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A man carries his son as they walk past a graffiti on a wall depicting a Ukrainian soldier firing a U.S.-made Javelin portable anti-tank missile system, in Kyiv, on July 29.
A man carries his son as they walk past a graffiti on a wall depicting a Ukrainian soldier firing a U.S.-made Javelin portable anti-tank missile system, in Kyiv, on July 29.

In Washington, Everyone Wins if Ukraine Wins

How backing Kyiv can bridge the partisan divide and make U.S. foreign policy great again.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announces new European Union energy policies at the bloc’s headquarters in Brussels, on Sept. 7.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announces new European Union energy policies at the bloc’s headquarters in Brussels, on Sept. 7.

With Winter Coming, Europe Is Walking Off a Cliff

Europeans won’t escape their energy crisis as long as ideology trumps basic math.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly pose for a photograph during the G-7 summit in Liverpool, England, on Dec. 12, 2021.
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly pose for a photograph during the G-7 summit in Liverpool, England, on Dec. 12, 2021.
A worker removes McDonald's logotype from a restaurant in Moscow on June 17.
A worker removes McDonald's logotype from a restaurant in Moscow on June 17.

Russia’s Clueless New Oligarchs

A new generation of business owners with no experience are snapping up Western companies’ assets at fire-sale prices.

A woman looks down at her phone on a sidewalk near a banner showing Assad's and Putin's faces with the caption “Justice Prevails" on it in Arabic.
A woman looks down at her phone on a sidewalk near a banner showing Assad's and Putin's faces with the caption “Justice Prevails" on it in Arabic.

The Folly of Reengaging Assad

Jordan tried to reestablish ties with the Syrian dictator’s regime. It was a disaster.

A U.S. High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) fires during a military exercise.
A U.S. High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) fires during a military exercise.

Why Arming Allies Is America’s Smartest, Safest Strategy

Russia’s war has exposed Washington’s reluctance to provide advanced arms as a dangerous misconception.

Sheep shearing in Australia in 1886.
Sheep shearing in Australia in 1886.

What a 19th-Century Shearer Can Teach Us About Korean-Australian Relations

People-to-people interactions are longer and deeper than the pair’s state relations.

Giorgia Meloni, the leader of the far-right Brothers of Italy party, holds a placard reading "Thank You, Italy," after her center-right coalition won a majority of seats in Italy's Parliament, in Rome on Sept. 26.
Giorgia Meloni, the leader of the far-right Brothers of Italy party, holds a placard reading "Thank You, Italy," after her center-right coalition won a majority of seats in Italy's Parliament, in Rome on Sept. 26.
British Prime Minister Liz Truss (left) and Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng chat during a visit to Berkeley Modular, in Northfleet, England, on Sept. 23.
British Prime Minister Liz Truss (left) and Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng chat during a visit to Berkeley Modular, in Northfleet, England, on Sept. 23.

Liz Truss Wants to Be Thatcher. She’s Not.

The new prime minister is making Britain look like Argentina—in more ways than one.

U.S. President Joe Biden listens to remarks in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington on May 19.
U.S. President Joe Biden listens to remarks in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington on May 19.

Russia’s Defeat Would Be America’s Problem

Victory in Ukraine could easily mean hubris in Washington.

the Nippon Budokan, the venue for the state funeral of former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe
the Nippon Budokan, the venue for the state funeral of former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe

Shinzo Abe’s State Funeral Is as Controversial as He Was

The ceremony for the assassinated former prime minister marks the end of an era.

Students sit at desks in a classroom.
Students sit at desks in a classroom.

Who Speaks English?

The world is long overdue for the abandonment of the unstated but powerful hegemony that exists around the great imperial languages of centuries past.

Electricity pylons are shown under cloudy skies during rainfall near Romanel-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland, on Sept. 15.
Electricity pylons are shown under cloudy skies during rainfall near Romanel-sur-Lausanne, Switzerland, on Sept. 15.

Europe’s Energy Crisis Is Destroying the Multipolar World

The EU and Russia are losing their competitive edge. That leaves the United States and China to duke it out.

Supporters of Rached Ghannouchi, the head of Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahda party, protest outside the office of Tunisia’s counterterrorism prosecutor in Tunis, Tunisia, on July 19.
Supporters of Rached Ghannouchi, the head of Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahda party, protest outside the office of Tunisia’s counterterrorism prosecutor in Tunis, Tunisia, on July 19.
Giorgia Meloni
Giorgia Meloni

The Italian Far Right Is About to Meet Italian Bureaucracy

Italy’s politics is a constant cycle of failed populist waves.

A Ukrainian soldier walks by a burnt vehicle.
A Ukrainian soldier walks by a burnt vehicle.

Diplomacy Is Still (Just About) Possible in Ukraine

The Black Sea agreement offers a model for off-ramps to escalation.

Iranians march during a pro-hijab rally.
Iranians march during a pro-hijab rally.

What the Hijab Protests Mean for Iran’s Clerical Class

The supreme leader’s stance could become a source of widening divide.

An older man walks past a mural of Maoist hero Lei Feng
An older man walks past a mural of Maoist hero Lei Feng

China’s War on History Is Growing

The government is inviting snitches to report on “historical nihilism.”

Chinese President Xi Jinping inspects a British honor guard during a visit to London in 2015.
Chinese President Xi Jinping inspects a British honor guard during a visit to London in 2015.

Britain’s Golden Era With China Is Well and Truly Dead

Liz Truss’s administration is the nail in the coffin for friendly ties with Beijing.

Military vehicles belonging to the Russian peacekeeping force move on the road outside Lachin on Nov. 29, 2020, after six weeks of fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.
Military vehicles belonging to the Russian peacekeeping force move on the road outside Lachin on Nov. 29, 2020, after six weeks of fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Putin Is Turning Armenia Into a Russian Outpost

Moscow is losing regional influence—but it's shoring up its position in Yerevan.

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