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Afghan women wait in front of a bank office in Kabul.
Afghan women wait in front of a bank office in Kabul.

‘Afghan Women’ Aren’t Who You Think They Are

Western powers and donors created a category that consigned the women of Afghanistan to perpetual victimhood—while all parties instrumentalized them for political ends.

Crosses, flowers, and photographs mark the graves of victims of the battles for Irpin and Bucha at the cemetery of Irpin, Ukraine, on May 16.
Crosses, flowers, and photographs mark the graves of victims of the battles for Irpin and Bucha at the cemetery of Irpin, Ukraine, on May 16.

Russia’s Brutal Honesty Has Destroyed the West’s Appeasers

Yet plenty of Western intellectuals and politicians still ignore what Moscow is saying loud and clear.

The Israeli Iron Dome missile defense system intercepts rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel on May 14, 2021.
The Israeli Iron Dome missile defense system intercepts rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel on May 14, 2021.

Russia and Iran Threats Put Missile Defense Back on the Agenda

In Europe and the Middle East, plans for missile defense are a mixed blessing.

A police officer oversees the exhumation of three bodies.
A police officer oversees the exhumation of three bodies.

How to Prosecute Russia’s War Crimes

A new initiative centers justice in Ukraine itself.

Rising smoke can be seen from the beach at Saky after explosions were heard from the direction of a Russian military airbase in Crimea.
Rising smoke can be seen from the beach at Saky after explosions were heard from the direction of a Russian military airbase in Crimea.

Will an Attack on Crimea Change the Course of the Ukraine War?

Kyiv has shown that it can hit far behind enemy lines, but putting Crimea in play may deal a psychological blow without altering the territorial endgame.

The U.S. dollar over the globe..
The U.S. dollar over the globe..

The World Is Seeing How the Dollar Really Works

By raising interest rates, the Federal Reserve strengthened the U.S. currency—and revealed its centrality to global order.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen shakes hands with Polish President Andrzej Duda at a press conference in Konstancin-Jeziorna, Poland, on June 2.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen shakes hands with Polish President Andrzej Duda at a press conference in Konstancin-Jeziorna, Poland, on June 2.
Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan ahead of their meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow on April 19.
Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan ahead of their meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow on April 19.

Why Is Armenia So Close to Russia and Iran?

The small Caucasus country challenges the idea that the world is splitting into democratic and autocratic camps.

A Marshall Islands-flagged carrier transits the Bosphorus.
A Marshall Islands-flagged carrier transits the Bosphorus.

Turkey Is the Biggest Swing Player in the Russia-Ukraine War

Ankara has used its unique position for a strategic advantage.

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin

How to Take Down a Tyrant

Three steps for exerting maximum economic pressure on Putin.

Forza Italia leader Silvio Berlusconi, Brothers of Italy leader Giorgia Meloni, and then-League leader Matteo Salvini participate in a rally of right-wing opposition parties in Rome on Oct. 19, 2019.
Forza Italia leader Silvio Berlusconi, Brothers of Italy leader Giorgia Meloni, and then-League leader Matteo Salvini participate in a rally of right-wing opposition parties in Rome on Oct. 19, 2019.

Italy’s Snap Election Could Hand Putin the Win He Needs

Outspoken supporters of Russia are likely to play key roles in the next government.

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speak during a G-7 foreign ministers' summit in Liverpool, England, on Dec. 12, 2021.
British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speak during a G-7 foreign ministers' summit in Liverpool, England, on Dec. 12, 2021.

Liz Truss Is Ready to Flex London’s Muscles Abroad

Britain’s likely next prime minister is a foreign-policy hard-liner.

Blinken smiles and waves atop an external staircase in front of an open airplane door showing the Secretary of State's official seal.
Blinken smiles and waves atop an external staircase in front of an open airplane door showing the Secretary of State's official seal.

A Little Great-Power Competition Is Healthy for Africa

U.S.-China competition could benefit Africa by forcing each side to offer what it thinks it is best at.

Steam rising off coal plants is seen at sunset. The sky behind is orange.
Steam rising off coal plants is seen at sunset. The sky behind is orange.

Germany’s Frantic Push to Reduce Gas Consumption

As Russia weaponizes its gas exports, Germany is left scrambling to meet its needs—and reduction targets.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump and Yasir al-Rumayyan, head of the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia, look on from the second tee prior to the LIV Golf Invitational-Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 28.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump and Yasir al-Rumayyan, head of the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia, look on from the second tee prior to the LIV Golf Invitational-Bedminster at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on July 28.

The Battle for the Soul of Golf

A Saudi-sponsored tournament shows why China and other rising powers will struggle to replace established global institutions with their own.

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