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Chinese President Xi Jinping welcomes German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov. 4.
Chinese President Xi Jinping welcomes German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov. 4.

Olaf Scholz Is Undermining Western Unity on China

The German chancellor’s go-it-alone approach has alienated domestic, EU, and international partners.

The Liberian-flagged oil tanker Ice Energy (L) transfers crude oil from the Russian-flagged oil tanker Lana (R), off the shore of Karystos, on the Greek island of Evia, on May 29.
The Liberian-flagged oil tanker Ice Energy (L) transfers crude oil from the Russian-flagged oil tanker Lana (R), off the shore of Karystos, on the Greek island of Evia, on May 29.

How Greek Companies and Ghost Ships Are Helping Russia

Vessels from Greece and phantom fleets of unregistered ships have allowed Moscow to evade sanctions and export its oil—but it’s about to get more difficult.

Brazilian President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva poses for a photo with representatives of his country’s Indigenous people during the U.N. climate change conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Nov. 17.
Brazilian President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva poses for a photo with representatives of his country’s Indigenous people during the U.N. climate change conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Nov. 17.

From BRICS to BIC

At COP27, Lula paints his foreign-policy aspirations green.

President Joe Biden gestures with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the two leaders met in a hallway as Biden was going to a European Commission on the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Nusa Dua, on the Indonesian island of Bali, on November 15, 2022.
President Joe Biden gestures with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the two leaders met in a hallway as Biden was going to a European Commission on the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Nusa Dua, on the Indonesian island of Bali, on November 15, 2022.

The G-20 Proved It’s Our World Government

At a time of global conflict, world powers showed that cooperation can actually work.

Environmental activists protest against the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, sometimes abbreviated as the TTP, in Santiago, Chile, on Oct. 11.
Environmental activists protest against the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, sometimes abbreviated as the TTP, in Santiago, Chile, on Oct. 11.

Boric Is Trapped on Trade

Resource-rich Chile stands to profit off the energy transition—if its leftist president signs a deal despised by his base.

Barbadian Prime Minister Mia Mottley speaks at the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Nov. 7.
Barbadian Prime Minister Mia Mottley speaks at the 27th United Nations Climate Change Conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Nov. 7.

The Barbadian Proposal Turning Heads at COP27

How Mia Mottley’s climate finance plan went from symbol of moral outrage to serious possibility at the IMF.

Protesters in Germany display Iranian and Kurdish flags in a rally in support of the demonstrations in Iran.
Protesters in Germany display Iranian and Kurdish flags in a rally in support of the demonstrations in Iran.

If Europe Wants to Sanction Iran, It Knows What to Do

United Nations sanctions are already on the books—they just need to be reactivated.

People in light blue shirts that say "FREE UYGHUR" and flags stand in front of a building.
People in light blue shirts that say "FREE UYGHUR" and flags stand in front of a building.

How to Stop China Killing Human Rights at the U.N.

The Uyghur people and the human rights system depend on principled states taking action.

Abdoulaye Maiga, prime minister of Mali, speaks during the Sharm el-Sheikh Climate Implementation Summit of the COP27 climate conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Nov. 8.
Abdoulaye Maiga, prime minister of Mali, speaks during the Sharm el-Sheikh Climate Implementation Summit of the COP27 climate conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Nov. 8.

If COP27 Fails, Africans Stand to Lose the Most

The climate summit won’t bring change to Africa until the West gets serious about “loss and damage.”

Polish, Swedish, Finnish, and NATO flags are set up.
Polish, Swedish, Finnish, and NATO flags are set up.

NATO’s Nordic Expansion Stuck at Turkish Roadblock

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is not quite to the Finnish line on NATO membership.

French President Emmanuel Macron hosts German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
French President Emmanuel Macron hosts German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

Germany’s Awakening Piques France’s Amour-Propre

The special relationship between Berlin and Paris that underpins the European Union is under growing strain.

Vladimir Putin addresses the United Nations General Assembly on September 28, 2015 in New York City.
Vladimir Putin addresses the United Nations General Assembly on September 28, 2015 in New York City.

The U.N. (as We Know It) Won’t Survive Russia’s War in Ukraine

The institutions designed to secure global order clearly aren't up to the task. What will take their place?

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.

A man swims in the frozen water of the Trocadero fountain in front Eiffel Tower, on January 6, 2017 in Paris.
A man swims in the frozen water of the Trocadero fountain in front Eiffel Tower, on January 6, 2017 in Paris.

The European Project Is Now at the Mercy of the Weather

This winter, Europe may be facing a crisis without any clear solution.

A person in Taipei, Taiwan, holds a sign protesting Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
A person in Taipei, Taiwan, holds a sign protesting Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
A worker delivers bread from a bakery in Cairo's Al-Azhar neighborhood to stands to be sold on May 9.
A worker delivers bread from a bakery in Cairo's Al-Azhar neighborhood to stands to be sold on May 9.

What Caused Egypt’s Economic Tailspin?

As the world arrives for COP27, Cairo is turning to the IMF as its economy falters.

Josep Borrell stands in front of a microphone in front of a blue backdrop that reads "Supporting the future of Syria and the region"
Josep Borrell stands in front of a microphone in front of a blue backdrop that reads "Supporting the future of Syria and the region"

Is the EU Starting to Wobble on Freezing Out Assad?

Cracks have begun to emerge between EU member states on Syria policy.

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