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A view of Givat Zeev, an Israeli settlement near the Palestinian city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, on Nov. 19, 2019.
A view of Givat Zeev, an Israeli settlement near the Palestinian city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, on Nov. 19, 2019.

Blasting Israeli Settlement Construction Will Get Biden Nowhere

Settlement growth in the West Bank is a product of population pressure, not policy.

A destroyed bridge in eastern Ukraine
A destroyed bridge in eastern Ukraine

Corruption Could Mean Ukraine Loses a Future Peace

Reconstruction partners must be careful not to hand money to oligarchs.

Russian police officers detain a woman.
Russian police officers detain a woman.

Sanctions Should Punish Putin, Not His Opponents

Russian emigres are being stripped of their ability to survive.

Israeli security forces keep watch as Palestinians cross a checkpoint to reach Jerusalem to attend the last Friday prayers of Ramadan at the al-Aqsa mosque compound, on Apr. 29, 2022 in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.
Israeli security forces keep watch as Palestinians cross a checkpoint to reach Jerusalem to attend the last Friday prayers of Ramadan at the al-Aqsa mosque compound, on Apr. 29, 2022 in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.

An Israeli-Palestinian Confederation Is the Best Path to Peace

The plan would satisfy concerns across the political spectrum by tackling the thorniest issues in new ways.

Argentine President Alberto Fernández visits the Museum of the Communist Party of China in Beijing on Feb. 4.
Argentine President Alberto Fernández visits the Museum of the Communist Party of China in Beijing on Feb. 4.

Argentina’s Embrace of China Should Be a Wake-Up Call

U.S. Latin America strategy needs serious reform—before it’s too late.

The Pillar of Shame is displayed at the campus of the University of Hong Kong.
The Pillar of Shame is displayed at the campus of the University of Hong Kong.

In Hong Kong, a Once Liberal University Feels Beijing’s Weight

With protesters crushed and memorials removed, there’s no room for campus dissent.

Russian service members in Ukraine
Russian service members in Ukraine

Russia Is a Real Threat to NATO

Despite its failings, the Russian military is still a powerful force.

Ukrainian infantry take part in a training exercise with tanks near Dnipropetrovsk oblast, Ukraine, less than 50 miles from the front lines, on May 9.
Ukrainian infantry take part in a training exercise with tanks near Dnipropetrovsk oblast, Ukraine, less than 50 miles from the front lines, on May 9.
A person in a green jacket holding their bicycle looks out over water and coal plants.
A person in a green jacket holding their bicycle looks out over water and coal plants.

The Energy Crisis Won’t Sabotage Climate Goals

Climate despair is understandable but misplaced.

Demonstrators hold a placard that reads "EU, UN and US it is time for B.D.S."
Demonstrators hold a placard that reads "EU, UN and US it is time for B.D.S."

The BDS Movement Has Already Lost

Where it counts—in the halls of government and boardrooms—the effort to boycott Israel doesn’t even register.

A photograph shows the interior of a destroyed home in the village of Vilkhivka, near the eastern city of Kharkiv, Ukraine on May 14.
A photograph shows the interior of a destroyed home in the village of Vilkhivka, near the eastern city of Kharkiv, Ukraine on May 14.

The Russian Army Is an Atrocity Factory

State weakness has created a callous and brutalized soldiery.

Customers walk past a closed shop counter at the Atrium shopping center in Moscow on March 17.
Customers walk past a closed shop counter at the Atrium shopping center in Moscow on March 17.

Western Companies Still in Russia Are Making a Big Mistake

The moral, legal, and public relations risks of staying are huge.

Soldiers of the P18 Gotland Regiment of the Swedish Army camouflage an armoured vehicle during a field exercise near Visby on the Swedish island of Gotland on May 17.
Soldiers of the P18 Gotland Regiment of the Swedish Army camouflage an armoured vehicle during a field exercise near Visby on the Swedish island of Gotland on May 17.

What Are Sweden and Finland Thinking?

European leaders have reassessed Russia’s intentions and are balancing against the threat that Putin poses to the territorial status quo. 

China's President Xi Jinping (right) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin
China's President Xi Jinping (right) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin

Xi’s Control of Domestic Politics Has Trapped Beijing Over Ukraine

Analysts in China can’t be open about what drives policy.

A demonstrator holds a sign during a protest calling for the European Union to impose further sanctions against Russia in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Feb. 21.
A demonstrator holds a sign during a protest calling for the European Union to impose further sanctions against Russia in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Feb. 21.

The World Needs an Economic NATO

Russia’s war has made sanctions a powerful tool of statecraft. It’s time to formally enshrine them.

A motorcycle passes in front of an oil-themed mural in Caracas, Venezuela
A motorcycle passes in front of an oil-themed mural in Caracas, Venezuela

Democracy Is Not a Commodity

The United States shouldn’t bargain away Venezuela’s future for oil.

Members of the National Defence Training Association of Finland attend a training.
Members of the National Defence Training Association of Finland attend a training.

Finns Show Up for Conscription. Russians Dodge It.

Two seemingly similar systems produce very different militaries.

Oil rig silhouettes are seen before a bright orange and yellow sky.
Oil rig silhouettes are seen before a bright orange and yellow sky.
A bullet hole is seen through the bust of Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko in the main square of Borodianka, Ukraine on May 15.
A bullet hole is seen through the bust of Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko in the main square of Borodianka, Ukraine on May 15.

How to Help Ukraine Fight Cultural Erasure

Russia is seeking to destroy Ukrainian culture. The West must help those working to preserve it.

A cryptocurrency ATM screen
A cryptocurrency ATM screen

The Cryptocurrency Crash Is Replaying 2008 as Absurdly as Possible

Substitute dollars backed by almost nothing are taking down the market.

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