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The Bidenomics Revolution

If he succeeds, the president will cast 40 years of economic doctrine on history’s ash heap. But that’s a big if.

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The Other Side of Angela Merkel

What the world has misunderstood about the German chancellor.

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The Bidenomics Revolution

If he succeeds, the president will cast 40 years of economic doctrine on history’s ash heap. But that’s a big if.

Arguments

The Sydney Opera House at dawn.

Australia Is the New Hermit Kingdom

Closed borders have shut out a diverse citizenry.

A Bharatiya Janata Party member wears a face mask at birthday celebrations for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Chennai, India, on Sept. 16, 2020.

The End of Modi’s Global Dreams

India’s prime minister advanced a muscular foreign policy, but his mishandling of the pandemic is an embarrassing step back.

A Chinese police officer checks the ID card of Australian Ambassador to China Graham Fletcher (second left) as he arrives at the Beijing Second Intermediate People's Court before the trial of the Australian academic Yang Jun on espionage charges in Beijing on May 27.

Understanding China Is Getting Harder Every Month

Limitations on reporters and political crackdowns make covering even everyday stories tough.

Palestinians in Gaza lift a banner protesting the killing of Eyad al-Hallaq and George Floyd.

How Israel Lost the Culture War

Defending the colonial project of occupation won’t work in a world where racial justice has gone mainstream.

An Ethiopian Muslim stands in a damaged building at the al-Nejashi Mosque, one of the oldest in Africa and allegedly damaged by Eritrean shelling, in Negash, Ethiopia on March 1.

Why Eritrea Won’t Leave Ethiopia

Eritrea’s Isaias Afwerki has long coveted access to Ethiopia’s economy. His alliance with Abiy Ahmed will let him achieve his goals at the expense of Ethiopian sovereignty.

Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and his wife Crown Princess Mette-Marit look at an artic map of the world with the museum official Kasia Majewski at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa, Ontario, Nov. 7, 2016.

All Great-Power Politics Is Local

When it comes to building international power, there’s growing reason to think that foreign policy barely matters.

U.S. sailors look on as they stand aboard the U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill while it anchors in Port Sudan on March 1.

Give the U.S. Navy the Army’s Money

To meet challenges from China, the rule of thirds must be broken.

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Big Agriculture Is Best

The United States’ industrialized food system moved millions of people out of poverty and is better for the environment, too.

Thierry Breton puts a sticker with the European Union flag on a box containing Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 vaccines in Puurs, Belgium on Feb. 22, 2021.

Industrial Policy Saved Europe’s Vaccine Drive

The EU got its act together not by banning exports but through classic cooperation with industry.

Essay

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China Is Building Entire Villages in Another Country’s Territory

Since 2015, a previously unnoticed network of roads, buildings, and military outposts has been constructed deep in a sacred valley in Bhutan.

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How the Netanyahus Explain the World

A new novel offers a family history of Israel’s former prime minister—and insight into the dangers of any form of nationalism.

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Age and the Agbayas

One word perfectly captures the clash between Nigeria’s leaders and its booming young population.

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Why Was Roman Politics So Stabby?

Emma Southon’s book on murder in Rome depicts a state built on death.

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