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An aerial view of rising waters around the Numan bridge is seen in the Numan community of Adamawa State, Nigeria, on Sept. 25.
An aerial view of rising waters around the Numan bridge is seen in the Numan community of Adamawa State, Nigeria, on Sept. 25.

Floods Devastate West Africa

Hundreds of thousands of people are suffering in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, and Niger due to government failures to invest in preventive infrastructure.

Leader of Italian far-right party Brothers of Italy, Giorgia Meloni reacts as she holds a placard reading "Thank You Italy" after she delivered an address at her party's campaign headquarters overnight on September 26 in Rome.
Leader of Italian far-right party Brothers of Italy, Giorgia Meloni reacts as she holds a placard reading "Thank You Italy" after she delivered an address at her party's campaign headquarters overnight on September 26 in Rome.
Tanks in the German armed forces participate in military exercises near Bergen, Germany, on October 14, 2016.
Tanks in the German armed forces participate in military exercises near Bergen, Germany, on October 14, 2016.

Baltic States Wanted German Tanks in Ukraine Yesterday

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz promised a new foreign policy. Critics say he has yet to deliver.

Democratic resistance fighters escort protesters in Myanmar.
Democratic resistance fighters escort protesters in Myanmar.

In Myanmar, the Tatmadaw’s Frustration Fuels a Cycle of Violence

The junta’s tactics have grown more brutal in the face of resistance. The international community doesn’t have an answer.

Britain's Prime Minister Liz Truss (L) and Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng (R) chat during a visit to Berkeley Modular, in Northfleet, England on Sept. 23.
Britain's Prime Minister Liz Truss (L) and Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng (R) chat during a visit to Berkeley Modular, in Northfleet, England on Sept. 23.

Liz Truss Wants to Be Thatcher. She’s Not.

The new prime minister is making Britain look like Argentina—in more ways than one.

Members of the Indian Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers shake hands during a ceremony celebrating Pakistan's 75th Independence Day at the Attari-Wagah post on the India-Pakistan border, on Aug. 14.
Members of the Indian Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers shake hands during a ceremony celebrating Pakistan's 75th Independence Day at the Attari-Wagah post on the India-Pakistan border, on Aug. 14.

India-Pakistan Ties Are Warming—but Don’t Get Excited Just Yet

When sworn enemies with nuclear arms get along better, it’s incredibly significant news.

A sign for TotalEnergies EP Myanmar is seen behind a shuttered gate in Yangon, Myanmar, on Jan. 22.
A sign for TotalEnergies EP Myanmar is seen behind a shuttered gate in Yangon, Myanmar, on Jan. 22.

Companies Quitting Myanmar Provide Hollow Victories Against Junta

The departures of France’s TotalEnergies and Norway’s Telenor have left the military regime with more money and control.

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Mickey-Bergman-Negotiators-podcast-square-site

Negotiating an American Journalist’s Freedom From Myanmar, Part 1

Season 2 of "The Negotiators" starts with the dramatic negotiations that took place to free Danny Fenster, an American journalist imprisoned in Myanmar.

President Joe Biden listens to remarks tin he Rose Garden at the White House on May 19, 2022 in Washington.
President Joe Biden listens to remarks tin he Rose Garden at the White House on May 19, 2022 in Washington.

Russia’s Defeat Would Be America’s Problem

Victory in Ukraine could easily mean hubris in Washington.

Peace activists wearing masks of Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and newly elected US President Joe Biden pose with mock nuclear missiles in front of the US embassy in Berlin on Jan.a 29, 2021.
Peace activists wearing masks of Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and newly elected US President Joe Biden pose with mock nuclear missiles in front of the US embassy in Berlin on Jan.a 29, 2021.

The Crazy Logic of Brinksmanship Is Back

The West can only counter Putin’s nuclear threats with ruinous threats of its own.

The dome of the U.S. Capitol
The dome of the U.S. Capitol

5 Midterm Foreign-Policy Shake-Ups to Watch on Capitol Hill

The U.S. Supreme Court’s abortion decision has changed the race, but foreign policy is on the ballot, too.

the Nippon Budokan, the venue for the state funeral of former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe
the Nippon Budokan, the venue for the state funeral of former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe

Shinzo Abe’s State Funeral Is as Controversial as He Was

The ceremony for the assassinated former prime minister marks the end of an era.

Students sit at desks in a classroom.
Students sit at desks in a classroom.

Who Speaks English?

The world is long overdue for the abandonment of the unstated but powerful hegemony that exists around the great imperial languages of centuries past.

Electricity pylons are shown under cloudy skies during rainfall near Romanel-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland, on Sept. 15.
Electricity pylons are shown under cloudy skies during rainfall near Romanel-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland, on Sept. 15.

Europe’s Energy Crisis Is Destroying the Multipolar World

The EU and Russia are losing their competitive edge. That leaves the United States and China to duke it out.

A woman carefully chooses her fruit in Tunis, Tunisia, amid an ongoing food and inflation crisis.
A woman carefully chooses her fruit in Tunis, Tunisia, amid an ongoing food and inflation crisis.

Tunisia’s Perfect Economic Storm

Crises at home and abroad have touched off food shortages across the country.

Supporters of Rached Ghannouchi, the head of Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahda party, protest outside the office of Tunisia’s counterterrorism prosecutor in Tunis, Tunisia, on July 19.
Supporters of Rached Ghannouchi, the head of Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahda party, protest outside the office of Tunisia’s counterterrorism prosecutor in Tunis, Tunisia, on July 19.
Giorgia Meloni
Giorgia Meloni

The Italian Far Right Is About to Meet Italian Bureaucracy

Italy’s politics is a constant cycle of failed populist waves.

A musician wearing a Soviet militia uniform stands before the entrance of the Ilkhom Theatre in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on March 13.
A musician wearing a Soviet militia uniform stands before the entrance of the Ilkhom Theatre in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on March 13.

Politics as Theater

On watching Gogol in Simferopol, and more.

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