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A Sudanese man holds bags to build a barricade amid flood waters in Tuti island, where the Blue and White Nile merge between the twin cities of Khartoum and Omdurman, on Sept. 3.

The White House Wants Peace With Sudan. Congress Wants Khartoum to Pay.

Normalizing ties with Israel could mean removal from the U.S. state sponsors of terrorism list, allowing the country to rebuild its shattered economy—but U.S. legislators are standing in the way.

Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar speaks during the opening session of peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban in Doha on Sept. 12.

How India Came Around to Talking to the Taliban

New Delhi is set to take on a greater role in Afghanistan’s peace process.

Joe Biden takes his sunglasses off as he arrives for a campaign event with President Barack Obama at Strawbery Banke Field in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on Sept. 7, 2012.

Biden Needs to Play the Nationalism Card Right Now

The 2020 election is veering into dangerous territory—and liberalism won’t be enough to win.

China's President Xi Jinping waves to delegates as they arrive for the opening ceremony of the 11th National Women's Congress at the Great Hall of the People near Tiananmen Square on October 28, 2013 in Beijing.

How Xi Just Saved the World


In a little-noticed speech this week, China permanently changed the global fight against climate change.

Thai protesters attend a rally outside the Thai parliament in Bangkok on Sept. 24.

Can Thailand’s Protest Movement Broaden Its Appeal?

To succeed, the protesters will have to overcome old regional and class divides—and new ones, along generational lines.

The Hedgemony game board. Rand Corporation

Want to Learn How the Pentagon Works? Then Play This Board Game.

A new game meant to help the U.S. government write the 2018 National Defense Strategy shows what happens when resources and commitments collide.

The Blue Nile as it passes through the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, near Guba, Ethiopia, on Dec. 26, 2019.

The African Union Needs to Resolve Ethiopia’s Dam Dispute

U.S. diplomacy has failed. African diplomacy can’t afford to.

U.S. President Donald Trump visits China.

The U.S. Needs An Endgame Before It Plunges Into the Next Cold War

China would be a tougher, longer-lasting opponent than the Soviet Union.

Two members of the Black Panther Party

The Case for Black American Self-Defense

Pacifist injunctions obliterate the history of, and need for, armed protection.

Donald Harrison, Google’s president for global partnerships and corporate development, testifies via live video feed before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee during a hearing on anti-competitive online advertising in Washington on Sept. 15.

Make Surveillance Capitalists Pay Their Dues

Congressional action has typically left big tech firms intact, instead mandating that they improve access for all consumers. Washington should stick to that model.

A man walks past a large billboard showing a woman wearing Italy’s national flag as a face mask and the headline “All together, without fear,” in Naples, Italy, on March 22.

How Italy Snatched Health From the Jaws of Death

Those who used to scoff at its mismanagement should take note of Rome’s strategy for defeating COVID-19.

Querdenker, or “lateral thinker,” is written on the sign of a participant at a march against Germany’s COVID-19 measures across the Oberkassel Bridge in Düsseldorf on Sept. 20.

Germany’s Lateral Thinkers, Unite

The Querdenker protests against coronavirus prevention measures sweeping the country’s cities show that free speech is alive and well.

Workers move iron girders from a crane at the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, near Guba in Ethiopia, on Dec. 26, 2019.

The Ethiopian-Egyptian Water War Has Begun

The conflict between Ethiopia and Egypt over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam has already started. It’s just happening in cyberspace.

A girl practices ballet during a distant lesson via a mobile phone in Nairobi on May 22.

Africa’s Creative Industries Are Ripe for U.S. Investment

The continent's pop culture market is booming, just as U.S.-Chinese competition is heating up.

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