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A security officer walks past a mural showing U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in Kabul on July 31, 2020.

India Resists the Taliban Bandwagon

As Blinken heads to New Delhi, he could find some surprising common ground on Afghanistan.

Former Swiss foreign minister meets with OSCE Minsk Group members.

The Minsk Group Is Meaningless

The OSCE’s peace effort in Nagorno-Karabakh is outdated and unhelpful. Laying it to rest can pave the way for real reconciliation and reconstruction.

People celebrate ahead of the return of a formerly banned anti-government group, the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on September 14, 2018.

Ethiopia’s Problems Stem From Internal Colonialism

Robert Kaplan’s selective reading of history bolsters proponents of a centralized state while ignoring the legitimacy of federalists’ demands.

Ben and Jerry’s announces new flavor.

Israel Goes to War Again, This Time Against Ben & Jerry’s

Israeli leaders press for legal measures after the ice cream company announced it would halt sales in Jewish settlements.

Iranian supertanker Grace 1 is seen from a boat off the coast of Gibraltar on Aug. 15, 2019.

Iran and Israel’s Naval War Is Expanding

The collapse of Lebanon is intensifying a conflict in the Mediterranean that has mostly taken place in the shadows.

Sen. James Risch talks to Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Robert Menendez

Congress Aims to Nix the Forever War

It’s still unclear if the Senate bill can garner enough Republican votes to pass.

Afghan refugees arrive in Greece.

Biden’s Afghan Withdrawal Will Spark the Next Refugee Crisis

The European allies that fought alongside the United States will face the fallout as thousands of refugees flee the Taliban, giving fodder to far-right parties.

Supporters of assassinated Haitian president protest.

U.S. Intervention in Haiti Would Be a Disaster—Again

The nation’s poverty and chaos has been shaped by Washington for decades.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives ahead of the inauguration of the Salma Hydroelectric Dam in Herat, Afghanistan on June 4, 2016.

India Is Scrambling to Get on the Taliban’s Good Side

After decades of supporting the Afghan government, New Delhi is planning for its potential fall.

Afghan militia gather with their weapons to support Afghanistan security forces.

‘It Will Not Be Just a Civil War’

Afghanistan’s foreign minister on what may await his country after the U.S. withdrawal.

Biden leaves after discussing situation in Afghanistan.

The Top Five Debriefing Questions About Afghanistan

How to make sense of Washington’s longest war ever.

A young person stands below an Ethiopian national flag during a blood donation rally organized by the city administration of Addis Ababa, in Addis Ababa, on Nov. 12, 2020.

Ethiopia’s Problems Aren’t Postcolonial

The country seems on the verge of falling apart. Here’s why it won’t.

A man, woman, and child in the doorway of a Syrian hospital

Why Was Syria Just Elected to the WHO’s Executive Board?

A regime that bombs hospitals and blocks convoys of baby formula does not deserve a leading role in global health.

Sailors move an X-47B combat drone aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Atlantic Ocean on May 14, 2013.

Killer Flying Robots Are Here. What Do We Do Now?

A new generation of AI-enabled drones could be used to terrible ends by rogue states, criminal groups, and psychopaths.

Displaced Syrians are in a camp in Idlib province.

When Humanitarian Aid Becomes a Bargaining Chip

Cross-border access into Syria has become a stress test for Putin and Biden's nascent relationship.

Charkint District Governor Salima Mazari points a gun as she visits  forces in Charkint district of Balkh province on June 29.

With the Militias in Afghanistan

As Afghan forces melt away, local armed groups are left to hold the line against the Taliban.

A man stands outside the ruins of Nidal al-Rajabi's house in East Jerusalem on June 29.

A Razed Building and Another Possible Flash Point in East Jerusalem

Israel demands Palestinians obtain building permits but rarely grants them.

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