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Police officers detain a woman during a protest against military mobilization in Moscow on Sept. 21.
Police officers detain a woman during a protest against military mobilization in Moscow on Sept. 21.

As War Hits the Homefront, Russia’s Defeat Inches Closer

Battlefield losses, military corruption, and a disastrous mobilization drive have broken the social contract.

A demonstrator walks past police during a protest demanding the impeachment of Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benítez in Asunción, Paraguay, on Aug. 19, 2020.
A demonstrator walks past police during a protest demanding the impeachment of Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benítez in Asunción, Paraguay, on Aug. 19, 2020.

Biden’s Anti-Corruption Agenda Finds Its Test Case: Paraguay

A deeply corrupt South American country has entered the White House’s sights.

Ex-combatants of the FARC-People’s Army listen to a U.N. member speak on humanitarian demining in the municipality of La Montañita, Caquetá, Colombia, on Oct. 9, 2019.
Ex-combatants of the FARC-People’s Army listen to a U.N. member speak on humanitarian demining in the municipality of La Montañita, Caquetá, Colombia, on Oct. 9, 2019.

The U.N.’s Small Success Stories

The organization has been criticized aplenty this week. Its missions in Colombia, Honduras, and Venezuela could be a silver lining.

Cristina Fernández de Kirchner leaves a courthouse
Cristina Fernández de Kirchner leaves a courthouse

The Many Trials of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner

Argentina’s vice president survived an assassination attempt. Will she make it out of court?

U.S. President Joe Biden in front of a "Summit for Democracy" sign
U.S. President Joe Biden in front of a "Summit for Democracy" sign
An Italian Guardia di Finanza patrol boat is seen in front of the multimillion-dollar megayacht Scheherazade, docked at the Tuscan port of Marina di Carrara, on May 6.
An Italian Guardia di Finanza patrol boat is seen in front of the multimillion-dollar megayacht Scheherazade, docked at the Tuscan port of Marina di Carrara, on May 6.

Italy Is Leading the World in Seizing Oligarchs’ Assets

The Guardia di Finanza acted quickly to confiscate Russian-owned property on Italian territory. Other nations should learn from the force.

Filipino American journalist Maria Ressa gives a statement after posting bail at a regional trial court in Manila on Feb. 14, 2019.
Filipino American journalist Maria Ressa gives a statement after posting bail at a regional trial court in Manila on Feb. 14, 2019.

Maria Ressa Wants to Save Journalism

The Filipino American journalist and Nobel laureate explains what it’s like to be a government target—and how to safeguard a free press.

A Russian ruble coin
A Russian ruble coin

Russian Corruption Is an Urgent Security Threat

Western agencies need funding and power to tackle the Kremlin’s influence.

A destroyed bridge in eastern Ukraine
A destroyed bridge in eastern Ukraine

Corruption Could Mean Ukraine Loses a Future Peace

Reconstruction partners must be careful not to hand money to oligarchs.

Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.

Why Corruption Thrives in the Philippines

A Marcos might soon be back in power in Manila. That’s because political dynasties are more powerful than parties.

The Russian-owned superyacht Phi, which has been seized by the U.K. government, is seen at Canary Wharf in London on March 29.
The Russian-owned superyacht Phi, which has been seized by the U.K. government, is seen at Canary Wharf in London on March 29.

The West Must Widen the War on Kleptocracy

Russian sanctions have shown how democracies can flex their power.

Members of the Honduran police special forces stand outside the home of former Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández in Tegucigalpa on Feb. 15.
Members of the Honduran police special forces stand outside the home of former Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández in Tegucigalpa on Feb. 15.

Hernández’s Arrest Won’t Stop the Drug War

Washington continues to empower repressive and corrupt Latin American governments through flawed security initiatives.

Moqtada al-Sadr, Iraqi militia leader and Shiite Muslim cleric, gives a news conference in the central holy shrine city of Najaf, on November 18, 2021.
Moqtada al-Sadr, Iraqi militia leader and Shiite Muslim cleric, gives a news conference in the central holy shrine city of Najaf, on November 18, 2021.

Why Muqtada al-Sadr Failed to Reform Iraq

Iraq’s most recent election promised change but ended up entrenching the establishment.

A large white mansion is shown behind a security gate.
A large white mansion is shown behind a security gate.

Can London Cleanse Itself of Dirty Russian Money?

Bill Browder on why the U.K.’s new Economic Crime Bill isn’t enough to kick out Russian oligarchs.

A smiling Putin and Schroder move to shake hands in front of a conference table.
A smiling Putin and Schroder move to shake hands in front of a conference table.

How to Stop Former Western Leaders From Becoming Paid Shills for Autocrats

From Gerhard Schröder to Tony Blair, former officials have cashed in by repping autocrats and their proxies.

Ones and Tooze Override Photo
Ones and Tooze Override Photo

Ones and Tooze Podcast: Boris Johnson and the Sordid Arithmetic of Partygate

Also on the show: How much will that midlife crisis cost you?

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a press conference at the Culture Palace in Guatemala City on Jan. 11, 2017.
Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a press conference at the Culture Palace in Guatemala City on Jan. 11, 2017.

Why Is Taiwan Bankrolling a U.S. Lobbyist for Guatemala?

Taipei’s checkbook diplomacy is poised for a showdown with Washington’s anti-corruption agenda.

A protester wears a mask resembling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
A protester wears a mask resembling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

How a Plea Bargain for Netanyahu Could Realign Israeli Politics

The terms offered would keep him out of prison but also out of office.

Relatives and neighbors gather around a burned vehicle targeted and hit by an American drone strike in Kabul.
Relatives and neighbors gather around a burned vehicle targeted and hit by an American drone strike in Kabul.

The Human Rights vs. National Security Dilemma Is a Fallacy

Advocacy organizations can’t protect human rights without challenging U.S. military support for tyrants and the corrupt influence of the defense industry and foreign governments.

Bangladeshi Rapid Action Battalion personnel look on from an armored vehicle during a protest in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Jan. 3, 2013.
Bangladeshi Rapid Action Battalion personnel look on from an armored vehicle during a protest in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Jan. 3, 2013.

The U.S. Has a Police Brutality Problem. So Does Bangladesh.

Dhaka’s denial of extrajudicial killings is imperiling its relations with Washington and exposing the country’s corrupt police and undemocratic institutions.

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