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Russian President Vladimir Putin inspects military exercises.

Is Russia Preparing to Go to War in Ukraine?

Troop buildup near Ukraine’s border is the largest since 2014.

Soldiers at Clark Air Base in the Philippines.

Philippines Leaning Toward Allowing U.S. Troops After All

But the Biden administration still faces an unreliable ally in Duterte.

Christine Schraner Burgener arrives at Sittwe Airport in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

The End of Quiet Diplomacy in Myanmar

The U.N. dials up the pressure campaign against Myanmar’s putschists.

European Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager

Big Talk on Big Tech—but Little Action

In both the U.S. and EU, antitrust and regulatory efforts against Facebook, Google, and Amazon are gaining traction. But no one’s about to break them up.

The Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny and his wife, Yulia Navalnaya, are seen at the passport control point at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport on Jan. 17. Russian police detained Navalny at the airport shortly after he landed on a flight from Berlin.

Russian Opposition Leader Navalny Announces Hunger Strike

The Kremlin foe’s health has deteriorated dramatically since being transferred to a brutal penal colony.

Women wait to receive wheat in Kabul.

Women Cut Out of the Afghan Peace Process

Two decades of progress are threatened by the Taliban return—and a hasty U.S. exit.

A Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 drone flies at Gecitkale military airbase near Famagusta in the self-proclaimed Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) on December 16, 2019.

The U.S. Army Goes to School on Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

Off-the-shelf air power changes the battlefield of the future.

A World Health Organization official speaks to health workers in Liberia.

WHO Says COVID-19 Likely Started With Animals, Not Laboratory Leak

The long-awaited report is unlikely to quell concerns about China’s influence over the investigation.

Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield speaks about the pending nominations of key foreign-policy and national security officials.

Biden Takes Small Steps Toward Feminist Foreign Policy

Biden’s push for gender equality is a huge change from Trump, but experts stop short of calling it a feminist foreign policy.

Iranian protesters demonstrate outside the Tehran Research Reactor

Europeans Fear Iran Nuclear Window Closing

The Biden administration rebuffed European pleas to lift some sanctions in its first weeks in office.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meet in Brazil.

Russian Arms Sale Clouds U.S.-India Ties

New Delhi’s deal for the Russian S-400 system could limit burgeoning military ties with Washington.

Tanzanian President John Magufuli greets crowds before a speech.

Tanzanian Leader Who Downplayed Pandemic Dies

President John Magufuli’s complex legacy is overshadowed by his repeated dismissals of the coronavirus.

Sen. Vito Crimi speaks at Quirinal Palace.

Has Italy’s Five Star Movement Given Up on Populism?

The anti-establishment bad boys of years past are changing their stripes—maybe.

A car fire burns at the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

The Libya Allergy

The 2011 Libyan intervention pitched the region into a decade of chaos and undermined U.S. confidence in the wisdom of using military force to save lives.

US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin arrives for a bilateral meeting with Japan's Defence Minister Nobuo Kishi at the Defence Ministry in Tokyo on March 16, 2021.

U.S. Seeks to Counter China’s Full-Court Press in Asia

Top U.S. officials on trip to Asia under pressure to push back on Taiwan and maritime disputes.

Antony Blinken speaks at his Senate confirmation hearing.

Democrats Push Biden to Ramp Up Spending on Diplomacy and Aid

A $12 billion funding boost aims to reverse some of the Trump damage.

A sandstorm hits Beijing.

Climate Offers a Glimmer of Hope for U.S.-China Cooperation

As relations worsen on other fronts, the Kerry-Xie relationship could make a difference on climate change.

Kim Jong Un watches intercontinental ballistic missile test-fire.

While North Korean Missiles Sit in Storage, Their Hackers Go Rampant

Pyongyang’s hacker armies have shown a proficiency to finding vulnerabilities and exploiting them—and the world needs to be prepared.

U.S. President Joe Biden, flanked by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken

Blinken and Austin in Japan to Bolster Asian Allies

The Biden administration wants to prod Japan more on defense and resolve tensions between Tokyo and Seoul.