The Curious Case of ‘Russian Lives Matter’
In Moscow, the Kremlin attacks U.S. racism while the liberal opposition ignores it, or worse.
Journalism Has a Class Problem, Too
The increasingly narrow backgrounds of reporters distort coverage at home and abroad.
After Signing Anti-Terrorism Law, Duterte Names His Targets
A supposed national security law in the Philippines is being used to silence dissenting voices.
Trapped on the Wrong Side of the India-China Border
From a pandemic to geopolitics, for families and businesspeople caught by border closings, things are going from bad to worse.
The Turkish Government Closed a University Because It Fears Free Speech
Ankara shut an institution founded by religious conservatives and attacks tech companies in order to stop young Turks from accessing a free academic and media environment.
Guilt by Location
Around the world, security forces use forced displacement as a means of sorting populations. To fix the global displacement crisis, it’s critical to understand how and why they do it.
Decolonize the State Department
As U.S. policymakers grapple with systemic racism, it’s time to start tapping the expertise of diasporas.
Beijing Launches a Global Assault on Free Speech
Hong Kong’s cruel new law doesn’t just affect the city.
Lukashenko Is Putin’s Future
The Russian president may seem invincible, but the descent of his Belarusian comrade may hint at what’s to come.
China Wants to Be Lebanon’s Savior
One of the Middle East’s most westernized outposts is falling apart—and looking east for a soft landing.
Hong Kongers Say Taiwan Is Their First Choice as Exile Looms
Beijing’s new security law may cause mass emigration in Hong Kong.
In Pakistan, the Army Tightens Its Grip
As military expenditure soars in Pakistan despite an unprecedented economic catastrophe, Khan’s power looks to be waning.
López Obrador Goes to Washington to Play Nice With Trump
Once an anti-Trump firebrand, the Mexican president knows he needs his U.S. counterpart—and isn’t taking any chances on the November election.
Why India and Russia Are Going to Stay Friends
Conventional wisdom holds that New Delhi will turn to Washington as it increases competition with Beijing. But Moscow’s importance cannot be ignored.
China Is NATO’s New Problem
The alliance has been so focused on Moscow that it has missed Beijing’s growing clout across Europe.
How China Is Dividing Britain’s Tories
The golden era of British-Chinese relations quickly eroded—left in its place is a Conservative Party deeply divided on how to approach Beijing.
Angela Merkel Is Back
As Germany takes over the EU presidency, the country’s chancellor has an opportunity to tackle some unfinished business.
Trump’s Mount Rushmore Speech Is the Closest He’s Come to Fascism
The world just lost its leading historian of fascist ideology. The late historian Zeev Sternhell would have recognized the president’s lies as propaganda in the tradition of Mussolini.
Trump’s New Realism in China
Critics aside, the administration does have a strategy, and it is based on reciprocity.
Bolsonaro’s Failed Diplomacy Leaves Brazil Isolated as Pandemic Rages
Ideological fixations have been a diplomatic and a public health disaster.
Egypt’s Social Media Discovered Its Coronavirus Crisis
The government tried to bury evidence of a national outbreak—until Egyptians forced it to confess.
The Dictator-Run Bank That Tells the Story of America’s Foreign Corruption
BCCI was a kleptocratic institution whose influence reached the White House—and a model for today’s global crooks.
The Tip of the American Military Spear Is Being Blunted
Reforms to the Marine Corps may be necessary to face China, but Congress needs to ask hard questions.
France Was Officially Colorblind—Until Now
The country is upending its national identity by finally starting to acknowledge race.
Britain Is Becoming America in All the Worst Ways
British politicians used to condescend to their U.S. counterparts. During the pandemic, they've started copying their most destructive habits.
This Is What the Future of Globalization Will Look Like
The pandemic proved, once and for all, that the world can’t be flat. But global trade can recover—if we rewrite the rules.
Welcome to the Post-Leader World
The United States has abdicated its dominant role. Here’s how to fill the gap.
The United States Has Nothing to Fear From the ICC
The Trump administration’s crusade against the International Criminal Court is misguided and will harm long-term U.S. interests.
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.
Erdogan Should Not 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.
Trump’s Syria Policy Is Working
The Assad regime is cracking under the pressure of stalemate—just like the State Department planned.
The Chinese Communist Party Wants a Han Baby Boom That Isn’t Coming
China has swung toward natalist policies for the majority while forcibly sterilizing ethnic minorities.