islamophobia"

From India, Islamophobia Goes Global

Hindu nationalism has helped spread a distinct brand of anti-Islam around the world, and famously multicultural Canada may have a problem on its hands.

Taliban spokesman Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai greets a participant during the opening of the two-day talks between the Taliban and Afghan opposition representatives.

This Time, Russia Is in Afghanistan to Win

Putin is replicating his success in Syria in a new theater of conflict—and part of his plan is to hurt American interests once again.

President Donald Trump and Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrive for a bilateral meeting during the G7 summit on Aug. 25, 2019 in Biarritz, France.

The Pandemic Is the World’s Long Overdue Reality Check

Populists came to power peddling political fantasies—but the coronavirus has broken the fever.

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.

Ruslan Boshirov

What’s This Unit of Russian Spies That Keeps Getting Outed?

Unit 29155 of the GRU is behind plenty of Russia’s high-profile misadventures abroad—and now, apparently, the bounties on U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Then-Afghan President Mohammed Najibullah smiles as he meets Red Army soldiers.

In Afghanistan, the Dead Cast a Long Shadow

With Afghanistan again facing a political crisis, Mohammed Najibullah’s tarnished memory is being rehabilitated by some. But the crimes of the last Soviet-supported president, who was killed by the Taliban, are hardly forgotten.

Soldiers from the Mozambican army patrol Mocimboa da Praia, Mozambique, on March 7, 2018, following October’s two-day attack by suspected Islamists.

Mozambique’s Insurgency Is a Regional Problem

Rising extremist violence in the country’s oil-rich north threatens stability in southern Africa—and requires a coordinated response.

Uighur children joke as they taunt a local police officer in Xinjiang

China’s Own Documents Show Potentially Genocidal Sterilization Plans in Xinjiang

Ethnic minorities are being targeted by family planning departments as reproduction restrictions loosen on Han Chinese.

A police van patrols in front of Hagia Sophia during a two-day lockdown imposed prevent the spread of COVID-19 on April 11,  in Istanbul, Turkey.

Don’t Let Erdogan Erase Turkey’s Christian Past

The Turkish president wants to turn Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia back into a mosque. Destroying its dual Orthodox-Islamic heritage would be a blow to religious pluralism and tolerance.

President Donald Trump salutes while joined by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as a military carry team moves the transfer case containing the remains of Scott A. Wirtz at Dover Air Force Base on Jan. 19, 2019 in Delaware.

Trump’s Syria Policy Is Working

The Assad regime is cracking under the pressure of stalemate—just like the State Department planned.

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