Australia Draws a Line on China
Canberra’s had enough of trade embargoes and Chinese grievances—and is ready to draw a line.
Afghan Women’s Problems Don’t End With the Taliban
A new U.S. intelligence assessment suggests women’s rights in Afghanistan face threats even without a Taliban takeover.
Health Experts Slam Biden’s ‘Massive’ Global Leadership Failure
Biden’s speech to Congress ignores his dithering on COVID-19 vaccine patents, jeopardizing millions of lives in other nations, critics say.
Coronavirus Crisis Drives Bolsonaro to Play Politics With the Military
Brazil’s controversial president is again looking to lean on the military for support amid a political crisis.
Biden Scrambles to Help India Check COVID-19
The United States is sending medical gear and oxygen but has yet to unleash its vaccine stockpile.
When Afghanistan Almost Worked
Five decades ago, before the great powers intervened, Afghanistan was on a much better path than today. But the longed-for “decade of democracy” was soon shattered.
U.S. Africa Envoy: Ethiopia Crisis Could Make Syria Look Like ‘Child’s Play’
Jeffrey Feltman, the new American envoy to the Horn of Africa, faces a cascade of overlapping challenges in the region.
Bolsonaro Offers Biden an Olive Branch
This week’s climate summit offered the Brazilian president a fresh opportunity to engage with the new U.S. administration.
Europe’s Far-Right Seeks to Unite
Can European far-right parties overcome their differences and boost their clout in Brussels?
Russia Further Ramps Up Military Pressure on Ukraine
Moscow could just be strong-arming Kyiv and Washington—or preparing another invasion.
China and Russia Turn Deeper Ties into a Military Challenge for Biden
“You face a two-front war where we don’t have a two-front military,” said one former Trump official.
From Moral Responsibility to Magical Thinking: How Biden Changed His Mind on Afghanistan
After 9/11, Biden embraced the idea that U.S. troops should leave the country better than how they found it. Now, as president, he’s withdrawing them regardless.
Biden Plans Big Pledge on U.S. Emissions Cuts
Washington wants to reclaim climate leadership and get other major countries to ramp up ambitions.
U.S. Slaps Wide-Ranging Sanctions on Moscow—but Stops Short of Killer Blow
The Biden administration takes a novel, broad-brush approach to Russia’s nefarious activity.
Biden to Announce Nominees for Key Diplomatic Posts
Experts and former diplomats want to see Biden pick up the pace on nominations to better compete with China on the world stage.
U.S. Mounts All-Out Effort to Save Iran Nuclear Deal
Chief negotiator Robert Malley begins to forge a compromise with both Iran and hard-liners at home.
Assad Regime Continues Stonewalling U.S. Aid to Syria
Syrian government is using aid deliveries as a weapon, State Department reports.
Biden to Complete Full Afghanistan Withdrawal by Sept. 11
The move will finally end the United States’ longest war.