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A Swiss soldier stands at attention in front of a Swiss flag in Bern, Switzerland, on Sept. 8, 2010.

The End of Swiss Neutrality

The country is campaigning for a seat on the U.N. Security Council, but taking on that role will clash with some fundamental tenets of Swiss foreign policy.

Police officers detain a woman wearing a T-shirt reading "Freedom to Safronov" in Moscow

Russia’s Security Agencies Are Both Terrifying and Incompetent

The ineptitude of the FSB sends a message about how powerful it is.

A sign showing images of people wanted in connection with the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol

The American Far-Right Is Dangerous but Disorganized

Despite murderous ambitions and abundant guns, the Capitol assault was a failure.

William Burns, the then-undersecretary of state for political affairs, testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington on March 17, 2011.

Under Burns, the CIA Gets a New Focus

Biden’s pick for the agency’s director shows that diplomacy is back.

Police erect barricades in anticipation of a protest outside Twitter corporate headquarters in San Francisco on Jan. 11.

Jan. 6 Changed Tech Forever

Silencing @realDonaldTrump was the easy part. Now the hard work begins.

The National Stadium, the main venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Tokyo Wants the Olympics to Happen Even if the Public Doesn’t

The Japanese government is locked into what critics call a misguided project.

A man in a Donald Trump mask joins a Mariachi Band and an immigration rights activists rally in front of the White House on June 5, 2018 in Washington.

Never Give Strongmen a Second Chance

Latin American history offers a clear lesson to the United States: Ban Donald Trump from running for election ever again.

Members of the National Guard rest in the Capitol Visitor’s Center on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on Jan 13.

Democracy at Home and Democracy Promotion Abroad Aren’t the Same

Hypocrisy has long been a component of U.S. foreign policy. The Capitol riot doesn’t change that.

The headquarters of Danske Bank, under investigation for money laundering, in Copenhagen on Sept. 25, 2018.

Biden Can’t Fight Corruption Without Help From Europe

To stop drug traffickers, criminals, and kleptocrats from laundering their loot, the United States and EU must join forces.

The U.S. Capitol, behind security fencing, on Jan. 10, 2021 in Washington.

A Chastened America Will Be Better at Preaching Abroad

There’s never been a better time for the United States to promote democracy around the world.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro at a news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington on March 19, 2019.

Bolsonaro Is Following Trump’s Anti-Democracy Playbook

Brazil’s “Tropical Trump” is laying the groundwork to discredit his country’s electoral process.

Taiwan's flag is seen on the tower of the Presidential Office in Taipei on Jan. 13.

Taiwan Needs Allies, Not Partisans

Pompeo has set Taiwan up for repercussions without taking any responsibility himself.

Gen. Lloyd Austin prepares to testify before the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington, DC, on Sept. 16, 2015.

Now Is a Bad Time to Weaken Civilian Control Over the Military

Biden’s nomination of a retired general to head the Pentagon reinforces a dangerous trend. His confirmation must come with concrete safeguards.

People attend the funeral ceremony of Mogadishu Mayor Abdirahman Omar Osman, who died a week after being seriously wounded in an al-Shabab suicide attack at his office, in Mogadishu on Aug. 4, 2019.

Trump’s Withdrawal From Somalia Is a Security Threat. Biden Should Reverse It.

U.S. troops are scheduled to leave the country on Jan. 15, opening the door for al-Shabab terrorists to step up their attacks. The new administration should recommit to protecting the country.

A staff member positions an Iranian flag on a stage after a group picture during the Iran nuclear talks at Vienna International Centre in Austria on July 14, 2015.

With Iran, Biden Can’t Let Perfect Be the Enemy of Good

Why any new agreement would likely be worse than resuscitating the existing deal.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel confers with German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (not shown) prior to the weekly cabinet meeting in Berlin on Jan. 6.

As Merkel Prepares to Step Down, the Future of German Conservatism Is Open

The three men standing to take over as chair of the CDU will take the party in strikingly different directions.

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden

Biden Can’t Make Washington a Beacon for Human Rights by Returning to Business as Usual

The world stepped up while the United States stepped back from defending human rights. The next U.S. president should join them.

Members of the National Guard patrol outside of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC on Jan 12.

All the Capitol Rioters Should be Tracked Down

But not in ways that will only further entrench the surveillance state.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Mike Pompeo Is Trying to Bluff His Way to a Legacy

Even insurrection didn’t interrupt a tour de force of Twitter bragging.

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump in Miami

Miami’s Spanish-Language Media Is Overrun With Trumpist Conspiracies

Right-wing Cuban Americans believe they’re fighting U.S. communism.

A pro-Trump rioter yells inside the Senate Chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6.

It Happened Here

Trump’s movement is a uniquely American fascism, built on a century of American imperialism.

Members of the U.S. Congress run for cover as protesters try to enter the House Chamber during a joint session of Congress in Washington on Jan. 6.

Chinese Media Calls Capitol Riot ‘World Masterpiece’

Instructions sent to reporters emphasized attacking democracy and promoting censorship.

The activist Mike Merrigan holds a piñata shaped like the Twitter logo with hair to look like U.S. President Donald Trump during a protest outside Twitter headquarters in San Francisco on May 28, 2020.

Can Regulation Douse Populism’s Online Fires?

Social media’s manufactured hate needs solutions beyond censorship.

Facebook co-founder, Chairman, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg

For Facebook, It’s All About the Bottom Line

Mark Zuckerberg’s commitment to free speech always concealed corporate interests first.

Police officers attempt to push back a mob supporting U.S. President Donald Trump as the rioters try to storm the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6.

Carnage Comes to the Capitol

Donald Trump decried ‘American carnage’ in his 2017 inaugural address on the Capitol steps. His rhetoric made it a reality in 2021.

A large group of supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump raise signs and flags on the grounds of the Capitol

The United States Can’t Stay a Great Power Without Beating Threats at Home

Before taking on challengers like China, Washington must put its own house in order.

Trump supporters confront police and security forces at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6.

Why Nobody Protected the Capitol

The Capitol Police didn’t fail to prepare for an attack. It failed to imagine what kind of attack was coming.

Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they storm the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 6.

This Is a Coup. Why Were Experts So Reluctant to See It Coming?

A political scientist explains why some experts have clung to “It can't happen here” for too long.

A car with a flag endorsing QAnon

QAnon Is Trumpism Now

The sprawling conspiracy theory is dying—and being reborn as the new normal of the Republican Party.

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