The impact of September 11 on US-Russian relations

On September 9, 2001, Russian President Vladimir Putin called his American counterpart George W. Bush with an urgent message: Ahmad Shah Massoud, leader of the anti-Taliban and Moscow-supported Northern Alliance, had been assassinated in Afghanistan

Will a ‘Digital Military’ Change War?

According to General Jay Raymond, the head of the U.S. Space Force, America’s newest military branch is also on its way to becoming the world’s first fully digital armed service. Rather than a Tron-esque idea of soldiers fighting virtually in a p

The Stagflation Threat Is Real

There is a growing consensus that the US economy’s inflationary pressures and growth challenges are attributable largely to temporary supply bottlenecks that will be alleviated in due course. But there are plenty of reasons to think the optimists wil

The darkest day of Joe Biden’s presidency

An already perilous withdrawal of U.S. personnel and allies from Afghanistan turned into something much darker on Thursday as the kind of catastrophe President Joe Biden had been warning about took place outside Kabul’s main airport.

Afghan takeover reminds Europe: It has no unified refugee plan

Six years ago, the European Union descended into in-fighting as it struggled to process asylum seekers fleeing war-torn Syria. Over 1 million refugees and migrants crossed the sea to reach Europe in 2015.

America's New Great-Power Strategy

During the Cold War, US grand strategy focused on containing the power of the Soviet Union. China’s rise now requires America and its allies to develop a strategy that seeks not total victory over an existential threat, but rather managed competition

Reforming global fossil fuel subsidies: How the United States can restart international cooperation

The United States now has a unique opportunity to lead this global effort. President Joe Biden’s executive order for government agencies to stop fossil fuel subsidies and the United States’ renewed commitment to the Paris Agreement serve as strong co

In Bitcoin We Trust?

Coordinated cross-border policies are needed to ensure that cryptocurrencies don’t do more harm than good in developing countries. Unless both the public and private sectors embrace critical reforms, people and governments will increasingly be attrac

Congo’s latest killer is the climate crisis. Inaction is unthinkable

For thousands of years, Lake Tanganyika was an exquisite sight that soothed and supported generations of Congolese people. Those living by its shores in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have snoozed in hammocks under the tropical sun, watch

Biden Can Keep the Two-State Solution Alive

President Joe Biden and his team came into office understandably hoping to deprioritize the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. They saw Washington-led negotiations as a trap that had ensnared previous U.S. administrations, and the prospects for progress l

Macron and Le Pen lose out as French voters shun local elections

Abstention rate estimated at 68%, and exit polls suggest Le Pen’s National Rally failed to get expected support

The Logic of Effective Climate Action

The starting point for addressing climate change, economists agree, is a tax on carbon. But while the resulting reduction in emissions would benefit virtually everyone on the planet, those who bear a disproportionate share of the costs will mobilize

We Don’t Need the G7

The group’s recent summit in Cornwall should be its last. Political leaders need to stop devoting their energy to an exercise that is unrepresentative of today’s global economy and results in a near-complete disconnect between stated aims and the mea

Europe’s Digital Future

In recent years, the European Union has unveiled a series of ambitious legislative and regulatory packages to rein in problems endemic to the new digital economy. Can leading the world in tech governance help to establish Europe's place in the twenty

Producing a Vaccine Requires More Than a Patent

Intellectual Property Is Just One Piece of an Elaborate Process

India's COVID-19 Crisis Is Spiraling Out of Control. It Didn't Have to Be This Way

Dusk is falling in the Indian capital, and the acrid smell of burning bodies fills the air. It’s the evening of April 26, and at a tiny crematorium in a Delhi suburb, seven funeral pyres are still burning. “I have lived here all my life and pass thro

The Geopolitics of Climate Change

By tackling climate change and biodiversity loss, everyone will be better off, thanks to better jobs, cleaner air and water, fewer pandemics, and improved health and well-being.

Biden announces US will aim to cut carbon emissions by as much as 52% by 2030 at virtual climate summit

President Joe Biden on Thursday kicked off a virtual climate summit attended by 40 other world leaders by announcing an ambitious cut in greenhouse gas emissions as he looks to put the US back at the center of the global effort to address the climate

Revealed: the Facebook loophole that lets world leaders deceive and harass their citizens

A Guardian investigation exposes the breadth of state-backed manipulation of the platform

Europe's Complacency Trap

Members of the EU establishment should not read too much into failures of “populist” governance. Until the bloc can devise institutional arrangements that allow for consistent, equitable growth, crises will keep coming – and so will anti-establishmen

The Shadow of a New Cold War Hangs Over Europe

The Ukraine question is at the crux of European security

The Liberal Order Begins at Home

How Democratic Revival Can Reboot the International System

Pandemic threatens lost decade for development, UN report reveals

“The global economy has experienced “the worst recession in 90 years, with the most vulnerable segments of societies disproportionately affected”, said the Inter-agency Task Force on Financing in their Financing for Sustainable Development Report 202

Biden's most important stimulus measure

The US federal government should spend more money, and fast, to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, rescue hard-hit families and help states, cities and small businesses. But it should also strive for a relief package built on some degree of bipartisan cons

The Ethno-Territorial Separation of Bosnia Was the Key to Ending the War and Keeping Peace

The Dayton system has kept the peace for twenty-five years. Why destabilize Sarajevo now?