An illustration of a captain's hat with a 1980s era Pepsi logo and USSR and U.S. flag pins.

The Doomed Voyage of Pepsi’s Soviet Navy

A three-decade dream of communist markets ended in the scrapyard.

An Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) soldier sits by a pile of weapons confiscated from Ethiopian army soldiers at the Addis Ababa racetrack on May 29, 1991.

Ethiopia’s Breakup Doesn’t Have to Be Violent

A confederation of states must choose whether to follow the bloody path of the former Yugoslavia or the prosperous model of the European Union.

Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan performs.

Modi’s Growing Crackdown on Bollywood

India’s film industry is under growing pressure to bend its knee to Hindu nationalists.


5 Games That Explain The World

From the Islamic Revolution in Tehran to fuzzy animals playing counterinsurgents, these board and video games are inspired by foreign relations.

Honduran migrants who are part of a caravan heading to the United States get on a truck in southern Mexico.

Will Honduras’s Election Lead to Mass Migration?

Repressive rule, and the utter despair that follows, has already had a significant impact on people fleeing to the United States.


How the Belarus Crisis Boosted Poland’s Ruling Party

By focusing on an external enemy, the Law and Justice Party is trying to transform its image in Brussels and beyond.

A street vendor hawks yams.

In Nigeria, Yam Prices Soar, and Culture Suffers

Yams mean wealth, power, and the holidays—if you can afford them.

Xi Zhongxun from a postage stamp commemorating the Chinese military leader.

A Squabble About History Almost Killed Xi Jinping’s Father

Fights about the party’s past are serious business in Beijing.

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan gets the help of a bodyguard as he takes off his overcoat during his visit at the 'La Alhambra' in Granada, Spain,  13 January 2008 .

Erdogan Has Never Been in This Much Trouble

Surrounded by rivals amid a collapsing economy, the Turkish president is facing the longest odds of his life.

Christian Lindner addresses a press conference.

Are Germany’s Capitalists Cool Now?

The pro-business Free Democratic Party is about to wield power in Berlin, thanks to the country’s youngest voters—but doesn’t yet know what it wants.

Koko the gorilla with trainer Penny Patterson

Nature Is Becoming a Person

How to make sense of the new global trend that grants legal rights to animals, plants, and rivers.

Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin arrive for a bipartisan meeting.

It’s Fiscally Irresponsible Not to Spend More Money

Reasonable-sounding objections to the Biden administration’s spending bills are anything but.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) meets with Milorad Dodik, the Serb member of Bosnia's tripartite presidency, in Belgrade on Jan. 17, 2019.

What Russia Really Wants in the Balkans

The Kremlin is destabilizing Bosnia and Herzegovina in pursuit of broader strategic goals.

Anti-Taliban forces train.

Afghan Insurgents Are a Dead End

Rebuilding U.S. standing requires an end to backing militants abroad.

U.S. President Joe Biden

Biden’s Summit for Democracy Needs More Than Governments

Bringing other voices in would empower the democratic cause.

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