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What Exactly Is America’s China Policy?

The United States needs to right-size the China threat to know how to counter it.

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How Beijing Sees Biden

For decades, Chinese leaders thought they knew the man who would become America’s 46th president. But he was changing all along.

An illustration of Chinese leaders jailed for corruption and members of China's military.
An illustration of Chinese leaders jailed for corruption and members of China's military.

The Art of Suffering

Two new works of Chinese government propaganda meet with very different reactions from viewers.

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The Dangers of China’s Decline

As China’s economic miracle fades, its leaders may become more inclined to take risks.

An illustration of China's Gen Z.
An illustration of China's Gen Z.

Generation Snitch

How censorship, nationalism, and wealth have shaped young Chinese.

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how-beijing-sees-biden-nicolas-ortega-illustration-hp

How Beijing Sees Biden

For decades, Chinese leaders thought they knew the man who would become America’s 46th president. But he was changing all along.

An illustration of Chinese leaders jailed for corruption and members of China's military.
An illustration of Chinese leaders jailed for corruption and members of China's military.

The Art of Suffering

Two new works of Chinese government propaganda meet with very different reactions from viewers.

Arguments

Smoke rises from a military airport near Kharkiv, Ukraine, as the Russian invasion begins — Europe's 9/11.
Smoke rises from a military airport near Kharkiv, Ukraine, as the Russian invasion begins — Europe's 9/11.

Putin’s War Is Europe’s 9/11

The continent has finally woken up to the necessity of hard power.

A man lights a candle in an Orthodox Christian 
church in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Feb. 24.
A man lights a candle in an Orthodox Christian church in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Feb. 24.

Russia and Ukraine Are Trapped in Medieval Myths

A shared past underpins—and worsens—the conflict.

Russian army trucks are pictured on a riverbank in Nar, near the border between Russia and Georgia, on Aug. 15, 2008.
Russian army trucks are pictured on a riverbank in Nar, near the border between Russia and Georgia, on Aug. 15, 2008.

Russia Is Reenacting Its Georgia Playbook in Ukraine

False claims of military withdrawal followed by recognition of breakaway regions is a tried and tested Kremlin strategy.

More than 100,000 protesters crowd around the victory 
column near the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin to demonstrate 
for peace in Ukraine on Feb. 27.
More than 100,000 protesters crowd around the victory column near the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin to demonstrate for peace in Ukraine on Feb. 27.

There Is a West

The crisis in Ukraine has reminded the United States and Europe that they have a purpose in the world.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, 
Scotland, on Nov. 1, 2021.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 1, 2021.

How to Make a Carbon Club Work

The Canadian system is a promising—and politically palatable—prototype for other large emitters.

A resident surveys the damage in the aftermath of protests
in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Jan. 11.
A resident surveys the damage in the aftermath of protests in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Jan. 11.

Kazakhstan’s Protests Aren’t a Color Revolution

The country’s widespread popular demonstrations transcended class, region, and politics—making them distinct from those in Belarus and Ukraine.

A man sits among the rubble following overnight airstrikes 
by the Saudi-led coalition targeting the Houthi rebel-held 
capital of Sanaa, in Yemen, on Jan. 18.
A man sits among the rubble following overnight airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition targeting the Houthi rebel-held capital of Sanaa, in Yemen, on Jan. 18.

The U.S. Is Wrong on Yemen. Again.

The devastating cycle of tit-for-tat attacks between Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and the Houthis will not end via diplomatic doublespeak.

Members of 
an Amhara militia gather in the 
village of Adi Arkay, 
northeast of Gondar, Ethiopia, on July 14, 2021.
Members of an Amhara militia gather in the village of Adi Arkay, northeast of Gondar, Ethiopia, on July 14, 2021.

Don’t Blame Amharas for Ethiopia’s War

Peace efforts must address the group’s legitimate fears rather than casting them as the main obstacle to reconciliation.

Masouma Tajik in Kabul on Dec. 7, 2020
Masouma Tajik in Kabul on Dec. 7, 2020

An Afghan in Ukraine

She fled Kabul for safety in Kyiv. Now the 23-year-old is facing war again.

review

Firestone workers carry buckets of latex down a road lined with rubber trees in Harbel, Liberia, in 1978.
Firestone workers carry buckets of latex down a road lined with rubber trees in Harbel, Liberia, in 1978.

When the Rubber Hits the Road

A new book on Firestone Liberia highlights the stark choices faced by countries where capital is in short supply.

From left: French philosophers Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, and Gilles Deleuze.
From left: French philosophers Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, and Gilles Deleuze.

How Leftist Theory Stopped Making Sense

Progressive thinkers tried to explain ever more of the world—and found themselves explaining nothing at all.

The quiet atmosphere of a street in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala, in 1954 before the upheaval of the June 18 coup.
The quiet atmosphere of a street in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala, in 1954 before the upheaval of the June 18 coup.

The Harsh Price of U.S. Profit in Latin America

Mario Vargas Llosa’s novel “Harsh Times” is an acid denunciation of corporate interests’ role in establishing U.S. power.

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