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People are seen walking on the streets of Sarajevo
People are seen walking on the streets of Sarajevo

Meet the Bosnian Youth Trying to Hold Their Country Together

Postwar Bosnia remains deeply divided. These young people are trying to change that.

Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, leader of Myanmar’s junta, attends a ceremony to mark the 71st anniversary of Martyrs’ Day in Yangon on July 19, 2018.
Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, leader of Myanmar’s junta, attends a ceremony to mark the 71st anniversary of Martyrs’ Day in Yangon on July 19, 2018.

The Built-In Brutality of Myanmar’s Military

Ignoring what everyone else thinks is part of the junta’s mindset.

U.S. State Department
U.S. State Department

State Department to Appoint New Envoy for Global Racial Justice

The appointment comes as the department grapples with correcting its own spotted record on diversity and inclusion.

Belgium’s King Philippe shakes hands with Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi as he hands over a ceremonial mask during a ceremony at the National Museum of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Kinshasa on June 8.
Belgium’s King Philippe shakes hands with Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi as he hands over a ceremonial mask during a ceremony at the National Museum of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Kinshasa on June 8.

Belgium Offers Regret—but No Reparations—to Congo

King Philippe stopped short of apologizing for colonial-era atrocities, angering the Congolese opposition and diaspora.

Honor guards carry the coffin of Rustam Zarifulin, a Kyrgyz soldier who died fighting for Russia in Ukraine, in Kara-Balta, Kyrgyzstan, on March 27.
Honor guards carry the coffin of Rustam Zarifulin, a Kyrgyz soldier who died fighting for Russia in Ukraine, in Kara-Balta, Kyrgyzstan, on March 27.

Restive Caucasus Sees Signs of Discontent with Putin’s War

But with power increasingly centralized in the Kremlin, don’t look for Moscow’s empire to fracture anytime soon.

A black and white police SUV is parked on a street with the Tops grocery store shown in the background.
A black and white police SUV is parked on a street with the Tops grocery store shown in the background.

The Global Roots of the Buffalo Shooting

White supremacists today are engaged in a global discussion, with violence part of the dialogue.

Cameroonian army soldiers secure the perimeter of a polling station in Lysoka, near Buea, southwestern Cameroon, on October 7, 2018 during presidential elections.
Cameroonian army soldiers secure the perimeter of a polling station in Lysoka, near Buea, southwestern Cameroon, on October 7, 2018 during presidential elections.

Ethnic Clashes in Cameroon Aren’t About Religion

There have long been tensions between Muslim Mbororo pastoralists and Christian groups, but the war between Anglophone secessionists and the government has enflamed them.

People protest in Jamaica.
People protest in Jamaica.

Why Do Caribbean Countries Want to Leave the Monarchy Now?

Of the 14 countries beyond the United Kingdom that retain Queen Elizabeth II as head of state, at least six in the Caribbean want out.

A black and white image shows men and women seated around a U-shaped conference table.
A black and white image shows men and women seated around a U-shaped conference table.

Why the World Isn’t Really United Against Russia

Global institutions have long relegated much of the world to second-class status.

Hands are shown holding a small U.S. Flag and a folder that says "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services."
Hands are shown holding a small U.S. Flag and a folder that says "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services."

What Happens When White People Become a Minority in America?

Other majority-minority societies offer positive examples—and cautionary tales.

Edvard Benes (left), president of Czechoslovakia, is greeted by the crowd upon his return to Plzen in June 1945.
Edvard Benes (left), president of Czechoslovakia, is greeted by the crowd upon his return to Plzen in June 1945.

Why Is Ethnic Discrimination Still Legal in Slovakia?

The country’s retroactive application of a World War II-era law disenfranchises people with German and Hungarian ancestry.

Members of 
an Amhara militia gather in the 
village of Adi Arkay, 
northeast of Gondar, Ethiopia, on July 14, 2021.
Members of an Amhara militia gather in the village of Adi Arkay, northeast of Gondar, Ethiopia, on July 14, 2021.

Don’t Blame Amharas for Ethiopia’s War

Peace efforts must address the group’s legitimate fears rather than casting them as the main obstacle to reconciliation.

black history month recommended books
black history month recommended books

7 Books on Black History and Foreign Policy Everyone Should Read

From the exploitation of Africans by the European colonial project to the American empire’s “long war on terror,” here are a few entry points.

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How to Fix Big Tech’s Diversity Problem

Tech companies around the world could easily recruit more women and minorities if only they knew where to look.

Martin Luther King Jr. walks with other activists during an anti-Vietnam War demonstration in New York on March 16, 1967.
Martin Luther King Jr. walks with other activists during an anti-Vietnam War demonstration in New York on March 16, 1967.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Forgotten Foreign-Policy Vision

Commemorations of the civil rights icon often overlook his transnational conception of racial justice.

Russian troops walk toward a military plane at a snowy airfield.
Russian troops walk toward a military plane at a snowy airfield.

Kazakhstan’s Border With Russia Is Suddenly an Open Question Again

Moscow has long claimed parts of northern Kazakhstan. The country’s current turmoil makes those claims a lot more relevant—and troubling.

An Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) soldier sits by a pile of weapons confiscated from Ethiopian army soldiers at the Addis Ababa racetrack on May 29, 1991.
An Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) soldier sits by a pile of weapons confiscated from Ethiopian army soldiers at the Addis Ababa racetrack on May 29, 1991.

Ethiopia’s Breakup Doesn’t Have to Be Violent

A confederation of states must choose whether to follow the bloody path of the former Yugoslavia or the prosperous model of the European Union.

Gen. Colin Powell, then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Gen. Colin Powell, then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Colin Powell Showed Black Excellence Is Not Enough

As a young man, I admired him deeply. Today, I wrestle with my own desire for justice.

Gail Omvedt stands in a doorway
Gail Omvedt stands in a doorway

Long Live Comrade Gail

A tribute to Gail Omvedt, a white American sociologist who left Dalits in mourning.

Two men check their weapons at a training camp in Myanmar.
Two men check their weapons at a training camp in Myanmar.

Myanmar’s Opposition Is Forming Fragile Alliances With Armed Ethnic Groups

The National League for Democracy struggles with its history of oppressing its would-be allies.

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