George Washington and some of the more than 300 enslaved people who worked at Mount Vernon

How America’s Founding Fathers Missed a Chance to Abolish Slavery

They swept the issue under the rug, and even Thomas Jefferson realized that civil war was inevitable before he died on July 4, 1826. But history could have taken a different direction.

Police in riot gear stand in formation during protests on May 29 in Louisville, Kentucky.

These Countries Reformed Their Brutal, Biased Police. The U.S. Can,Too.

Well-meaning reforms are often blocked and rarely succeed. But there are ways to make them stick.

Sculptures of Vladimir Lenin and other Soviet-era statues and busts sit in a former National Guard Armory in Culver City, California—now the permanent home of the Wende Museum—in 2014.

Tearing Down Statues Won’t Undo History

From the Berlin Wall to Confederate monuments, destroying a historic marker means destroying a learning opportunity.

A demonstrator holds a placard reading 'Stop 5G', during a protest against the 5G (fifth generation) mobile communications network in Bern on May 10, 2019.

The Imagined Threats of 5G Conspiracy Theorists Are Causing Real-World Harm

Attacks on cell phone towers are merely the latest evidence that virtual disinformation is leading to actual violence.

Workers gather on a square before the government headquarters in Wenling, in China's Zhejiang province, to protest after an extensive crackdown on workplace safety standards forced the closure of more than 4,500 shoe factories, on Feb. 17, 2014.

China Ridicules U.S. Protests Out of Fear of Its Own People

The Chinese Communist Party crushes demonstrations—and with it shuts off change.

Thomas Jefferson’s monument in Washington

If Americans Grappled Honestly With Their History, Would Any Monuments Be Left Standing?

The furor over police abuse of Black communities is raising new questions about the original sin of America’s Founding Fathers.

Rep. Eliot Engel

Democrats Face Foreign-Policy Reckoning in New York Race

Powerful House committee leader Eliot Engel confronts a progressive challenge that has split the Democratic Party.

A protester near the site where George Floyd was killed while in police custody, on May 26 in Minneapolis.

Calls for Police Reform Are Getting Louder—Here Is How to Do It

The United States’ chronic police brutality problem can be solved using evidence and data.

U.S. President Donald Trump walks with Attorney General William Barr, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, and others from the White House to visit St. John's Church after the area was cleared of people protesting the death of George Floyd in Washington on June 1.

America’s Politicized Military Is a Recipe for Disaster

Message to both sides: Keep the military (and retired generals) out of politics, including the election campaign.

A Nigerian police officer

As the World Marches for American Victims, Police Brutality in Africa Goes Unnoticed

A spate of killings in Nigeria under lockdown has produced little but hashtag activism.

U.S. President Donald Trump greets supporters during a campaign rally aboard the USS Iowa on Sept. 15, 2015, in Los Angeles, California.

Veterans Fear Trump Will Use Military as Election Gambit

Trump resuming campaign rallies has veterans nervous that U.S. troops could find themselves in the political crossfire.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Swiss President Alain Berset attend a joint press conference.

Our Top Weekend Reads

The coronavirus brings additional health concerns, Israeli democracy is threatened by the West Bank annexation, and protests in Europe bring issues of racism to the fore.

U.S. Park Police stand watch inside Lafayette Square near the White House in Washington, DC on June 1 as demonstrators protest the death of George Floyd.

Will U.S. Protests and Crackdowns Damage America’s Global Image?

Trump’s reaction to Black Lives Matter protests caused a civil-military crisis at home. Will it harm U.S. soft power abroad?

Protesters wearing face masks kneel in Dakar, Senegal on June 9, during a rally in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, and against racism and police brutality

The World Is Watching America’s Reaction to the George Floyd Protests

Pro-democracy activists in authoritarian countries always pointed to the United States as a model. After police attacks on protesters, it has become increasingly hard to do so.

Anti-government protesters in Iraq

U.S. Begins Iraq Talks With One Eye on Graft

The State Department is concerned about the progress of Iraqi judicial reforms and the anti-corruption fight, according to a new report.

Frank Serpico attends a film screening at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City on Dec. 5, 2011. Ben Gabbe/Getty Images

Serpico on Police Racism: ‘We Have This Virus Among Us’

A renowned “good cop” says police abuse and corruption are like the coronavirus, infecting departments throughout the world.

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper (L) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark A. Milley, testify about the Defense department budget during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, March 4, 2020.

Pentagon Won’t Disclose Cost of D.C. Troops

The Defense Department falls short of a deadline set by seven Senate Democrats but says it is working on a response detailing the expense of sending U.S. troops to Washington.

Demonstrators kneel as they protest against police brutality and the death of George Floyd, across from the White House on June 7, 2020 in Washington, DC.

Demonstrations Prompt National Security Community Push for Diversity

In a letter, more than 150 organizations and practitioners in the national security and foreign-policy communities pledged to add more diversity to their ranks and boards of directors.

Ralph Bunche (fifth from left in the main row) joins Martin Luther King Jr. on the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, on March 26, 1965. Bunche, who won a Nobel Peace Prize as the United Nations' Middle East mediator, has been cited as an example of the United Nations' history of fighting discrimination.

U.N. Reverses Ban on Staff Participation in Anti-Racism Protests

The secretary-general changes course on staffers’ participation in demonstrations against police brutality in the United States, citing a U.N. history of fighting discrimination.

A woman carries a "Black Lives Matter" sign past U.S. National Guard troops in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles, which was damaged during unrest after George Floyd, a black man, was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis.

Explaining America to the World

How U.S.-based foreign correspondents are covering the Black Lives Matter protests for their audiences back home.