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December 9, 2022

United Kingdom
A New Roadblock for Scottish Independence

The United Kingdom’s highest court dealt a blow to the push for a new referendum on Scottish independence. What comes next?

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the Scottish National Party, attends a pro-independence demonstration outside Holyrood, the Scottish Parliament, on November 23, 2022.

November 4, 2022

Renewing America
The Globalization Myth

Globalization is taking a beating. Its diminishing number of defenders face a rising chorus of critics, particularly in the United States, that blame it for wage stagnation, increased inequality, and…

A container ship at a busy port. This image features at the top of Shannon O'Neil's article "The globalization myth" published in the Hill.

November 4, 2022

Health
Perilous Pathogens: How Climate Change Is Increasing the Threat of Diseases

At the COP27 summit, leaders will discuss how to deal with the many consequences of climate change. These four cases show how the climate crisis is altering the threat of zoonotic diseases.

An infectious diseases research team in full body protective suits, catches bats for a study outside the Khao Chong Phran Cave in Ratchaburi, Thailand

October 27, 2022

China
The U.S. Should Steal China’s Regional Cooperation IP

Nearshoring beats reshoring and is the best way for American companies and workers to compete with the biggest economic challenge they face.

More nearshoring will make it better

October 20, 2022

Middle East and North Africa
Iran’s Protesters Want Khamenei Gone. Who Is Iran’s Supreme Leader?

Many in Iran’s women-led protests are calling for the removal of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and an end to the Islamic Republic. Here’s what to know about Iran’s top political and religious authority.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei gestures and speaks in to a microphone while seated. The Iranian flag is seen behind him.

October 17, 2022

China
Joshua Kurlantzick: My Previous Book on State Capitalism in China—Right Idea, Wildly Underestimated

Chinese President Xi Jinping has gone much further than analysts had predicted he would in state control of the private sector in China and departure from a consensus based authoritarian system to on…

Xi Jinping

October 18, 2022

China
Washington Raises Stakes in War on Chinese Technology

New U.S. sanctions are in some ways more restrictive than Cold-War era controls.

Semiconductor device at Semicon China.

October 4, 2022

Monetary Policy
As Global Recession Looms, a Perilous Moment for Central Banks

Many central banks are navigating turbulent waters as they battle inflation, a strengthening dollar, and an energy crunch. Should they coordinate policy?

People walk past a sign outside a currency exchange office in London.

September 26, 2022

Middle East and North Africa
Waiting for Thermidor: America’s Foreign Policy Towards Iran

The Islamic Republic of Iran may be on an accelerated schedule for revolutionary decay, at least if compared to the USSR.

A member of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps waves the Iranian flag