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Ukrainian servicemen rest as they make a trench near Bakhmut.
Ukrainian servicemen rest as they make a trench near Bakhmut.

Ukraine Braces for Grisly Russian Offensive in the East

Russia is sending more bodies. Ukraine doesn’t have enough. And the tanks won’t arrive in time.

The logo of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
The logo of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe

Austria’s About to Give Russia a Soapbox at the OSCE

Vienna will allow sanctioned Russian parliamentarians to attend the next big security meeting on the anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

A security member loyal to Yemen’s Houthi movement lifts his firearm.
A security member loyal to Yemen’s Houthi movement lifts his firearm.

The Yemeni Employees the U.S. Left Behind

The U.S. Embassy in Sanaa relocated to Saudi Arabia after the Houthi takeover. Local workers who remained felt abandoned.

China's ambassador to the Solomon Islands, Li Ming (R), and Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare (L) cut a ribbon during the opening ceremony of a China-funded national stadium complex in Honiara, Solomon Islands.
China's ambassador to the Solomon Islands, Li Ming (R), and Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare (L) cut a ribbon during the opening ceremony of a China-funded national stadium complex in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

The 2023 Pacific Games Wrap Small Countries in Big-Power Struggles

A Solomon Islands-hosted sporting event has become part of a China-West tussle.

Children interact with an artificial intelligence robot at the China Science and Technology Museum in Beijing.
Children interact with an artificial intelligence robot at the China Science and Technology Museum in Beijing.

China’s Tech Money Is Now Radioactive

Washington is increasingly concerned about China poaching U.S. technology.

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.

An M1 Abrams battle tank of the U.S. Army
An M1 Abrams battle tank of the U.S. Army
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks on the DISCLOSE Act.
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks on the DISCLOSE Act.

So You Want to Buy an Ambassadorship

The United States is the only Western government that routinely rewards mega-donors with top diplomatic posts.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed al-Sudani at a press conference in Berlin.
Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed al-Sudani at a press conference in Berlin.

‘They Have to Balance’: New Iraqi Leader Tilts the Scales Toward U.S.

Mohammed al-Sudani’s public support of U.S. troops reflects a behind-the-scenes shift—and the continued threat from the Islamic State.

Two Leopard 2 main battle tanks participate in NATO military exercises.
Two Leopard 2 main battle tanks participate in NATO military exercises.

Tanks, but No Tanks

The United Kingdom and Eastern Europe are pushing for the United States and Germany to seriously arm Ukraine—and quickly.

Then-Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó speaks.
Then-Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó speaks.

The World Is Done Waiting for Guaidó

The ouster of Venezuela’s would-be interim president has left U.S. policy in limbo, rapprochement in the air, and a legal mess for all.

In this photograph taken on May 2, 2019, Benjamin Harnwell poses at the Trisulti Monastery Certosa di Trisulti in Collepardo, Italy.
In this photograph taken on May 2, 2019, Benjamin Harnwell poses at the Trisulti Monastery Certosa di Trisulti in Collepardo, Italy.

Steve Bannon’s Man in Italy Has Big Plans

The Roman franchise of “War Room” is trying to go legitimate.

A young man holding a phone casts a shadow as he walks by an ad for social media company TikTok in Berlin.
A young man holding a phone casts a shadow as he walks by an ad for social media company TikTok in Berlin.

What TikTok Has on You

The social media app’s data collection practices are not unlike its competitors’, but its links to China add a sinister layer to the debate.

Italian MP Aboubakar Soumahoro casts his ballot for the new president of the Chamber of Deputies in Rome.
Italian MP Aboubakar Soumahoro casts his ballot for the new president of the Chamber of Deputies in Rome.

Italy’s Only Black MP Is Tangled in In-Laws’ Migrant Exploitation Scandal

Aboubakar Soumahoro’s case has become a flashpoint for the right wing.

Patients are treated in a hospital in Beijing.
Patients are treated in a hospital in Beijing.

COVID-Ravaged Chinese Public Is Desperate for Paxlovid

Beijing failed to prepare antiviral supplies before new outbreak.

U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden pauses as he speaks during a forum at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, on July 15, 2019.
U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden pauses as he speaks during a forum at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, on July 15, 2019.

Wanted: U.S. Ambassadors for Countries That Need TLC

From India to Saudi Arabia, vacant ambassador posts have been undermining Washington’s ties with some two dozen countries.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks during a press conference on the Global Gateway at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks during a press conference on the Global Gateway at the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

Europe Is Trying (and Failing) to Beat China at the Development Game

The EU’s much-hyped Global Gateway is just old wine in new bottles, critics say.

Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) speaks at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Nov. 18, 2021.
Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) speaks at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Nov. 18, 2021.

In Biden’s Shadow, Progressives Are Forging Their Own Foreign-Policy Agenda

The incoming class of House Democrats is set to be one of the most progressive ever.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi hold a meeting.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi hold a meeting.

Iran and Russia Are Closer Than Ever Before

They’ve found common ground on the battlefield in Ukraine, but not everyone in Tehran is happy about it.

An illustration shows icons for social media platforms Mastodon, Koo, and Post falling over a descending Twitter bird icon.
An illustration shows icons for social media platforms Mastodon, Koo, and Post falling over a descending Twitter bird icon.

Après Twitter, the Deluge?

The social network is global, but what comes next may not be. 

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The suspected Chinese spy balloon drifts to the ocean after being shot down off the East Coast as seen from Surfside Beach, South Carolina, on Feb. 4. Randall Hill/Reuters

The Balloon and the U.S.-China Relationship

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken canceled a much-anticipated visit to China after the discovery of a Chinese surveillance balloon flying over U.S. territory. The very public spat over ...Show more

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - DECEMBER 29:  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of National Security Itamar Ben Gvir react after sworn in at the Israeli parliament during a new government sworn in discussion at the Israeli parliament on December 29, 2022 in Jerusalem, Israel. Conservative Benjamin Netanyahu and a bloc of nationalist and religious parties won a clear election victory last month and will be sworn in as government to the Knesset today. This completes Netenyahu's political comeback with a record sixth term in office.  (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - DECEMBER 29: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of National Security Itamar Ben Gvir react after sworn in at the Israeli parliament during a new government sworn in discussion at the Israeli parliament on December 29, 2022 in Jerusalem, Israel. Conservative Benjamin Netanyahu and a bloc of nationalist and religious parties won a clear election victory last month and will be sworn in as government to the Knesset today. This completes Netenyahu's political comeback with a record sixth term in office. (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)

Israel’s Democratic Decline

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The new Israeli government is said to be the most far-right, religiously extreme, and ultranationalist coalition in the country’s history, led by Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-ser...Show more

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)

Over the last year, the United States has launched dynamic and escalating sanctions to hurt Russian President Vladimir Putin and his allies. The moves haven’t prevented Putin from waging...Show more

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