The World Needs a New Refugee Convention
For 30 years, right-wing parties and nativist leaders have whittled away refugees’ rights. In the wake of a global pandemic, seeking asylum will be nearly impossible unless the international community revises and modernizes its approach to people fleeing war.
North Korea’s Huge New Missile Sends a Message to Washington
In the military parade celebrating the 75th anniversary of the founding of the communist party, Pyongyang showed its claws and sought to bolster domestic support for the regime.
Our Top Weekend Reads
A history lesson on pandemics and their aftereffects, Putin becomes Pashinyan’s playmaker, and Selina Meyer humbles Donald Trump.
The Case for Climate Reparations
The world’s poorest will bear the worst consequences of the climate crisis. Redirecting international resources to address entrenched inequalities provides a way out.
China’s Belt and Road Initiative Is a Mess, Not a Master Plan
Beijing’s foreign investments are often money-losing and driven by recipients’ own agendas.
Is a Vice President Who Doesn’t Know Much About Foreign Policy a National Security Risk?
Pence and Harris talked about international politics at the debate, but their performances will leave voters asking if they would be ready to act as commander in chief.
Christian Victims in Nigeria Fear Future Attacks
Religious violence is growing despite the pandemic.
What Negotiations Over Nagorno-Karabakh Could Look Like
Years of diplomatic efforts have failed, but the two sides will need to talk to prevent a regionwide war.
COVID-19 Might Not Change the World
Pandemics are not always transformative events. While some worrying preexisting trends could accelerate, it’s incorrect to assume that the coronavirus will end globalization, kill liberal democracy, or enhance China’s soft power.
This November, America’s Safety Is on the Ballot
Americans are already less safe because of growing distrust in their intelligence. Dangers will multiply without a change in political leadership.
Without Russian Aid to Armenia, Azerbaijan Has the Upper Hand in Nagorno-Karabakh
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has overplayed his hand by spouting belligerent nationalist rhetoric and refusing to negotiate—and Putin isn’t coming to his rescue.
After Five Years of Fighting in Syria, Putin Has Gotten What He Wants
With Russia’s influence in the region solidified, peace will not come without its assent.
Ireland Is on the Ballot in Pennsylvania
Threats to the Good Friday Agreement—and culture wars—make this a critical constituency in a swing state.
Why We Still Need Democracy
Imperfect as electoral systems are, they provide a vital accountability.
‘There’s a Complete Destruction of Reality’
The man who wrote “Death of Stalin” and “Veep” struggles to come to grips with Trump’s dysfunction.