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Serbia's forward Dusan Vlahovic (L) and Serbia's midfielder Nemanja Gudelj take part in a training session at the Al Arabi SC on Dec. 1 on the eve of the Qatar 2022 World Cup match between Serbia and Switzerland in Doha.
Serbia's forward Dusan Vlahovic (L) and Serbia's midfielder Nemanja Gudelj take part in a training session at the Al Arabi SC on Dec. 1 on the eve of the Qatar 2022 World Cup match between Serbia and Switzerland in Doha.

Why Switzerland vs. Serbia Is Really All About Kosovo

Serbia’s schadenfreude will be on display as the national team seeks revenge against a rival stacked with stars of Kosovar heritage.

A pedestrian walks past a vandalized mural depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Belgrade on June 2.
A pedestrian walks past a vandalized mural depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Belgrade on June 2.

Sanctions on Russia Are Working. Here’s Why.

The Kremlin’s ability to wage war is already constrained, but the worst is yet to come.

Indian Army soldiers are seen in Tawang.
Indian Army soldiers are seen in Tawang.

China Has India Trapped on Their Disputed Border

Beijing’s military and infrastructure advantage has transformed the crisis and left New Delhi on the defensive.

Fiona Frazer speaks next to Markus Potzel in Kabul.
Fiona Frazer speaks next to Markus Potzel in Kabul.
Security officials place flowers on the coffin of a police officer who was killed in an ambush in Pakistan.
Security officials place flowers on the coffin of a police officer who was killed in an ambush in Pakistan.

Pakistani Taliban Go to War While People March for Peace

Twenty years of double-dealing with insurgents has consequences.

Afghan money changers calculate at the currency exchange Sarayee Shahzada market in Kabul on June 29, 2015.
Afghan money changers calculate at the currency exchange Sarayee Shahzada market in Kabul on June 29, 2015.

Don’t Release Foreign Reserves to the Taliban

Unfreezing billions of dollars while huge revenues flow to Kabul risks legitimizing an extremist regime.

A police officer is reflected in the logo of the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) at the OSCE headquarters in the Hofburg Palace in Vienna on Feb. 21.
A police officer is reflected in the logo of the OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) at the OSCE headquarters in the Hofburg Palace in Vienna on Feb. 21.

Will Russia Kill the OSCE?

Moscow is derailing peacekeeping missions and disrupting the budget process, threatening an organization that is vital to European security.

Activists hold placards and flags as they gather in Lafayette Square to protest Russia's invasion of Ukraine in Washington on Feb. 24, 2022.
Activists hold placards and flags as they gather in Lafayette Square to protest Russia's invasion of Ukraine in Washington on Feb. 24, 2022.

The Perpetually Irrational Ukraine Debate

The war continues to be discussed in ways that are self-serving—and self-defeating.

A member of Ukraine’s 59th Motorized Brigade walks through the devastation in Posad-Pokrovske in Kherson Oblast.
A member of Ukraine’s 59th Motorized Brigade walks through the devastation in Posad-Pokrovske in Kherson Oblast.

The Ukrainian Village That Sacrificed Itself for Kherson

One small town in Ukraine held off a Russian attack and helped liberate a key regional capital.

A protester holds a placard with the words “Russians are against Putin and the war.”
A protester holds a placard with the words “Russians are against Putin and the war.”

Russian Exiles Struggle to Form a United Opposition to Putin

Historically, Russian emigrants have been reluctant to form exile communities and have tried to assimilate.

Volunteers work without electricity in Dnipro.
Volunteers work without electricity in Dnipro.

Ukraine Battles On in the Dark

Russia’s terror campaign against Ukraine’s power plants is cutting off the lights—and energizing resistance.

A man sits behind a glass case full of colorful bills.
A man sits behind a glass case full of colorful bills.

How Afghanistan’s Money Exchangers Have Worked Around the Taliban

They are, increasingly, the only financial link that connects the country to the rest of the world.

An encounter with the local authorities in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.
An encounter with the local authorities in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

Russia’s Great Reverse Migration

Central Asians used to flee the Soviet empire’s periphery for Moscow. Russia’s mobilization has sent escaping Muscovites in the other direction.

Pakistan's incumbent Army chief, Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, waves during the Pakistan Super League cricket match between Islamabad United and Multan Sultans at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
Pakistan's incumbent Army chief, Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, waves during the Pakistan Super League cricket match between Islamabad United and Multan Sultans at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

Pakistan’s Real Political Choice Could Come This Week

The next head of the Army will be the chief power broker in the nuclear nation.

The Liberian-flagged oil tanker Ice Energy (L) transfers crude oil from the Russian-flagged oil tanker Lana (R), off the shore of Karystos, on the Greek island of Evia, on May 29.
The Liberian-flagged oil tanker Ice Energy (L) transfers crude oil from the Russian-flagged oil tanker Lana (R), off the shore of Karystos, on the Greek island of Evia, on May 29.

How Greek Companies and Ghost Ships Are Helping Russia

Vessels from Greece and phantom fleets of unregistered ships have allowed Moscow to evade sanctions and export its oil—but it’s about to get more difficult.

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BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - JULY 15: EU Commissioner for European Green Deal - First Vice President and Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans talks to to media in the Berlaymont building, the EU Commission headquarter on July 15, 2021 in Brussels, Belgium. EU Commissioners talked about making transport greener. (Photo by Thierry Monasse/Getty Images)
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