Dispatch

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.

French Gendarmerie stand guard by the main gates of the Palais de Justice, where the trial of the alleged perpetrators of the November 2015 Paris terrorist attacks is taking place, in Paris on Sept. 7.

The ‘Trial of the Century’ Will Test French Values

With 14 alleged terrorists on the stand and an election coming up, can politicians resist weighing in?

Protesters hold Arabic signs and wave Tunisia's flag during a demonstration.

The Clock Is Ticking for Tunisia’s Saied

Most Tunisians still support the president, but time is limited.

Palestinians rally to denounce the Palestinian Authority following the violent arrest and death in custody of the activist Nizar Banat in Ramallah, West Bank, on Aug. 2.

A High-Profile Trial Spells Tribulation for the Palestinian Authority

The trial of Nizar Banat’s killers has exposed the rot at the PA’s core.

Polish soldiers construct a barbed-wire fence on the border with Belarus

Russia and Belarus Are Using Migrants as a Weapon Against the EU

Authoritarian regimes in Moscow and Minsk are aiding Iraqis and Afghans in order to sow chaos and domestic discord in Eastern European countries.

A man walks past a United Russia party campaign poster in Moscow.

The Kremlin’s Don’t-Get-Out-the-Vote Campaign

Russia isn’t cracking heads ahead of this weekend’s parliamentary vote—just boring people away from the polls.

Supporters wave German flags.

Germany Braces for Election Disinformation

A growing conspiracy movement is likely to spread false narratives about the results, with echoes of Trump.

The flag of the Islamic Emirate is painted on the wall outside the former U.S. Embassy in Kabul

Life Under the Taliban

A few weeks after militants took over Kabul and the country, Afghanistan has gone back to a past it didn’t miss.

The aftermath of a fire in Antalya, Turkey

Erdogan’s AKP: We Didn’t Start the Fire

Why Turkey’s ruling party views environmentalism as a threat.

Gravediggers carry the coffin of a coronavirus victim in Indonesia.

Indonesia Can’t Keep Up With Its COVID-19 Cases

As the massive wave driven by the delta variant spreads to outlying regions, official data may not reflect the scale of the tragedy.

A tear-gassed protester in Thailand

Thailand’s Protests Are Turning Dangerously Violent

Brutal police responses have prompted a shift in once-peaceful movements.

Forest fire in Greece

Conspiracy Theories Rise From the Ashes of Greece’s Fires

The government can claim real successes amid the disaster, but rumors are running wild.

A man stands in a doorway

Taliban Takeover Seen as a Boon for Human Smugglers

Along one part of the Turkish border, hundreds of new Afghan migrants show up every day.

Iran's then-Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (R) meeting with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (C) of the Taliban in Tehran on Jan. 31.

Why Iran Will Welcome the Taliban Takeover in Afghanistan

Tehran’s Shiite regime has strategic, economic, ideological, and ecological reasons for backing Sunni extremists.

Displaced Afghans at a makeshift camp in the Shahr-e-Naw park in northwestern Kabul on Aug. 12.

Many Afghans Fear for Their Lives as Taliban Fighters Take Kabul

In a new chapter for Afghanistan, women are particularly vulnerable.

Newly graduated Afghan National Army cadets march during their graduation ceremony at the Kabul Military Training Center in Kabul on Dec. 30, 2014.

What Went Wrong With Afghanistan’s Defense Forces?

Ten provincial capitals have fallen in a week, and Kabul is teetering.

Men walk in Zaranj, Afghanistan.

More Provinces, Atrocities for Rampaging Taliban

Six more Afghan provinces fell over the weekend, and Kabul fears the “country will fall apart.”