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Jiang Zemin stands in the Rose Garden of the White House.
Jiang Zemin stands in the Rose Garden of the White House.

Jiang Zemin Helped China Become a Global Powerhouse

With a steady hand—and some willingness to face criticism—he ushered China into the world economy.

Two men in suit sit side-by-side. One is pointing past the camera.
Two men in suit sit side-by-side. One is pointing past the camera.

Argentina’s Junta Trial Was About More Than a Few Good Men

Relying on Hollywood clichés, “Argentina, 1985” offers a pat, sentimentalized view of history.

A monument by South African artist Marco Cianfanelli, representing the 27 years former South African President Nelson Mandela spent behind bars, in Howick, South Africa.
A monument by South African artist Marco Cianfanelli, representing the 27 years former South African President Nelson Mandela spent behind bars, in Howick, South Africa.

No Justice. No Peace.

Post-apartheid South Africa remains steeped in the “rainbow nation” ideals of reconciliation and forgiveness—but it has never truly reckoned with accountability.

An archaeologist studies the bones of 14 bodies of women killed by the forces of Francisco Franco in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War at a mass grave in the southwestern Spanish town of Gerena.
An archaeologist studies the bones of 14 bodies of women killed by the forces of Francisco Franco in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War at a mass grave in the southwestern Spanish town of Gerena.

In Spain, Can Truth Ever Bring Reconciliation?

A new law seeks to unearth Franco’s victims, but it doesn’t go as far as truth commissions in countries like Argentina, Chile, and South Africa.

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Inside the Turbulent Negotiations Over Brexit

One negotiator remained constant throughout the four years of Brexit talks. Hear his story.

Jordanian Gendarmerie forces arrest a protester in the Jordan Valley.
Jordanian Gendarmerie forces arrest a protester in the Jordan Valley.

Awash in U.S. Aid, Jordan Escalates Repression

A street vendor’s plight highlights violations that Washington would prefer to ignore.

An illustration shows the Yongzheng emperor dressed in exquisite attire and seated on a throne-like chair.
An illustration shows the Yongzheng emperor dressed in exquisite attire and seated on a throne-like chair.

What China’s Past Can Tell Us About Xi’s Future

In Chinese history, long-term emperors and generalissimos have been far more common than rules-bound leaders.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, and French President Emmanuel Macron arrive to attend an informal summit of the European Union in Prague on Oct. 7.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, and French President Emmanuel Macron arrive to attend an informal summit of the European Union in Prague on Oct. 7.

What Europe Can Learn From the 1973 Oil Shock

Building an economy that is both green and resilient requires EU-wide solidarity.

President John F. Kennedy, announces on television the strategic blockade of Cuba
President John F. Kennedy, announces on television the strategic blockade of Cuba

The Cuban Missile Crisis, 60 Years On

The Cold War-era standoff is more relevant than ever.

A digital composite images shows troops landing at Anzac Cove in Turkey during the Gallipoli campaign in World War I.
A digital composite images shows troops landing at Anzac Cove in Turkey during the Gallipoli campaign in World War I.

Ukraine’s War Is Like World War I, Not World War II

The West is using the wrong analogy for Russia’s invasion—and worsening the outcome.

Armed personnel from the 11th Gorkha Rifles take part in a khukri (or knife) dance as a part of India’s 75th Independence Day celebrations at Gajoldoba Barrage, India, on Aug. 15, 2021.
Armed personnel from the 11th Gorkha Rifles take part in a khukri (or knife) dance as a part of India’s 75th Independence Day celebrations at Gajoldoba Barrage, India, on Aug. 15, 2021.

India’s Military Revamp Is Angering Nepal

A new recruitment system could endanger Gurkha regiments—the “umbilical bond” between the two countries.

Protesters gather in London on Oct. 1 in solidarity with people protesting across Iran.
Protesters gather in London on Oct. 1 in solidarity with people protesting across Iran.

A Chance to Be on Right Side of History in Iran

Britain and the United States overthrew the country’s last democratic government. Supporting pro-democracy protesters is an opportunity for redemption.

A man rests in front of a poster of former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping in Shenzhen, China.
A man rests in front of a poster of former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping in Shenzhen, China.

The 1980s Are Buried but Not Dead in China

A new history explores an intense period of hope, reform, and death.

Adolf Hitler greets British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain at Munich in 1938.
Adolf Hitler greets British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain at Munich in 1938.

Ukraine Isn’t Munich—or Vietnam or Berlin

Historical analogies can harm more than help in understanding crises.

Xi holds an umbrella in the rain as he walks past a soldier.
Xi holds an umbrella in the rain as he walks past a soldier.

Xi Jinping’s Moment of Economic Reckoning

The Chinese president faces tough choices on how to restore the country’s economic momentum.

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food-commodity-books-multiple

The Foods That ‘Changed’ the World

What happened to all those bestselling individual food histories?

Putin's face is shown on a large video screen in front of a crowd waving Russian flags.
Putin's face is shown on a large video screen in front of a crowd waving Russian flags.

Why Putin’s Denunciations of Western Imperialism Ring Hollow

Russia is among the world’s most ambitious imperial nations.

Micronesia President David Panuelo, Fiji Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, U.S. President Joe Biden, Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape find their places along with other leaders from the Pacific Islands region before taking a photograph on the North Portico of the White House September 29, 2022 in Washington.
Micronesia President David Panuelo, Fiji Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, U.S. President Joe Biden, Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape find their places along with other leaders from the Pacific Islands region before taking a photograph on the North Portico of the White House September 29, 2022 in Washington.

A Summit Can’t Fix America’s Pacific Islands Problems

They don’t just want a diplomatic deal; they want a reckoning with a history of abuse.

Sheep shearing in Australia in 1886.
Sheep shearing in Australia in 1886.

What a 19th-Century Shearer Can Teach Us About Korean-Australian Relations

People-to-people interactions are longer and deeper than the pair’s state relations.

British Prime Minister Liz Truss (left) and Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng chat during a visit to Berkeley Modular, in Northfleet, England, on Sept. 23.
British Prime Minister Liz Truss (left) and Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng chat during a visit to Berkeley Modular, in Northfleet, England, on Sept. 23.

Liz Truss Wants to Be Thatcher. She’s Not.

The new prime minister is making Britain look like Argentina—in more ways than one.

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