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Cameroonian President Paul Biya and first lady Chantal Biya wave to the crowd at the Africa Cup of Nations in Yaoundé, Cameroon, on Jan. 9.

Biya Basks in Soccer Spotlight in Hopes of Propaganda Win

Cameroon’s regime wouldn’t be the first to use sports to whitewash a brutal conflict.

Kyrgyz troops are greeted after returning from Kazakhstan.

Washington Must Step Up Its Engagement in Central Asia

Recent unrest in Kazakhstan underscores the risks of ignoring the root causes of political instability in the region.

Russian President Vladimir Putin votes online.

The Next Russian-Western Battleground Is Online

Russia is hardening the borders of its own internet.

Lee Jae-myung and Yoon Seok-youl stand side by side in front of podiums; both wear face masks.

Why South Korea’s Presidential Election Matters to the U.S.

It’s the first in recent memory to feature substantive foreign-policy differences between the ruling and opposition camps.

A Ukrainian military serviceman walks near the front line.

Why Is Putin Acting Now?

Multiple factors are driving Russia’s escalation against Ukraine.

Duque and Li in Beijing

As China Eyes Colombia, the United States Is AWOL

The country is a test case for Beijing’s encroachment in Latin America.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed watches an inaugural parade.

How Abiy Ahmed Betrayed Oromia and Endangered Ethiopia

A former government official recounts how the prime minister’s failed reform agenda paved the way for war in Tigray.

A man walks past a television screen broadcasting footage of a North Korean missile test at a railway station in Seoul on Jan. 14.

Biden’s North Korea Policy Needs Rebooting

A series of missile tests make it plain that carrots don’t work without sticks.

A U.S. flag flies in front of the U.S. Capitol

A U.S. Foreign Policy Fit for the 21st Century

A new resolution aims to forge a foreign policy that works for everyday people.

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Stop Panicking About Ukraine—and Putin

Russia has its own limits and logic that make war unlikely.

Yemenis inspect damage following overnight air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition targeting the Houthi rebel-held capital Sanaa on Jan. 18. The air strikes were retaliation for a deadly Jan. 17 Houthi attack against Abu Dhabi.

Yemen Has Become an Iranian Proxy War Against Israel

The United Arab Emirates faces a militant consequence of the Abraham Accords.

A man covers himself with an Ethiopian flag during a rally in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Nov. 7, 2021.

Ethiopia’s National Dialogue Needs to Include Everyone

Excluding key Tigrayan and Oromo leaders will undermine the legitimacy of the process and make it harder to achieve peace.

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during the virtual Summit for Democracy in Washington on Dec. 9, 2021.

Strengthening Democracy Is a Better Counterterrorism Strategy

The spread of transnational violent groups is primarily a governance problem. Time to start treating it like one.

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.