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An aerial photo shows the explosion over Hiroshima, Japan, on Aug. 6, 1945, shortly after the "Little Boy" atomic bomb was dropped.

The Hiroshima Effect

Seventy-five years after the first nuclear bomb fell, we are grateful it hasn’t happened again, mystified it didn’t, and terrified it still might.

A man in a mask stands before smoldering buildings near Beirut's port on Aug. 5.

‘This is Lebanon, This is Our Destiny’

A pair of gigantic blasts that obliterated Beirut’s port and smashed the city center is the last thing we needed.

Soviet Red Army soldiers march in downtown Kabul during a military parade in October 1986.

Russia Is Winning the Information War in Afghanistan

The country’s former occupier is using Kremlin-backed media to fuel anger toward the United States.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies before Congress.

Trump’s Hand-Picked State Department Watchdog Quits Less Than 3 Months Into the Job

The latest high-profile departure underscores the turmoil at Foggy Bottom, and officials fear it will weaken an important watchdog already under fire from top Trump officials.

An aerial view of Marathon Petroleum's refinery in Carson, California, on April 22.

How Biden Could Use Trump’s Trade War Thumbscrews to Fight Climate Change

Fortunately for supporters of aggressive action on global emissions, Trump has demonstrated a highly effective way to circumvent the legislative process.

Children talk with soldiers in a municipality of Chocó, Colombia, on June 9, 2017. The area has grown used to the sight of heavily armed soldiers and continues to see swarms of villagers displaced by clashes between armed groups.

In Colombia, the Pandemic Provides Fertile Ground for Illegal Armed Groups

Criminal bands and fighters are capitalizing on fear to expand their control in vulnerable communities.

A Lebanese couple inspect the damage to their house in an area overlooking the destroyed Beirut Port on Aug. 5, in the aftermath of a pair of massive explosions in the Lebanese capital.

The Beirut Blast Is Lebanon’s Chernobyl

Negligence and corruption have caused a devastating disaster.

A Kashmiri boy looks out from his damaged family house after cross border shelling.

Kashmiris Lament the Loss of Their Youth

While much of India opened up to the world after the country’s 1991 reforms, Kashmir instead became the world’s most militarized zone. A generation of young people have suffered.

Indian security forces stand guard at a roadblock.

Kashmir’s Year of Hopelessness

One year on from New Delhi’s decision to revoke Kashmir’s autonomous privileges, the region remains ignored and underinvested. It’s difficult to see what could change the status quo.

A US military vehicle patrols the oil fields in the town of Qahtaniyah in Syria's northeastern Hasakeh province near the Turkish border, on May 8.

U.S. Troops Really Are in Syria to Protect the Oil—for the Kurds

It’s the only way to get Trump to keep troops on the ground.

A picture shows the destruction at Beirut port in the aftermath of a massive explosion.

Beirut’s Deadly Blast Reignites Anger Against Lebanon’s Ruling Elite

Lebanese people, rocked by a massive port explosion, are fed up with incompetence.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Trump Looks to Arms Sales to Deepen Ties With India

Border clashes with China have reawakened New Delhi’s interest in deeper defense ties with the United States, and Washington is hoping to deliver the goods.

A woman waits to cross a street in New Delhi on Aug. 1.

The COVID-19 Economic Crash Could Set Indian Women Back Decades

They’ve been disproportionately affected by job losses, and now new jobs may first go to men.

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Kashmir, One Year Later

Twelve months since the Modi government announced the repeal of India’s Article 370, communications are still slow, arrests are routine, and the pandemic rages on.

Police officers stand guard outside the headquarters of Russia's Federal Security Services (FSB) in central Moscow on July 7, 2020.

Putin’s Security Forces Are Increasingly Unsure About Putin

Anti-government protests are growing, and the Kremlin doesn’t have stormtroopers willing to mount a crackdown.

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