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President Xi Jinping is welcomed by his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin
President Xi Jinping is welcomed by his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin

How Far Will Xi Go to Help a Desperate Putin?

Cracks have emerged in their marriage of convenience, but the two autocrats are in it for the long haul.

Prime Minister Liz Truss and Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng visit Berkeley Modular, on September 23, 2022 in Northfleet, England.
Prime Minister Liz Truss and Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng visit Berkeley Modular, on September 23, 2022 in Northfleet, England.

Why Governments Go Off the Rails

Even well-meaning leaders can make disastrous policy decisions.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro greets supporters during a campaign rally and military parade on Brazil’s 200th Independence Day at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro on Sept. 7.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro greets supporters during a campaign rally and military parade on Brazil’s 200th Independence Day at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro on Sept. 7.

How Bolsonaro Changed the Brazilian Right

Sunday’s election cemented the far-right president’s dominance of a formerly moderate camp.

Asia

Anti-government demonstrators take part in a protest march in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Sept. 24.
Anti-government demonstrators take part in a protest march in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Sept. 24.

Sri Lanka’s Economic Crisis Is Still Spiraling

China

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jingping
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jingping

Russia and China Can’t Get Anyone to Like Them

Middle East & Africa

Saudi Energy Minister Abdulaziz bin Salman gestures during a press conference after the 33rd OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting in Vienna on Oct. 5.
Saudi Energy Minister Abdulaziz bin Salman gestures during a press conference after the 33rd OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting in Vienna on Oct. 5.

OPEC to Cut Oil Production, Dealing Blow to Biden

Europe

The wind blows into a torn apart Union Jack flag on the Promenade des Anglais avenue in Nice on Oct. 2, 2020.
The wind blows into a torn apart Union Jack flag on the Promenade des Anglais avenue in Nice on Oct. 2, 2020.

Liz Truss’s Britain Is a Morbid Symptom of the World’s New Era

Americas

Photo illustration showing visual representations of dogecoin and bitcoin.
Photo illustration showing visual representations of dogecoin and bitcoin.

The Urgent Case for a Digital Dollar

Long Reads

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik stands as President Donald Trump recognizes her for her work
U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik stands as President Donald Trump recognizes her for her work

Elise Stefanik Is Most Likely to Succeed

A young woman once hailed as the future of the Republican Party embraces Trumpism to stay that way.

A Taiwanese frigate launches a U.S.-made Standard missile.
A Taiwanese frigate launches a U.S.-made Standard missile.

The Russian Warship and the South China Sea

What lessons does the sinking of the Moskva have for Taiwan?

Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong attends the Pacific Islands Forum.
Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong attends the Pacific Islands Forum.

Penny Wong Wants Australia to Be More Than a Supporting Player

Can the new foreign minister escape the slipstream of the superpowers?

A plane takes off from the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on Aug. 29, 2021.
A plane takes off from the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on Aug. 29, 2021.

How Western Errors Let the Taliban Win in Afghanistan

NATO’s last man in Kabul helped facilitate the airlift and had a front-row seat to the Taliban takeover of the capital.

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Pakistan After the Floods

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Russian President Vladimir Putin looks out the window at the Black Sea resort of Anapa, Russia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin looks out the window at the Black Sea resort of Anapa, Russia.

Putin’s World Is Now Smaller Than Ever

The moral and strategic disaster of the Russian leader’s war in Ukraine has ended his imperial dreams.

Reservists drafted during Russia's partial mobilization attend a departure ceremony in Sevastopol, Crimea, on Sept. 27.
Reservists drafted during Russia's partial mobilization attend a departure ceremony in Sevastopol, Crimea, on Sept. 27.

Mobilization Can’t Save Russia’s War

Russian troops are being trained to be cannon fodder.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announces new European Union energy policies at the bloc’s headquarters in Brussels, on Sept. 7.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announces new European Union energy policies at the bloc’s headquarters in Brussels, on Sept. 7.

With Winter Coming, Europe Is Walking Off a Cliff

Europeans won’t escape their energy crisis as long as ideology trumps basic math.

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Russian service members are seen in Kherson.

NGOs’ Place in the World

Saudi Arabia's King Salman welcomes Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at Riyadh international airport on Nov. 10, 2015.
Saudi Arabia's King Salman welcomes Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at Riyadh international airport on Nov. 10, 2015.

The Real Reason the Middle East Hates NGOs

Western promoters of democracy aren’t seen as a threat to individual rulers but as a reminder of colonial history.

Chinese President Xi Jinping poses after delivering his speech.
Chinese President Xi Jinping poses after delivering his speech.

China Is Choking Civil Society at the United Nations

The Chinese government is using every means at its disposal to do battle with NGOs.

Indian police clash with protestors on the beach at Idinathakarai village near the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in southern Tamil Nadu on Sept. 10, 2012.
Indian police clash with protestors on the beach at Idinathakarai village near the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in southern Tamil Nadu on Sept. 10, 2012.

Democracies Need a Little Help From Their Friends

The war against foreign-funded NGOs—from India to Israel—is harming democratic governance, not enhancing it.

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Women are seen making food and holding food containers in a kitchen.

Chavismo’s Latest Target

NGOs are essential to Venezuelan society. A new law may lead to their collapse.

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The death of Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, a women-led revolution in Iran, and a daring landslide rescue in China. This was September 2022.

Members of the Ukrainian State Emergency Service rest.
Members of the Ukrainian State Emergency Service rest.

Forest of the Dead

Another mass grave in Ukraine reveals the horrors of Russia’s occupation.

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