Make the Papal States Great Again
Italy’s most dangerous populists are the immigrant-hating Catholic fundamentalists of Forza Nuova.
Spy Chiefs Descend on Munich Confab in Record Numbers
An annual security gathering in Munich has become the new hot spot for top intelligence officials meeting in the shadows of a public event.
Ethiopia’s Great Rift
Will a power struggle within the ruling party lead to reform — or more repression?
What Happens When a Major World City Runs Dry?
As Cape Town counts down to Day Zero, South Africans worry about severe unrest and outbreaks of disease.
Vladimir Putin’s ‘Mission Accomplished’ Moment
Russia's highly-touted peace conference to end the war in Syria was an utter debacle.
The Korea Hawk Who Wasn’t Hawkish Enough
Victor Cha is experienced, informed — and no peacenik. None of that mattered for the Trump administration.
Iran Is Losing Its Jihad on Tobacco
The Islamic Republic's anti-smoking campaign is yet another example of the government's shaky control over its population.
Never Mind the Troika, Here’s Rouvikonas
Greece’s prolonged austerity has given rise to a movement of middle-class anarchism.
Inside a European Center to Combat Russia’s Hybrid Warfare
Western countries are looking for new ways to defend against a new generation of war. Does a center in Finland have the answers?
An Emissary to Tyranny
Serving as a U.S. diplomat in Zimbabwe is tough. Life for African-American diplomats there is even harder.
India’s Hospitals Are Filling Up With Desperate Americans
Are deep-pocketed medical tourists the cause of, or solution to, India's health care problems?
‘Fake News’ Fights Back
Russian disinformation. A government attacking the media. A populace deeply skeptical of it. These Slovak journalists had seen it all — and decided to do something about it.
Putin Praises, Defends Trump and Revs Up Own Re-election Bid
In his annual marathon press conference, the Russian president buttered up his American counterpart and cut loose from the party he once led.
Egypt’s Civil Society Is on Life Support
Under the guise of fighting a "war on terrorism," Cairo is cracking down on organizations that shed light on its abuses.
Putin Uses Olympic Ban to Rally Support for His Presidential Bid
The IOC’s unprecedented ban on Russia for sports doping feeds his narrative of a nation under siege.
Donald Trump Has Been Torture for Foreign Correspondents in Russia
The Russia stories everyone wants aren’t the ones people in Russia can provide.
Saudi Arabia Is Freeing a New Batch of Former Gitmo Detainees
And the Trump administration isn't happy.
Saudis Are Hoping Mohammed bin Salman Will Drain the Swamp
A road trip among ordinary Saudis revealed high hopes, and hardly any worries, about the country's new political era.
Israel Isn’t Going to Fight Saudi Arabia’s Wars
Don't expect Benjamin Netanyahu to put Israeli soldiers in harm's way in Lebanon on Mohammed bin Salman's say-so.
Zimbabwe’s Military Says There’s Nothing to See Here
Robert Mugabe is under house arrest, and the generals are in charge. But the top brass still insist there hasn’t been a coup.