Workers rearrange the chairs in the plenary hall of the German Bundestag to fit the new seating arrangement for the parties in parliament after the recent election, in Berlin on Oct. 15.

What the German Election Taught America About Democracy

Americans concerned about the future of their democracy can learn from the system they helped install in Germany.

Artist's rendering of a lunar exploration base.

A Chinese-Russian Moon Base? Not So Fast.

Plans to compete with NASA’s lunar exploration project face substantial obstacles.

Jordanian King Abdullah I in Jerusalem in 1948.

Unite Jordan and Palestine—Again

Amman should reannex the West Bank to end Israel’s illegal occupation, bring peace and prosperity, and give Palestinians democratic rights.

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.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

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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?

The Ever Given Crew Are Still Stuck at Sea

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

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.

Long Reads

Olaf Scholz, chancellor candidate of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD), attends the annual ARD television summer interview with journalist Tina Hassel near the Reichstag on August 15, 2021 in Berlin.

Olaf Scholz’s Quiet Revolution in German Economics

A new generation of economists is changing the culture of German—and European—policymaking.

Houthi rebel fighters inspect damage.

Yemen’s Most Pressing Problem Isn’t War. It’s the Economy.

International agencies are fixated on the humanitarian crisis instead of the economic conditions that caused it.

The cooling tower at the Muelheim-Kaerlich nuclear power plant collapses during a controlled demolition near Koblenz, Germany.

In Global Energy Crisis, Anti-Nuclear Chickens Come Home to Roost

In virtually every country that has closed nuclear plants, clean electricity has been replaced with dirty power.

A Spartan woman says goodbye to her son as he goes to war in an 1881 drawing by Dionisio Baixeras.

Why Can’t Women End Wars?

Even as other domains of policy diversify, peacemaking is still left almost entirely to men.

Music and Politics

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Tunisia’s Dying Jazz

New freedoms have brought art and religion into conflict, threatening to crush a tradition trapped in the middle.

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Don’t Call It Brexit Radio

Union JACK Radio was supposed to celebrate the quirks of British culture, from tea and scones to Mr. Bean. Then came Brexit. Then came the angry tweets.

Yeliz Guzel practices her musical instrument, the baglama—a kind of lute, in her one-room apartment in Mersin, Turkey, on Nov. 23, 2020.

Singing for Inclusivity in Turkey

Yeliz Guzel’s pride choir brought LGBTQ Turks together—but left her ostracized.

visual stories

Sea ice floats off a port in Ilulissat, Greenland, on Sept. 2. Mario Tama/Getty Images

The Month in World Photos

Haitian migrants at the southern U.S. border, global climate emergencies, and anti-government and anti-lockdown protests around the world.

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In Central Africa, Russia Won the War—but It’s Losing the Peace

Putin’s pursuit of influence, arms sales, and mercenary meddling in the Central African Republic has left Moscow mired in a quagmire.