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The Anthropocene Is Overrated

The way we talk about climate change and our effect on the planet is all wrong—and increasingly dangerous.

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india_clean_energy-pollution-debunker-mark-harris-illustration-sm

Surprise! India Is Leaping Ahead in Clean Energy

Long considered climate policy’s problem case, India is exceeding targets and breaking records thanks to fast-advancing technology.

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Don’t Believe the Hype. Wealth Taxes Are Nothing New.

Lessons from ancient Greece and Islamic finance for creating a tax that will benefit the poor—and the wealthy, too.

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Ueno Tokyo

Japan Radically Increased Immigration—and No One Protested

To cope with demographic challenges and labor shortages, Japan’s right-wing government has boosted immigration. How did it avoid the political backlash plaguing the West?

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Russia Is Losing in the Middle East—and Around the World.

Putin’s apparent victories in spreading Russian influence are mirages, some of which have come at a great cost.

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Joan Wong illustration for Foreign Policy

Why Huawei Isn’t So Scary

The Chinese company’s lead in the 5G race isn’t insurmountable, and other firms and countries shouldn’t rush into the fray.

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China’s Overrated Technocrats

Beijing is famous for putting engineers and scientists in charge. But that doesn’t make for better leaders.

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You Only Wish You Had Ukraine’s Democracy

Despite attacks from abroad and corruption at home, Ukrainian democracy isn't failing—it's thriving.

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The Small War That Wasn’t

Why the Kosovo conflict still matters today.

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(Joan Wong for Foreign Policy)

The Tourism Curse

Like a wealth of oil, lots of visitors can become a development trap. Here’s how to avoid it.

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Joan Wong illustration for Foreign Policy

Why Growth Can’t Be Green

New data proves you can support capitalism or the environment—but it’s hard to do both.

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Joan Wong illustration for Foreign Policy; David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images/Dirck Halstead/Liaison via Getty Images/AFP/Getty Images/Corbis via Getty Images

Thank You, Jimmy Carter

Restoring the reputation of America’s most underrated foreign-policy president.

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