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Black-and-white portraits of two men are held up by people in red uniforms.

Sri Lanka’s Left Turn

This year’s protests have revitalized the country’s socialists. But can they capitalize on that momentum electorally?

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers a primetime speech at Independence National Historical Park Sept. 1 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
U.S. President Joe Biden delivers a primetime speech at Independence National Historical Park Sept. 1 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

What Does Biden’s Confrontational Speech Mean for U.S. Foreign Policy?

Framing geopolitics in terms of democracy and autocracy won’t necessarily help bring peace.

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global-reboot-season-2-site-wertheim

Should the United States Step Up or Back Off?

Shifting global alignments pose a quandary for U.S. foreign policy.

Chinese soldiers participate in a drill.
Chinese soldiers participate in a drill.

International Relations Theory Suggests Great-Power War Is Coming

According to IR textbooks, the United States, Russia, and China are on a collision course.

An illustration of China on the precipice of decline as a great power.
An illustration of China on the precipice of decline as a great power.

Is China Declining?

Experts debate the country’s trajectory.

France's President French President Emmanuel Macron listens to speeches during the Conference on the Future of Europe in Strasbourg, France, on May 9.
France's President French President Emmanuel Macron listens to speeches during the Conference on the Future of Europe in Strasbourg, France, on May 9.

Why Macron’s European Policy Keeps Failing

The French president has good ideas—but his approach to the EU is vague, unilateral, and self-serving.

League leader Matteo Salvini (L), Fratelli d'Italia leader Giorgia Meloni (C), and Forza Italia party leader Silvio Berlusconi (R)at the end of a meeting in Rome on Oct. 20, 2021.
League leader Matteo Salvini (L), Fratelli d'Italia leader Giorgia Meloni (C), and Forza Italia party leader Silvio Berlusconi (R)at the end of a meeting in Rome on Oct. 20, 2021.

How Giorgia Meloni Took Over the Italian Right

The likely next prime minister maintained ideological purity while her fellow right-wingers compromised. Now, she’s ready to reap the rewards.

Blinken smiles and waves atop an external staircase in front of an open airplane door showing the Secretary of State's official seal.
Blinken smiles and waves atop an external staircase in front of an open airplane door showing the Secretary of State's official seal.

A Little Great-Power Competition Is Healthy for Africa

U.S.-China competition could benefit Africa by forcing each side to offer what it thinks it is best at.

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin

How to Take Down a Tyrant

Three steps for exerting maximum economic pressure on Putin.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump and Yasir al-Rumayyan, head of the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia, look on from the second tee prior to the LIV Golf Invitational-Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 28.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump and Yasir al-Rumayyan, head of the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia, look on from the second tee prior to the LIV Golf Invitational-Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 28.

The Battle for the Soul of Golf

A Saudi-sponsored tournament shows why China and other rising powers will struggle to replace established global institutions with their own.

Supporters cheer in front of an image of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Supporters cheer in front of an image of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

What’s New About the New Authoritarianism?

Three recent books tackle how threats to democracy have shifted in the 21st century.

A billboard depicting Tunisian President Kais Saied hangs on the side of a building in the east-central city of Kairouan, on July 26.
A billboard depicting Tunisian President Kais Saied hangs on the side of a building in the east-central city of Kairouan, on July 26.

Democracy Fades in the Arab Spring’s Success Story

Few restraints remain for Tunisian strongman Kais Saied after his constitutional referendum passed overwhelmingly and opposition parties boycotted the vote.

U.S. President Joe Biden and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on July 16.
U.S. President Joe Biden and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on July 16.

The Old Human Rights Playbook Won’t Work Anymore

As Biden’s Saudi visit showed, state-to-state shaming isn’t the only way to shift the calculus of authoritarian rulers who abuse their citizens.

Protesters attend a rally backing the Senegalese opposition in Dakar, on June 8.
Protesters attend a rally backing the Senegalese opposition in Dakar, on June 8.

Senegal’s Democratic Backsliding Is a Threat to African Democracy

A constitutional coup in a country that has long been a beacon for freedom would encourage authoritarians across the continent.

A photo taken on October 21, 2020 shows a tourist walking past a mural painted on a wall on Taiwan's Kinmen islands, which lie just two miles from mainland China's coast.
A photo taken on October 21, 2020 shows a tourist walking past a mural painted on a wall on Taiwan's Kinmen islands, which lie just two miles from mainland China's coast.

What Does the Pelosi Taiwan Uproar Mean for U.S. China Policy?

The controversy over Nancy Pelosi’s proposed trip highlights the contradictions of U.S. policy toward the island.

A group of older Chinese adults sits on a bench outside chatting.
A group of older Chinese adults sits on a bench outside chatting.

A Shrinking China Can’t Overtake America

But if U.S. democracy continues to decay, what’s the point of being on top?

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