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Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi speaks following a funeral procession carrying the remains of 200 Iranian soldiers recovered from former battlefields of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War in Tehran on Dec. 27, 2022.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi speaks following a funeral procession carrying the remains of 200 Iranian soldiers recovered from former battlefields of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War in Tehran on Dec. 27, 2022.

Why Saudi Arabia Doesn’t Want Iran’s Regime to Fall

Riyadh seeks to leverage ongoing anti-government protests to extract geopolitical concessions from Tehran—not effect regime change.

The U.S. Abrams tanks, the German Leopard and the AHS Krab, a 155 mm NATO-compatible self-propelled tracked gun-howitzer seen at a training ground in Poland on Sept. 21, 2022.
The U.S. Abrams tanks, the German Leopard and the AHS Krab, a 155 mm NATO-compatible self-propelled tracked gun-howitzer seen at a training ground in Poland on Sept. 21, 2022.

Will Tanks Turn the Tide for Ukraine?

Germany and the United States are sending Leopards and M1 Abrams tanks—but Washington’s desired endgame is still a mystery.

A member of a social organization lies on the floor with a Mexican national flag in his chest to protest against Ciudad Juarez's drug gangs' violence, at the Angel de la Independencia Monument in Mexico City, on Feb. 6, 2010.
A member of a social organization lies on the floor with a Mexican national flag in his chest to protest against Ciudad Juarez's drug gangs' violence, at the Angel de la Independencia Monument in Mexico City, on Feb. 6, 2010.

Mexico’s Government Is on Trial in New York

A former Mexican security official’s corruption charges reveal the hidden politics of the drug trade.

An image of Alexander the Great on horseback fighting the Battle of Issus.
An image of Alexander the Great on horseback fighting the Battle of Issus.

What China Can Learn From Japan—and Alexander the Great

It’s time for Beijing to reexamine its long-standing sense of purpose.

Riot police stand with shields amid smoke.
Riot police stand with shields amid smoke.

The Real Reason Behind Peru’s Political Crisis

It can be boiled down to a single historical factor: corruption.

An Indigenous woman stands in her spare kitchen in Jhargram, West Bengal, India.
An Indigenous woman stands in her spare kitchen in Jhargram, West Bengal, India.

The Gender Hunger Gap Is Real—and Getting Worse

Under climate change, women will increasingly be forced to eat less than men.

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar chairs a meeting in Ankara, Turkey on Nov. 21, 2022.
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar chairs a meeting in Ankara, Turkey on Nov. 21, 2022.

Turkey’s Problem Isn’t Sweden. It’s the United States.

Erdogan has focused on Stockholm’s stance toward Kurdish exile groups, but Ankara’s real demand is the end of U.S. support for Kurds in Syria.

People fleeing violence in Mali walk through the weekly market in the M'Berra refugee camp in Bassikounou, Mauritania, on June 7, 2022.
People fleeing violence in Mali walk through the weekly market in the M'Berra refugee camp in Bassikounou, Mauritania, on June 7, 2022.

How Russia’s Wagner Group Is Fueling Terrorism in Africa

Moscow’s scramble for valuable resources has come at the cost of regional security.

Chinese paramilitary police officers salute each other.
Chinese paramilitary police officers salute each other.

Mao’s Strategy Inspires Afghan Guerrillas and Chinese Planners

Ideas like “people’s war” infuse official thinking in China.

A Bharatiya Janata Party supporter holds a picture of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.
A Bharatiya Janata Party supporter holds a picture of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

Why India Banned the BBC’s Modi Documentary

The program revisits a dark episode for the prime minister. New Delhi’s move has only brought more attention to it.

U.S. Army M1 Abrams tanks pictured at Mockava railway station in Lithuania.
U.S. Army M1 Abrams tanks pictured at Mockava railway station in Lithuania.

The M1 Abrams Is the Right Tank for the Job in Ukraine

Sending American tanks now helps guarantee a safer world tomorrow.

Chinese President Xi jinping  toasts the guests during a banquet marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China on September 30, 2019 in Beijing, China.
Chinese President Xi jinping toasts the guests during a banquet marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China on September 30, 2019 in Beijing, China.

Can China Pull Off Its Charm Offensive?

Why Beijing’s foreign-policy reset will—or won’t—work out.

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Cold-War-Kennan-China-Russia-US-foreign-policy-illustration-3-2

Is Cold War Inevitable?

A new biography of George Kennan, the father of containment, raises questions about whether the old Cold War—and the emerging one with China—could have been avoided.

An aerial view of the citizen service center of the Xiongan New Area in China.
An aerial view of the citizen service center of the Xiongan New Area in China.
A visitor looks at an 18th century painting of Karim Khan Zand at the 'Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum - Masterpieces of Islamic Art' exhibition at Martin-Gropius-Bau on March 16, 2010 in Berlin, Germany.
A visitor looks at an 18th century painting of Karim Khan Zand at the 'Treasures of the Aga Khan Museum - Masterpieces of Islamic Art' exhibition at Martin-Gropius-Bau on March 16, 2010 in Berlin, Germany.

Muslim Activists Misunderstand Islam

Why the latest controversy over depictions of Mohammed was completely unnecessary.

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Biden’s Foreign-Policy Report Card

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