Satellite Surveillance Can Trace Atrocities but Not Stop Them
George Clooney’s pioneering data project documented horrors in Sudan, but that wasn’t enough.
As the state’s new digital consumer protection act shows, with global governance in retreat, the search for regulatory backdoors is on.
Ghosn’s Flight Leaves CEOs Thinking Twice About Japan
A controversial case has put an unwelcome spotlight on the Japanese justice system.
Succession and Punishment
Putin’s plans to avoid leaving power show that he hasn’t solved a central puzzle of Russian politics.
Senators Battle Over Rules as Trump Impeachment Trial Begins
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell presses for a swift acquittal of the U.S. president.
Will Abiy Ahmed’s Bet on Ethiopia’s Political Future Pay Off?
The Nobel Peace Prize-winning prime minister has disbanded Africa’s largest political party in an effort to reinvent the country’s politics—but some powerful players stand to lose, and they won’t go quietly.
Vladimir Putin Wants to Rewrite the History of World War II
The Russian president’s amateur history lessons are outraging neighboring countries. While he is right to criticize a recent EU Parliament resolution, his historical revisionism doesn’t stand up to scrutiny.
The Far-Right Is Going Global
An unofficial visit by nationalist European leaders to Kashmir highlights the solidarity of far-right movements across the globe.
How Scared Should You Be of the Wuhan Coronavirus?
A deadly outbreak has now reached six countries outside China, amid worries of official cover-ups.
Russia’s New Prime Minister Augurs Techno-Authoritarianism
Mikhail Mishustin used the art of surveillance to master the science of tax revenue collection. Now he may lend that expertise to enhance Putin’s authoritarian state.
Outrage Culture Is Ruining Foreign Policy
As the 2020 presidential campaign heats up, U.S. politics is getting harder and harder to explain to the rest of the world.
The Killer Algorithms Nobody’s Talking About
Activists fret about armies relying on killer robots, but some forms of artificial intelligence that don’t actually pull the trigger could still be a nightmare
Washington’s War on Huawei Is Causing Angst in Madrid
The Trump administration’s ultimatums about the Chinese tech giant are forcing the Spanish government to choose between a close ally and a vital trading partner.
The Rise and Rise of Vladimir Putin
New Yorker staff writer Masha Gessen on how the Russian president is planning to rule for life.
Could a Spy Save Liberal Democracy?
John Le Carré’s latest protagonist bridges his old and new heroes, contending with the question of loyalty to a liberal society in crisis.
Russia’s Role in the Libyan Civil War Gives It Leverage Over Europe
Russia has played all sides in the conflict to get a seat at the negotiating table. Now it wants an end to sanctions.
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