As Russia’s war in Ukraine continues into 2023, the weather will have an important impact. Ukrainians, of course, are more vulnerable than usual to power outages and energy shocks. But Rus...Show more
Europe’s Climate Chief: The 1.5-Degree Goal Is on ‘Life Support’
Frans Timmermans on COP27 and how Brussels navigates a frosty relationship between Washington and Beijing.
Europeans Have Weapons—But Aren’t Warriors
Military spending can’t make up for the continent’s lack of military culture.
American Horror Stories Aren’t Just Cinematic
A new history ties the genre to U.S. atrocities—not always convincingly.
It’s No Crime to Be a Russian Soldier in Ukraine
Moscow’s war is unjust, but there’s no moral obligation for soldiers to refuse to fight.
The Power of China’s Blank Sheets of Paper
2022 is not 1989, but demonstrations may yet develop in unpredictable ways.
What in the World?
Test yourself on the week of Nov. 26: China protests, Germany and Qatar sign a deal, and Biden hosts his first state visit.
Scotland’s Independence Dream Hits a Dead End
The U.K. Supreme Court ruling makes another referendum all but impossible, forcing nationalists to change their strategy.
Why Switzerland vs. Serbia Is Really All About Kosovo
Serbia’s schadenfreude will be on display as the national team seeks revenge against a rival stacked with stars of Kosovar heritage.
What Xi’s Zero-COVID Fiasco Might Mean for China and the World
Protests spotlight the regime's misguided approach to the pandemic and lackluster vaccination campaign.
Biden’s Big Africa Summit Carefully Sidesteps China
In a U-turn from the Trump administration, Team Biden wants to court African nations without talking about Beijing.
‘General Frost’ Will Be Fighting for Both Sides This Time
Winter may slow down Ukraine’s advances, but Kyiv is better prepared than Russia’s ragtag forces.
Why Human Rights Criticism Often Backfires
Shaming countries over human rights abuses is unavoidable. But there are better ways to do it.
What Lionel Messi Reveals About Geopolitics
Gulf states have embraced the soft power of Latin American soccer in their campaign for global influence.
Iran Is Filling Armenia’s Power Vacuum
Tehran has been eager to make up for Russia’s newfound absence in the South Caucasus.