2021: The Year’s Best Stories
Five Major Diplomatic Disputes That Could Spell More Trouble in 2022
From the AUKUS fracas to China’s bullying tactics in Europe, here are some of the top diplomatic spats from the past year that could haunt us in the next.
What 2021 Meant for the Fight Against Climate Change
Time to avoid climate change’s worse impacts is running out. What did 2021 change?
In 2021, Lebanon Suffered While the World Looked On
Skyrocketing inflation, government corruption, and international apathy defined a country in economic free fall.
The Year Germany Said Auf Wiedersehen to Angela Merkel
Germany said goodbye to a generational leader—and hello to an entirely new era.
Gabriel Boric Bookends a Year of Demands for a New Social Contract
This year, voters from Chile to Honduras to Peru elected leftist leaders who promised to ease endemic inequality.
The Iran Nuclear Deal’s Long Year of Negotiations and Uncertainty
2021 saw a change in Iran’s government and on-again, off-again nuclear talks.
How the Energy Crisis Made 2021 Feel Like the ’70s
High power prices. Rolling blackouts. Dwindling supplies. And a cascade of economic and political turmoil felt around the world.
After a Dramatic Year, What’s Next for Israelis and Palestinians?
War in Gaza, intercommunal violence, and a new government have not led to any breakthroughs when it comes to peace.