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A man stands by fans during a heat wave in Baghdad.

Climate Change Demands More Air Conditioning

An often-disparaged technology is a lifesaver, not a luxury.

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The Ones and Tooze Podcast: Can the Threat of More U.S. Sanctions Against Russia Save Ukraine?

Also on the showWhy the demand for egg freezing has soared during the pandemic.

A meeting of the United Nations Security Council

Biden Plans U.N. Showdown if Russia Invades Ukraine

There’s lots of history at the Security Council, but few changes.

U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan in 2006

The U.S. Military Is a Helicopter Parent

Washington needs to trust partner forces to stand on their own feet.

In an aerial view, traffic creeps along Virginia Highway 1 after being diverted away from Interstate 95 after it was closed due to a winter storm.

Traffic Jams Are a Very American Disaster

The I-95 backup shows how easily highways can become traps.

Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani arrives in Vienna.

How Close Is Iran to Getting a Nuclear Weapon?

Why Tehran’s breakout time has shrunk—and the technological hurdles that remain.

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg appears in a promotional video in October 2021.

3 Tech Industry Trends to Watch in 2022

Fringe players take on Big Tech, governments start regulating, and AI could finally prove its worth.

A Greenpeace activist sprays green-colored water at the entrance of the European Parliament in Brussels on May 26, 2021.

Can Global Regulators Save the ESG Movement From Itself?

Without state intervention and global standards, the environmental, social, and governance movement is a recipe for greenwashing and corporate deception.

Relatives and neighbors gather around a burned vehicle targeted and hit by an American drone strike in Kabul.

The Human Rights vs. National Security Dilemma Is a Fallacy

Advocacy organizations can’t protect human rights without challenging U.S. military support for tyrants and the corrupt influence of the defense industry and foreign governments.

A Greenpeace world map protests climate change.

Looking Back on a Year of Loss in International Relations

A group of influential intellectuals—and personal friends—passed away in 2021.

Protesters supporting U.S. President Donald Trump break into the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington, DC.

Machiavelli’s Lessons for America’s Jan. 6 Tumult

Political chaos can spur failing republics, not just destroy them.

A track through a forest delineates the damage from wildfires in Turkey’s Mugla province.

What if Democracy and Climate Mitigation Are Incompatible?

Elected officials work through compromise, but a warming planet waits for no one.

A billboard depicting late Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar and late Afghan leader of the Haqqani network Jalaluddin Haqqani is seen along a road in Kabul.

Taliban Pressing for Prisoner Swap With U.S.

The group wants to trade an American engineer abducted two years ago for an Afghan drug lord imprisoned in the U.S.

A copy of the Jan. 16 issue of German tabloid Bild Zeitung that features an exclusive interview with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.

The Scandalous History of America’s Newest Media Baron

The new owner of Politico, Axel Springer, has a decades-long record of bending journalistic ethics for right-wing causes.

Pro-Trump protesters gather in front of the U.S. Capitol before the attack in Washington.

The Jan. 6 Insurrectionists Aren’t Who You Think They Are

The people who stormed the U.S. Capitol weren’t poor, unemployed red-staters. Many were middle-class professionals motivated by the “great replacement” conspiracy theory.

An X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System drone is towed into the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush on May 13, 2013 in the Atlantic Ocean.

Over-the-Horizon Is Far Below Standard

Why terrorists will welcome Biden’s counterterrorism strategy.

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Why the U.S. Military Isn’t Ready for Civil War

A significant portion of Americans seek the destruction of political authority. What if they succeed?

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