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A large screen displays China's President Xi Jinping during a virtual summit with United States President Joe Biden, not seen, during the evening CCTV news broadcast outside a shopping mall on November 16, 2021

U.S.-China Detente Would Pose Its Own Dangers

Beijing’s neighbors are ready to take steps to protect themselves.

Afghan men sit in chairs alongside a building beneath a large banner advertising World Food Program and USAID food assistance.

How to Prevent Afghan Aid Money From Reaching Terrorists

Humanitarian aid must be linked to an effective independent monitoring system.

Labor activists demand higher minimum wage

Why Gains for U.S. Workers Are Good for the World

The rising power of labor will have ripple effects far from U.S. shores.

People protest energy price hikes in Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan’s Unrest Leaves Behind a Traumatized Society

Overloaded hospitals are struggling amid a coronavirus spike.

Iranian President-elect Ebrahim Raisi addresses a press conference in Tehran.

Iran’s Revolution Is Eating Its Own

By purging veteran politicians, abandoning the pretense of free elections, and letting the welfare state decay, Tehran is playing with fire.

Ruble exchange rates in Moscow.

What Financial Markets Are Telling Biden About Geopolitics

As Washington crafts its foreign policy, asset prices may offer important guidance.

A Syrian man carries an injured boy.

The U.S. Has a Moral Responsibility to Prevent Assad’s Normalization

The Syrian leader’s crimes will forever be recalled alongside the world’s worst tyrannical butchers.

The Emirati, Israeli, and U.S. flags are flown from an El Al passenger aircraft after its arrival in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Aug. 31, 2020.

Why Has Biden Stopped Pushing for Arab-Israeli Peace?

Not building on the Abraham Accords has been the biggest missed opportunity of his first year.

The sun shines in a hazy sky over mechanical equipment at Tanjung Priok sea port.

The Climate Conversation No One Wants

It’s time to talk about managing the world’s likely overshoot beyond 1.5 degrees Celsius.

A man stands by fans during a heat wave in Baghdad.

Climate Change Demands More Air Conditioning

An often-disparaged technology is a lifesaver, not a luxury.

Afghan militia gather in Afghanistan.

America Doesn’t Control the Forever Wars

The slow fall of the nation-state’s monopoly on violence will shape future conflicts.

Djokovic smiles while holding a tennis racket and towel.

Novak Djokovic’s Visa Cancellation Is About Politics, Not Health

The Australian government attempts to hide its COVID-19 mismanagement.

Motorists line up at a Sinooil gas station in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Want to Derail the Energy Transition? Take Fossil Fuels Out of the Mix.

Policies that attack supply to reduce demand will create substantial collateral damage.

A man in military clothing stands inside the damaged Holy Savior Cathedral in the Nagorno-Karabakh city of Shusha, known as Shushi to Armenians.

Cultural Desecration Is Racial Discrimination

A recent International Court of Justice decision regarding Azerbaijan’s actions in Nagorno-Karabakh could offer protection to threatened cultural heritage sites around the world.

Russian soldiers from the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) attend a ceremony marking the end of the CSTO mission in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Jan. 13.

Kazakhstan Exposes the Central Flaw of Biden’s Foreign-Policy Doctrine

Lofty democratic rhetoric can’t compete with autocratic boots on the ground. That should make Washington uncomfortable.

U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan in 2006

The U.S. Military Is a Helicopter Parent

Washington needs to trust partner forces to stand on their own feet.

Musician turned politician Bobi Wine (C) is joined by other activists on July 11, 2018 in Kampala, Uganda, during a demonstration to protest a controversial tax on the use of social media.

How Democracy Can Defeat Autocracy

Autocrats are on the defensive as popular protests mount—but democracy’s fate depends on leaders delivering results.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen reviews a military honor guard with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during a welcome ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 16, 2017.

Time for America to Play Offense in China’s Backyard

Ignoring Cambodia and Laos is a strategic mistake—but engagement requires a smarter balance of values and interests.