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Russian President Vladimir Putin hosts a national youth environmental forum in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia, on Sept. 5.
Russian President Vladimir Putin hosts a national youth environmental forum in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia, on Sept. 5.

Predictions of Putin’s Demise Are Greatly Exaggerated

The Russian autocrat’s end has been predicted, wrongly, for two decades.

Captured Russian tanks are displayed in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Captured Russian tanks are displayed in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Putin Has a New Opposition—and It’s Furious at Defeat in Ukraine

Right-wing nationalists are spreading a dangerous “stab-in-the-back” myth to explain Russia’s crushing defeats.

Jared Kushner
Jared Kushner

Breaking History for No Good Reason

On Middle East politics, Jared Kushner is not the disruptor he says he is.

Taliban gunmen in Afghanistan in 2001.
Taliban gunmen in Afghanistan in 2001.
U.S. President Joe Biden delivers a primetime speech at Independence National Historical Park Sept. 1 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
U.S. President Joe Biden delivers a primetime speech at Independence National Historical Park Sept. 1 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

What Does Biden’s Confrontational Speech Mean for U.S. Foreign Policy?

Framing geopolitics in terms of democracy and autocracy won’t necessarily help bring peace.

U.S. President Joe Biden in front of a "Summit for Democracy" sign
U.S. President Joe Biden in front of a "Summit for Democracy" sign
Demonstrators and activists attend a vigil in support of Ukraine near European Union headquarters in Brussels on March 22.
Demonstrators and activists attend a vigil in support of Ukraine near European Union headquarters in Brussels on March 22.

How the Russian Oil Price Cap Will Work

Ignore the naysayers—the long-prepared plan is a smart way to slash the Kremlin’s profits.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a political rally in 2018.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a political rally in 2018.

Why Trumpism Will Endure

The former U.S. president took control of a party that had already destroyed itself, several new books contend, and his malign influence will long survive him.

British Secretary of State Liz Truss chairs a call with her G-7 counterparts.
British Secretary of State Liz Truss chairs a call with her G-7 counterparts.
A portrait of Darya Dugina is displayed near her coffin at a ceremony at the Ostankino television complex in Moscow on Aug. 23.
A portrait of Darya Dugina is displayed near her coffin at a ceremony at the Ostankino television complex in Moscow on Aug. 23.

Putin’s New Martyr for the Russian Cause

The Kremlin has turned a dead propagandist into a symbol of the war—and a call to kill more Ukrainians.

Biden, Xi hold virtual summit
Biden, Xi hold virtual summit

Biden-Xi Meeting Unlikely to Halt U.S.-Chinese Slide

Compromise is becoming increasingly difficult—especially over Taiwan.

Protesters supporting Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr occupy the Iraqi parliament in Baghdad, on Aug. 3.
Protesters supporting Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr occupy the Iraqi parliament in Baghdad, on Aug. 3.

Biden’s Indifference Has Given Iran the Upper Hand in Iraq

The country’s fragile postwar democracy is threatened like never before.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi poses with lawmakers after signing the Inflation Reduction Act at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Aug. 12.
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi poses with lawmakers after signing the Inflation Reduction Act at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Aug. 12.

Biden’s Historic Climate Bill Needs Smart Foreign Policy

The White House’s crowning domestic policy achievement can’t reach its full potential without engaging the world.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during celebrations to mark the 75th anniversary of independence at the Red Fort in New Delhi on Aug. 15.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during celebrations to mark the 75th anniversary of independence at the Red Fort in New Delhi on Aug. 15.

75 Years After Independence, a Changing ‘Idea of India’

India’s liberal founders recede from view as its current leaders craft a new, less tolerant nation.

A flight of British citizens and other eligible personnel are evacuated from Kabul in 2021.
A flight of British citizens and other eligible personnel are evacuated from Kabul in 2021.

Afghanistan Was a Predictable, Preventable Disaster

On the sad anniversary of the chaotic U.S. pullout, Afghanistan is once again primed for terror.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to supporters.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to supporters.

Trump Under Investigation for Possible Violations of Espionage Act

Top secret classified information was among the documents recovered from the former president’s Florida resort.

Crosses, flowers, and photographs mark the graves of victims of the battles for Irpin and Bucha at the cemetery of Irpin, Ukraine, on May 16.
Crosses, flowers, and photographs mark the graves of victims of the battles for Irpin and Bucha at the cemetery of Irpin, Ukraine, on May 16.

Russia’s Brutal Honesty Has Destroyed the West’s Appeasers

Yet plenty of Western intellectuals and politicians still ignore what Moscow is saying loud and clear.

Forza Italia leader Silvio Berlusconi, Brothers of Italy leader Giorgia Meloni, and then-League leader Matteo Salvini participate in a rally of right-wing opposition parties in Rome on Oct. 19, 2019.
Forza Italia leader Silvio Berlusconi, Brothers of Italy leader Giorgia Meloni, and then-League leader Matteo Salvini participate in a rally of right-wing opposition parties in Rome on Oct. 19, 2019.

Italy’s Snap Election Could Hand Putin the Win He Needs

Outspoken supporters of Russia are likely to play key roles in the next government.

Afghans seeking help with applying for special immigrant visas to the United States crowd into an internet cafe in Kabul on Aug. 8, 2021.
Afghans seeking help with applying for special immigrant visas to the United States crowd into an internet cafe in Kabul on Aug. 8, 2021.

Afghans Promised a Way Out Are Still Trapped by Red Tape

More than 70,000 Afghans who worked for the United States are still waiting for visas—unless the Taliban get to them first.

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