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Photographers, including Jawad Jalali, take shelter as a new explosion is heard while photographing an attack in Kabul in this archival photo.

‘This is the Darkest Moment’: Afghans Flee a Crumbling Country

The educated middle classes that were meant to be the foundation of a new Afghanistan are tired of terror, insecurity, and the return of the Taliban.

A self-identified member of the Patriot movement flies an upside-down U.S. flag in Olympia, Washington, on Feb. 6.

Presumptive Patriotism, the United States’ Greatest Blindspot

The unquestioned assumption that some groups are more “patriotic” leads to dangerous security risks.

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks at a virtual event hosted by the Munich Security Conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Feb. 19.

Biden Was Right: America Is Back

The country’s reputation won’t be fixed anytime soon, but the fact that it’s trying is a sign of exceptionalism—and a return to the United States’ finest tradition.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken holds his first press briefing at the State Department in Washington, on Jan 27.

How to Do Diversity Reforms Right

Decades of attempts to remodel the State Department haven’t worked—here’s why and how to do better this time.

The U.S. Marine Corp’s Iwo Jima Memorial can be seen as sun begins to rise behind the U.S. Capitol and Washington Monument in Arlington, Virginia on Nov. 7, 2020.

A World Without War

A new book argues that America’s massive military is predicated on imaginary threats—and we’d all be better off without it.

Officials attend the signing of a declaration to kick off the Prosur regional initiative at La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago, on March 22, 2019.

In Latin America, U.S. Popularity Is Already Bouncing Back

Trump has been all but forgotten as the region looks to cooperate with Biden.

Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir (L) is greeted upon her arrival in the Blue Room of the White House by U.S. President Richard Nixon and his wife Pat  on Oct. 24, 1970.

Biden Should End U.S. Hypocrisy on Israeli Nukes

For decades, U.S. presidents have pledged not to talk about Israel’s nuclear arsenal despite pushing for nonproliferation in the region. It’s time for Washington to end the double standard.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks on the phone in his office in St. Petersburg on Dec. 15, 2018.

What Biden and Putin Can Agree On

Both sides should take the long view if they are ever to reconcile.

An employee of Angola's national oil company, Sonangol, wears a protective helmet at the Sonangol Luanda Refinery on Oct. 22, 2020.

Energy Transition Is the Future. National Oil Companies Are Betting on the Past.

State-owned oil companies are on the verge of investing $400 billion in projects incompatible with the Paris Agreement. If they fail, it could spark an emerging market debt crisis.

Joseph Biden speaks during a meeting with representatives from the video game and entertainment industries Jan. 11, 2013 at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House in Washington.

Biden’s Eisenhower Strategy for China

The U.S. administration’s new foreign-policy doctrine is not so new.

A police officer grips a corner of a torn U.S. flag at a memorial ceremony in New York on Sept. 11, 2004.

How Civil Wars Start

Three factors come into play, and the United States demonstrates all of them.

Protesters hold up signs against the military coup in Naypyidaw, Myanmar, on Feb. 18.

Myanmar vs. Its Generals

Thant Myint-U on the future of the protests, what Beijing wants, and what Washington can do to help.

A protester gestures while holding placard that says “Never Give Up” as another holds up a scarf with the colors of the Nigerian national flag during a demonstration to protest against police brutality in Magboro, Nigeria, on Oct. 20, 2020.

Lessons From Nigeria for Peace Building in the United States

No divides are unbridgeable—but you have to know where to start.

Roman Catholic Cardinal and Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan and Mitt Romney attend the 67th Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on Oct. 18, 2012 in New York City.

America Is Learning to Reject Socialism, but Love the Welfare State

Some Republicans are taking steps toward Europe’s model of religiously inspired social assistance.

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