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March 25, 2019

Ukraine
Why Ukraine Might Make a TV Actor Its President

Ukraine’s presidential campaign—the first since the upheavals of 2014—is drawing to a close, and the most improbable of candidates has taken the lead. Could he really become the country’s next presid…

Ukrainian presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky backstage during the filming of his comedy show.

October 30, 2018

Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Mail Bombs, Hate Crimes, and the Meaning of Terrorism

Last week’s mail bombs and synagogue attack have reignited a heated discussion of hate crimes and terrorism in the United States. Definitions matter in this debate.

Terrorism and Hate Crimes

October 4, 2018

Brazil
Brazil’s Election: What to Know

Brazil’s general election will be one of the biggest tests of its democracy in decades. Here’s a rundown of the candidates and issues to watch.

Henry Milleo/Getty Images

August 6, 2018

Iran
The Return of U.S. Sanctions on Iran: What to Know

The United States has reactivated sanctions against Iran that could trigger the collapse of the multilateral Iran nuclear deal.

Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images

October 18, 2018

Italy
Does Italy Threaten a New European Debt Crisis?

Italy’s populist government has relished defying the European Union, and its latest showdown with Brussels could threaten the continent’s fragile recovery—and the global economy.

Conte

November 1, 2018

Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia’s Populism Is Different but Also Dangerous

The region’s fast-growing but fragile democracies have been susceptible to strongmen and autocratic-leaning populists in recent years, propelled by concerns over inequality, crime, and dysfunctional …

Dondi Tawatao/Reuters

November 7, 2018

Brazil
Brazil’s Economy Under Bolsonaro

Jair Bolsonaro has vowed to overhaul Brazil’s economy and align the country more closely with the United States, with uncertain implications for its relations with China.

Bolsonaro waves to Brazilian flag

January 28, 2019

Nonproliferation, Arms Control, and Disarmament
The Ailing INF Treaty: What to Know

A collapse of this Cold War–era INF treaty, which many believe has favored the United States, could unleash a new age of nuclear weapons competition with Russia.

INF Treaty

April 4, 2019

Mozambique
Cyclone Idai Reveals Africa’s Vulnerabilities

Floodwaters in Mozambique could spread cholera, raising the death toll even after the storm has passed.

Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images

April 26, 2019

Japan
The Japanese Emperor’s Role in Foreign Policy

With Emperor Akihito’s historic abdication approaching, here’s a look at his accomplishments and what to expect from the next emperor, Crown Prince Naruhito.

Emperor Akihito, Empress Michiko, Crown Prince Naruhito, and Crown Princess Masako attend a party in Tokyo.