It’s the Roads, Stupid
Armed checkpoints along key trade routes—not natural resources—are the key to financing rebel groups and insurgencies around the world.
The Dark Side of Rwanda’s Rebirth
A new book explores the historical roots and contemporary fallout of Paul Kagame’s aggressive foreign policy.
Why Did Washington Let a Stolen Election Stand in the Congo?
If the Biden administration wants to advance democracy around the world, it needs to fix U.S. diplomacy first.
The U.N. Secretary-General Is Letting Powerful Countries Get Away With Killing Kids
By removing Saudi Arabia and other serial violators of children’s human rights from the annual list of shame, António Guterres is weakening one of the U.N.’s most effective accountability mechanisms.
Decolonize the State Department
As U.S. policymakers grapple with systemic racism, it’s time to start tapping the expertise of diasporas.
Green Energy’s Dirty Side Effects
The global transition to renewables could lead to human rights abuses and risks exacerbating inequalities between the West and the developing world.
How Race Hampered the Investigation Into Dag Hammarskjold’s Death
Testimony of African eyewitnesses to the U.N. secretary-general’s death was dismissed because of their lack of education and perceived susceptibility to political manipulation.
Don’t Give Up on the ICC
The International Criminal Court has many flaws, but abandoning it now would give free rein to war criminals and open the door to impunity.
The World Bank Has the Money to Fight Ebola but Won’t Use It
In Congo, thousands of people have died due to a misguided finance-driven approach to fighting pandemics that puts investors before victims.
In Fragile States, Disease Outbreaks Don’t Stay Local for Long
U.S. health aid can also promote stability, mitigate extremism, and avoid costly longer-term military interventions.
In Africa, All Jihad Is Local
The rush to link regional groups to the Islamic State could make militancy worse.
No Democracy Is an Island
If Washington thinks that affirming flawed votes and the leaders who benefited from them abroad isn’t harming the health of democracy at home, it is mistaken.
The World This Weekend
Venezuela’s political crisis continues to evolve, and protests persist in Sudan.