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Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare (right) and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang inspect honor guards during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Oct. 9, 2019.
Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare (right) and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang inspect honor guards during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Oct. 9, 2019.

How to Compete With China in the South Pacific

The case for a global forecasting unit led by the United States and Australia.

Activists hold placards and flags as they gather in Lafayette Square to protest Russia's invasion of Ukraine in Washington on Feb. 24, 2022.
Activists hold placards and flags as they gather in Lafayette Square to protest Russia's invasion of Ukraine in Washington on Feb. 24, 2022.

The Perpetually Irrational Ukraine Debate

The war continues to be discussed in ways that are self-serving—and self-defeating.

Afghan money changers calculate at the currency exchange Sarayee Shahzada market in Kabul on June 29, 2015.
Afghan money changers calculate at the currency exchange Sarayee Shahzada market in Kabul on June 29, 2015.

Don’t Release Foreign Reserves to the Taliban

Unfreezing billions of dollars while huge revenues flow to Kabul risks legitimizing an extremist regime.

Protesters march during a rally against China's harsh COVID-19 restrictions in Beijing on Nov. 28.
Protesters march during a rally against China's harsh COVID-19 restrictions in Beijing on Nov. 28.
A woman with her arms raised holds up a blank white sheet of paper while a man nearby holds a megaphone to his mouth.
A woman with her arms raised holds up a blank white sheet of paper while a man nearby holds a megaphone to his mouth.

Xi’s Obsession With Control Produced China’s Protests

This challenge to the Chinese Communist Party and the state has been building for some time.

A worker walks past FIFA World Cup banners outside the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar.
A worker walks past FIFA World Cup banners outside the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar.

Qatar Can’t Hide Its Abuses by Calling Criticism Racist

Migrant workers from South Asia and Africa have suffered for years under the Gulf nation’s kafala system. They deserve compensation for wage theft, injuries, and death.

Fascist sympathizers give the Italian fascist salute in Predappio, Italy.
Fascist sympathizers give the Italian fascist salute in Predappio, Italy.
Chinese President Xi Jinping welcomes German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov. 4.
Chinese President Xi Jinping welcomes German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov. 4.

Olaf Scholz Is Undermining Western Unity on China

The German chancellor’s go-it-alone approach has alienated domestic, EU, and international partners.

An illustration shows the Twitter logo displayed on a mobile phone with Elon Musk in the background on Nov. 19.
An illustration shows the Twitter logo displayed on a mobile phone with Elon Musk in the background on Nov. 19.

What We Lose if We Lose Twitter

Twitter’s destruction would be a geopolitical catastrophe not only for the United States but also for the democratic world.

A woman hugs her soldier friend in Kherson, Ukraine.
A woman hugs her soldier friend in Kherson, Ukraine.
A person raises their arms in front of a protest sign that reads "Woman, Life, Freedom" and "Freedom for Iran" in the colors of the Iranian flag.
A person raises their arms in front of a protest sign that reads "Woman, Life, Freedom" and "Freedom for Iran" in the colors of the Iranian flag.

What Iranian Human Rights Defenders Can Learn From Syria and Beyond

Justice is unattainable without evidence. Documenting abuses by gathering and archiving this evidence must be a priority.

Lula, wearing a gray sweater, stands and speaks into a microphone.
Lula, wearing a gray sweater, stands and speaks into a microphone.

Latin America’s New ‘Pink Tide’ Is a Mirage

Lula’s reelection in Brazil does not prove that Latin America is turning left again.

A man in a hard hat watches a conveyor belt loaded with bright blue chunks of raw cobalt.
A man in a hard hat watches a conveyor belt loaded with bright blue chunks of raw cobalt.

How to Avoid a New Cold War Over Critical Minerals

To prevent a return to the zero-sum logic of Cold War resource politics, critical mineral supply chains must be widened at every step.

Natalia Pevnevy celebrates atop her car in Liberty Square following Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenksky's surprise visit in Kherson, Ukraine.
Natalia Pevnevy celebrates atop her car in Liberty Square following Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenksky's surprise visit in Kherson, Ukraine.

Ukrainians Are Holding Strong as Some in West Falter

Ukrainian identity has been fundamentally changed by invasion.

People shout slogans as they march through the streets of Miami, Florida, to commemorate the first anniversary of Cuba's historic protests against the government of Miguel Díaz-Canel
People shout slogans as they march through the streets of Miami, Florida, to commemorate the first anniversary of Cuba's historic protests against the government of Miguel Díaz-Canel

Why Democrats Should Forget About Winning Florida

It would free them to embrace better policies toward Cuba.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron wave as they visit the landmark Brandenburg Gate illuminated in the colors of the Ukrainian flag in Berlin on May 9, 2022.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron wave as they visit the landmark Brandenburg Gate illuminated in the colors of the Ukrainian flag in Berlin on May 9, 2022.

The Franco-German Motor Is on Fire

The war in Ukraine has turned Europe’s most powerful countries against each other like hardly ever before.

Residents of Kherson, Ukraine, connect to the internet from the Starlink network, set up by the Ukrainian army after the city was liberated from Russian occupation, on Nov. 13.
Residents of Kherson, Ukraine, connect to the internet from the Starlink network, set up by the Ukrainian army after the city was liberated from Russian occupation, on Nov. 13.
Prisoners are released outside Insein prison.
Prisoners are released outside Insein prison.

Myanmar’s Junta Is Weak but Dangerous

The West shouldn’t let up pressure after Myanmar’s recent prisoner releases.

Elon Musk in Berlin
Elon Musk in Berlin

To Save Twitter, Elon Musk Should Fire Himself

Musk’s conflicts of interest make him too dangerous to run the global public sphere.

Protesters take part in a Women’s March in Stockholm.
Protesters take part in a Women’s March in Stockholm.

Sweden’s Feminist Foreign Policy Can’t Be Undone

Despite domestic setbacks, the movement will continue to shape foreign policy around the world.

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Robert Malley, Biden administration special envoy for Iran, testifies about the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations on Capitol Hill May 25, 2022, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
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The Biden administration came into office promising to reinstate the Iran nuclear deal. Almost two years later, momentum has dissipated, and the deal has all but been derailed. Meanwhile Ira...Show more

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - JULY 15: EU Commissioner for European Green Deal - First Vice President and Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans talks to to media in the Berlaymont building, the EU Commission headquarter on July 15, 2021 in Brussels, Belgium. EU Commissioners talked about making transport greener. (Photo by Thierry Monasse/Getty Images)
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As Russia’s war in Ukraine continues into 2023, the weather will have an important impact. Ukrainians, of course, are more vulnerable than usual to power outages and energy shocks. But Rus...Show more