Pakistan’s Anti-Government Movement May Hit the Brick Wall of the Security State
Economic woes are giving the alliance legs, but overturning a military-backed prime minister is a hard proposition.
70 Is the New 50 for World Leaders
It’s neither a coincidence, nor a problem, that both candidates for America’s highest office are so old.
Myanmar’s Elections Won’t Be Free or Fair
Five years after the National League for Democracy won in a landslide, Aung San Suu Kyi’s party fails to live up to its name.
Stay and Starve, or Leave and Die
Jordan is dumping refugees on U.S.-held territory near Syria, and the United States is refusing to care for them as conditions worsen.
Russia’s Internet Freedom Shrinks as Kremlin Seizes Control of Homegrown Tech
Corporate mergers and backstage coercion have expanded Putin’s control.
Afghanistan Is Not Doomed to Repeat Its Past
Peace talks in Afghanistan may come down to an agreement between the Taliban and Kabul on an interim government. Here’s how the sides can avoid the pitfalls of 1992 and 2001.
Here’s How the 2020 U.S. Elections Resemble Those of Fragile Democracies
A veteran observer of elections in troubled countries describes the undeniable parallels.
Campaign Debates Are Democracy Theater
A once-meaningful event has been hollowed out. Here’s how to fix it.
Beijing’s Human Rights Victims Shouldn’t Support Trump
Tough on China or not, a second term would only spell more misery for Tibetans and other communities victimized by Beijing.
There’s Still Time (Barely) for America to Have a Free and Fair Election
Some hard-won active advice for staging a national vote during a pandemic.
Is India Overturning Decades of Nuclear Doctrine?
The country has good reason to want first-strike capabilities. But the actual state of its arsenal suggests that it won’t get them.
The Era of Full-Spectrum War Is Here
China won round one, and round two went to Russia. Can the United States and its allies take the third?
Trump, Not Biden, Wrecked American Power in the Pacific
The damage done to U.S. standing in Asia will take decades to repair.
The Game That Ruins Friendships and Shapes Careers
For me, Diplomacy is an addictive quarantine hobby. For my high school frenemy, it was training for the Trump administration.
America’s Language of Mass Destruction Convinces Nobody
Presidents love making threats. They don’t work.
Foreign Fighters’ Life After the Caliphate
In interviews with former Islamic State members in hiding, religious concerns have been replaced with more quotidian worries.
What Would a Less Europhobic Trump Look Like—if He Wins?
Transatlantic relations are at a low point. But there are reasons why even Trump might want to mend them.
Kyrgyzstan’s Protests Won’t Keep Corrupt Criminals Out of Politics
Members of the criminal underworld have long turned to politics to avoid prosecution. Ousting one set of corrupt leaders in favor of another won’t end the country’s crisis.
China’s Nuclear Program Baffled Soviet Intelligence
Declassified documents show how Moscow struggled to understand Beijing’s efforts.
Abenomics Can Flourish Without Abe
Japan’s new prime minister has the skills to take on the country’s bureaucrats.
In South Africa, Police Violence Isn’t Black and White
The killing of a coloured teenager in Johannesburg exposed the fraught state of race relations in South Africa—and how the racial hierarchies created by apartheid continue to plague the country.
The United States Can Counter Putin and Assad With a Light Footprint in Syria
Washington can reduce Moscow’s influence and support Kurdish allies without a large troop presence in the region.
The UAE Is Turning Into the World Capital for Weapons Makers
Years of quiet development are finally paying off, and Abu Dhabi’s defense industry can largely stand on its own feet.
The Pope’s Latest Encyclical Is Beautiful—and Hypocritical
“Fratelli Tutti” lays out a set of principles that the Vatican doesn’t apply to its own China deals.
Duterte Will Fight Anyone but Beijing
The Philippine president is curiously willing to put China’s interests over his country’s.
Americans Are Officially Giving Up on Democracy
New polling shows that a growing share of U.S. citizens want leaders who wouldn’t “bother with” elections.
To Prevent Proliferation, Stop Enrichment and Reprocessing in the Middle East
There is a risk of a nuclear cascade across the region. The United States can stop it by enforcing the gold standard of nonproliferation.
No, Drones Haven’t Made Tanks Obsolete
Wrecked armor in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was down to bad training and terrain, not magical technology.