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An art teacher gives finishing touches to a painting of Reuters journalist Danish Siddiqui as a tribute outside an art school in Mumbai on July 16, 2021.

Modi Rejected an Indian Hero

Danish Siddiqui’s death should have been a moment of national unity. The prime minister made it the opposite.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives to deliver a speech on June 24, 2018 in Istanbul.

Cracks Are Growing in the Erdogan Regime

Turkey is more politically unstable today than at any other point in recent years.

A pedestrian walks over a bridge in Belgrade as heavy fog and air pollution dominate the sky over the Serbian capital Belgrade on Jan. 16, 2020.

How Serbia Became China’s Dirty-Energy Dumping Ground

Belgrade is vital to Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative. But as China takes over old industrial sites, Serbian citizens are suffering the environmental consequences.

Speechwriter Ben Rhodes attends press briefing.

Generation X’s Short Arc of History

Ben Rhodes’s new book about global politics reveals the limits of the Obama administration’s worldview.

Performers dressed as soldiers dance in front of a screen showing rockets being launched during a mass gala marking the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party on June 28 at the Olympic Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing, China.

Does Beijing’s Belligerent Birthday Party Herald a New Arms Race?

The Chinese Communist Party’s anniversary celebration is taking place amid a nuclear buildup.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez

Spain’s Prime Minister Can’t Win When It Comes to Catalonia

Pedro Sánchez’s pardons represent a balanced response to a divisive issue—but both sides have denounced him.

A Long March 2F rocket, carrying the Shenzhou-12 spacecraft for China's first crewed mission to its new space station, sits on a launch pad encased in a shield, behind the Chinese characters for China, at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi desert in northwestern China on June 16.

Why Do Analysts Keep Talking Nonsense About Chinese Words?

Mistaken notions of how characters work produce bad takes.

Journalists and guests look on as a screen displays a part of the commissioned video installation "I Saw The World End" by Artists Es Devlin and Machiko Weston at the Imperial War Museum in London on Aug. 6, 2020.

Political Science Has Its Own Lab Leaks

When ideas get out from academia into the wild, they can be surprisingly dangerous.

U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt on board an American warship circa 1935.

The Intellectual Foundations of the Biden Revolution

Why is there no Rooseveltian school of foreign policy? American past and future greatness is unthinkable without it.

Head of the League party Matteo Salvini (right), head of the Brothers of Italy party Giorgia Meloni (center), and co-founder of the Forza Italia party Antonio Tajani

Italy’s Far-Right Is on the Rise

Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy is displacing Matteo Salvini’s League and making a play for power in Italy.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet removes her face mask before a press conference at the United Nations in Geneva on Dec. 9, 2020.

Biden Needs an International Organizations Strategy

A U.S. State Department czar should lead a campaign to stop China and Russia from gaining control of multilateral agencies.

Swiss President Guy Parmelin (C) leads U.S. President Joe Biden (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin to meet media during the U.S.-Russia summit at Villa La Grange on June 16, 2021 in Geneva, Switzerland. Biden is meeting his Russian counterpart, Putin, for the first time as president in Geneva, Switzerland.

Was the Biden-Putin Summit a Success?

The White House set clear red lines on cyberwar, but don’t expect much progress in the months to come.

Benjamin Netanyahu with an unidentified friend at the entrance to his family home in Jerusalem in 1967, and his father, Benzion Netanyahu, when he was a professor at the University of Denver in 1968.

How the Netanyahus Explain the World

A new novel offers a family history of Israel’s former prime minister—and insight into the dangers of any form of nationalism.

A performer on stilts dressed in the colors of the flag of the European Union attends a "March for Europe" gathering to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, which created the precursor to the European Union, on March 25, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.

Is Europe Any Good at Soft Power?

The increasingly aggressive authoritarianism of Belarus is an acute test of the EU’s diplomatic self-image.

Pedro Castillo of Perú Libre waves to supporters.

Peru’s New President Isn’t as Radical as He Looks

Pedro Castillo ran as an anti-establishment leftist. Here’s why he won’t govern like one.

People watch as the container ship the Ever Given is refloated, unblocking the Suez Canal in Suez, Egypt, on March 29.

The Ever Given Crew Are Still Stuck at Sea

Here’s why and what their story means for other seafarers.

Myanmar nationals hold a vigil in Thailand

Myanmar Pressure Campaign Stalls at the United Nations

The military regime’s neighbors resist sanctions, fearing it would divide regional powers.

Security officers record Bobi Wine.

Twitter’s Presence in Africa Won’t End Internet Censorship

Big Tech companies see an opportunity for growth on the continent, but they risk becoming accessories to authoritarian regimes.

A man wearing a patriotic suit and Donald Trump themed tie joins supporters queueing before President Donald Trump holds a rally on Oct. 26, 2020 in Lititz, Pennsylvania.

Biden Is Going Protectionist. Republicans Are Going Off the Deep End.

Even after Trump has left office, ultranationalist views are still dominating his party.

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