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Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa link hands as they pose in front of their countries' flags.

Why BRICS Still Matters

BRICS may be a young institution, but it shouldn’t be underestimated.

The head of the Russian Art Department at Christie's readies a pre-auction exhibition in Moscow.

How Art Dealers, Real Estate Agents, and Hedge Funds Enable Corruption

If Biden is serious about fighting corruption, he needs to regulate 10 key white-collar professions.

People drink in a festival tent of the Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, on October 3, 2019.

How Europe’s Temperance Movement Saved Beer

Socialists fought for prohibition to stop workers being exploited.

French President Emmanuel Macron takes part in a military ceremony before the official launch of the new French nuclear submarine "Suffren" built by Naval Group at the French naval base on July 12, 2019, in Cherbourg, France.

How France Can Avoid Being Reduced to a Symbolic Power

After AUKUS, the French face the same fate on the world stage as the British unless they pursue EU strategic autonomy led from Brussels rather than Paris.

Demonstrators protest against electricity tariffs in Madrid

Why This Energy Crisis Is Different

Climate change and the policies to curb it lie behind skyrocketing gas, coal, and electricity prices in Europe and Asia.

Royal Australian Navy submarine HMAS Sheean arrives for a logistics port visit on Apr. 1 in Hobart, Australia.

Will AUKUS Hit China Where It Hurts?

The submarine deal could reshape the balance of power in the Pacific—and draw Australia into future conflicts.

Liberal Democratic Party presidential candidates (from left to right) Taro Kono, Fumio Kishida, Sanae Takaichi, and Seiko Noda

Japanese Prime Minister Suga Has No Clear Successor

Convoluted voting and elite splits mean the top job is up for grabs.

Royal Australian Navy submarine HMAS Sheean

China Has Only Itself to Blame for AUKUS

The trilateral partnership was an inevitable result of Beijing’s military growth.

Chinese President Xi Jinping leaves after making a toast during a welcome banquet for the Belt and Road Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 14, 2017. Wu Hong/Getty Images

China Is a Declining Power—and That’s the Problem

The United States needs to prepare for a major war, not because its rival is rising but because of the opposite.

Christian Lindner, head of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) arrives for a press conference the day after elections in the eastern German states of Brandenburg and Saxony on September 2, 2019 in Berlin.

The Next Big Player in the Global Economy Is Christian Lindner

Three Germans are running to replace Angela Merkel—but it's someone else who might end up with the most influence.

Biden meets with Modi and other Quad leaders

AUKUS, the Quad, and India’s Strategic Pivot

As Joe Biden and Narendra Modi meet in Washington, the business of balancing China enters a serious phase.

Hong Konger Chief Executive Carrie Lam meets reporters.

Hong Kong’s National Security Promises Were All Hollow

The Beijing-backed law is now used to crush dissent across the board.

A polling station in Moscow

Putin’s Party Is Preparing for a Post-Majority Future

Slow shifts in the Russian electorate are making dominance harder—so United Russia is changing the rules.

Then-presidential candidate Joe Biden

When the White House Changed Hands, It Changed Tone but Not Policies

Whether snubbing allies, abusing tariffs, or expelling refugees, the Biden administration at eight months looks little changed from Trump’s.

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