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Crises Only Sometimes Lead to Change. Here’s Why.

The coronavirus pandemic won’t automatically lead to reforms. Great upheavals only bring systemic change when reformers have a plan—and the power to implement it.

Then-Afghan President Mohammed Najibullah smiles as he meets Red Army soldiers.

In Afghanistan, the Dead Cast a Long Shadow

With Afghanistan again facing a political crisis, Mohammed Najibullah’s tarnished memory is being rehabilitated by some. But the crimes of the last Soviet-supported president, who was killed by the Taliban, are hardly forgotten.

Nairobi, Kenya, which has seen rapid economic expansion in recent years, is seen through a crisscross of electrical lines on May 16, 2019.

Kenya’s Road to Dictatorship Runs Through Nairobi County

The handover of municipal services to military officers makes clear how the president wants to wield power.

Former National Security Advisor John Bolton discusses the "current threats to national security" during a forum moderated by Peter Feaver, the director of Duke's American Grand Strategy, at the Page Auditorium on the campus of Duke University on Feb. 17, 2020 in Durham, North Carolina.

Bolton Is the Villain of His Own Memoir

The former national security advisor wrote a book about an ignorant president—but refuses to learn anything himself.

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders

In Pandemic Policy Response, the Left Has a Leg Up

Leftists in Britain and the United States say their ideas aren’t just relevant, but crucial to addressing the coronavirus-caused economic disruption.

Burundi's national flag is set at half-mast at the state house as Burundi mourns the death of Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza, in Bujumbura on June 10.

Will Burundi’s New President Seize the Moment?

The sudden death of the outgoing president, the coronavirus pandemic, and an ailing economy mean that wide-ranging reforms are needed more than ever.

Spanish deputies take part in a plenary session to discuss the "minimum vital income" plan approved by the government in Madrid on June 10.

Spain’s Post-Lockdown Culture War Has Only Just Begun

The coronavirus response has increased political polarization, threatening the country’s economic recovery.

A U.K. flag flies in front of Big Ben in London

Could the Pandemic Kill the United Kingdom?

Boris Johnson’s bungled coronavirus response could fuel calls for Scottish independence and Irish unification.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wears a protective face mask inside a courtroom at the district court of Jerusalem on May 24, during the first day of his corruption trial.

Netanyahu Could Be a Statesman, but He Prefers to Be a Provocateur

Israel’s prime minister has always been Janus-faced. Any hope that his good side would emerge in a unity government is quickly evaporating.

Government advisor Dominic Cummings arrives home in London on May 25 after giving a press conference responding to allegations that he and his family broke U.K. coronavirus lockdown measures.

How Dominic Cummings Made Himself Irrelevant

By getting caught violating lockdown rules, Boris Johnson’s advisor has thrown away a massive polling lead—and with it, his almost total power over Britain.

A banner bearing a portrait of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The U.S. Election Will Determine Assad’s Future

Washington’s approach to Syria won’t change, but divergent approaches to Iran could have an indirect effect on the Syrian economy—and the Assad regime.

Protesters take part in a march on International Women's Day in Madrid on March 8.

Spain’s Right Wing Sees Coronavirus Crisis as Opportunity

Conservatives have framed women’s rights rallies in March as a source of contagion, threatening to undermine the surging feminist movement.

The flags of Nova Scotia and Canada fly at half-staff outside the Nova Scotia Royal Canadian Mounted Police headquarters in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, on April 19.

Canada’s Gun Laws Are Only as Good as Its Neighbor’s

The country’s worst mass shooting in decades shows that U.S.-sourced weapons still pose a problem, even if Trudeau tightens regulations.

Graffiti deriding Dominic Cummings

Boris Johnson and His ‘Svengali’ May Be Facing Their Reckoning at Last

The U.K. prime minister’s refusal to fire Brexit guru Dominic Cummings has provoked nationwide outrage.

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