Skip to main content

Law

Police and soldiers stand outside a bar in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, minutes after an execution occurred inside on April 18, 2009.
Police and soldiers stand outside a bar in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, minutes after an execution occurred inside on April 18, 2009.

In the Americas, Homicide Is the Other Killer Epidemic

The good news: Lockdowns reduced crime almost everywhere else, and we know how to stop lethal violence.

Hermann Göring, Nazi leader Adolf Hitler's second in command, at the Nuremberg trials
Hermann Göring, Nazi leader Adolf Hitler's second in command, at the Nuremberg trials

Don’t Cling to Hopes That Putin Will Ever Face Justice

The system for prosecuting war crimes is broken—but focusing on sanctions could work.

U.S. President Joe Biden and Polish President Andrzej Duda review a military honor guard during an official welcoming ceremony prior to a meeting in Warsaw, Poland, on March 26.
U.S. President Joe Biden and Polish President Andrzej Duda review a military honor guard during an official welcoming ceremony prior to a meeting in Warsaw, Poland, on March 26.

The Battle for Democracy Can Be Won in Warsaw

The West has a unique opportunity to pressure the Polish government to restore the rule of law.

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.

A mourner attends the funeral of a family of three in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv on April 22.
A mourner attends the funeral of a family of three in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv on April 22.
French far-right National Rally presidential candidate Marine Le Pen arrives to deliver a speech at a gathering with supporters as part of a campaign visit in Avignon, France, on April 14.
French far-right National Rally presidential candidate Marine Le Pen arrives to deliver a speech at a gathering with supporters as part of a campaign visit in Avignon, France, on April 14.

France’s Constitution Can’t Contain Marine Le Pen

By expanding executive power, previous presidents have primed the system for her abuse.

Ukrainian relatives mourn at a funeral of a family member killed in Bucha, Ukraine.
Ukrainian relatives mourn at a funeral of a family member killed in Bucha, Ukraine.

Bucha Must Be Remembered

As Ukraine seeks accountability for the perpetrators of civilian killings, it must also process its collective trauma.

A woman walks past a Russian tank on a muddy street with houses and people in the background.
A woman walks past a Russian tank on a muddy street with houses and people in the background.

Putin’s Gruesome Playbook

Russia’s indiscriminate bombing in Ukraine looks startlingly familiar.

An older woman with a walking stick stands in front of piles of rubble and a destroyed house.
An older woman with a walking stick stands in front of piles of rubble and a destroyed house.

What Happens to the Homes Ukrainians Leave Behind?

Abandonment, destruction, or occupation of homes and property is a grim hallmark of modern conflicts.

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.

People take part in a silent protest against the mass killing of Ukrainian civilians.
People take part in a silent protest against the mass killing of Ukrainian civilians.
Prosecutor General of Ukraine Iryna Venediktova shows pictures during an interview with AFP in western Ukrainian city of Lviv on March 22.
Prosecutor General of Ukraine Iryna Venediktova shows pictures during an interview with AFP in western Ukrainian city of Lviv on March 22.

To Prosecute Putin for War Crimes, Safeguard the Digital Proof

Holding Russia accountable for atrocities in Ukraine requires the painstaking collection and preservation of evidence in the face of rampant disinformation.

A mass grave is exhumed by local authorities as they attempt to identify the bodies of civilians killed during the Russian occupation in Bucha, Ukraine.
A mass grave is exhumed by local authorities as they attempt to identify the bodies of civilians killed during the Russian occupation in Bucha, Ukraine.

Russia’s Ukraine Propaganda Has Turned Fully Genocidal

Egged on by the language of annihilation and extermination, Russian soldiers have become willing executioners.

Gennady Kuzmin addresses the U.N. General Assembly.
Gennady Kuzmin addresses the U.N. General Assembly.

U.N. Kicks Russia Off Human Rights Council

In one way at least, so far, Vladimir Putin’s Russia has joined Muammar al-Qaddafi’s Libya.

In this China Central Television video screengrab from March 30, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (left) meets his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, in Huangshan, Anhui province, during his first visit to China since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine in late February.
In this China Central Television video screengrab from March 30, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (left) meets his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, in Huangshan, Anhui province, during his first visit to China since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine in late February.

China Has Ditched Its Own Principles to Back Russia

Beijing claimed to be opposed to the use of force—until Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

People hold a vigil for victims of the Russian invasion.
People hold a vigil for victims of the Russian invasion.

Russia’s Invasion Has Created Victims the World Recognizes

Violence among states is easier to acknowledge than internal brutality.

Three people huddle together in mourning in front of a large pile of dirt as snow falls.
Three people huddle together in mourning in front of a large pile of dirt as snow falls.

War Crimes Trials Aren’t Enough

To protect civilians from war crimes, stop them from happening now.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks to the press in Bucha.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speaks to the press in Bucha.

Reports of Russian Atrocities in Ukraine Are Just the Beginning

Hellish scenes from the Kyiv suburb of Bucha spark fears of what awaits in Mariupol.

Salvadoran national civilian police prepare to go out on patrol, in conjunction with the armed forces, following the government’s declaration of state of emergency in San Salvador on March 27.
Salvadoran national civilian police prepare to go out on patrol, in conjunction with the armed forces, following the government’s declaration of state of emergency in San Salvador on March 27.

The Open Secret of Government-Gang Talks

El Salvador’s lull in homicides was likely the result of such negotiations. They’d be far from Latin America’s first.

Men gather around bags containing heroin and hashish as they negotiate and check quality at a drug market on the outskirts of Kandahar on September 24, 2021.
Men gather around bags containing heroin and hashish as they negotiate and check quality at a drug market on the outskirts of Kandahar on September 24, 2021.

The New Geopolitics of the Taliban’s Opium Economy

Afghanistan’s narcotics trade is booming under fresh leadership.

Loading graphics