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Members of the Indian Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers shake hands during a ceremony celebrating Pakistan's 75th Independence Day at the Attari-Wagah post on the India-Pakistan border, on Aug. 14.
Members of the Indian Border Security Force and Pakistan Rangers shake hands during a ceremony celebrating Pakistan's 75th Independence Day at the Attari-Wagah post on the India-Pakistan border, on Aug. 14.

India-Pakistan Ties Are Warming—but Don’t Get Excited Just Yet

When sworn enemies with nuclear arms get along better, it’s incredibly significant news.

President Joe Biden listens to remarks tin he Rose Garden at the White House on May 19, 2022 in Washington.
President Joe Biden listens to remarks tin he Rose Garden at the White House on May 19, 2022 in Washington.

Russia’s Defeat Would Be America’s Problem

Victory in Ukraine could easily mean hubris in Washington.

Democratic resistance fighters escort protesters in Myanmar.
Democratic resistance fighters escort protesters in Myanmar.

In Myanmar, the Tatmadaw’s Frustration Fuels a Cycle of Violence

The junta’s tactics have grown more brutal in the face of resistance. The international community doesn’t have an answer.

Britain's Prime Minister Liz Truss (L) and Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng (R) chat during a visit to Berkeley Modular, in Northfleet, England on Sept. 23.
Britain's Prime Minister Liz Truss (L) and Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng (R) 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.

Leader of Italian far-right party Brothers of Italy, Giorgia Meloni reacts as she holds a placard reading "Thank You Italy" after she delivered an address at her party's campaign headquarters overnight on September 26 in Rome.
Leader of Italian far-right party Brothers of Italy, Giorgia Meloni reacts as she holds a placard reading "Thank You Italy" after she delivered an address at her party's campaign headquarters overnight on September 26 in Rome.
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.

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.
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.

Peace activists wearing masks of Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and newly elected US President Joe Biden pose with mock nuclear missiles in front of the US embassy in Berlin on Jan.a 29, 2021.
Peace activists wearing masks of Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and newly elected US President Joe Biden pose with mock nuclear missiles in front of the US embassy in Berlin on Jan.a 29, 2021.

The Crazy Logic of Brinksmanship Is Back

The West can only counter Putin’s nuclear threats with ruinous threats of its own.

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.

Raisi stands at a podium featuring an atomic energy symbol in front of a backdrop that reads, in English, "Nuclear Technology"
Raisi stands at a podium featuring an atomic energy symbol in front of a backdrop that reads, in English, "Nuclear Technology"

Let’s Be Honest About the Iran Nuclear Deal

There are several politically inconvenient realities its detractors and defenders should consider.

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.”

People participate in a protest against Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi outside of the United Nations on September 21, 2022 in New York City.
People participate in a protest against Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi outside of the United Nations on September 21, 2022 in New York City.

Iran’s Anti-Veil Protests Have Already Succeeded

The Islamic Republic is no stranger to protests—but this time, they’re leaving a permanent mark.

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NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg

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