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Why Nation-Building Failed in Afghanistan

The United States invaded Afghanistan 20 years ago with the hope of rebuilding a country that had become a scourge

Biden’s Iranian Opportunity

For years, Iranian moderates, such as former President Hassan Rouhani, tried and failed to reach an understanding with the West.

Friends of the Taliban?

The days and nights following the Taliban’s capture of Kabul and the collapse of the Afghan government have been remarkably

America’s Withdrawal of Choice

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has fled the country. His government has collapsed as Taliban fighters enter Kabul. Bringing back memories

Pax Americana Died in Kabul

The terrorist takeover of Afghanistan, following President Joe Biden’s precipitous and bungling military exit, has brought an ignoble end to

Ending the Drowning Epidemic

Each year, more than 80,000 children globally die from a danger that gets little public attention and is not taken

Apocalypse or Cooperation?

The Apocalypse is now. That is the glaring message of the perfect storm of COVID-19 and climate change that has

Curbing the Hate Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has intensified the spread of an equally virulent virus: hate. Effective vaccines offer the best hope of

Economics Has Another Diversity Problem

Early in his career, the economist Joseph E. Stiglitz had an extended stay in Kenya, where he was struck by

Why Vaccination Should be Compulsory

I’m writing from Victoria, the Australian state that became, in 1970, the first jurisdiction in the world to make it

Are Central Banks to Blame for Rising Inequality?

Judging by the number of times phrases such as “equitable growth” and “the distributional footprint of monetary policy” appear in

America’s New Great-Power Strategy

During the four decades of the Cold War, the United States had a grand strategy focused on containing the power

Will China Kick Its Coal Habit?

China is stuck between a fossil fuel-dependent past and a future powered by renewable energy. The country today generates 53%

Is Pax Sinica Possible?

Chinese President Xi Jinping seems to want to build a Pax Sinica, which would compete with – and even replace

How to End the Pandemic

The United States has now entered its fifth wave of COVID-19 infections. In each one, the country has paid a

Education and Afghanistan’s Security

US President Joe Biden has decided that it is time for American troops finally to leave Afghanistan, the first country

A US-Russia Deal on Afghanistan?

During their June 16 Geneva summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly offered US President Joe Biden the use of Russian

How to Strengthen Anti-Poverty Efforts

From 1990 to 2019, the number of people living in extreme poverty (according to the World Bank threshold of $1.90

Little England’s Own Goal

Few English voters, and even fewer members of the United Kingdom’s political establishment, expected the recent European football championship, deservedly

A Climate Agenda for the G20

Late last year, at their summit in Riyadh, G20 leaders identified climate change as one of the most pressing challenges