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Uali Islam shows photos of his wife Sairagul Sawytbai at his house in Baidibek village, Kazakhstan.  (Izturgan Aldauev/For The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Central Asia Struggles With Fallout From China’s Internment of Minorities

Kazakh case draws attention to plight of hundreds of thousands detained in Xinjiang

Members of the Israeli Druze community and their supporters protest against the Israeli nation-state law in Tel Aviv on Aug. 4. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

An Alliance Annulled

Netanyahu has antagonized Israel’s most loyal Arab allies and opened a new front in the country’s culture wars.

Somali soldiers patrol Sanguuni military base south of Mogadishu, Somalia, on June 13. (Mohamed Abdiwahab/AFP/Getty Images)

Somalia Is a Country Without an Army

The United Nations and foreign powers claim they are dedicated to building up the Somali National Army. Instead, they have become complicit in its dysfunction.

Protesters hold a banner reading "Stand up for decent Slovakia" during a protest in Bratislava, Slovakia, on June 22, 2018, four months after the murder of journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee.

Press Freedom Is Still Under Attack in Slovakia

A journalist’s murder shocked the country in February, but it hasn’t led to a more independent media.

A soldier from the Democratic Republic of Congo's Army at a hilltop outpost in Chanzu in the eastern North Kivu region, November 5, 2013.

Will Congo Go to the Polls—Or Go to War?

The government claims the country is having an election. Fighters in the East are preparing for battle.

A Honduran immigrant inspects map of Mexico showing train routes leading north at a shelter for undocumented immigrants on September 14, 2014, in Tenosique, Mexico. (John Moore/Getty Images)

Mexico Can’t Handle Your Tired, Poor, and Huddled Masses

Ever since Donald Trump's election, America's southern neighbor has become a growing destination for migrants—and the country is already buckling under the strain.

A supporter of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) shouts slogans during a demonstration in Phnom Penh on December 17, 2013. (Tang Cchin Sothy/AFP/Getty Images)

Chinese Hackers Back Beijing’s Authoritarian Pals

Cambodian dissidents come under cyberattack in run-up to sham election.

Relatives of people killed during the anti-drug operation participate in a Catholic-led  protest in Manila on November 5, 2017.
(NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Duterte vs. God

The Philippine president likes to pick fights. But can he win against the Catholic Church?

Turkish soldiers and Ankara-backed Syrian Arab fighters pose for a group photo in the Kurdish-majority city of Afrin in northwestern Syria after seizing control of it on March 18, 2018.(Omar Haj Kadour/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkey Has Made a Quagmire for Itself in Syria

The Turkish military has discovered it's much easier to invade Syria than to govern it.

Hundreds of thousands of Indian Trinamool Congress Party (TMC) supporters attend a mass meeting addressed by West Bengal chief minister and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata on July 21, 2016.
(DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

India’s Secularists Have an Authoritarianism Problem

Indians are increasingly forced to choose between Hindu nationalism and egalitarian dictatorship.

Sikh community leader Rawail Singh lights the Diwali lamps with his daughter Komal on Oct. 18, 2017, in Kabul. (Ruchi Kumar for Foreign Policy)

‘We Belong to Afghanistan’

Rawail Singh believed in a peaceful future for Sikhs like him in his homeland — and died for it.

Bosnian lovers Admira Ismic (L) and Bosko Brckic, who were shot dead while trying to escape the besieged capital last week and whose bodies lay embraced in a riverfront no-man's land for 5 days, are pictured in a photograph taken on Sarajevo's Miljacka River just after their high school graduation in 1985 - PBEAHUNJDBR

In Bosnia, Forgetting Could Mean a Brighter Future

The debate over whether to build an official memorial to Sarajevo's Romeo and Juliet, murdered in 1993, exposes the pain and peril of dwelling on the past.

Family members shout slogans as they wait outside the Kobar prison in north Khartoum to welcome their loved ones after Sudan released dozens of opposition activists Feb. 18 who were arrested in January when authorities cracked down on protests against rising food prices. (Ebrahim Hamid/AFP/Getty Images)

Sanctions Against Sudan Didn’t Harm an Oppressive Government — They Helped It

The end of economic isolation hasn’t brought a financial windfall or more freedom. Instead, the regime is as strong as ever while ordinary people suffer.

An army-linked militiaman secures a bridge in Muse, Myanmar on May 12, 2018. (AFP/Getty Images)

Myanmar’s Brutal Military Is Convicting Its Own Soldiers of Atrocities

Generals of an army accused of genocide have started putting troops in the dock, and it’s not because they care about human rights.

Children working as street hawkers at a bazaar in western Kabul say their biggest fears are “terrorist attacks”
where they work and kidnappings. (Preethi Nallu/Samuel Hall)

Children Are Paying the Price for Afghanistan’s Endless War

As schools become targets, young Afghans are living and working on the streets — and the government isn’t doing much to protect them.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan holds his ballot before casting his vote for Turkey's legislative election at a polling station in Istanbul on June 7, 2015. (Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images)

Erdogan Has Mastered Democracy

For all the deserved criticisms of Turkey's president, the man knows how to win an election.

Supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wave the Turkish national flag during a pre-election rally in Sarajevo, on May 20. (Oliver Bunic/AFP/Getty Images)

Erdogan Is Making the Ottoman Empire Great Again

Turkey is leveraging tradition to expand its power in Europe — but the history cuts both ways.

Catalan Socialist party candidate Miquel Iceta (L) and Spanish Socialist party leader Pedro Sánchez attend a campaign meeting in Barcelona on December 17, 2017.

Can Pedro Sánchez Put Spain Back Together Again?

The 2017 crisis in Catalonia tore the country apart. The new Spanish prime minister will need to fend off rivals and manage alliances to stay in power long enough to heal the wounds.

Indonesian officials boarded the luxury yacht 'Equanimity', reportedly worth some $250 million and owned by Jho Low, a former unofficial adviser to the Malaysian fund 1MDB, at Benoa Bay in Bali on February 28, 2018.
(RULLY PRASETYO/AFP/Getty Images)

Malaysia’s $6.5 Billion Scandal Almost Sank Its Democracy

The cover-up of the 1MDB affair was taking the country toward autocracy — until the people won the day.

Markus Söder of the Bavarian Christian Social Union and the new governor of Bavaria conducts a  brass band at the Bavarian state parliament on March 16, 2018 in Munich, Germany.

How Far Will Bavaria’s CSU Go to Fend Off Germany’s Far-Right?

Angela Merkel’s sister party, the Christian Social Union, is taking an extreme line on refugees and threatening to bring down her coalition.

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