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People hold blank sheets of paper in protest of COVID-19 restrictions and censorship in Hong Kong on Nov. 28.
People hold blank sheets of paper in protest of COVID-19 restrictions and censorship in Hong Kong on Nov. 28.

The Power of China’s Blank Sheets of Paper

2022 is not 1989, but demonstrations may yet develop in unpredictable ways.

Paul Mashatile, the African National Congress’s acting secretary-general, addresses the media at the Johannesburg Expo Centre in Johannesburg on Dec. 2.
Paul Mashatile, the African National Congress’s acting secretary-general, addresses the media at the Johannesburg Expo Centre in Johannesburg on Dec. 2.

What in the World?

Test yourself on the week of Nov. 26: China protests, Germany and Qatar sign a deal, and Biden hosts his first state visit.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon attends a pro-independence rally.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon attends a pro-independence rally.

Scotland’s Independence Dream Hits a Dead End

The U.K. Supreme Court ruling makes another referendum all but impossible, forcing nationalists to change their strategy.

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.
Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.
Serbia's forward Dusan Vlahovic (L) and Serbia's midfielder Nemanja Gudelj take part in a training session at the Al Arabi SC on Dec. 1 on the eve of the Qatar 2022 World Cup match between Serbia and Switzerland in Doha.
Serbia's forward Dusan Vlahovic (L) and Serbia's midfielder Nemanja Gudelj take part in a training session at the Al Arabi SC on Dec. 1 on the eve of the Qatar 2022 World Cup match between Serbia and Switzerland in Doha.

Why Switzerland vs. Serbia Is Really All About Kosovo

Serbia’s schadenfreude will be on display as the national team seeks revenge against a rival stacked with stars of Kosovar heritage.

A woman holds a blank sheet of paper as demonstrators protest the deaths caused by an apartment complex fire in Urumqi, Xinjiang, China, at the Langson Library on the campus of the University of California, Irvine.
A woman holds a blank sheet of paper as demonstrators protest the deaths caused by an apartment complex fire in Urumqi, Xinjiang, China, at the Langson Library on the campus of the University of California, Irvine.

What Xi’s Zero-COVID Fiasco Might Mean for China and the World

Protests spotlight the regime's misguided approach to the pandemic and lackluster vaccination campaign.

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks with with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Senegalese President Macky Sall.
Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks with with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Senegalese President Macky Sall.

Biden’s Big Africa Summit Carefully Sidesteps China

In a U-turn from the Trump administration, Team Biden wants to court African nations without talking about Beijing.

A Ukrainian tank rolls along a road near Bakhmut in the Donetsk region.
A Ukrainian tank rolls along a road near Bakhmut in the Donetsk region.

‘General Frost’ Will Be Fighting for Both Sides This Time

Winter may slow down Ukraine’s advances, but Kyiv is better prepared than Russia’s ragtag forces.

A person stands in front of a store with a #BOYCOTT QATAR 2022 banner. The Q is drawn with a soccer ball and a chain.
A person stands in front of a store with a #BOYCOTT QATAR 2022 banner. The Q is drawn with a soccer ball and a chain.

Why Human Rights Criticism Often Backfires

Shaming countries over human rights abuses is unavoidable. But there are better ways to do it.

Lionel Messi of Argentina is challenged by Salem Al-Dawsari of Saudi Arabia during the 2022 FIFA World Cup match between Argentina and Saudi Arabia at Lusail Stadium in Lusail City, Qatar, on Nov. 22.
Lionel Messi of Argentina is challenged by Salem Al-Dawsari of Saudi Arabia during the 2022 FIFA World Cup match between Argentina and Saudi Arabia at Lusail Stadium in Lusail City, Qatar, on Nov. 22.

What Lionel Messi Reveals About Geopolitics

Gulf states have embraced the soft power of Latin American soccer in their campaign for global influence.

Two men in suits cut a red ribbon.
Two men in suits cut a red ribbon.

Iran Is Filling Armenia’s Power Vacuum

Tehran has been eager to make up for Russia’s newfound absence in the South Caucasus.

A protester participates in a rally in Beijing.
A protester participates in a rally in Beijing.
Indian Army soldiers are seen in Tawang.
Indian Army soldiers are seen in Tawang.

China Has India Trapped on Their Disputed Border

Beijing’s military and infrastructure advantage has transformed the crisis and left New Delhi on the defensive.

Protesters hold up pieces of A4 paper in China.
Protesters hold up pieces of A4 paper in China.
U.S. Iran envoy Robert Malley testified on the Iran nuclear deal.
U.S. Iran envoy Robert Malley testified on the Iran nuclear deal.

Biden’s Iran Envoy: Sanctions Are ‘Not the Answer’

Robert Malley on the stalled nuclear deal and Washington’s plan to help Iran’s protesters.

A pedestrian walks past a vandalized mural depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Belgrade on June 2.
A pedestrian walks past a vandalized mural depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Belgrade on June 2.

Sanctions on Russia Are Working. Here’s Why.

The Kremlin’s ability to wage war is already constrained, but the worst is yet to come.

Spectators hold portraits of former German national team soccer player Mesut Ozil during a World Cup match between Spain and Germany at the Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, on Nov. 27.
Spectators hold portraits of former German national team soccer player Mesut Ozil during a World Cup match between Spain and Germany at the Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, on Nov. 27.

Mesut Ozil’s Ghost Still Haunts Germany

Proposed citizenship reform offers a chance at redemption.

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BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - JULY 15: EU Commissioner for European Green Deal - First Vice President and Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans talks to to media in the Berlaymont building, the EU Commission headquarter on July 15, 2021 in Brussels, Belgium. EU Commissioners talked about making transport greener. (Photo by Thierry Monasse/Getty Images)
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Europe’s Top Climate Negotiator on the Road After COP27

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