U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tour the Eisenhower Executive Office Building during a meeting in Washington on Sept. 23.

Quad Looks to Cement Its Resurgence in Washington

The first in-person leaders’ summit shows how far the group has come.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a press conference.

NATO Chief on Afghan Legacy: ‘Have To Ask Some Difficult Questions’

Jens Stoltenberg weighs in on AUKUS, Zapad, and the fate of Afghanistan after 20 years of bitter toil.

Christian Lindner, head of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) arrives for a press conference the day after elections in the eastern German states of Brandenburg and Saxony on September 2, 2019 in Berlin.

The Next Big Player in the Global Economy Is Christian Lindner

Three Germans are running to replace Angela Merkel—but it's someone else who might end up with the most influence.

Leaving Afghanistan

What happens to the country and its people after the forever war ends?

Shadow Government

A front-row seat to the Republicans’ debate over foreign policy, including their critique of the Biden administration.

Then-presidential candidate Joe Biden

When the White House Changed Hands, It Changed Tone but Not Policies

Whether snubbing allies, abusing tariffs, or expelling refugees, the Biden administration at eight months looks little changed from Trump’s.

Biden and Macron at NATO in Brussels

Don’t Underestimate the AUKUS Rift With France

Paris doesn’t speak for Europe, but it can disrupt transatlantic ties.

Hong Konger Chief Executive Carrie Lam meets reporters.

Hong Kong’s National Security Promises Were All Hollow

The Beijing-backed law is now used to crush dissent across the board.

The U.S. State Department

State Department Plans ‘China House’ to Counter Beijing

Some fear larger State Department China desk could be a “massive bureaucratic blob.”

Police officers patrol by the wreckage of a car at the scene of suicide car bomb attack that targeted the city's police commissioner in Mogadishu, on July 10.

Could Somalia Be the Next Afghanistan?

A similar rapid collapse of state institutions awaits if Somali elites and Western governments don’t alter their approach.

A close-up photo of Hossein Amir-Abdollahian's face.

Meet Iran’s New Foreign Minister: Qassem Suleimani’s ‘Soldier’

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian is a staunch backer of Iran’s “Axis of Resistance.”

The Royal Australian Navy submarine HMAS Ranki

Australia Badly Needs Nuclear Submarines

The country’s maritime scope, and China’s rise, makes the AUKUS deal a no brainer.

Mario Draghi and Emmanuel Macron speak during an EU summit.

Europe Is Fighting Over Its Fiscal Future

France and Italy want to make COVID-19-era budget flexibility a feature, not a bug.

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Angela Merkel

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.

Age and the Agbayas

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

A CCP official gestures at ETIM weapons.

How Sept. 11 Supercharged China’s Propaganda

Beijing has used the “war on terror” to target its own minorities like Uyghurs.

John Ruggie speaks onstage during the United Nations Global Compact 15TH Anniversary Celebration at Cipriani 42nd Street on June 25, 2015 in New York City.

A Realist Tribute to an Extraordinary Idealist

John Ruggie straddled the worlds of academia and policymaking—and was a powerful force in each.

The Italian diplomat Stefano Pontecorvo at the Kabul airport

NATO’s Man in Kabul

Stefano Pontecorvo coordinated the evacuation of 124,000 people before saying goodbye to the city himself.

Taliban fighters pass a billboard in Kabul.

The Myth of Moderate Jihadis

The unspoken pact between Washington and anti-Islamic State jihadi groups is a short-sighted move that will reward extremists.

A military transport plane takes off in Kabul.

The Falling Man of Kabul

Zaki Anwari represented what a free Afghanistan could achieve. His gruesome death is a vivid reminder of the human toll of U.S. abandonment.

International terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York

America’s Pandemic Travel Bans No Longer Make Sense

A thoughtless, unscientific policy of closed borders—even to vaccinated travelers—does a little more damage every day.

A wildfire which engulfing a Mediterranean resort region on Turkey's southern coast near the town of Manavgat, on July 30, 2021.

The Middle East Is Becoming Literally Uninhabitable

One of the regions hardest hit by climate change is also one least equipped to deal with it.

The flag of the Islamic Emirate is painted on the wall outside the former U.S. Embassy in Kabul

Life Under the Taliban

A few weeks after militants took over Kabul and the country, Afghanistan has gone back to a past it didn’t miss.

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Hurricane Ida fire chief walks away

The Month in World Photos

The Taliban’s takeover in Afghanistan, earthquake devastation in Haiti, and extreme weather around the world.

An Afghan woman and her cousin are interviewed in Bamiyan province

As Taliban Expand Control, Concerns About Forced Marriage and Sex Slavery Rise

In some Afghan towns, women are fleeing ahead of insurgent takeovers.