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Russian Police Violence

The Curious Case of ‘Russian Lives Matter’

In Moscow, the Kremlin attacks U.S. racism while the liberal opposition ignores it, or worse.

A displaced Syrian woman

Guilt by Location

Around the world, security forces use forced displacement as a means of sorting populations. To fix the global displacement crisis, it’s critical to understand how and why they do it.

National Security advisor Susan Rice and others listen while U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement to the press after a meeting with commanders at the Pentagon Oct. 8, 2014 in Washington.

The Foreign-Policy Blob Is Structurally Racist

A social revolution could transform domestic policy—but it won’t change the way policy is conducted abroad.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives on stage to deliver a speech following a cabinet meeting in Ankara on June 9.

The Turkish Government Closed a University Because It Fears Free Speech

Ankara shut an institution founded by religious conservatives and attacks tech companies in order to stop young Turks from accessing a free academic and media environment.

Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and US President Donald Trump stand onstage during the annual NATO heads of government summit on December 4, 2019 in Watford, England.

Europe Needs to Push Back Against Trump

Disastrous and erratic policies demand a stronger response.

Air passengers wearing protective suits walk out of the arrival lounge of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata, India, on July 6.

Trapped on the Wrong Side of the India-China Border

From a pandemic to geopolitics, for families and businesspeople caught by border closings, things are going from bad to worse.

A French journalist takes a nap circa 1860

Journalism Has a Class Problem, Too

The increasingly narrow backgrounds of reporters distort coverage at home and abroad.

Workers and supporters of the ABS-CBN broadcaster stage a protest in the Philippines

After Signing Anti-Terrorism Law, Duterte Names His Targets

A supposed national security law in the Philippines is being used to silence dissenting voices.

Chinese Ambassador to Lebanon Wang Kejian R presents a gift to Lebanese Culture Minister Abbas Mortada during a ceremony at the Lebanese Culture Ministry in Beirut, Lebanon, on May 27.

China Wants to Be Lebanon’s Savior

One of the Middle East’s most westernized outposts is falling apart—and looking east for a soft landing.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and his Belarusian counterpart Aleksandr Lukashenko attend a session of the Supreme State Council of the Union State at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 3, 2015.

Lukashenko Is Putin’s Future

The Russian president may seem invincible, but the descent of his Belarusian comrade may hint at what’s to come.

Riot police in a mall in Hong Kong

Beijing Launches a Global Assault on Free Speech

Hong Kong’s cruel new law doesn’t just affect the city.

Workers install a solar panel system on the roof of a home in Palmetto Bay, Florida, on Jan. 23, 2018.

The Post-Pandemic Economy Could Be Green and Clean—but Not With These Plans

Well-meaning green stimulus plans fall far short of what’s needed for the climate and the economy.

State Department DRC Flag

Decolonize the State Department

As U.S. policymakers grapple with systemic racism, it’s time to start tapping the expertise of diasporas.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Libya's interim leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil wave as they attend Friday prayers in Tripoli on Sept. 16, 2011.

Erdogan Is Libya’s Man Without a Plan

Turkey is standing in the wreckage of a foreign-policy adventure with no discernible strategy.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) welcomes Russian President Vladimir Putin prior to their meeting in New Delhi on Oct. 5, 2018. During the visit, India signed a $5 billion deal to buy Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile systems despite a U.S. law ordering sanctions on any country trading with Russia’s defense and intelligence sectors.

Why India and Russia Are Going to Stay Friends

Conventional wisdom holds that New Delhi will turn to Washington as it increases competition with Beijing. But Moscow’s importance cannot be ignored.

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