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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket takes off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 30, 2020.

The Crisis in Space

Falling rocket debris, ‘space junk’ crowding the skies, and unregulated resource competition make this the hour of space diplomacy.

U.S. President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga walk along the Rose Garden Colonnade as they arrive for a news conference at the White House in Washington on April 16.

Biden’s National Security Strategy Is Starry-Eyed About U.S. Allies

Managing rifts in alliances should be built into strategic planning.

Migrants prepare documents to show the border patrol agents.

Biden Must End Mandatory Expulsion on the Border

Title 42’s public health rules are cruel and unnecessary.

Children sail on a raft in the polluted waters of Lake Maracaibo in Zulia state, Venezuela, on June 13, 2019.

Venezuela’s Maduro Should Be Tried for Ecocide

His government’s blatant disregard for the environment is defining a new international crime.

Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders arrive onstage ahead of the sixth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California on Dec. 19, 2019.

What Biden’s Welfare State Is—and Isn’t

The pandemic has ushered in a new economic era. But it’s more familiar than it appears.

U.S. President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga

Poll: Biden Gets High Marks for Foreign Policy

A survey of academics shows early and overwhelming support for the U.S. president, but he will be tested by China, Russia, and national security issues.

A man wrapped in a Guatemalan flag takes part in a march.

Biden’s Top Priority in Central America Is Fighting Corruption. That’s an Uphill Battle.

In the last few years, as politicians, judges, and other campaigners were stymied, the political will to fight graft has eroded.

A man holds up an Indian flag at a rally featuring. U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at NRG Stadium in Houston on Sept. 22, 2019.

The Power of Indians Abroad

In a time of crisis, the diaspora shows its strength.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in

Moon Wants a Legacy on North Korea That Isn’t Coming

Biden’s tough attitude on Pyongyang is mixed with sympathy for his South Korean counterpart.

A man receives the coronavirus vaccine in Pakistan.

India’s COVID-19 Surge Terrifies Pakistan

A dangerous third wave is threatening an unvaccinated nation.

Workers pick up leaves from cannabis plants inside a greenhouse in Lesotho on Aug. 6, 2019.

Africa Needs Cannabis to Spark Economic Growth

Decriminalization of marijuana would create jobs and boost tax revenue across the continent.

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Biden’s Old Playbook Won’t End Israeli-Palestinian Violence

Further conflict is inevitable unless Washington ends Israel's impunity and includes Palestinians in its global democracy agenda.

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Green-Lined Vision Is Blurring Reality in Israel-Palestine

Policymakers can no longer rely on an imaginary border that supposedly divides two states as a one-state reality takes shape on the ground.

U.S. President Joe Biden walks through Arlington National Cemetery.

The Military Revolt Against Joe Biden

An open letter by former officers calling the president a “Marxist” dictator is a greater threat to U.S. democracy than the ouster of Liz Cheney.

Venezuelan migrants stay at migrant shelter.

Refugee-Run Organizations Deserve More Money

Governments tend to fund large humanitarian agencies, but small groups run by refugees are a better investment.

Newly appointed attorney general Rodolfo Delgado is sworn in during the first plenary session of the Legislative Assembly in San Salvador, on May 2.

In Central America, Rule of Law Is Under Attack. El Salvador Is the Latest Victim.

El Salvador’s populist president is following the playbook of corrupt elites in Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Honduras when it comes to top courts.

Anti-nuclear activists protest in Berlin.

Biden Must Be Clear About What Nuclear Weapons Are For

The U.S. president can clarify his belief in “sole purpose” through a new review process.

Modi campaigns in West Bengal

India’s Pandemic Disaster Has Finally Slowed Modi’s Unstoppable Rise

The populist leader is blaming everyone but himself. Voters aren’t buying it.

The Sydney Opera House at dawn.

Australia Is the New Hermit Kingdom

Closed borders have shut out a diverse citizenry.

Taiwanese soldiers operate U.S.-made guns.

Unified Threats Need Decentralized Deterrence

The United States can’t afford to contain its allies anymore.