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The American Empire Is the Sick Man of the 21st Century

The American Empire Is the Sick Man of the 21st Century

Failure at the center has left the United States up for sale to the highest bidder.
The Afghan Government Can’t Make Peace With the Taliban on Its Own

The Afghan Government Can’t Make Peace With the Taliban on Its Own

Negotiations involving a broad group that represents all of Afghanistan—not just its senior politicians—are the only way to achieve a lasting settlement.
Ukraine’s TV President Is Dangerously Pro-Russian

Ukraine’s TV President Is Dangerously Pro-Russian

Volodymyr Zelensky could become the country’s next real-life leader. If his show is any guide, Ukrainians should be worried.
Britain’s Crisis Isn’t Constitutional. It’s Political.

Britain’s Crisis Isn’t Constitutional. It’s Political.

A Remain Parliament is confronting a Brexit electorate—and none of the solutions on offer is likely to resolve the stalemate anytime soon.
A Portrait of Poverty and Desperation

A Portrait of Poverty and Desperation

A confidential U.N. report details the daily struggles of Venezuelans.
The Balkans Are the World Capital of Islamophobia

The Balkans Are the World Capital of Islamophobia

The region’s genocidal wars are over—but bigots from across the West still flock there for inspiration.
Winter Settles on Chinese Universities

Winter Settles on Chinese Universities

What does Xu Zhangrun’s punishment mean for hopes of academic freedom?
Italy Should Learn a Thing or Two From Pakistan

Italy Should Learn a Thing or Two From Pakistan

Rome just signed on to become part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative. It should learn from Islamabad’s experience.
While You Weren’t Looking, General Haftar Has Been Taking Over Libya

While You Weren’t Looking, General Haftar Has Been Taking Over Libya

Despite the drawn-out political instability plaguing the country, a negotiated rise to power for Haftar is not the answer.
How Alberta Won the Rat Race

How Alberta Won the Rat Race

One Canadian province has virtually eliminated its vermin—and shows how others can too.
Kyrgyz Students Vanish Into Xinjiang’s Maw

Kyrgyz Students Vanish Into Xinjiang’s Maw

Musicians, folklorists, and storytellers disappear after being forced back to China.
Remembering Israel’s Most Celebrated Spy

Remembering Israel’s Most Celebrated Spy

Rafi Eitan was no 007. He was far more cunning.
Our Best Weekend Reads

Our Best Weekend Reads

What’s at stake in Turkey’s local elections, and how the United States drives out Chinese talent.

Ukraine’s Election Will Test the Strength of Its Democracy

The outcome of the vote is not nearly as important as the quality of the electoral process.
Ukraine’s Election Is a Mess—and That’s Exactly What Putin Wants

Ukraine’s Election Is a Mess—and That’s Exactly What Putin Wants

A chaotic campaign, feuding oligarchs, and Russian disinformation efforts have combined to shake public faith in the electoral process.
Arab Regimes Are the World’s Most Powerful Islamophobes

Arab Regimes Are the World’s Most Powerful Islamophobes

Middle Eastern governments have forged alliances with right-wing groups in the West dedicated to anti-Islam bigotry.
How to Talk to a Populist About Climate Change

How to Talk to a Populist About Climate Change

Thirty percent of global emissions come from countries led by populist nationalist leaders. Current climate policy approaches are ill-suited for these regimes. Here’s an alternative.
Inside the Fall of the Islamic State

Inside the Fall of the Islamic State

On the podcast: A reporter who embedded with U.S.-backed forces in Syria describes the battles there.

Mongolia’s President Is Slicing Away Its Hard-Won Democracy

Corruption and recession have helped push the nation toward strongman rule.
Radical Islamists Have Opened a New Front in Mali

Radical Islamists Have Opened a New Front in Mali

Local grievances are behind the recent violence in the country. Jihadis are hoping to exploit them to build a caliphate.