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Visitors line up in front of billboards showing anime characters during the 14th Ani-Com and Games exhibition in Hong Kong on July 27, 2012.  (Philippe Lopez/AFP/GettyImages)

Super-Patriotic Anime Youth Wars!

Can the mighty Communist Party win the hearts of China’s youth, or will the 2D world lure them into Japan's clutches?

A view of the Davos ski resort during the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 26, 2018. (MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

Inside the Strange Bubble World of Davos

Scenes from Switzerland’s annual gathering of the rich and clueless.

The Dalai Lama (center) greets devotees at the closing ceremony of a teaching session in the sacred Buddhist site of Bodh Gaya, India, on Dec. 31, 2018. (AFP/Getty Images)

The Coming Fight for the Dalai Lama’s Soul

Beijing’s Buddhist diplomacy depends on controlling the Tibetan leader’s next reincarnation.

Former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig (left) and Canadian Michael Spavor. (AP)

Xi Jinping, Release These Men

The detention of Canadian citizens on spurious charges by Beijing sends a dangerous message.

Ukrainian ultra-nationalists burn flares and shout slogans as they march in the center of Lviv on April 28, 2016, to mark the 73rd anniversary of the foundation of the SS Galicia. (Yuriy Dyachshyn/AFP/Getty Images)

Black Is the New Orange

With Soviet-style illiberalism on the rise, what is there to celebrate on the five-year anniversary of Ukraine’s Maidan uprising?

Riccardo Vecchio Imprints illustration for Foreign Policy

Springtime for Strongmen

The world’s authoritarians are on the march—and the West helped pave the way.

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange after the closing bell on Sept. 29, 2008. At the time, the Dow recorded its biggest closing drop in history, falling 777 points.  (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Is the World Prepared for the Next Financial Crisis?

New regulations and reforms have helped, but major threats still loom.

The Fearless Girl statue looks up at Wall Street's Charging Bull sculpture in New York on March 29, 2018.  (Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The End of Economics?

Human beings are rarely rational—so it’s time we all stopped pretending they are.

Firefighters try to control a blaze as it spreads toward the towns of Douglas City and Lewiston in California on July 31, 2018. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

The Coming Climate Crisis

The Little Ice Age could offer a glimpse of our tumultuous future.

Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe speaks at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, on April 3, 2012. (Nellie Doneva/Abilene Reporter-News via AP)

The Word From a Climate Change Believer

Whatever the main issues of 2019 end up being, climate change will make them worse.

Memphis Meats co-founders Uma Valeti, center, and Nicholas Genovese, right, with chef Derek Sarno during the unveiling of 
cell-based poultry products in March 2017. (Memphis Meats)

Green Eggs and Ham

The co-founders of Memphis Meats on building a more sustainable food system.

Klawe Rzeczy illustration for Foreign Policy; Photos by Bruce Bennett/David Becker/Fred Dufour/Getty Images

Who Will Win the Race for AI?

China and the United States are leading the pack—and the laggards face grave dangers.

Klawe Rzeczy illustration for Foreign Policy; Photos by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images/David Becker/Getty Images/Fred Dufour/Getty Images

Understanding Trump’s Trade War

This year will show what the president really wants. Here’s what to watch for.

People celebrate in Bangalore on Sept. 6, 2018, after India’s top court struck down a colonial-era law that penalized gay sex. (Aijaz Rahi/AP)

India and the Global Fight for LGBT Rights

In striking down a ban on gay sex, the Supreme Court inspired activists across the world.

A migrant rides a bike past greenhouses on January 14, 2019. In southern Spain, the far-right party Vox has attracted farmers with its pledge to deport illegal workers.

Spanish Nationalists Hate Separatists, Not Immigrants

Spain has long resisted the rise of the far-right, because Basque and Catalan separatism animated nationalist passions—but the rise of Vox in Andalusia shows that the country is not immune from xenophobic politics.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talks to the head of Israel's Arab parliamentary bloc, Ayman Odeh, during a discussion to vote on the dissolution of the Israeli parliament in the Knesset in Jerusalem on Dec. 26, 2018. (Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

How the Jewish Left and Palestinian Arabs Can Remake Israeli Politics

A political alliance between Israel’s left wing and Arab parties could topple Benjamin Netanyahu.

Former journlalist Zhou Yuan—the founder and CEO of Zhihu, a knowledge-sharing platform popular among China’s professional class—speaks during the 5th World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, in Zhejiang province, China, on Nov. 8, 2018.

Once Muckrakers, Now Capitalists

How Chinese journalists traded censorship for the tech boom.

A 'Leave Means Leave' sticker on Westminster Bridge near the Houses of Parliament on Jan. 18, in London, England. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Will Brexit Blow Up Britain’s Conservative Party?

Europe has ended the careers of many a Tory prime minister. If Theresa May can’t forge a deal that carries a majority, she could send the party into the political wilderness.

Seized Ukrainian military vessels are seen in a port of Kerch, Crimea, on November 26, 2018.(STR/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s Time to Stand Up to Russia’s Aggression in Ukraine

Putin's latest ploy in the Kerch Strait must be countered fast.

Russian soldiers load an Iskander-M missile launcher during a military exercise at a firing range in Ussuriysk, Russia on Nov. 17, 2016. (Yuri Smityuk/TASS/Getty Images)

Russia’s Conventional Weapons Are Deadlier Than Its Nukes

Withdrawing from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty would take the United States one step forward and many steps back on international security.

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