Xi Jinping Is the World’s Most Powerful Soccer Coach
China's team is a national embarrassment — but the party chairman has big plans for the game.
For Serbs, Switzerland Isn’t Neutral
Serbia’s nationalist soccer fans hoped to restore their national pride by beating a Swiss team led by Kosovar stars. Instead, the Kosovo-born Xherdan Shaqiri handed them a humiliating defeat.
Latin America’s Center Cannot Hold If It Doesn’t Exist
Mainstream establishment parties across the continent have been replaced by populists offering easy and empty answers.
Russia’s Muslim Strongman Is Winning the World Cup
Ramzan Kadyrov is using sports diplomacy to bolster his image.
The West Is Letting Libya Tear Itself Apart
Calling for elections in the absence of stable institutions while competing for diplomatic and economic influence won’t rebuild the country — it will destroy it.
India Is the Latest Front in Trump’s Endless Trade War
Modi’s soft approach is getting nowhere with a hard-line Washington.
Erdogan Will Win by Any Means Necessary
Turkey's president has plenty of experience stealing elections — and Sunday's vote is one he can't afford to lose.
Kim Jong Un Gets to Sit at the Cool Table Now
Trump’s handshake gave North Korea the status boost marginal states crave.
Uzbekistan’s New Era Might Just Be Real
Long-needed reforms are changing what was once a grim autocracy. Washington can help.
Malaysia’s Diplomacy Is Trapped in Mahathir’s Shadow
The newly energized democracy is missing the chance to make its diplomatic mark in the region.
Don’t Turn The Turkish Army Into A Political Tool
Turkey has a history of coups. Whoever wins the election must prevent politicization of the military.
Russia’s World Cup Isn’t as Safe as It Looks
The Kremlin has prepared for the soccer tournament by cracking down on terror threats — the wrong kind.
Trump Is Playing Chicken With Children’s Lives
The U.S. child welfare system is strained to its limits. Family separation could push it over the edge.
If Trump Tears Up NAFTA, Sports Will Keep North America Together
The joint 2026 World Cup is yet another sign that Canada, Mexico, and the United States are becoming increasingly culturally and economically interdependent.
‘At Least During the Internment …’ Are Words I Thought I’d Never Utter
I was sent to a camp at just 5 years old — but even then, they didn't separate children from families.
Nice Democracy You’ve Got There. Be a Shame If Something Happened to It.
China's Communist Party is using thuggish proxies to disrupt Taiwan and Hong Kong.
I Fought Against Muqtada al-Sadr. Now He’s Iraq’s Best Hope.
The former militia leader who once terrorized U.S. forces has reinvented himself as an Iraqi nationalist and a pragmatist.
Nobody’s Protecting India’s Bravest Journalists
I had the resources to survive a campaign of online hate — but other reporters have been far less fortunate.
No More Mr. Nice Canada
Canada's reputation for friendly politeness, especially when dealing with the United States, is long overdue for revision.