Race/Ethnicity

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken holds his first press briefing at the State Department in Washington, on Jan 27.

How to Do Diversity Reforms Right

Decades of attempts to remodel the State Department haven’t worked—here’s why and how to do better this time.

Members of AIDS activist group ACT UP hold up signs of George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Nancy Reagan, and Jesse Helms along with a banner stating “Silence Equals Death” as they protest at the headquarters of the Food and Drug Administration in Rockville, Maryland, on Oct. 11, 1988.

U.S. Leaders Forgot the Lessons of the AIDS Crisis by Not Doing the Reading

Literature’s power to illuminate otherness makes it critical to leadership.

Ethiopian soldiers stand with children behind them

How to Stop Ethnic Nationalism From Tearing Ethiopia Apart

The 1994 Ethiopian Constitution celebrated self-determination, but it laid the groundwork for today’s violence. Devolution could offer a way out.

Supporters of President Donald Trump storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally in Washington on Jan. 6.

The United States’ Demographic Revolution Doesn’t Need to Be Destabilizing

But to avoid collapse like the Soviet Union, inclusivity must begin now.

A volunteer prays alone in a prayer hall with signs on the carpet enforcing social distancing at Madina Masjid in Sheffield on July 24, 2020.

Defining Islamophobia Is the First Step Toward Addressing It

In the United Kingdom, Islamophobia is on the rise, but existing anti-racist measures are not equipped to deal with it.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed looks on at the House of Peoples Representatives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Nov. 30, 2020.

All Is Not Quiet on Ethiopia’s Western Front

How Addis Ababa deals with ethnic violence in the region of Benishangul-Gumuz will determine the country’s future.

First Nations activists and allies blocked an intersection in Toronto on Oct. 23, calling on the Canadian government to uphold treaty rights, respect Indigenous sovereignty across the nation, and protect Indigenous land defenders.

2020 Was the Year of Indigenous Activism in Canada

It’s time for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to become a more ardent defender of Indigenous interests.

Heavily armed Ethiopian soldiers deployed in Somalia as part of the African Union peacekeeping mission patrol in Beledweyne, Somalia, on December 14, 2019. (Photo by Luis Tato/AFP via Getty Images)

U.N. Fears Ethiopia Purging Ethnic Tigrayan Officers From Its Peacekeeping Missions

An internal United Nations document shows concern those troops could face torture or execution.

A volunteer with the pro-immigration group Families Belong Together attaches one of 600 teddy bears to a chain-link cage on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Nov 16.

Getting Human Rights Right

Before Biden can lead in the world, he’ll have to lead at home.

Youth from the Sidama ethnic group, the largest in southern Ethiopia, ride in the back of a truck during celebrations over plans by local elders to declare the establishment of a breakaway region for the Sidama later this week, in Awasa, Ethiopia on July 15, 2019.

It’s Not Too Late to Stop the Ethiopian Civil War From Becoming a Broader Ethnic Conflict

Western and regional powers are more divided than they were during the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s, but they can still exert influence to prevent the fragmentation of Ethiopia’s federal system.

Protesters hold up their fists up in Lafayette Park, across from the White House, to protest against police brutality and racial injustice on June 14.

Why Inclusion Is Important for U.S. Foreign Policy

If Washington chooses to reengage with the world, it will need to first champion diversity and gender equality.

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Feeling Like an Outcast

The bestselling book “Caste” brilliantly frames racial hierarchies in the United States but largely ignores the horrors of India’s caste structure.

Passersby walk under a surveillance camera that is part of a facial recognition technology test at Berlin Südkreuz station in Berlin on Aug. 3, 2017.

Defunding the Police Might Leave Americans More Surveilled and Less Secure

Technology in policing might appear more benign than rogue cops or racist judges, but a look at global trends gives pause.

An art enthusiast paints  the face of U.S. vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris outside a drawing school in Mumbai on Aug. 13.

Kamala Harris Is a Soft-Power Boon for America’s Global Image

The vice presidential candidate’s foreign-policy takes are conventional, but her identity is transformational.

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The Curious Case of ‘Russian Lives Matter’

In Moscow, the Kremlin attacks U.S. racism while the liberal opposition ignores it, or worse.

A displaced Syrian woman

Guilt by Location

Around the world, security forces use forced displacement as a means of sorting populations. To fix the global displacement crisis, it’s critical to understand how and why they do it.

People walk down 16th Street in Washington after volunteers painted "Black Lives Matter" on the street near the White House on June 5.

Seeing Race In a Pandemic

How the physical environment affects our experience of difference.

Members of the National Socialist Movement, one of the largest neo-Nazi groups in the United States

Trump Wants to Label Antifa a Terrorist Organization. What About the KKK?

For more than a century, white supremacy groups have wreaked incalculable devastation against Black Americans.