Analysis

The Acropolis in Athens

Ancient Greece Had Hard Lessons on Partisan ‘Stasis’

For the Greeks, factionalism and civil strife went together.

Farmers take part in a tractor rally as they continue to demonstrate against the central government’s recent agricultural reforms in New Delhi on Jan. 26.

India’s Green Revolution Sowed the Seeds of Today’s Meltdown

Farmers are protesting against more than Modi’s agricultural laws. They’ll keep going until he understands that.

A transparent model car displayed at the Huawei booth during the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition on Sept. 27, 2020.

To Face Off Against China, Copy Its Playbook

Biden should unite allies with a giant “Made in the Free World” project.

People visit the Bund in Shanghai

Seeking Truth From Fiction

The provocative short stories in “Land of Big Numbers” offer a window into ordinary life in China with rich material from a reporter’s notebook.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) meets with the director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi (R), in Tehran, on Feb. 21.

Who’s to Blame for Stalling U.S.-Iran Negotiations?

Biden was expected to revive the nuclear deal quickly—but as pro-Iran militias attack U.S. forces in Iraq and Washington strikes back in Syria, direct talks aren’t on the horizon.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge join Prime Minister Boris Johnson and various heads of state and dignitaries at the U.K.-Africa Investment Summit at London’s Buckingham Palace on Jan. 20, 2020.

Britain Shouldn’t Put Its Money on a Post-Brexit Rapprochement With Africa

Boris Johnson is looking to old U.K. colonies for trade deals, but his government can’t compete with China and won’t get far until it abandons its neocolonial attitudes.

Joe Biden holds up a copy of his daily schedule, which includes statistics about how many U.S. troops have died while serving in Afghanistan and Iraq and updates about the coronavirus caseload in the U.S., while speaking before a roundtable event with military veterans at Hillsborough Community College on Sept. 15, 2020 in Tampa, Florida.

Biden Has a Plan to Not Break Afghanistan

New details are trickling out about how the United States is preparing to withdraw its troops without leaving chaos behind.

Viet Thanh Nguyen poses during a photo session in Paris on June 28, 2017.

In ‘The Committed,’ Revolution and Colonialism Turn Into Crime

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s sequel moves from the United States to France but stays revolutionary.

Joe Biden speaks during a call to congratulate the NASA Perseverance team on the successful Mars Landing in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on March 4 in Washington.

Biden’s Stimulus Is the Dawn of a New Economic Era

The United States’ massive relief package is more than a technocratic policy. It’s a democratic triumph.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his wife, Yulia

Dissidents Aren’t Saints

The organized campaign against Alexei Navalny was damaging and misplaced.

A Belarusian woman walks past security officers during a rally of opposition supporters in Minsk on Aug. 11, 2020.

Lukashenko’s Brutal Crackdown Has Lethal Help From Moscow

An investigation into the suppression of protests discovered the widespread use of Russian weapons.

People wave a rainbow flag as they celebrate the victory of Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election in West Hollywood, California, on Nov. 7, 2020.

The Missing Realism of Biden’s Pro-LGBTQ Foreign Policy

The new administration has committed to far-reaching human rights goals that could easily backfire.

A Pakistani girl holds a candle during a vigil for peace in Lahore, Pakistan, on March 3, 2019.

To Get to the Negotiating Table, India and Pakistan Had Help

Outside parties may have pushed the two sides toward a cease-fire. To keep the peace, they’ll need continued support.

People visit the Nokia stand at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona on Feb. 26, 2019.

The West Needs Champions

With China strongly backing its big national firms, the West should consider doing the same.

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