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Men wearing traditional Bavarian outfit dance the local dance "Schuhplattler" during a parade at Munich's Oktoberfest beer festival on Sept. 18, 2005.
Men wearing traditional Bavarian outfit dance the local dance "Schuhplattler" during a parade at Munich's Oktoberfest beer festival on Sept. 18, 2005.

Europeans Have Weapons—But Aren’t Warriors

Military spending can’t make up for the continent’s lack of military culture.

A billboard promoting military service is seen in Russia.
A billboard promoting military service is seen in Russia.

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.

A man dressed as a vampire walks though a hotel lobby in Salem, Massachusetts on October 1, 2022.
A man dressed as a vampire walks though a hotel lobby in Salem, Massachusetts on October 1, 2022.

American Horror Stories Aren’t Just Cinematic

A new history ties the genre to U.S. atrocities—not always convincingly.

Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.
Chinese President Xi Jinping attends the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.
A person stands in front of a store with a #BOYCOTT QATAR 2022 banner. The Q is drawn with a soccer ball and a chain.
A person stands in front of a store with a #BOYCOTT QATAR 2022 banner. The Q is drawn with a soccer ball and a chain.

Why Human Rights Criticism Often Backfires

Shaming countries over human rights abuses is unavoidable. But there are better ways to do it.

Serbia's forward Dusan Vlahovic (L) and Serbia's midfielder Nemanja Gudelj take part in a training session at the Al Arabi SC on Dec. 1 on the eve of the Qatar 2022 World Cup match between Serbia and Switzerland in Doha.
Serbia's forward Dusan Vlahovic (L) and Serbia's midfielder Nemanja Gudelj take part in a training session at the Al Arabi SC on Dec. 1 on the eve of the Qatar 2022 World Cup match between Serbia and Switzerland in Doha.

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.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon attends a pro-independence rally.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon attends a pro-independence rally.

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.

Spectators hold portraits of former German national team soccer player Mesut Ozil during a World Cup match between Spain and Germany at the Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, on Nov. 27.
Spectators hold portraits of former German national team soccer player Mesut Ozil during a World Cup match between Spain and Germany at the Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, on Nov. 27.

Mesut Ozil’s Ghost Still Haunts Germany

Proposed citizenship reform offers a chance at redemption.

A pedestrian walks past a vandalized mural depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Belgrade on June 2.
A pedestrian walks past a vandalized mural depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Belgrade on June 2.

Sanctions on Russia Are Working. Here’s Why.

The Kremlin’s ability to wage war is already constrained, but the worst is yet to come.

Indian Army soldiers are seen in Tawang.
Indian Army soldiers are seen in Tawang.

China Has India Trapped on Their Disputed Border

Beijing’s military and infrastructure advantage has transformed the crisis and left New Delhi on the defensive.

A protester participates in a rally in Beijing.
A protester participates in a rally in Beijing.
Two men in suits cut a red ribbon.
Two men in suits cut a red ribbon.

Iran Is Filling Armenia’s Power Vacuum

Tehran has been eager to make up for Russia’s newfound absence in the South Caucasus.

Australian midfielder Jackson Irvine, forward Awer Mabil, defender Milos Degenek, and midfielder Riley McGree celebrate after defeating Tunisia 1-0 at the World Cup at Al Janoub Stadium in al-Wakrah, Qatar, on Nov. 26.
Australian midfielder Jackson Irvine, forward Awer Mabil, defender Milos Degenek, and midfielder Riley McGree celebrate after defeating Tunisia 1-0 at the World Cup at Al Janoub Stadium in al-Wakrah, Qatar, on Nov. 26.

Australia’s World Cup Hopes Depend on Its Refugee Stars

Canberra has spent decades ostracizing asylum-seekers and detaining Africans and Asians fleeing war. Now, the national team needs them on the field.

Erdogan and Biden both smile while shaking hands. Biden appears to be laughing.
Erdogan and Biden both smile while shaking hands. Biden appears to be laughing.

How U.S. Support for Syrian Kurds Actually Benefits Erdogan

Washington’s relationship with the YPG is a useful foil for the Turkish president ahead of the 2023 election.

McCarthy stands outside the White House. A U.S. flag can be seen in the background.
McCarthy stands outside the White House. A U.S. flag can be seen in the background.

How a GOP-Led House Can Strengthen U.S. Foreign Policy

Republicans in Congress can help sharpen the Biden administration’s cautious internationalism and work to restore decisive U.S. global leadership.

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