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A team of dressmakers works in a factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Nov. 22, 2012.

This Is What the Future of Globalization Will Look Like

The pandemic proved, once and for all, that the world can’t be flat. But global trade can recover—if we rewrite the rules.

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Welcome to the Post-Leader World

The United States has abdicated its dominant role. Here’s how to fill the gap.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi leaves after a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

IMF Loans Will Further Entrench Corruption in Egypt

Recently disbursed IMF funding will only help the Sisi regime and entrench its rule.

Police in riot gear stand in formation during protests on May 29 in Louisville, Kentucky.

These Countries Reformed Their Brutal, Biased Police. The U.S. Can,Too.

Well-meaning reforms are often blocked and rarely succeed. But there are ways to make them stick.

Demonstrators take part in a protest against the new national security law on July 1, 2020 in Hong Kong, China.

Why Taiwan’s Assistance to Hong Kong Matters

Taiwan’s government is signaling its status as a regional beacon for democracy and human rights—in contrast to South Korea, which frames assistance to North Korean refugees as helping ethnic brethren.

Demonstrators wear masks of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz as they protest against plans to annex parts of the West Bank, on June 23 in Tel Aviv.

Corporations Will Be Complicit if Israel Goes Through With Annexation

Annexation will raise their legal risk of being held accountable for human rights violations and war crimes.

Judges sit in the courtroom at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands, on July 8, 2019.

The United States Has Nothing to Fear From the ICC

The Trump administration’s crusade against the International Criminal Court is misguided and will harm long-term U.S. interests.

Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf gives an address during the 2017 Iranian presidential election.

Iran Is Becoming Immune to U.S. Pressure

Trump’s so-called maximum pressure campaign has empowered hard-line figures in Tehran, marginalizing those eager to take the diplomatic route.

People hold a banner protesting against U.S.-developed Aegis Ashore missile interceptor systems during a demonstration against a forthcoming state visit by U.S. President Donald Trump to Japan in Tokyo on May 25, 2019.

Japan Is Canceling a U.S. Missile Defense System

Aegis Ashore was more expensive than bargained for, but scrapping the program may come with its own costs.

A police officer stands guard outside a cordoned-off block of apartments where the suspect in a multiple stabbing incident lived in Reading, west of London, on June 23.

Terrorism After the Pandemic

Months of isolation and governments grappling with other crises could lead to a rise in attacks.

A person holds a sign reading "United against Islamophobia"

From India, Islamophobia Goes Global

Hindu nationalism has helped spread a distinct brand of anti-Islam around the world, and famously multicultural Canada may have a problem on its hands.

Taliban spokesman Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai greets a participant during the opening of the two-day talks between the Taliban and Afghan opposition representatives.

This Time, Russia Is in Afghanistan to Win

Putin is replicating his success in Syria in a new theater of conflict—and part of his plan is to hurt American interests once again.

People walk down 16th Street in Washington after volunteers painted "Black Lives Matter" on the street near the White House on June 5.

Seeing Race In a Pandemic

How the physical environment affects our experience of difference.

Soldiers from the Mozambican army patrol Mocimboa da Praia, Mozambique, on March 7, 2018, following October’s two-day attack by suspected Islamists.

Mozambique’s Insurgency Is a Regional Problem

Rising extremist violence in the country’s oil-rich north threatens stability in southern Africa—and requires a coordinated response.

Uighur children joke as they taunt a local police officer in Xinjiang

China’s Own Documents Show Potentially Genocidal Sterilization Plans in Xinjiang

Ethnic minorities are being targeted by family planning departments as reproduction restrictions loosen on Han Chinese.

A police van patrols in front of Hagia Sophia during a two-day lockdown imposed prevent the spread of COVID-19 on April 11,  in Istanbul, Turkey.

Erdogan Should Not Erase Turkey’s Christian Past

The Turkish president wants to turn Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia back into a mosque. Destroying its dual Orthodox-Islamic heritage would be a blow to religious pluralism and tolerance.

President Donald Trump salutes while joined by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as a military carry team moves the transfer case containing the remains of Scott A. Wirtz at Dover Air Force Base on Jan. 19, 2019 in Delaware.

