Dispatch

A hand gesticulates next to a Polish and European Union flag.

Poland’s Twin Crises

Warsaw is challenging Brussels on the rule of law but using an immigration crisis to soften any pushback.

President Joe Biden speaks in a virtual meeting with Canadian counterparts.

Fear and Hand-Wringing in Halifax

Almost a year into the Biden administration, U.S. allies are still grappling with shaken confidence and unease.

City of David National Park

Israel Is Enlisting King David to Sell the Abraham Accords

The government wants to boost Arab tourism, and it’s sending visitors to an archeological park in East Jerusalem with a particular twist.

Migrant children peer through a barbed wire fence as security forces in riot gear on the other side look back at them.

The Poland-Belarus Border Crisis Is a Harbinger of the Future

The crisis is a window into the pitfalls of prevailing migration politics.

Men walk near the Torkham border crossing.

Afghan Refugees Get Cold Welcome in Pakistan

The Taliban takeover has pushed many Afghans over the border and into another kind of limbo.

A Ugandan police officer stands at the doorway of a bullet-riddled house.

The Myth of ‘Stray Bullets’ in Uganda

A year ago, the state shot to death scores of citizens. No one has been held accountable.

Thai protesters in front of the German Embassy in Bangkok

Reform Is Becoming Treason in Thailand

Government courts accuse students of attempting to overthrow the monarchy.

Candidates for the 2022 French presidential election lay a wreath for Charles de Gaulle

France’s Mainstream Political Parties Are a Dying Breed

As the presidential election looms, the parties that ruled France for half a century are now fighting for their very survival.

An armed Tunisian police officer stands guard in front of a tall metal gate behind which fly Tunisian flags.

Kais Saied’s Unholy Marriage of Convenience With Tunisia’s Police

Police impunity has long plagued the country. Now, it could get even worse.

Palestinians extinguish a fire set by settlers in a field near Burin, West Bank.

Israeli Settlers Escalate Violence in West Bank

“They will certainly come again,” 21-year-old Asil Eid said. They did.

Greicy Estefania, the 6-year-old daughter of ex-combatant Esmeralda Ranjel, and her friend Desiree ride their bicycles past a mural of female ex-combatants of the Colombian rebel group the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in Pondores, Colombia, on Oct. 3.

As Colombia’s Peace Crumbles, Female Guerrillas Wonder What’s Left for Them

Many joined the FARC to escape traditional gender roles. Now they’re being forced back.

Outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left), looks on while behind him sits incoming Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (right)

Why a Political Comeback for Israel’s Netanyahu Just Became a Lot Less Likely

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett passes a budget bill and signals stable leadership.

Oleg Blinov, the 43-year-old Russian captain of the SIRIUS-21 space simulation, shows his T-Shirt promoting the program in Moscow on Oct. 13.

U.S. and Russia Find Some Common Ground—in Space

A joint U.S.-Russian experiment to study long-term space travel is a rare bit of cooperation between the two rivals.

A Taliban police officer prepares to transport a handcuffed heroin addict by motorbike to a small police station in Wardak province’s remote Chak district on Sept. 17.

12 Million Angry Men

The Taliban promised justice. They are hard-pressed to provide it.

The Azerbaijani army patrols the streets of Shusha on Sept. 25 under a sign that reads: "Dear Shusha, you are free. Dear Shusha, we are back. Dear Shusha, we will resurrect you. Shusha is ours."

From the Ruins of War, a Tourist Resort Emerges

Shusha was the key to the recent war between Azerbaijan and Armenia. Now Baku wants to turn the fabled fortress town into a resort.

Rohingya refugees sit outside an area marked by police at their camp in New Delhi after a fire broke out there on June 13.

‘It’s Like We’re Caged Everywhere We Go’

Rohingya refugees in India are facing persecution yet again.

Peruvian President Pedro Castillo arrives to address the U.N. General Assembly.

Can Pedro Castillo Save His Presidency?

The Peruvian president’s first months in office have been characterized by chaos, extremism, and—critics say—sheer incompetence.

Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II of Buganda stands under a shelter during his enthronement ceremony in 1993.

How Land Reform Became Uganda’s Most Controversial Problem

The land debate is a tussle for power between an indigenous kingdom and an authoritarian state.

Campaign flyers for the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party

Why Germany’s Far-Right Remains on the Fringes

Although the AfD can’t be ruled out as a political force, observers see lessons in recent elections on how to quell radical populism.

A woman begs on the streets of Kabul.

Afghanistan’s Economic Freefall

Without urgent assistance, nearly the entire country could sink into poverty, the United Nations Development Program warns.