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December 16, 2021

China
What Was the Summit for Democracy Really About?

The Biden administration’s goal in organizing a Summit for Democracy isn’t simply about bolstering democracy. It is also about bolstering democracy to sideline a rising non-democratic country — China…

U.S. President Joe Biden at the Summit for Democracy.

December 9, 2021

Fossil Fuels
To Tackle Climate Change, Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground

As oil rigs and coal plants churn on, national emissions targets grow increasingly disingenuous and infeasible. To prevent the worst implications of the climate crisis, it is time to target the suppl…

The sun sets behind the chimneys of the Total Grandpuits oil refinery, southeast of Paris, France, March 1, 2021.

November 5, 2021

Venezuela
Lessons from the Failure of Democracy Promotion in Venezuela

Why did the US effort to promote democracy in Venezuela fail? The lessons learned there should inform democracy promotion efforts around the globe. 

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

July 7, 2021

Latin America
A Socially Conservative Left Is Gaining Traction in Latin America

The electoral strength of the right is pushing Latin America’s leftists away from progressive causes.

Pedro Castillo speaks to a crowd

June 23, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
How Sisi Beat Biden’s Human Rights Policy

Egypt is again proving useful to the United States—for now.

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi reacts after delivering a speech at the Lower House of parliament in Tokyo, Japan, February 29, 2016.

May 1, 2019

Economics
The World’s Next Big Growth Challenge

The economic performance of lower-income developing countries will be crucial to reducing poverty further. Although these economies face significant headwinds, they could also seize important new gro…

Nigeria Market Lagos

August 17, 2021

Afghanistan
The Legacy of the U.S. War in Afghanistan in Nine Graphics

The U.S. overthrow of the Taliban regime after the 9/11 attacks ushered in a massive nation-building project. Nine graphics show what changed in Afghanistan over the past two decades.

Girls sit on the floor and read from books in a classroom.

July 26, 2021

Globalization
Globalization Strikes Back

The ongoing pandemic and global climate-related disasters demonstrate the inadequacy of efforts to address the problematic aspects of globalization.

People take part in a Fridays for Future protest in Vienna, Austria, May 14, 2021

December 16, 2020

Afghanistan
America can’t stay in Afghanistan forever, but it matters how we leave

(CNN)As President Trump seeks to draw down US troops from Afghanistan and Iraq, some have argued the decision is about bringing an end to America's endless wars. But the real issue is how to create e…

December 13, 2017

Global
Ten Silver Linings in 2017

In a year of tumult, were there any positive trends? Experts point to a number of areas where progress was made, from reducing child mortality and poverty to improving women’s rights.

Lebanon Women's Rights