Afghanistan’s Forests Are Turning a Profit for the Islamic State
Wood smuggling is big business for the terrorist group.
Spilling the Tea in Sri Lanka
As large colonial-era tea plantations crumble, family-owned plots are trying to take their place and save the industry.
Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas Need Each Other to Survive
Israel needs the Palestinian Authority’s security cooperation to avoid another intifada—and without security ties to Israel and the funding that comes with it, the PA could cease to exist.
Abiy Ahmed’s Reforms Have Unleashed Forces He Can No Longer Control
Ethiopia’s prime minister oversaw the chaotic release of thousands of prisoners, including many ethnonationalist militants. His amnesty may now be coming back to haunt him.
Why Israel’s Generals Are Taking on Netanyahu
Almost all of them believe the prime minister is destroying Israel’s democratic values and sacrificing the Zionist dream by avoiding a two-state solution.
Trump Meets Putin at G-20 While Ukrainian Sailors Remain Jailed
The U.S. president drew a red line when 24 Ukrainians were seized last year. Now his sit-down with the Russian president is back on.
Chinese Cyber-Operatives Boosted Taiwan’s Insurgent Candidate
Han Kuo-yu came out of nowhere to win a critical election. But he had a little help from the mainland.
In Georgia’s Parliament, One Russian Too Many
Following violent unrest, the speaker of the Georgian Parliament steps down after a Russian lawmaker sat in his chair.
What Istanbul’s Voters Want
AKP and CHP supporters have the same priorities. So why are they so divided?
Papa, Don’t Preach
Italy’s far-right deputy prime minister, Matteo Salvini, is publicly attacking the pope in a battle for the country’s soul.
A New, Harsher Vision of the EU Takes Shape
Populists still want to be part of the European Union, even in Hungary and Poland. Just a far less inclusive one.
Big Brother Comes to Belgrade
Chinese facial recognition software has arrived in Serbia. It confirms the West’s worst fears about Huawei.
Will Boris Be Britain’s ‘Last Conservative Prime Minister’?
Many Tories fear a Johnson premiership will tear the party apart for good.
How Europe Is Handing Off Its ISIS Militants to Iraq
France is leading the way in washing its hands of its Islamic State fighters—whether they receive justice or not.
Tunisia’s Authoritarians Learn to Love Liberalism
Police unions are using their country’s newfound freedoms to protect themselves—and attack freedom fighters.
Kazakhstan’s Second-Ever President Can’t Tolerate Protest
Nazarbayev’s successor has an impressive foreign profile but a raft of domestic problems.
Transnistria Isn’t the Smuggler’s Paradise It Used to Be
The separatist territory sandwiched between Moldova and Ukraine has long thrived on porous frontiers and Russian backing, but Kiev has changed its tune and might be dragging it back toward the West.
Playacting the Cold War in Kosovo
The Balkans are center stage for new tensions between Russia and the West—but how real is the action?