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A medical worker in personal protective equipment closes the doors of an ambulance after dropping off a patient suspected of having the COVID-19 virus at the Acibadem Altunizade Hospital on April 17, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey.

‘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.

Me Too protest in China

The Sneaky Conservatism of China’s Feminist Dramas

As Beijing limits women’s choices, ta shidai television shows soothe without offering real change.

Joe Biden arrives for a ceremony near the village of Sojevo, Kosovo on August 17, 2016.

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?

Chilean cyclists participate in a protest against Sebastian Piñera's government in Santiago on Nov. 24, 2019.

Chile Offers a Blueprint for Effectively Channeling Outrage

Too many Latin American countries are stuck in a cycle of protest and reaction.

Employees work on the production line of CoronaVac, Sinovac Biotech's vaccine against COVID-19 coronavirus at the Butantan biomedical production center, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Jan. 14.

Vaccine Diplomacy Boosts China’s Standing in Latin America

Beijing has increased its leverage in the region—but Washington can still stage a comeback.

1940 Olympics Flag

Unlucky Tokyo Rolls the Olympic Dice—Again

With cancellation so prominent in Japan’s Olympic history, Tokyo 2021 has emerged as a cautionary tale.

Putin and Modi at the 2016 BRICS summit

Asia’s Stakes in the Biden-Putin Summit

Geopolitical shifts have put a U.S.-Russian detente in the interest of much of Asia.

A health care worker salutes from a window of the Mulago National Referral Hospital on the first day of the country’s vaccination rollout after it received the first batch of AstraZeneca doses in Kampala, Uganda, on March 10.

Lack of Vaccines Fuels Terrorism in Africa

To avoid more instability, it is time for all wealthy nations to start sharing.

An Iranian warship nears the Strait of Hormuz.

Why the United States Can’t Touch Iran’s Atlantic-Bound Warships

International law blocks direct action on sovereign vessels even if they’re violating U.S. sanctions.

Joe Biden speaks during a meeting with European Union President Donald Tusk on February 6, 2015 at the EU Headquarters in Brussels.

Biden Is Everything Europe Asked For

On his first trip abroad, the new U.S. president is renewing old friendships—and bringing a winning post-pandemic agenda for the West.

Riot police stand guard outside the house of Cristiana Chamorro, a presidential candidate who was arrested this week, in Managua, Nicaragua, on June 2.

Did Ortega Just Kill Nicaragua’s Democracy?

His arrests of opposition candidates could seal the country’s political fate, but not if Biden fights back now.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian speaks.

China’s Diplomacy Is Limiting Its Own Ambitions

Beijing’s self-imposed problems make it a less threatening challenger than it seems.

Young supporters of Belarus’s opposition carry a European Union flag at a rally in Minsk on Oct. 14, 2007.

After the Pandemic, the EU Must Prove Its Worth

To revive the project, Europe’s leaders should reassert the union as a global power.

People watch as the container ship the Ever Given is refloated, unblocking the Suez Canal in Suez, Egypt, on March 29.

The Ever Given Crew Are Still Stuck at Sea

Here’s why and what their story means for other seafarers.

Protest against Russia in Idlib, Syria

The Biden-Putin Summit Can Kick-Start a Deal on Syria

Only Washington has the carrots and sticks to steer the conflict towards resolution.

Uyghurs demonstrate in London.

Beijing Plans a Slow Genocide in Xinjiang

Chinese officials’ own words speak to plans to reduce Uyghur births.

Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto

As the Clock Ticks, Japanese Wonder If the Olympics Are Worth the Risk

Opponents are calling foul, but the data suggests the event can be pulled off.

A 12-year-old worker carries coal in the district of Jaintia Hills, India, on April 15, 2001.

The Asian Development Bank’s Green Future

The ADB won’t finance coal, but its bans on dirty fuel may not go far enough.