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Afghan women wait in front of a bank office in Kabul.
Afghan women wait in front of a bank office in Kabul.

‘Afghan Women’ Aren’t Who You Think They Are

Western powers and donors created a category that consigned the women of Afghanistan to perpetual victimhood—while all parties instrumentalized them for political ends.

The U.S. dollar over the globe..
The U.S. dollar over the globe..

The World Is Seeing How the Dollar Really Works

By raising interest rates, the Federal Reserve strengthened the U.S. currency—and revealed its centrality to global order.

A police officer oversees the exhumation of three bodies.
A police officer oversees the exhumation of three bodies.

How to Prosecute Russia’s War Crimes

A new initiative centers justice in Ukraine itself.

Crosses, flowers, and photographs mark the graves of victims of the battles for Irpin and Bucha at the cemetery of Irpin, Ukraine, on May 16.
Crosses, flowers, and photographs mark the graves of victims of the battles for Irpin and Bucha at the cemetery of Irpin, Ukraine, on May 16.

Russia’s Brutal Honesty Has Destroyed the West’s Appeasers

Yet plenty of Western intellectuals and politicians still ignore what Moscow is saying loud and clear.

A Marshall Islands-flagged carrier transits the Bosphorus.
A Marshall Islands-flagged carrier transits the Bosphorus.

Turkey Is the Biggest Swing Player in the Russia-Ukraine War

Ankara has used its unique position for a strategic advantage.

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan ahead of their meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow on April 19.
Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan ahead of their meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow on April 19.

Why Is Armenia So Close to Russia and Iran?

The small Caucasus country challenges the idea that the world is splitting into democratic and autocratic camps.

Blinken smiles and waves atop an external staircase in front of an open airplane door showing the Secretary of State's official seal.
Blinken smiles and waves atop an external staircase in front of an open airplane door showing the Secretary of State's official seal.

A Little Great-Power Competition Is Healthy for Africa

U.S.-China competition could benefit Africa by forcing each side to offer what it thinks it is best at.

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speak during a G-7 foreign ministers' summit in Liverpool, England, on Dec. 12, 2021.
British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speak during a G-7 foreign ministers' summit in Liverpool, England, on Dec. 12, 2021.

Liz Truss Is Ready to Flex London’s Muscles Abroad

Britain’s likely next prime minister is a foreign-policy hard-liner.

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin

How to Take Down a Tyrant

Three steps for exerting maximum economic pressure on Putin.

Golob smiles in front of EU flags.
Golob smiles in front of EU flags.

The War in Ukraine Is Emancipating Central Europe

Countries in the region are finally becoming full members of the EU club thanks to the war.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump and Yasir al-Rumayyan, head of the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia, look on from the second tee prior to the LIV Golf Invitational-Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 28.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump and Yasir al-Rumayyan, head of the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia, look on from the second tee prior to the LIV Golf Invitational-Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 28.

The Battle for the Soul of Golf

A Saudi-sponsored tournament shows why China and other rising powers will struggle to replace established global institutions with their own.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz appears at a press conference at European Union headquarters in Brussels on Dec. 10, 2021.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz appears at a press conference at European Union headquarters in Brussels on Dec. 10, 2021.

It’s Time for Olaf Scholz to Walk His Talk

Since announcing revolutionary changes in German defense, Berlin has been dragging its feet nonstop.

Cargo ships are seen at a harbor in Taiwan.
Cargo ships are seen at a harbor in Taiwan.

Shipping Is Staying Cool About Taiwan

The maritime insurance industry sees little elevated risk from China’s exercises.

A visitor at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin on Sept. 25, 2019.
A visitor at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin on Sept. 25, 2019.

Germany Has Confronted Its Past. Now It Must Confront the Present.

Accepting—or rejecting—historical guilt for past evils doesn’t absolve nations of present-day responsibility.

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol greets a soccer player.
South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol greets a soccer player.
A crowd of men protesting hold flags and a large portrait of Sadr.
A crowd of men protesting hold flags and a large portrait of Sadr.

Moqtada al-Sadr Wants to Be Iraq’s Ayatollah Khomeini

Despite the Shiite cleric’s apparent efforts against Iranian influence in Iraq, his chief inspiration is Iran’s founder and most famous supreme leader.

A Chinese military vessel sails off Pingtan Island, one of China's closest points to Taiwan, on Aug. 5.
A Chinese military vessel sails off Pingtan Island, one of China's closest points to Taiwan, on Aug. 5.

China’s Military Exercises Aren’t a Crisis—Yet

Analysts have been keen to make comparisons to tensions in 1996.

This photograph taken on December 7, 2021 shows a machine gun over the Menaka camp in Mali for the new Task Force Takuba, a multinational military mission in the troubled Sahel region.
This photograph taken on December 7, 2021 shows a machine gun over the Menaka camp in Mali for the new Task Force Takuba, a multinational military mission in the troubled Sahel region.

Militarizing the Sahel Won’t Make Europe More Secure

The EU’s obsession with security in the Sahel is a reflection of its own anxieties—and a betrayal of its values.

Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout
Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout

We Cannot Risk Another Bout With Viktor Bout

I oversaw the U.S. effort to capture the Russian arms dealer. Here’s what Joe Biden should know before trading him away.

A Ukrainian serviceman walks past the turret of a Russian tank next to a destroyed gas station
A Ukrainian serviceman walks past the turret of a Russian tank next to a destroyed gas station

Ukraine’s Economy Will Collapse Without More Aid Now

Losses are building up far faster than Kyiv can manage.

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