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Protestor standing in front of a river, holding a sign against the Amazon River Club Development.

Amazon’s New Africa HQ Pits Indigenous South Africans Against Each Other

The planned development will bring jobs, but raises questions about who speaks for Khoi and San peoples, what is sacred, and how to commemorate injustice.

The author stands on the nuclear bombing test fields in Kazakhstan.
The author stands on the nuclear bombing test fields in Kazakhstan.

Can Kazakhstan Bury Its Nuclear Past?

Forgetting the site where Russia became a nuclear power comes with its own risks.

A Russian flag at the Embassy of Russia is seen through a bus stop post in Washington, DC on April 15, 2021. - The US announced sanctions against Russia on April 15, 2021, and the expulsion of 10 diplomats in retaliation for what Washington says is the Kremlin's US election interference, a massive cyber attack and other hostile activity. President Joe Biden ordered a widening of restrictions on US banks trading in Russian government debt, expelled 10 diplomats who include alleged spies, and sanctioned 32 individuals alleged to have tried to meddle in the 2020 presidential election, the White House said. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
A Russian flag at the Embassy of Russia is seen through a bus stop post in Washington, DC on April 15, 2021. - The US announced sanctions against Russia on April 15, 2021, and the expulsion of 10 diplomats in retaliation for what Washington says is the Kremlin's US election interference, a massive cyber attack and other hostile activity. President Joe Biden ordered a widening of restrictions on US banks trading in Russian government debt, expelled 10 diplomats who include alleged spies, and sanctioned 32 individuals alleged to have tried to meddle in the 2020 presidential election, the White House said. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Do U.S. Sanctions Work?

Join FP’s Ravi Agrawal in conversation with two experts: Agathe Demarais, the global forecasting director at the Economist Intelligence Unit, and Nicholas Mulder, an assistant professor of history and a Milstein faculty fellow at Cornell University. Together, they will explore whether sanctions are an effective tool to achieve U.S. interests abroad and how the government might improve them.  

People hold a demonstration against Peru’s government.
People hold a demonstration against Peru’s government.

What in the World?

Test yourself on the week of Jan. 21: India blocks a film, Ukraine gets tanks, and Peru battles growing protests.

People sit near the Golden Horn in Istanbul.
People sit near the Golden Horn in Istanbul.

Erdogan’s Turkey Faces a Growing Exodus Ahead of Elections

Fed up with the economy and a political crackdown, young Turks are increasingly looking abroad to find their futures.

A sign shows the national debt at a bus shelter in Washington.
A sign shows the national debt at a bus shelter in Washington.

China Doesn’t Want a U.S. Debt Default

Washington takes on financial risks that Beijing can’t afford.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg attend a town hall meeting.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg attend a town hall meeting.

Modi Is Muzzling Big Tech

Silicon Valley has spent years courting India, but its companies face an increasingly tricky censorship minefield in the world’s largest democracy.

The U.S. Abrams tanks, the German Leopard and the AHS Krab, a 155 mm NATO-compatible self-propelled tracked gun-howitzer seen at a training ground in Poland on Sept. 21, 2022.
The U.S. Abrams tanks, the German Leopard and the AHS Krab, a 155 mm NATO-compatible self-propelled tracked gun-howitzer seen at a training ground in Poland on Sept. 21, 2022.

Will Tanks Turn the Tide for Ukraine?

Germany and the United States are sending Leopards and M1 Abrams tanks—but Washington’s desired endgame is still a mystery.

Ukrainian artillerymen fire toward Russian positions at a front line in the Lugansk region of Ukraine.
Ukrainian artillerymen fire toward Russian positions at a front line in the Lugansk region of Ukraine.

Subscriber Questions on Ukraine, Answered

German tanks, Russia’s looming offensive, and what the global south is waiting for.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi speaks following a funeral procession carrying the remains of 200 Iranian soldiers recovered from former battlefields of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War in Tehran on Dec. 27, 2022.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi speaks following a funeral procession carrying the remains of 200 Iranian soldiers recovered from former battlefields of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War in Tehran on Dec. 27, 2022.

Why Saudi Arabia Doesn’t Want Iran’s Regime to Fall

Riyadh seeks to leverage ongoing anti-government protests to extract geopolitical concessions from Tehran—not effect regime change.

Uruguayan President Luis Lacalle Pou and his Brazilian counterpart, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, walk at the presidential residence in Montevideo, Uruguay, on Jan. 25.
Uruguayan President Luis Lacalle Pou and his Brazilian counterpart, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, walk at the presidential residence in Montevideo, Uruguay, on Jan. 25.

Brazil and Uruguay Give South American Trade an Adrenaline Shot

Members of the customs union Mercosur pledge to ease internal trade and explore new deals abroad.

An M1 Abrams battle tank of the U.S. Army
An M1 Abrams battle tank of the U.S. Army
Netanyahu waves as he walks during a hearing at the Magistrate Court.
Netanyahu waves as he walks during a hearing at the Magistrate Court.

Will Less Democracy Kill Israel’s Tech Sector?

Several firms pull investments over Bibi’s plan to weaken the judiciary.

Protesters listen to anti-coup fighters in Myanmar.
Protesters listen to anti-coup fighters in Myanmar.

U.N. Rapporteur: Myanmar Crisis ‘Has Been Forgotten’

Two years after the coup, the world has moved on, but many Burmese can’t.

Andrej Babis, a former Czech prime minister who is now running for the presidency, talks to his supporters during an election campaign stop in Brno, Czech Republic, on Jan. 9.
Andrej Babis, a former Czech prime minister who is now running for the presidency, talks to his supporters during an election campaign stop in Brno, Czech Republic, on Jan. 9.

Andrej Babis’s Scorched-Earth Bid for the Czech Presidency

The populist former prime minister has tried to blow up the second round of voting in a race he’s almost certain to lose.

An image of Alexander the Great on horseback fighting the Battle of Issus.
An image of Alexander the Great on horseback fighting the Battle of Issus.

What China Can Learn From Japan—and Alexander the Great

It’s time for Beijing to reexamine its long-standing sense of purpose.

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