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Biden’s Old Playbook Won’t End Israeli-Palestinian Violence

Further conflict is inevitable unless Washington ends Israel's impunity and includes Palestinians in its global democracy agenda.

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Green-Lined Vision Is Blurring Reality in Israel-Palestine

Policymakers can no longer rely on an imaginary border that supposedly divides two states as a one-state reality takes shape on the ground.

U.S. President Joe Biden walks through Arlington National Cemetery.

The Military Revolt Against Joe Biden

An open letter by former officers calling the president a “Marxist” dictator is a greater threat to U.S. democracy than the ouster of Liz Cheney.

Venezuelan migrants stay at the Divina Providencia migrant shelter in Cucuta, Colombia, on the border with Venezuela, on February 7, 2019.

Refugee-Run Organizations Deserve More Money

Governments tend to fund large humanitarian agencies, but small groups run by refugees are a better investment.

Newly appointed attorney general Rodolfo Delgado is sworn in during the first plenary session of the Legislative Assembly in San Salvador, on May 2.

In Central America, Rule of Law Is Under Attack. El Salvador Is the Latest Victim.

El Salvador’s populist president is following the playbook of corrupt elites in Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Honduras when it comes to top courts.

Anti-nuclear activists protest in Berlin.

Biden Must Be Clear About What Nuclear Weapons Are For

The U.S. president can clarify his belief in “sole purpose” through a new review process.

Modi campaigns in West Bengal

India’s Pandemic Disaster Has Finally Slowed Modi’s Unstoppable Rise

The populist leader is blaming everyone but himself. Voters aren’t buying it.

The Sydney Opera House at dawn.

Australia Is the New Hermit Kingdom

Closed borders have shut out a diverse citizenry.

Taiwanese soldiers operate U.S.-made guns.

Unified Threats Need Decentralized Deterrence

The United States can’t afford to contain its allies anymore.

People watch from the shore as the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier leaves Portsmouth Naval Base in southeastern England on May 1.

The United Kingdom Dispatches HMS Queen Elizabeth to Confront China

Are U.S. allies finally rallying around Washington’s more aggressive stance toward Beijing?

Saudi Shiite Muslim worshippers during a mourning ritual in Qatif, Saudi Arabia, on Aug. 29, 2020.

Saudi Arabia Still Treats Shiites as Second-Class Citizens

Mohammed bin Salman’s much-touted domestic reform agenda won’t succeed until it ensures Shiite religious freedom.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends a press conference.

How to Boost the United States’ Most Important Partnership

Biden’s first 100 days show India is a crucial part of the new administration’s foreign policy.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends a townhall meeting at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California, on Sept. 27, 2015.

Forget Trump. Facebook Should Go After Modi.

Around the world, super influencers have used social media to sow chaos. Facebook’s “Supreme Court” should consider them too.

The front of the U.S. Embassy in Havana

Claims of Microwave Attacks Are Scientifically Implausible

There’s little evidence for an unknown weapon being behind “Havana syndrome.”

U.S. President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga take part in a joint press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on April 16.

What the United States Wants From Japan in Taiwan

Biden should be clear about potential wartime plans now or else risk being disappointed by delays in Tokyo.

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Financial Services Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 23, 2019.

Is Facebook a Failed State?

In deciding what to do about Donald Trump, the platform’s own “Supreme Court” punted.

Korean Catholics attend a mass.

‘Minari’ Is About Korean American Faith as Well as Family

The U.S.-Korea relationship has always been shaped by Korean Christianity.

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Extending the Trump Ban Won’t Heal Facebook’s Deeper Sickness

Apple cutting the social media giant off from iPhone user data could force a healthy change.

Demonstrators protest sexual assaults on women in Kolkata, India.

Report Back Better

The State Department’s yearly human rights report may be the United States’ best tool for fighting sexual violence. Biden needs to get it right.

Billboards feature Mohammed bin Salman and Imran Khan.

Can Imran Khan Change the Course of Saudi-Pakistani Relations?

Pakistan and Saudi Arabia’s relationship is walking a fine line.