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Protesters hold signs that read "No-Fly Zone = WW3" and "Ceasefire now."
Protesters hold signs that read "No-Fly Zone = WW3" and "Ceasefire now."

Why America’s Far Right and Far Left Have Aligned Against Helping Ukraine

The discourse surrounding Russia’s war on Ukraine has created strange bedfellows.

A Congolese army tank heads towards the front line near Kibumba in the area surrounding the North Kivu city of Goma on May 25 during clashes between the Congolese army and M23 rebels.
A Congolese army tank heads towards the front line near Kibumba in the area surrounding the North Kivu city of Goma on May 25 during clashes between the Congolese army and M23 rebels.

The Rebirth of Congo’s Rebellion

The M23 rebel group is back, threatening to take much of the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo—and sparking wider regional tensions.

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foreign-policy-back-to-the-future-print-cover-summer-2022-ed-note

The Back to the Future Issue

Delving into the past to make sense of current affairs.

A ranger fires his assault rifle in Congo.
A ranger fires his assault rifle in Congo.

Western Nonprofits Are Trampling Over Africans’ Rights and Land

Indigenous people are being forced out from so-called protected areas.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet at the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, on June 28, 2019.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet at the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, on June 28, 2019.

What Ukraine Can Tell Us About China

Russia’s invasion might inadvertently reveal much about Beijing’s future plans.

An aerial view of an island, beach, and cruise ship.
An aerial view of an island, beach, and cruise ship.

China Is Sweeping Up Pacific Island Allies

Here’s how Washington can fight back.

A woman walks across a carpet with the NATO logo
A woman walks across a carpet with the NATO logo

NATO Steps Up to China Challenge

The 30-nation alliance is worried about a growing strategic partnership between Beijing and Moscow.

A soldier of the Ukrainian troops stands at the frontline outside the town of Novoluhanske, eastern Ukraine, on February 19, 2022.
A soldier of the Ukrainian troops stands at the frontline outside the town of Novoluhanske, eastern Ukraine, on February 19, 2022.
U.S. President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attend a meeting of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity at the Izumi Garden Gallery in Tokyo on May 23.
U.S. President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attend a meeting of the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity at the Izumi Garden Gallery in Tokyo on May 23.
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Three women hold up portraits of a man while crying in a crowd.
World leaders pose for a group photo during the NATO summit
World leaders pose for a group photo during the NATO summit
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Americans will eat approximately 150 million hot dogs on the Fourth of July.
Americans will eat approximately 150 million hot dogs on the Fourth of July.

Galleries

Protesters—many of them armed—try to enter the Michigan House of Representatives chamber and are stopped by state police during a protest April 30 demanding that businesses be reopened. An “American Patriot Rally” organized by Michigan United for Liberty was held earlier in the day on the steps of the state Capitol in Lansing. JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images
Protesters—many of them armed—try to enter the Michigan House of Representatives chamber and are stopped by state police during a protest April 30 demanding that businesses be reopened. An “American Patriot Rally” organized by Michigan United for Liberty was held earlier in the day on the steps of the state Capitol in Lansing. JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images

The Week in World Photos

Global protests against government-imposed lockdowns, gang violence in El Salvador, and hat tips to medical staff.

Muslims offer prayers on April 23, the first night of Ramadan, in Bireuen, Indonesia. AMANDA JUFRIAN/AFP via Getty Images
Muslims offer prayers on April 23, the first night of Ramadan, in Bireuen, Indonesia. AMANDA JUFRIAN/AFP via Getty Images

The Week in World Photos

A prayerful start to Ramadan, medical workers on the front lines of a pandemic, and the annual Lyrids meteor shower.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

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How to Save Global Capitalism From Itself

Decentralizing decision-making can help left-behind regions get back on track.

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brexit-deglobalization-brian-stauffer-illustration

Britain’s Post-Brexit Identity Crisis

Boris Johnson has contradictory ideas for his country’s future—and no clear paths for getting there.

The Ugly End of Chimerica

The coronavirus pandemic has turned a conscious uncoupling into a messy breakup.

The 3 Most Polarizing Words in India

“Jai Shri Ram” was meant to be a celebration of a Hindu deity. But the phrase is turning into hate speech—and a dog whistle for attacks on Muslims.

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