The Alliances That Matter Now
Multilateralism is at a dead end, but powerful blocs are getting things done.
NATO’s Remarkable Revival
But the bloc’s future could look very different from its past.
The Nimble New Minilaterals
Small coalitions are a smart alternative to cumbersome multilateralism and formal alliances.
Aid Is the Next Battleground Between China and the West
The global south’s debts have reached alarming levels, and Beijing is tightening the screws.
Manipur Crisis Tests Modi’s India
Spiraling violence in the northeastern state takes cues from the ruling party’s majoritarianism.
Europe’s Losers Have Become Its Winners Again
The balance of power in Europe is changing—just as it always has.
The EU Isn’t Ready for Ukraine to Join
If you think Kyiv’s path to NATO is hard, wait until you see its struggle to enter the EU.
How Sudan Became a Saudi-UAE Proxy War
Gulf heavyweights view the conflict as an opportunity to cement their hegemonic status in the Middle East.
Women Will Be the Biggest Victims of Israel’s Judicial Reforms
The country’s Supreme Court has played a pivotal role in securing gender equality. Neutering it will deal a blow to women’s rights.
America’s Love of Sanctions Will Be Its Downfall
Measures intended to punish autocrats are eroding the very Western order they were meant to preserve.
More Police Won’t Solve Haiti’s Crisis
Gang leaders in the country aren’t independent warlords. They are part of how the state functions.
An Epic History of the Soviet Everyday
Karl Schlögel re-creates a lost world of long lines and shared spaces.
Britain’s Racism Isn’t America’s
The United Kingdom needs to examine its own bigotries.
The Word That Captures Nigerians’ Feelings About the Future
“Japa” contains both the hope and the pain of wanting to leave one’s country behind for better opportunities.
Trump Trade War Mastermind Is Back With a Dangerous New Plan
Robert Lighthizer wants total decoupling from China—without thinking through the consequences.
Let There Be Microchips
The semiconductor and its near-divine creation story.