German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at the opening of the Confucius Institute in Stralsund, Germany, on Aug. 30, 2016.

German Academic Freedom Is Being Decided in Beijing

German universities are bowing to China on censorship. That could finally change under the new government.

Students gather in an amphitheater at the Université Thomas Sankara near Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso on Oct. 15.

Africa’s Youth Unemployment Crisis Is a Global Problem

Governments and donors must stop focusing solely on skills development and entrepreneurship—or risk more youth migration, unrest, and terrorism.

Schoolgirls in Kabul

School’s Out in the Taliban’s Afghanistan

The Taliban say modern education is of no use as the country heads toward economic meltdown and starvation.

Portraits of Islamic clerics hang in an Iranian library.

Tehran’s Harvard Incubated Iran’s New Government

The school’s mission is to find the most talented Iranians willing to serve the state—and give them access to power.

Rodrigo Tuz Díaz, 11, a student at the Ignacio Ramírez Calzada primary school, works on his schoolwork at his home in the Indigenous community of Celtún, Yucatán state, Mexico, on May 3, as schools remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mexico’s School Closures Are Increasing Inequality

With schools shut for over a year, limited access to technology is exacerbating the education gap, leaving Indigenous communities behind.

Students look at booklets at their desks on the first day back to school at the National School of Tabarre in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince on Sept. 5, 2016.

Haiti’s Foreign Language Stranglehold

Around 90 percent of Haitians speak only Haitian Creole. So why is school mostly conducted in French?

Advocates for student debt cancellation in front of the White House

You Shouldn’t Have to Pay for That IR Master’s

Institutions like the State Department need to scrap credentialism.

Students march in a racial justice protest

Did America’s Racial Awakening Reach IR Professors?

Nearly half of international relations scholars spent more time in class on race and racial justice—but with key demographic differences.

Hands hold up a photo of a young kidnapped Nigerian girl.

Boko Haram Won’t Stop Targeting Schools in Nigeria

The militant group’s attacks and kidnappings bring it publicity and riches while weakening state security forces.

Then-Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio speaks at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia, Feb. 28, 2016.

The World According to ‘God’s Harvard’

Patrick Henry College’s focus on governance gives it a unique place among right-wing Christian schools.

People in a migrant village on the outskirts of Beijing on June 20, 2017.

China Will Run Out of Growth if It Doesn’t Fix Its Rural Crisis

No country with China’s vast education and public health problems has ever broken out of the ranks of middle-income countries.

Former German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg

Don’t Call Me Doktor

German politicians are obsessed with earning Ph.D.s—but plagiarism scandals tend to catch up to them and derail careers.

People hold signs during a rally in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in San Diego on June 18, 2020.

Let’s Not Blow This Chance to Fix Immigration

Biden’s reform plan is laudable. But it repeats the battles of the Obama years.


It’s Time for Western Universities to Cut Their Ties to China

In their crass hunger for Chinese money, universities have become China’s fifth column in the West.

Indian schoolchildren prepare for their Central Board of Secondary Education senior school certificate examinations in New Delhi on March 1, 2012.

Modi’s Textbook Manipulations

Under cover of the pandemic, the administration has removed chapters on democracy, secularism, and citizenship from schoolbooks.

Picture of an empty classroom at the Eustaqui Palacios school in Cali, Colombia, taken on March 16, 2020.

America’s Schools Are a Moral and Medical Catastrophe

A guide to understanding the science, and the politics, preventing U.S. children from being educated this year.

Children attend a telelearning class displayed on Kalvi TV channel, an education initiative set up by the Department of School Education to allow students to continue their curriculums as schools remain closed, at their home in Chennai, India, on July 15.

Offline and Out of School

In India, education under lockdown and a deep digital divide threaten to undo real progress in rural areas.

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