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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.

MARCH 31: US and Philippine soldiers take part in a joint live fire exercise as part of the annual 'Balikatan' (shoulder-to-shoulder) US-Philippines war exercises, on March 31 in Crow Valley, Tarlac, Philippines.
MARCH 31: US and Philippine soldiers take part in a joint live fire exercise as part of the annual 'Balikatan' (shoulder-to-shoulder) US-Philippines war exercises, on March 31 in Crow Valley, Tarlac, Philippines.
A woman walks past the Taliban.
A woman walks past the Taliban.

One Year Later, Afghanistan Is a Land of Shrugs and Sadness

The return of the Taliban may have ended the fighting. The suffering goes on.

Chinese President Xi Jinping in front of a Chinese flag at a ceremony in Hong Kong.
Chinese President Xi Jinping in front of a Chinese flag at a ceremony in Hong Kong.

What Does China Want?

Beijing’s ambitions are about to crash into its problems.

Crosses, flowers, and photographs mark the graves of victims of the battles for Irpin and Bucha at the cemetery of Irpin, Ukraine, on May 16.
Crosses, flowers, and photographs mark the graves of victims of the battles for Irpin and Bucha at the cemetery of Irpin, Ukraine, on May 16.

Russia’s Brutal Honesty Has Destroyed the West’s Appeasers

Yet plenty of Western intellectuals and politicians still ignore what Moscow is saying loud and clear.

The Israeli Iron Dome missile defense system intercepts rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel on May 14, 2021.
The Israeli Iron Dome missile defense system intercepts rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel on May 14, 2021.

Russia and Iran Threats Put Missile Defense Back on the Agenda

In Europe and the Middle East, plans for missile defense are a mixed blessing.

Rising smoke can be seen from the beach at Saky after explosions were heard from the direction of a Russian military airbase in Crimea.
Rising smoke can be seen from the beach at Saky after explosions were heard from the direction of a Russian military airbase in Crimea.

Will an Attack on Crimea Change the Course of the Ukraine War?

Kyiv has shown that it can hit far behind enemy lines, but putting Crimea in play may deal a psychological blow without altering the territorial endgame.

Men in colorful outfits stand around on a sandy road.
Men in colorful outfits stand around on a sandy road.

Afghanistan, 1 Year Later: ‘It’s a Really Dire Situation’

Two experts on the Taliban’s governing style—and why Pakistan has “buyer’s remorse.”

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen shakes hands with Polish President Andrzej Duda at a press conference in Konstancin-Jeziorna, Poland, on June 2.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen shakes hands with Polish President Andrzej Duda at a press conference in Konstancin-Jeziorna, Poland, on June 2.
Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan ahead of their meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow on April 19.
Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan ahead of their meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow on April 19.

Why Is Armenia So Close to Russia and Iran?

The small Caucasus country challenges the idea that the world is splitting into democratic and autocratic camps.

A Marshall Islands-flagged carrier transits the Bosphorus.
A Marshall Islands-flagged carrier transits the Bosphorus.

Turkey Is the Biggest Swing Player in the Russia-Ukraine War

Ankara has used its unique position for a strategic advantage.

Forza Italia leader Silvio Berlusconi, Brothers of Italy leader Giorgia Meloni, and then-League leader Matteo Salvini participate in a rally of right-wing opposition parties in Rome on Oct. 19, 2019.
Forza Italia leader Silvio Berlusconi, Brothers of Italy leader Giorgia Meloni, and then-League leader Matteo Salvini participate in a rally of right-wing opposition parties in Rome on Oct. 19, 2019.

Italy’s Snap Election Could Hand Putin the Win He Needs

Outspoken supporters of Russia are likely to play key roles in the next government.

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speak during a G-7 foreign ministers' summit in Liverpool, England, on Dec. 12, 2021.
British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speak during a G-7 foreign ministers' summit in Liverpool, England, on Dec. 12, 2021.

Liz Truss Is Ready to Flex London’s Muscles Abroad

Britain’s likely next prime minister is a foreign-policy hard-liner.

Tafsir Siyaposh visits a friend in Kabul to discuss what can be done about the current situation of women in Afghanistan on June 2.
Tafsir Siyaposh visits a friend in Kabul to discuss what can be done about the current situation of women in Afghanistan on June 2.

Meet the Woman Who Makes the Taliban Squirm

Tafsir Siyaposh has spent the past year pressing the Taliban on women’s rights by besting them at their own theological jousts on live television.

A boy rides his scooter past the destroyed city hall in Okhtyrka, Ukraine on Aug. 1.
A boy rides his scooter past the destroyed city hall in Okhtyrka, Ukraine on Aug. 1.

The Case for Cautious Optimism in Ukraine

There are two Western views of the same facts on the ground in Ukraine—and only one can be correct.

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