Morocco Wants Compromise, Not War, in Western Sahara
Pro-Sahrawi U.S. commentators ignore the territory’s history and the international community’s shifting stance toward the conflict.
It’s Called the Sustainable Development Goals Index for a Reason
In defense of our metric for measuring the world’s economic and environmental progress.
Peacekeeping Missions and a Marshall Plan Won’t Save Mali
The country needs stronger institutions to bolster public confidence in the democratic system. The international community can help.
Ethiopia’s Power Play on the Nile Has Left the Region in a Deadlock
As long as the Renaissance Dam remains an instrument in Ethiopia’s bid to control the Blue Nile, negotiations are doomed.
As Decoupling Grows, the West Risks Losing Insight Into China
A collapsing relationship could create a lost generation of experts.
Pompeo’s Critics Misrepresent the Commission on Unalienable Rights
The NGOs and activists criticizing the commission’s inaugural report are distorting its contents.
Trump Can’t Have His Cake and Eat It Too on Iran Sanctions
Washington has no right to impose snapback sanctions on Tehran because it is no longer a participant in the Iran nuclear deal.
The United Nations Isn’t Jeopardizing Children in Conflict Zones. It’s Protecting Them.
Shaming violators alone won’t stop the use of child soldiers and other human rights abuses. Defending children’s rights requires engagement with governments and armed groups.
The Pandemic and the Limits of Realism
The foundational international relations theory has been revealed to be far less realistic than it claims.
Spain’s King Isn’t an Obstacle to Dialogue. Catalonia’s Separatists Are.
Repeated attempts by Catalan secessionists to break away are increasing polarization and preventing reconciliation.
The Nobel Winners in Economics Are On the Right Track
Randomized controlled trials aren't perfect, but a new generation of development economists is building on the work of the Nobel laureates and pushing the field in ambitious new directions.
Don’t Just Blame Washington for the 1953 Iran Coup
Declassified evidence shows that Iranians, including clerics, played a significant role in the events of Aug. 19, 1953—and that after an earlier failed coup attempt, the CIA was left in the dark.
Spain Isn’t Imposing Excessive Punishment on Catalonia’s Leaders. It’s Enforcing the Law.
The Spanish Supreme Court isn’t trying to make an example of Catalan secessionist leaders by handing down tough sentences. It is merely upholding the country’s constitution.
Iran’s Information Minister Is Not the Solution. He’s Part of the Problem.
Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi has been a key player in the Iranian government’s campaign of repression and censorship.
Don’t Scapegoat Brazil Over the Environment
International threats to forcibly protect the Amazon betray ignorance about the subtle art of diplomacy.
African Students in Northern Cyprus Aren’t Breaking. They Are Organizing.
Those who arrived to study in an unrecognized territory are finding they are their own best advocates.
Israeli Energy Exports Won’t Make Europe More Pro-Israel
The natural gas discovered in the Eastern Mediterranean is so expensive to bring to market that it might never reach European consumers, let alone change the policies of EU governments.
Turkey Is Helping, Not Deporting, Syrian Refugees
The Turkish government provides millions of Syrians with health care and education. A multilateral political solution is needed and demonizing Ankara won’t help.
Brexiteers Bear All the Blame for the Irish Border Impasse
The European Union and Ireland are trying to preserve Northern Ireland’s fragile stability. The British government is playing with fire.
Economic Isolation is Hindering Zimbabwe’s Transformation
Lifting sanctions and increasing international investment will speed land and security sector reform—and enhance the protection of human rights.
Egypt’s Economy Isn’t Tanking. It’s Thriving.
A recent article warned that the country faced imminent economic collapse. A careful reading of the economic data shows that reforms have placed it on a path to growth.
In Turkey, Erdogan Is Still Calling All the Shots
The president’s coalition partners aren’t pulling him to the right. They’re doing his bidding.
Scandinavia Won’t Be Russia’s Next Target
Mikheil Saakashvili’s country was a victim of Putin’s aggression. Finland and Sweden won’t be.