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North Korean army soldiers

It’s Time for Biden to End the Korean War

The U.S. president should ignore fearmongering and build on a real opportunity.

A police officer is silhouetted.

Unvaccinated Police Officers Could Become America’s Own Insurgents

Iraq and Egypt show how hard it is to get rid of a militarized security force.

Members of the far-right movement "CasaPound" hold torches during the Day of Remembrance of the martyrs of the Foibe  on Feb. 10, 2018 in Milan.

Mussolini’s Heirs Equate World War II Killings of Italians With the Holocaust

By comparing the foibe killings with Nazi genocide, the Italian right is whitewashing the country’s past.

Staff at the KL Fertility Centre demonstrate the egg freezing procedure for members of the media in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on May 11. A growing number of women in Singapore are traveling overseas to clinics such as this one to freeze their eggs.

Why Does the Singaporean Government Care About Egg Freezing?

The city-state’s ban on the procedure is making its demographic problems worse.

Performers dressed as soldiers perform in front of a screen showing rockets being launched during a mass gala marking the 100th anniversary of Chinese the Communist Party in Beijing on June 28.

China’s Orbital Bombardment System Is Big, Bad News—but Not a Breakthrough

An attempt to evade missile defenses threatens to worsen a costly arms race.

A Chinese military band prepares for celebrations.

A Dangerous Decade of Chinese Power Is Here

Beijing knows time isn’t on its side and wants to act fast.

Evacuees from Aghanistan sit inside a military aircraft as they arrive at the airport in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on Aug. 22.

In U.S.-China Standoff, Is America a Reliable Ally?

Sowing doubts about Washington is a potent weapon for Beijing. But even after Afghanistan, U.S. strategy in Asia remains intact.

Workers rearrange the chairs in the plenary hall of the German Bundestag to fit the new seating arrangement for the parties in parliament after the recent election, in Berlin on Oct. 15.

What the German Election Taught America About Democracy

Americans concerned about the future of their democracy can learn from the system they helped install in Germany.

Jordanian King Abdullah I in Jerusalem in 1948.

Unite Jordan and Palestine—Again

Amman should reannex the West Bank to end Israel’s illegal occupation, bring peace and prosperity, and give Palestinians democratic rights.

A pupil stands at the entrance of a school run by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in the Balata refugee camp in the occupied West Bank on Aug. 29, 2018.

To Fix Foreign Aid, Pay the Poor Directly

Donor countries are questioning the merits of a broken system. They must radically reevaluate how they deliver aid—not stop providing it.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (center) listens to Dmitry Rogozin (left), the head of Russia's space agency Roscosmos, as they visit the Vostochny cosmodrome in the Amur region on Sept. 4.

Scientists Want Out of Russia

Deepening paranoia and prominent arrests are crushing morale.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a session of the Russian Energy Week International Forum in Moscow on Oct. 13.

The West Still Needs Russia’s Energy

Hopes of defanging Moscow through alternative energy have faded.

Then-U.S. President-elect Joe Biden speaks in Wilmington, Delaware.

Biden’s ‘Strategic Competition’ Is a Step Back

A switch from Trump administration language does nothing to clarify U.S. policymaking.

Maria Ressa holds up the warrant of arrest order after posting bail at a court in Manila.

A Nobel for Journalists Is a Direct Challenge to Authoritarians

Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov’s award will make leaders like Duterte and Putin think twice before attacking reporters—but only if democratic governments bolster the free press.

Supporters of Moqtada al-Sadr celebrate in Baghdad.

The Biggest Loser of Iraq’s Election Could Be Iran

Pro-Iran parties lost support, say they’ll reject the results, and are threatening violence.

A general view of a garment factory at the Hawassa Industrial Park in Hawassa, southern Ethiopia on Oct. 1, 2019.

Don’t Remove Ethiopia’s AGOA Trade Privileges

The Biden administration has threatened to end Addis Ababa’s eligibility under the African Growth and Opportunity Act. Doing so would hurt the poor the most.

A customer scans the Alipay QR payment code at a market in Shanghai on Oct. 27, 2020.

JPMorgan’s Deal With Alipay Will Put the PLA in Your Pocket

Chinese mobile payment apps are a national security threat—but Western financial firms are misguidedly rushing to embrace them.

U.S. military police walk past Afghan refugees.

It’s Not Too Late to Save America’s Afghan Allies

Here are three steps the Biden administration can take today.