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Fatou Bensouda, the International Criminal Court’s head prosecutor, speaks during the Assembly of States Parties at The Hague, Netherlands, on Dec. 2, 2019.

Biden Can’t Claim ‘Moral Leadership’ While Sanctioning the ICC

Washington’s aversion to the court’s recent decision on Palestine is emblematic of a fundamental disconnect in U.S. foreign policy.

A Chinese People's Armed Police Force member conducts tactical training in Guiyang, China, on July 28, 2020.

China Is Losing Influence—and That Makes It Dangerous

The best thing Biden can do is lighten up on China and let gravity take its toll.

A temporary fence surrounds the U.S. Capitol

America’s Forever Wars Have Come Back Home

It’s no coincidence that, after years of fighting abroad, the United States is beset with paranoia, loss of trust, and increasingly bitter divisions.

Workers pack syringes at the Hindustan Syringes and Medical Devices factory in Faridabad, India, on Sept. 2, 2020.

To Democratize Vaccine Access, Democratize Production

U.S. and European COVID-19 shots aren’t enough. It is time to tap into Africa, Asia, and Latin America’s enormous production capacity.

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden

Biden’s Plan to Lead From Alongside

The new U.S. president believes in the legitimacy of American power. Does the rest of the world?

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Latin American Governments Are Caught in the Middle of the U.S.-China Tech War

So far, policymakers have maintained strong ties with both nations. In 2021, they may face a point of no return.

Mufaddal Hamaddeh (center) works with a Syrian American Medical Society neonatal intensive care nurse and medical field officer at Ibn Sina Hospital in Idlib, Syria, on Feb. 9.

‘Crimes Against Humanity Were Committed Every Day in Syria’

A Syrian American doctor describes the devastation in Idlib, Syria.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walks in front of the USS Pueblo

A Half-Century Later, Pueblo’s Crew Gets Their Day in Court

A U.S. judge awards $2.3 billion to the crew of the spy ship seized by North Korea and their families.

Abdolnaser Hemmati (C), Governor of the Central Bank of Iran, listens to a speech in parliament in Tehran on Oct. 7, 2018.

U.S.-Iran Talks Will Falter Unless Abdolnaser Hemmati Is at the Table

Unwinding sanctions will be central to reviving the nuclear deal. If the Biden administration wants a lasting solution, it must involve Iran’s central bank governor.

Photographers, including Jawad Jalali, take shelter as a new explosion is heard while photographing an attack in Kabul in this archival photo.

‘This is the Darkest Moment’: Afghans Flee a Crumbling Country

The educated middle classes that were meant to be the foundation of a new Afghanistan are tired of terror, insecurity, and the return of the Taliban.

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks at a virtual event hosted by the Munich Security Conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Feb. 19.

Biden Was Right: America Is Back

The country’s reputation won’t be fixed anytime soon, but the fact that it’s trying is a sign of exceptionalism—and a return to the United States’ finest tradition.

A self-identified member of the Patriot movement flies an upside-down U.S. flag in Olympia, Washington, on Feb. 6.

Presumptive Patriotism, the United States’ Greatest Blindspot

The unquestioned assumption that some groups are more “patriotic” leads to dangerous security risks.

Afghan National Army Brig. Gen. Amlaqullah Patyani, the commander of the Kabul Military Training Center, introduces then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden to Afghan recruits during a break in training on military operations in urban terrain during a two-day surprise visit to Kabul on Jan. 11, 2011.

How Not to Leave Afghanistan

Congress has issued a report on the longest war in U.S. history. Here’s hoping Biden ignores it.

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.

The U.S. Marine Corp’s Iwo Jima Memorial can be seen as sun begins to rise behind the U.S. Capitol and Washington Monument in Arlington, Virginia on Nov. 7, 2020.

A World Without War

A new book argues that America’s massive military is predicated on imaginary threats—and we’d all be better off without it.

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