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Portrait taken on May 12, 1982 of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

Postmodern America Didn’t Deserve Jimmy Carter

A new biography paints a portrait of a president who made vast progress on policy—and failed at smoke-and-mirrors PR.

Frodo stands before the Cracks of Doom in Sergei Iukhimov’s cover illustration for Volume I of Vlastelin Kolec, Natalya Grigor’eva and Vladimir Grushetskij’s two-volume 1993 translation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

Comrades of the Ring

How Soviet artists evaded censors to create their own visions of Tolkien.

Simone Biles competes on the balance beam during the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Kansas City, Missouri, on August 09, 2019.

Athletes Are Post-National Now

Decades of sex abuse turned American gymnasts away from their federation. Will other sports follow suit?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives to deliver a speech on June 24, 2018 in Istanbul.

Cracks Are Growing in the Erdogan Regime

Turkey is more politically unstable today than at any other point in recent years.

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Are We in a Rerun of ‘That ’70s Show’?

Some economists warn inflation is a ticking time bomb.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach waves the Olympic flag during the Closing Ceremony of Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre on August 28, 2014 in Nanjing, China.

The Long and Infuriating History of Bad Olympic Bosses

Thomas Bach has joined a long line of IOC chiefs who have been hated by everyone associated with the Games.

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Can the World Avoid War in Cyberspace—and in Space?

Billionaire rocket launches and ongoing cyberattacks reveal that, without norms governing conflict, there could be chaos.

A medical worker administers a COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccines Are Japan’s New Tool to Counter China

Despite its worsening pandemic, Tokyo’s vaccine diplomacy has gained traction.

Switzerland's then-Foreign Minister Didier Burkhalter (C) poses with Azerbaijani and Armenian leaders and members of the OSCE Minsk Group before talks about the conflict over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, in Bern on December 19, 2015.

The Minsk Group Is Meaningless

The OSCE’s peace effort in Nagorno-Karabakh is outdated and unhelpful. Laying it to rest can pave the way for real reconciliation and reconstruction.

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi speaks during a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Oct. 20, 2020.

Will Biden and al-Kadhimi Produce Platitudes on Iraq?

At the White House on Monday, the Iraqi leader needs a guarantee that Biden won’t use Iraq’s independence as a pawn in negotiations with Iran.

An art teacher gives finishing touches to a painting of Reuters journalist Danish Siddiqui as a tribute outside an art school in Mumbai on July 16, 2021.

Modi Rejected an Indian Hero

Danish Siddiqui’s death should have been a moment of national unity. The prime minister made it the opposite.

Protesters gather in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood to show their support for Cuba's protesters.

Get Ready for a Spike in Global Unrest

COVID-19 threatens to accelerate longer-term rebellion, violence, and political upheaval.

A boy holds a Djiboutian national flag in front of a Chinese national flag at the launching ceremony of new housing construction project in Djibouti on July 4, 2018.

To Win Friends and Influence People, America Should Learn From the CCP

Beijing’s development projects are flashy, fast, and relevant. Why aren’t Washington’s?

A woman walks in front of a crypto art exhibit.

The U.S.-China Data Fight Is Only Getting Started

Beijing is looking to build a unified legal and security system.

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