Trump’s Syria Policy Is Working

The Assad regime is cracking under the pressure of stalemate—just like the State Department planned.

Israeli settlers gather on a hill next to the Palestinian town of Halhul, in the occupied West Bank, on June 30 as they attend a rally against U.S. President Donald Trump's peace plan.

The Two-State Solution Is Dead. What Comes Next Is Worse.

Annexation of the West Bank would cement a one-state reality on the ground, enshrining Israeli rights over Palestinians.

A girl wearing a face mask plays on her scooter at a park in Beijing on Feb. 15.

The Chinese Communist Party Wants a Han Baby Boom That Isn’t Coming

China has swung toward natalist policies for the majority while forcibly sterilizing ethnic minorities.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, left, meets with Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau

Facing Trump, Putin, and Xi, London Needs Old Allies for New Ideas

A “C-3” of Canada, Australia, and the U.K. is the right group to stand up to authoritarian aggression.

Sculptures of Vladimir Lenin and other Soviet-era statues and busts sit in a former National Guard Armory in Culver City, California—now the permanent home of the Wende Museum—in 2014.

Tearing Down Statues Won’t Undo History

From the Berlin Wall to Confederate monuments, destroying a historic marker means destroying a learning opportunity.

An Indian Border Security Force soldier carries a rocket launcher as he takes up position at an outpost along the India-Pakistan border in Ranbir Singh Pora, southwest of Jammu, on Oct. 2, 2016.

After India’s Skirmish With China, Is Pakistan Next?

Looking to reinvigorate support at home, Modi could pick a fight with his country’s traditional enemy.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian takes a question at the daily media briefing in Beijing on April 8.

China’s Online Warriors Want More Gates in the Firewall

Nationalists need to yell on a global stage for their careers’ sake.

Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf is pictured during an interview with AFP in Tehran on Jan. 9, 2012.

Corruption Is a Job Qualification in Today’s Iran

Iran’s new speaker of parliament is widely known for being a crook—but a loyal one.

Workers gather on a square before the government headquarters in Wenling, in China's Zhejiang province, to protest after an extensive crackdown on workplace safety standards forced the closure of more than 4,500 shoe factories, on Feb. 17, 2014.

China Ridicules U.S. Protests Out of Fear of Its Own People

The Chinese Communist Party crushes demonstrations—and with it shuts off change.

Mongolian soldiers attend the traditional Nadaam festival in Ulaanbaatar on July 12, 2017.

Russia Wants to Keep Mongolia in Its Place

A recent diplomatic spat reveals that Moscow still treats its democratic neighbor as a subservient satellite state.

A man walks across the seal of the CIA at the lobby at CIA headquarters in McLean, Virginia, on Feb. 19, 2009.

CIA Recruitment Has Joined the Social Media Age

A new video tries to make spying for the United States attractive for today’s youth—but cuts some corners along the way.

Ali Babacan presents his Democracy and Progress Party at a launching ceremony in Ankara on March 11, 2020.

Turkey’s Great New Hope Is the Same Old News

Ali Babacan promises he’s ready to take down Erdogan—but he might leave everything else in place.

Former National Security Advisor John Bolton discusses the "current threats to national security" during a forum moderated by Peter Feaver, the director of Duke's American Grand Strategy, at the Page Auditorium on the campus of Duke University on Feb. 17, 2020 in Durham, North Carolina.

Bolton Is the Villain of His Own Memoir

The former national security advisor wrote a book about an ignorant president—but refuses to learn anything himself.

U.S. envoy Richard Grenell

Anatomy of a Kosovo Summit Catastrophe

The Trump administration is hosting Balkans leaders this week to culminate a peace process that’s gone wrong from the start.

Syrians displaced by pro-regime strikes, join a convoy driving toward the Deir al-Ballut checkpoint in Syria on April 11, 2020.

How to Aid Syria Without Aiding Assad

U.N. agencies have submitted themselves to government control and approval. Donors must demand higher humanitarian standards or send their money through other channels.

Police clear a footpath as protesters gather in Hong Kong

How to Watch for Freedom Disappearing in Hong Kong

The national security law is just the start of oppression.

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