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November 9, 2017

Afghanistan War
Why the Time Is Right to Talk to the Taliban

A peace process with the Taliban is almost certainly the best way to end the war in Afghanistan, and arguments for postponing efforts to get one underway overlook the costs of prolonging the conflict…

Taliban fighters in eastern Nangarhar Province attend a surrender ceremony in 2016.

October 13, 2021

Asia
The Quad, AUKUS, and India’s Dilemmas

The partnership India has forged with the United States, Australia, and Japan appears to be gaining momentum, but some challenges remain.

Modi waves while standing in front of a poster of Biden, Suga, and Morrison.

August 23, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Iraq Is the Middle East’s New Power Broker

After decades of offering only chaos, Baghdad is trying to become a leading force in the region. 

U.S. President Joe Biden Speaks with Iraq's Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi during a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S., July 26, 2021.

September 24, 2021

Latin America
Latin America Shouldn’t Be a Pawn in U.S.-China Rivalry

The key to its success will be dodging zero-sum choices between the two superpowers.

Four people waving in front of the Panama Canal

September 17, 2021

Europe
The Atlantic Alliance After Afghanistan

The transatlantic alliance is enjoying a period of restoration following the damage done by former U.S. President Donald Trump. But as the West’s messy exit from Afghanistan has made clear, the Unite…

President Macron leans over and points at President Biden at the NATO Summit in Brussels

November 12, 2020

Transition 2021
Biden and the World: What a U.S. Presidential Transition Means

Experts from leading global think tanks welcome the prospect of a Biden administration restoring long-standing U.S. alliances and commitments to multilateral institutions. But they anticipate a rocky…

Joe Biden addresses the nation

August 16, 2021

Latin America
No U.S. Court Can Make Mexico's Streets Safe

Suing U.S. gun makers may be good law and politics, but that won’t fix Mexico’s police or courts and end its culture of impunity.

Police officers holding shields cross in front of a gas station in Mexico City

August 25, 2021

Pakistan
Pakistan’s Support for the Taliban: What to Know

Pakistan’s government and military generally favored a Taliban victory in Afghanistan. But maintaining support for the Taliban is risky.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani stands next to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.

May 28, 2021

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
Criticizing the Pandemic

After a year and a half since we started living with COVID-19, we can draw some preliminary conclusions from the experience.

Healthcare professional organizing a tray of COVID-19 vaccine vials

July 1, 2021

Economics
Global Growth Tracker: World Economies by GDP

This tracker charts the economic growth performance through time of ninety-one countries around the globe.