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Gabor Vona (center), leader of the Hungarian far-right Jobbik party with his wife and son  casting his ballot for the European Parliment elections on May 25, 2014 at a local polling station in Budapest.

How Hungary’s Far-Right Extremists Became Warm and Fuzzy

The Jobbik party, once known for its overt racism and anti-Semitism, is trying to reinvent itself as the responsible voice of the center.

Abiy Ahmed, newly elected Prime Minister of Ethiopia, addresses the house of Parliament in Addis Ababa, after the swearing in ceremony on April 2, 2018.

Can Abiy Ahmed Save Ethiopia?

The announcement of a new prime minister has led to widespread celebrations, but reforming the country without alienating the army will not be easy.

"Civilized families" of the First Morning Light neighborhood in Rongcheng City are displayed on public boards . (Simina Mistreanu)

Life Inside China’s Social Credit Laboratory

The party’s massive experiment in ranking and monitoring Chinese citizens has already started.

Syrian civilians and rebel fighters stand in a bus  on March 26, 2018, after their evacuation from Eastern Ghouta.

Assad’s Divide and Conquer Strategy Is Working

After months of merciless bombardment, the Syrian regime is now exploiting rebel rivalries to win back Eastern Ghouta.

Peter Maurer, president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, talks with aid workers after arriving in Eastern Ghouta on March 15, 2018. (Al-Ajweh/AFP/Getty Images)

Syria Is Threatening to Break the Aid World

In a nighttime ride from the Syrian border, the president of the Red Cross describes tensions between his moral principles and the country's political realities.

African asylum-seekers protest at the Holot detention center in Israel's Negev Desert, on Feb. 17, 2014. (Jack Guez/AFP/ Getty Images)

A Light Unto Some Nations

How Israel's policy toward African asylum-seekers transformed it from a land of refuge into a land of deportation.

A man lights a candle in front of the Aktuality newsroom, the employer of the murdered investigative journalist Jan Kuciak, in Bratislava.

Blood on Their Hands?

By condoning corruption and denouncing the press, Slovakia's government created an atmosphere in which journalists became targets.

An officer speaks into a radio transmitter at a prison in China. (Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images)

A Summer Vacation in China’s Muslim Gulag

How one university student was almost buried by the “people's war on terror.”

Nanette Castillo grieves next to the dead body of her son Aldrin, an alleged drug user killed by unidentified assailants in Manila on Oct. 3, 2017.

Only the Law Can Stop Duterte’s Murderous War on Drugs

Local lawyers are fighting to hold the Philippine government accountable. To win, they need international human rights groups to give them more help.

Penitents crucify a statue of Jesus Christ during the Good Friday procession in Sicily on April 6, 2012. (MARCELLO PATERNOSTRO/AFP/Getty Images)

Make the Papal States Great Again

Italy’s most dangerous populists are the immigrant-hating Catholic fundamentalists of Forza Nuova.

Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission delivers a speech at the 2018 Munich Security Conference on Feb. 17, in Munich, Germany. (Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images)

Spy Chiefs Descend on Munich Confab in Record Numbers

An annual security gathering in Munich has become the new hot spot for top intelligence officials meeting in the shadows of a public event.

Anti-government protesters demonstrate in Bishoftu, Ethiopia on Oct. 1, 2017. (Zacharias Abubeker/AFP/Getty Images)

Ethiopia’s Great Rift

Will a power struggle within the ruling party lead to reform — or more repression?

A man collects drinking water from taps in Cape Town, South Africa, on May 15, 2017. (Rodger Bosch/AFP/Getty Images)

What Happens When a Major World City Runs Dry?

As Cape Town counts down to Day Zero, South Africans worry about severe unrest and outbreaks of disease.

Vladimir Putin walks near a new Russian fighter jet Sukhoi T-50 on June 17, 2010. (ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images)

Vladimir Putin’s ‘Mission Accomplished’ Moment

Russia's highly-touted peace conference to end the war in Syria was an utter debacle.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump during a meeting at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, on Sep. 21, 2017. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

The Korea Hawk Who Wasn’t Hawkish Enough

Victor Cha is experienced, informed — and no peacenik. None of that mattered for the Trump administration.

An Iranian man smokes a water pipe in the southern Iranian city of Chabahar on May 12, 2015. (ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

Iran Is Losing Its Jihad on Tobacco

The Islamic Republic's anti-smoking campaign is yet another example of the government's shaky control over its population.

Protests against planned pension reforms in Athens on Feb. 12, 2016. (Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

Never Mind the Troika, Here’s Rouvikonas

Greece’s prolonged austerity has given rise to a movement of middle-class anarchism.

Alleged Russian soldiers stand outside a Ukrainian military base in Simferopol on March 12, 2014. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Inside a European Center to Combat Russia’s Hybrid Warfare

Western countries are looking for new ways to defend against a new generation of war. Does a center in Finland have the answers?

U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe Harry K. Thomas Jr. in his Harare office on Dec. 7, 2017. (Cynthia Matonhodze for Foreign Policy)

An Emissary to Tyranny

Serving as a U.S. diplomat in Zimbabwe is tough. Life for African-American diplomats there is even harder.

Indian doctors inspect an x-ray photograph at the  Ahmedabad Civil Hospital on March 12, 2013. (Sam Panthaky/AFP/Getty Images)

India’s Hospitals Are Filling Up With Desperate Americans

Are deep-pocketed medical tourists the cause of, or solution to, India's health care problems?

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