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Mehrdad Minavand of Iran in action during the World Cup first round match against the United States at the Stade Gerland in Lyon, France on June 21, 1998. Iran won the match 2-1.
Mehrdad Minavand of Iran in action during the World Cup first round match against the United States at the Stade Gerland in Lyon, France on June 21, 1998. Iran won the match 2-1.

A U.S.-Iranian Standoff at the World Cup—and Beyond

Off the playing field, Iran’s protests and ongoing uranium enrichment have heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran.

A monument by South African artist Marco Cianfanelli, representing the 27 years former South African President Nelson Mandela spent behind bars, in Howick, South Africa.
A monument by South African artist Marco Cianfanelli, representing the 27 years former South African President Nelson Mandela spent behind bars, in Howick, South Africa.

No Justice. No Peace.

Post-apartheid South Africa remains steeped in the “rainbow nation” ideals of reconciliation and forgiveness—but it has never truly reckoned with accountability.

A person raises their arms in front of a protest sign that reads "Woman, Life, Freedom" and "Freedom for Iran" in the colors of the Iranian flag.
A person raises their arms in front of a protest sign that reads "Woman, Life, Freedom" and "Freedom for Iran" in the colors of the Iranian flag.

What Iranian Human Rights Defenders Can Learn From Syria and Beyond

Justice is unattainable without evidence. Documenting abuses by gathering and archiving this evidence must be a priority.

A Rwandan soldier watches fishermen as they come back to the shore in Mocímboa da Praia, in the Cabo Delgado province, Mozambique, on Sept. 27, 2022.
A Rwandan soldier watches fishermen as they come back to the shore in Mocímboa da Praia, in the Cabo Delgado province, Mozambique, on Sept. 27, 2022.

How Rwanda Became Africa’s Policeman

From Benin to Mozambique, President Paul Kagame is flexing his small country’s military muscle—and transforming the continent’s security landscape.

Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi speaks during a rally outside the former US embassy in the capital Tehran on November 4, 2022, to mark the 43th anniversary of the start of the Iran hostage crisis.
Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi speaks during a rally outside the former US embassy in the capital Tehran on November 4, 2022, to mark the 43th anniversary of the start of the Iran hostage crisis.

The Post-Iran-Nuclear-Deal World Won’t Be Pretty

If the JCPOA really is dead, the United States will soon have to choose from a range of bad options.

U.S. President Joe Biden and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi meet during the COP27 climate summit in Egypt's Red Sea resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh.
U.S. President Joe Biden and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi meet during the COP27 climate summit in Egypt's Red Sea resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh.
A boy in a blue shirt tends to cattle with long horns.
A boy in a blue shirt tends to cattle with long horns.

Livestock Are More Than Just Emissions

Africa needs to reduce emissions and protect food security. Villainizing livestock will lead to neither.

A woman carrying a USAID bag on June 18, 2021 in Mekelle, the capital of Ethiopia's Tigray region.
A woman carrying a USAID bag on June 18, 2021 in Mekelle, the capital of Ethiopia's Tigray region.

How Eritrea Could Derail the Ethiopian Peace Deal

The Eritrean president has his own interests in Tigray, and they could undermine Ethiopia’s truce with the TPLF.

Itamar Ben-Gvir and Bezalel Smotrich sit next to each other, both smiling.
Itamar Ben-Gvir and Bezalel Smotrich sit next to each other, both smiling.

Netanyahu’s Coalition From Hell Won’t Shake Biden

The last thing either leader wants right now is a major confrontation.

Members of Iran's Basij Islamist militia wave Iranian flags during a ceremony marking the 30th anniversary of its establishment at the Imam Khomeini Grand Mosque in Tehran on Nov. 26, 2009.
Members of Iran's Basij Islamist militia wave Iranian flags during a ceremony marking the 30th anniversary of its establishment at the Imam Khomeini Grand Mosque in Tehran on Nov. 26, 2009.

It’s Woman vs. Woman in Iran’s Protests

The Islamic Republic has always cultivated a reservoir of devoted female support.

A cow grazes in front of the Mooifontein Colliery coal supplier in South Africa.
A cow grazes in front of the Mooifontein Colliery coal supplier in South Africa.

How to Slow Climate Change While Fighting Poverty

Falling aid budgets and ballooning debt in the developing world are impediments to climate action. Green aid projects can bring poorer countries on board.

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Robert Malley, Biden administration special envoy for Iran, testifies about the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations on Capitol Hill May 25, 2022, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
Robert Malley, Biden administration special envoy for Iran, testifies about the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations on Capitol Hill May 25, 2022, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

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