Fighters from the Islamic State group parade

An American in Mosul

Journalist Mike Giglio provides an eyewitness account of a key battle against the Islamic State.

Qassem Suleimani, the head of Iran’s Quds Force

Iranian Spy Games Revealed

What a trove of leaked Iranian cables tells us about Iran’s influence in Iraq.

Activists of the Ukrainian far-right party National Corps salute

How to Reverse the Global Drift Toward Authoritarianism

Brookings President John Allen on why autocrats are rising and what to do about it.

Waad al-Kateab and Sama

The Syrian Filmmaker Who Risked Her Life to Document the Atrocities in Aleppo

Waad al-Kateab’s film focuses on one of the hardest-hit cities in Syria’s ongoing conflict.

Workers construct a road in Goma, the main city in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.

How to Boost the Economies of Africa

Brookings scholar Landry Signé on why the continent underperforms when it comes to trade and what can be done about it.

Ram Masarweh as Mohammed Abu Khdeir in HBO’s “Our Boys.”

The Jerusalem Murder That Set Off a War

An Israeli drama series on HBO about the 2014 murder of a Palestinian teen stirs compassion and controversy.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is surrounded by soldiers of the Korean People's Army as he inspects the test launch of a ballistic missile at an undisclosed location in a photo released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency on 
Feb. 13, 2017.

How to Manage North Korea

Brookings senior fellow Jung H. Pak on why the United States has failed to prevent North Korea from developing nuclear weapons and what to do about it.

Lebanese demonstrators wave national flags on a highway linking Beirut to northern Lebanon in Zouk Mosbeh on Oct. 19.

Lebanon’s Arab Spring?

Protesters are directing their anger at the political elite for years of corruption and mismanagement.

A Venezuelan opposition activist is pictured.

How to Repair Venezuela’s Shattered Economy

Brookings scholar Dany Bahar on how the crisis unfolded and what to do about it.

Civil War in Afghanistan

When the U.S. Turns Its Back on Allies

A former U.S. intelligence officer explains what happens to locals who helped the United States when troops leave a conflict zone.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at NATO

How to Heal the NATO Alliance

Brookings scholar Victoria Nuland on why it’s troubled and what to do about it.

Migrants in detention in Libya.

How North African Migrants Ended Up in Permanent Detention

The Irish journalist Sally Hayden has traced the story of many of them.

A Chinese worker at a port in Qingdao, China.

Fixing the U.S. Relationship With China

Brookings scholar Ryan Hass on what’s driving America’s new cold war and what to do about it.

Hong Kong protester throws a tear gas canister fired by police.

Why Hong Kongers Are Still Protesting Against Chinese Rule

A democracy activist describes how the demonstrations got underway and where they go from here.

President Vladimir Putin's address to the nation blankets a store in Moscow on April 17, 2014. ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images

Fighting Russian Disinformation

Brookings scholar Alina Polyakova on why the United States needs to go on the offense.