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Float, Move, and Fight

How the U.S. Navy lost the shipbuilding race.

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Sea Power Makes Great Powers

History reveals a country’s rise and decline are directly related to the heft of its navy. So why is the United States intent on downsizing?

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The Ever Given Crew Are Still Stuck at Sea

Here’s why and what their story means for other seafarers.

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Sea Power Makes Great Powers

History reveals a country’s rise and decline are directly related to the heft of its navy. So why is the United States intent on downsizing?

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America Isn’t Exceptional Anymore

The United States can no longer claim to be the leader of the free world if it abandons strategic allies and vulnerable civilians.

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Now America Must Help the Millions of Afghans It Left Behind

Engaging with a Taliban government will be painful. Washington will have to do it anyway.

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Anti-Interventionism Isn’t Enough for Left Foreign Policy

Afghanistan shows that the American left is in danger of losing the moral plot.

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Don’t Abandon Afghanistan’s Economy Too

As the chances of evacuation dwindle, the West owes Afghans a chance at surviving in their own country.

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Malaysia’s Sexist Citizenship Law Is Keeping Families Apart

Malaysian mothers can’t automatically pass on their nationality to foreign-born children. The pandemic has worsened the law’s ill effects.

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The World Doesn’t Want Beijing’s Fighter Jets

Snazzy weapons mean a lot less if you don’t have friends.

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Ideological Competition With China Is Inevitable—Like It or Not

Beijing recognizes promoting human rights and democracy is an ideological challenge. So should Washington.

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Zuma’s Arrest Is a Victory for the Rule of Law in South Africa

By imprisoning a former president, the country has set an example for constitutional democracies across the world.

Students look at booklets at their desks on the first day back to school at the National School of Tabarre in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince on Sept. 5, 2016.

Haiti’s Foreign Language Stranglehold

Around 90 percent of Haitians speak only Haitian Creole. So why is school mostly conducted in French?

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The Slow but Steady Strengthening of Europe’s Values

Democratic principles were largely irrelevant to the EU’s founding—but are at the center of the project today.

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The Balkans Don’t Believe the EU Anymore

The European Union’s next candidates for accession have realized the process is leading nowhere—and are acting accordingly.

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Indira Gandhi’s Lesson for Modi

A new account of India’s state of emergency in the 1970s takes on fresh relevance amid its ongoing erosion of democracy.

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America, Indicted

Yes, the United States is deeply divided and probably undeserving of global leadership, as two new books argue. But who else is there?

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The Power—and Weakness—of Capitalist Ethics

A new book offers a storied U.S. bank as a model—but also serves as a cautionary tale.

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