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The Pillar of Shame is displayed at the campus of the University of Hong Kong.
The Pillar of Shame is displayed at the campus of the University of Hong Kong.

In Hong Kong, a Once Liberal University Feels Beijing’s Weight

With protesters crushed and memorials removed, there’s no room for campus dissent.

A supporter of Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. holds pictures of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda Marcos, at a campaign rally
A supporter of Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. holds pictures of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda Marcos, at a campaign rally

The Echoes of America’s Hypocrisy Abroad

Decades of Western support for dictators have caused a crisis of democracy.

Russia's assault on the South Caucasus in the 19th century
Russia's assault on the South Caucasus in the 19th century

For Opposition to Putin’s War, Look to the Fringes of His Empire

The dirty secret of the Russian military is that long-conquered subjects are the Kremlin’s cannon fodder.

Russian service members in Ukraine
Russian service members in Ukraine

Russia Is a Real Threat to NATO

Despite its failings, the Russian military is still a powerful force.

Police and soldiers stand outside a bar in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, minutes after an execution occurred inside on April 18, 2009.
Police and soldiers stand outside a bar in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, minutes after an execution occurred inside on April 18, 2009.

In the Americas, Homicide Is the Other Killer Epidemic

The good news: Lockdowns reduced crime almost everywhere else, and we know how to stop lethal violence.

University students speak with police during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.
University students speak with police during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

Sri Lanka’s President Is Girding Himself for the Long Haul

Despite two months of anti-government protests, Gotabaya Rajapaksa doesn’t seem like a leader preparing to relinquish power.

Demonstrators hold a placard that reads "EU, UN and US it is time for B.D.S."
Demonstrators hold a placard that reads "EU, UN and US it is time for B.D.S."

The BDS Movement Has Already Lost

Where it counts—in the halls of government and boardrooms—the effort to boycott Israel doesn’t even register.

Ukrainian infantry take part in a training exercise with tanks near Dnipropetrovsk oblast, Ukraine, less than 50 miles from the front lines, on May 9.
Ukrainian infantry take part in a training exercise with tanks near Dnipropetrovsk oblast, Ukraine, less than 50 miles from the front lines, on May 9.
A person in a green jacket holding their bicycle looks out over water and coal plants.
A person in a green jacket holding their bicycle looks out over water and coal plants.

The Energy Crisis Won’t Sabotage Climate Goals

Climate despair is understandable but misplaced.

265 people are evacuated out of Kabul.
265 people are evacuated out of Kabul.

Trump and Biden Let Afghanistan Collapse

The Taliban didn’t have to take over. But Washington made sure they would.

Soldiers of the P18 Gotland Regiment of the Swedish Army camouflage an armoured vehicle during a field exercise near Visby on the Swedish island of Gotland on May 17.
Soldiers of the P18 Gotland Regiment of the Swedish Army camouflage an armoured vehicle during a field exercise near Visby on the Swedish island of Gotland on May 17.

What Are Sweden and Finland Thinking?

European leaders have reassessed Russia’s intentions and are balancing against the threat that Putin poses to the territorial status quo. 

A photograph shows the interior of a destroyed home in the village of Vilkhivka, near the eastern city of Kharkiv, Ukraine on May 14.
A photograph shows the interior of a destroyed home in the village of Vilkhivka, near the eastern city of Kharkiv, Ukraine on May 14.

The Russian Army Is an Atrocity Factory

State weakness has created a callous and brutalized soldiery.

Customers walk past a closed shop counter at the Atrium shopping center in Moscow on March 17.
Customers walk past a closed shop counter at the Atrium shopping center in Moscow on March 17.

Western Companies Still in Russia Are Making a Big Mistake

The moral, legal, and public relations risks of staying are huge.

Vucic and Merkel, each behind a podium, smile at one another. The German flag can be seen behind Merkel.
Vucic and Merkel, each behind a podium, smile at one another. The German flag can be seen behind Merkel.

The False Promise of Europeanization

Central Europe and the Balkans expose the failures of European integration.

U.S. President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken participate in a virtual summit with the leaders of Quadrilateral Security Dialogue countries at the White House in Washington on March 12.
U.S. President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken participate in a virtual summit with the leaders of Quadrilateral Security Dialogue countries at the White House in Washington on March 12.

Why China Is Paranoid About the Quad

Beijing has long lived with U.S. alliances in Asia, but a realigned India would change the game.

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