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Does Putin’s War Mark a New Period in History?

It has been only two years since the start of another world crisis thought to mark a new era.

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Is Using Nuclear Weapons Still Taboo?

The world is starting to forget the realities of nuclear weapons.

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arms race-senor-salme-illustration-site

The Art of the Arms Race

To avoid disaster, the United States must relearn crucial Cold War lessons.

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The Classic Cold War Conundrum Is Back

It is impossible to forget Russia’s violent and repressive actions in Ukraine, but it is necessary to deal with them to avoid escalation.

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A New Cold War May Call for a Return to Nonalignment

Why a growing number of countries want to avoid getting stuck in a great-power tussle—again.

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1970s-inflation-george-wylesol-illustration-site

The 1970s Weren’t What You Think

Yes, fiscal and monetary policy seemed stuck for too long in expansionary mode. But the era also saw the rebalancing of the world economy.

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gandhi-salt-march-senor-salme-illustration-site

The Indian Anti-Colonial Movement Never Ended

It’s where we actually are in history.

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nuclear-threat-putin-russia-senor-salme-illustration-site

Is Using Nuclear Weapons Still Taboo?

The world is starting to forget the realities of nuclear weapons.

arms race-senor-salme-illustration-site
arms race-senor-salme-illustration-site

The Art of the Arms Race

To avoid disaster, the United States must relearn crucial Cold War lessons.

Arguments

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A black and white image shows men and women seated around a U-shaped conference table.

Why the World Isn’t Really United Against Russia

Global institutions have long relegated much of the world to second-class status.

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Putin and Guterres sit facing each other across an exceptionally long table.

The West vs. the Rest

Welcome to the 21st-century Cold War.

Vistors arrive at St. Michael's monastery May 18, 2005  in central Kiev, Ukraine.
Vistors arrive at St. Michael's monastery May 18, 2005 in central Kiev, Ukraine.

Ukraine’s Cultural Heritage Is Desperate for Help

Russia could destroy Ukrainian history, unless the United States does something about it.

Eastern European nationals living in Taiwan stage a die-in.
Eastern European nationals living in Taiwan stage a die-in.

Beijing Is Used to Learning From Russian Failures

The invasion of Ukraine is offering useful lessons for the PLA.

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A bulldozer demolishes an illegal structure during a joint anti-encroachment drive conducted by North Delhi Municipal Corporation

The World Ignored Russia’s Delusions. It Shouldn’t Make the Same Mistake With India.

Hindu nationalist ideologues in New Delhi are flirting with a dangerous revisionist history of South Asia.

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Supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro protest during a motorcade and demonstration in favor of the government in São Paulo on March 14, 2021.

Bolsonaro Is Learning All the Wrong Lessons From Jan. 6

The Trump-dominated GOP models how a violent effort to overturn an election—even if unsuccessful—can become a political asset.

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Oil rig silhouettes are seen before a bright orange and yellow sky.
Senegalese President Macky Sall shakes hands with Kristalina Georgieva, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, at a conference in Diamniadio, Senegal, on Dec. 2, 2019.
Senegalese President Macky Sall shakes hands with Kristalina Georgieva, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, at a conference in Diamniadio, Senegal, on Dec. 2, 2019.

The World Bank and IMF Are Getting It Wrong on Climate Change

Rich donor countries are working to deprioritize poverty reduction and economic development in the global south.

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The Intellectual Catastrophe of Vladimir Putin

The meaning of Russia’s war in Ukraine is its own national weakness.

Review

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china-fairytale-review-xinmei-liu-site

Where the West and China Find Common Ground

A striking new translation of Chinese fairy tales shows a shared folkloric tradition.

The full moon rises behind the Statue of Liberty in New York City on May 18, 2019.
The full moon rises behind the Statue of Liberty in New York City on May 18, 2019.

Liberalism Isn’t Dead—but It’s Very Sick

In two new books, Yascha Mounk and Francis Fukuyama try to cure the patient.

A PLA soldier stands guard beside a U.S. flag outside World Trade Organization talks in Beijing in 1999.
A PLA soldier stands guard beside a U.S. flag outside World Trade Organization talks in Beijing in 1999.

Who Got China Wrong?

Two books take very different approaches on the past and future of engagement.

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Visitors view the Benin Bronzes exhibit at the British Museum.

Africa’s Stolen Art Debate Is Frozen in Time

Europe’s arguments against restitution have ignored the legitimate claims of African scholars and governments for 50 years.

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An entitled man walks across a collage landscape to illustrate the concept of protocol in Ghana.

The Secret to Getting What You Need in Ghana

Special “protocol” treatment has become a way of life for the privileged few.

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