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Armin Laschet, North Rhine-Westphalia's State Premier and state chairman of the CDU, speaks in a studio in Cologne, Germany, on Jan. 9, 2021.

Is Armin Laschet Too Gemütlich?

Angela Merkel’s most likely successor is promising continuity with her style of politics—but that may not be up to him.

Security officials wait in front of the gate door of the Saudi Arabian consulate on October 17, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey two weeks after Jamal Khashoggi was assassinated inside the building.

Biden Should Release the CIA Report on Jamal Khashoggi’s Killers

Trump has protected Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman despite the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that he ordered the assassination of a U.S. resident. The new administration should reveal the truth.

An iPhone screen displays U.S. President Donald Trump's suspended Twitter account in San Anselmo,  California, on Jan. 8.

Big Tech’s Big Challenge

Twitter and Facebook have set a precedent in removing Trump from their platforms—but can they apply the same principle globally?

Protesters hold placards outside the Nigerian Police headquarters in Abuja during a demonstration to raise awareness about sexual violence on June 5, 2020.

Why Nigeria Is Losing Its Fight to Prosecute Rape

Women who accuse men of sexual assault have faced backlash, high-profile defamation lawsuits, and even retaliatory police investigations.

A noose is seen on makeshift gallows as supporters of US President Donald Trump gather before the attack on the US Capitol in Washington DC on Jan. 6, 2021.

Political Scientists Turned a Blind Eye to America’s Democratic Failures

A state built on Black repression and local violence was smugly coded as a mature democracy.

A supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump holds a Confederate flag outside the Senate Chamber after breaching the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Washington Must Treat White Supremacist Terrorism as a Transnational Threat

After the Capitol attack, the U.S. government needs to recognize racist extremists as a national security risk and create a high-level counterterrorism czar to disrupt their financing and dismantle their networks.

A Swiss soldier stands at attention in front of a Swiss flag in Bern, Switzerland, on Sept. 8, 2010.

The End of Swiss Neutrality

The country is campaigning for a seat on the U.N. Security Council, but taking on that role will clash with some fundamental tenets of Swiss foreign policy.

Police officers detain a woman wearing a T-shirt reading "Freedom to Safronov" in Moscow

Russia’s Security Agencies Are Both Terrifying and Incompetent

The ineptitude of the FSB sends a message about how powerful it is.

A sign showing images of people wanted in connection with the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol

The American Far-Right Is Dangerous but Disorganized

Despite murderous ambitions and abundant guns, the Capitol assault was a failure.

William Burns, the then-undersecretary of state for political affairs, testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington on March 17, 2011.

Under Burns, the CIA Gets a New Focus

Biden’s pick for the agency’s director shows that diplomacy is back.

Police erect barricades in anticipation of a protest outside Twitter corporate headquarters in San Francisco on Jan. 11.

Jan. 6 Changed Tech Forever

Silencing @realDonaldTrump was the easy part. Now the hard work begins.

The National Stadium, the main venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Tokyo Wants the Olympics to Happen Even if the Public Doesn’t

The Japanese government is locked into what critics call a misguided project.

A man in a Donald Trump mask joins a Mariachi Band and an immigration rights activists rally in front of the White House on June 5, 2018 in Washington.

Never Give Strongmen a Second Chance

Latin American history offers a clear lesson to the United States: Ban Donald Trump from running for election ever again.

Members of the National Guard rest in the Capitol Visitor’s Center on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on Jan 13.

Democracy at Home and Democracy Promotion Abroad Aren’t the Same

Hypocrisy has long been a component of U.S. foreign policy. The Capitol riot doesn’t change that.

The headquarters of Danske Bank, under investigation for money laundering, in Copenhagen on Sept. 25, 2018.

Biden Can’t Fight Corruption Without Help From Europe

To stop drug traffickers, criminals, and kleptocrats from laundering their loot, the United States and EU must join forces.

The U.S. Capitol, behind security fencing, on Jan. 10, 2021 in Washington.

A Chastened America Will Be Better at Preaching Abroad

There’s never been a better time for the United States to promote democracy around the world.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro at a news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington on March 19, 2019.

Bolsonaro Is Following Trump’s Anti-Democracy Playbook

Brazil’s “Tropical Trump” is laying the groundwork to discredit his country’s electoral process.

Taiwan's flag is seen on the tower of the Presidential Office in Taipei on Jan. 13.

Taiwan Needs Allies, Not Partisans

Pompeo has set Taiwan up for repercussions without taking any responsibility himself.

People attend the funeral ceremony of Mogadishu Mayor Abdirahman Omar Osman, who died a week after being seriously wounded in an al-Shabab suicide attack at his office, in Mogadishu on Aug. 4, 2019.

Trump’s Withdrawal From Somalia Is a Security Threat. Biden Should Reverse It.

U.S. troops are scheduled to leave the country on Jan. 15, opening the door for al-Shabab terrorists to step up their attacks. The new administration should recommit to protecting the country.

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden

Biden Can’t Make Washington a Beacon for Human Rights by Returning to Business as Usual

The world stepped up while the United States stepped back from defending human rights. The next U.S. president should join them.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Mike Pompeo Is Trying to Bluff His Way to a Legacy

Even insurrection didn’t interrupt a tour de force of Twitter bragging.

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump in Miami

Miami’s Spanish-Language Media Is Overrun With Trumpist Conspiracies

Right-wing Cuban Americans believe they’re fighting U.S. communism.

A pro-Trump rioter yells inside the Senate Chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6.

It Happened Here

Trump’s movement is a uniquely American fascism, built on a century of American imperialism.

Members of the U.S. Congress run for cover as protesters try to enter the House Chamber during a joint session of Congress in Washington on Jan. 6.

Chinese Media Calls Capitol Riot ‘World Masterpiece’

Instructions sent to reporters emphasized attacking democracy and promoting censorship.

The activist Mike Merrigan holds a piñata shaped like the Twitter logo with hair to look like U.S. President Donald Trump during a protest outside Twitter headquarters in San Francisco on May 28, 2020.

Can Regulation Douse Populism’s Online Fires?

Social media’s manufactured hate needs solutions beyond censorship.

Facebook co-founder, Chairman, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg

For Facebook, It’s All About the Bottom Line

Mark Zuckerberg’s commitment to free speech always concealed corporate interests first.

Police officers attempt to push back a mob supporting U.S. President Donald Trump as the rioters try to storm the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6.

Carnage Comes to the Capitol

Donald Trump decried ‘American carnage’ in his 2017 inaugural address on the Capitol steps. His rhetoric made it a reality in 2021.

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