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Afghan women wait in front of a bank office in Kabul.
Afghan women wait in front of a bank office in Kabul.

‘Afghan Women’ Aren’t Who You Think They Are

Western powers and donors created a category that consigned the women of Afghanistan to perpetual victimhood—while all parties instrumentalized them for political ends.

The U.S. dollar over the globe..
The U.S. dollar over the globe..

The World Is Seeing How the Dollar Really Works

By raising interest rates, the Federal Reserve strengthened the U.S. currency—and revealed its centrality to global order.

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin

How to Take Down a Tyrant

Three steps for exerting maximum economic pressure on Putin.

Blinken smiles and waves atop an external staircase in front of an open airplane door showing the Secretary of State's official seal.
Blinken smiles and waves atop an external staircase in front of an open airplane door showing the Secretary of State's official seal.

A Little Great-Power Competition Is Healthy for Africa

U.S.-China competition could benefit Africa by forcing each side to offer what it thinks it is best at.

Pablo Picasso with his arts dealer Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler
Pablo Picasso with his arts dealer Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler

How Picasso Became Big Business

A new history of modern art flips the script by focusing on dealers, collectors, and curators.

Opposition supporters march during a protest against inflation, political destabilization, and fuel price hikes in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, on July 2.
Opposition supporters march during a protest against inflation, political destabilization, and fuel price hikes in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, on July 2.

Pakistan Is Drowning in Debt

Rising prices, food insecurity, and a growing debt burden make Islamabad’s other challenges all the more pressing.

A propaganda poster from the 1960s shows Chinese leader Mao Zedong.
A propaganda poster from the 1960s shows Chinese leader Mao Zedong.

Xi’s Great Leap Backward

Beijing is running out of recipes for its looming jobs crisis—and reviving Mao-era policies.

A Ukrainian serviceman walks past the turret of a Russian tank next to a destroyed gas station
A Ukrainian serviceman walks past the turret of a Russian tank next to a destroyed gas station

Ukraine’s Economy Will Collapse Without More Aid Now

Losses are building up far faster than Kyiv can manage.

Containers are loaded onto a ship at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.
Containers are loaded onto a ship at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust.

Sanctioned Russian Ships Are Still Doing Business With India

The vessels’ activity highlights the challenge faced by the Biden administration in enforcing Russia sanctions around the world.

A textile worker at the Maxport factory in Hanoi on Sept. 21, 2021.
A textile worker at the Maxport factory in Hanoi on Sept. 21, 2021.

Companies Are Fleeing China for Friendlier Shores

“Friendshoring” is the new trend as geopolitics bites.

Khan and supporters stand on a wooden platform atop a vehicle and wave to crowds of people and cars.
Khan and supporters stand on a wooden platform atop a vehicle and wave to crowds of people and cars.

Pakistan’s Narrative Problem

Years of propaganda have given Pakistanis an unrealistic understanding of what ails their country.

A signboard for TotalEnergies EP Myanmar is seen past a shuttered gate in Yangon on Jan. 22, after energy giants TotalEnergies and Chevron said they would leave Myanmar following pressure from human rights groups to cut financial ties with the junta since last year's military coup.
A signboard for TotalEnergies EP Myanmar is seen past a shuttered gate in Yangon on Jan. 22, after energy giants TotalEnergies and Chevron said they would leave Myanmar following pressure from human rights groups to cut financial ties with the junta since last year's military coup.

U.S. Eyes New Energy Sanctions on Myanmar After Execution of Activists

Oil and gas are a critical economic lifeline for Myanmar’s military junta.

People take part in a protest against the government's motion to increase taxes in order to reach a credit agreement with the International Monetary Fund in San José, Costa Rica, on Sept. 30, 2020.
People take part in a protest against the government's motion to increase taxes in order to reach a credit agreement with the International Monetary Fund in San José, Costa Rica, on Sept. 30, 2020.

The International Monetary Fund: Holy Grail or Poisoned Chalice?

As the global south struggles to grapple with its debt pandemic, experts question the efficacy of the IMF’s conditional lending.

A group of older Chinese adults sits on a bench outside chatting.
A group of older Chinese adults sits on a bench outside chatting.

A Shrinking China Can’t Overtake America

But if U.S. democracy continues to decay, what’s the point of being on top?

Farmers harvest barley in Ukraine
Farmers harvest barley in Ukraine

Ukraine’s Breadbasket Is (Almost) Open for Business Again

But the devil is in the details, including how ships can navigate offshore minefields and Russia’s shifting will.

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