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An Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) soldier sits by a pile of weapons confiscated from Ethiopian army soldiers at the Addis Ababa racetrack on May 29, 1991.

Ethiopia’s Breakup Doesn’t Have to Be Violent

A confederation of states must choose whether to follow the bloody path of the former Yugoslavia or the prosperous model of the European Union.

A street vendor hawks yams.

In Nigeria, Yam Prices Soar, and Culture Suffers

Yams mean wealth, power, and the holidays—if you can afford them.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) meets with Milorad Dodik, the Serb member of Bosnia's tripartite presidency, in Belgrade on Jan. 17, 2019.

What Russia Really Wants in the Balkans

The Kremlin is destabilizing Bosnia and Herzegovina in pursuit of broader strategic goals.

Anti-Taliban forces train.

Afghan Insurgents Are a Dead End

Rebuilding U.S. standing requires an end to backing militants abroad.

A silhouette of a demonstrator is seen behind a Chinese flag.

How China Became Jihadis’ New Target

International terrorist organizations long considered Beijing a secondary focus. That’s changed.

U.S. President Joe Biden

Biden’s Summit for Democracy Needs More Than Governments

Bringing other voices in would empower the democratic cause.

A large screen displays China's President Xi Jinping outside a shopping mall on November 16  in Beijing, China.

The Chinese Communist Party Still Thinks It Owns the Future

Outsiders might see a peaking power, but China’s leaders don’t.

The Daily Star in Beirut

Lebanon Loses a Pillar of Independent Journalism

The Daily Star’s demise is the story of Lebanon, reduced from promising country to failed state.

Tree stumps after 850 hectares of forests were felled to plant oil palms in the heart of the Congo Basin forest near Kisangani in the northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Sept. 25, 2019.

An Empty Pledge to Protect Rainforests

The COP26 deforestation commitment is disingenuous—and could harm the Congo Basin.

Indian nuclear power plant in Narora

India Needs a Big Nuclear Bet to Keep COP26 Promises

The United States can play a key role in civilian nuclear aid.

U.S. Customs officers stand at the closed U.S.-Canadian border near Lansdowne, Ontario, on March 22, 2020.

Who Lost North America?

The project of a stronger, more united continent is on life support. It’s time for a new vision.

Indian border guards patrol the Indian-Pakistani border.

Border Openings Could Signal an Indian-Pakistani Thaw

Relaxing restrictions on the Punjab border could lead to a bigger shift as both sides recalibrate relations.

A view of the Pipeline Inspection Gauge receiving station, part of Nord Stream 2, in Lubmin, Germany, on Sept. 21.

How to Stop Moscow From Squeezing Ukraine’s Energy Sector

Kyiv and the West can work together to strengthen security.

Ukrainian servicemen take part in the joint Rapid Trident military exercises with the United States and other NATO countries nor far from Lviv on September 24.

Russia Isn’t About to Attack Ukraine

Moscow occupying its neighbor would be expensive, dangerous, and pointless.

A large screen displays video of U.S. President Joe Biden (left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping as people walk by during the evening CCTV news broadcast outside a shopping mall in Beijing on Nov. 16.

U.S.-China Trade Talks Should Prioritize Opening Up China’s Internet

One of the world’s biggest trade barriers is also a tool of censorship.

Protesters march past the venue of the United Nations climate conference

Climate Crisis Should Be the Final Blow to the Washington Consensus

Groups like the G-7 are putting proactive governance back on the agenda.

A demonstrator holds an Ethiopian flag as he takes part in a rally in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Nov. 7.

How to Avert Catastrophe in Ethiopia

The United States must bring all of its power to bear to prevent state collapse.

Oil pumps in California

It’s Time to Be Honest About Fossil Fuels’ Role in Energy Transition

As soaring fuel inflation turns into a political risk, Biden needs a smarter energy policy fast.

A Black U.S. soldier sits atop a Bradley fighting vehicle topped by an American flag in a wintry landscape.

How Biden Can Save the Peace in Bosnia

Bosnia is on the brink of crisis. U.S. and NATO troops could prevent it.