International security

South Africa's Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Naledi Pandor addresses the United Nations Security Council.

‘We want Africa to take its place’: African leaders call for more representation at UN Security Council

Global Politics

Leaders of African nations have long demanded reforms to the UN Security Council, arguing that they deserve more representation on the council, given the large percentage of council issues that involve Africa.

The tail of a missile sticks out in a residential area in Yahidne, near of Dnipro, Ukraine, Tuesday, April 12, 2022. 

Unmaking modern strategy: Part I

A woman stands in a lab wearing a face mask

Biology will play ‘a key role in the response to future crises,’ says health security scholar

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Commander of Western military district Colonel-General Andrei Kartapolov

Russia to hold biggest war games in nearly four decades

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DiNapoli and Nadler

USA Freedom Act co-sponsor calls the bill a good step — but says more must be done

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Syrian activist Karam Al Hamad at work. Hamad is currently waiting for permission to leave Turkey to travel to the US for a fellowship.

After a year of torture in Syrian jail, an activist finally makes it to the US


After a year in a Syrian jail being tortured by the regime’s police, activist Karam Al Hamad finally escaped to Turkey. He says he’ll only feel safe once he gets to escape the region and come to the US for a fellowship, but the road is proving even harder than he expected.

Isaac Herzog, at rear in the center, poses for a selfie with supporters of his center-left Zionist Union at their party headquarters in Tel Aviv on March 16, 2015.

As Netanyahu campaigns on Iran, Israelis prepare to vote on their rent

Global Politics

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gambled big on national security in Israel’s upcoming election, saying only he and his party could keep Israel safe from Iran and terrorist groups. But the gamble seems to have backfired as Israeli voters look more concerned about economic matters.

Militant Islamist fighters from the self-named Islamic State take part in a military parade along the streets of northern Raqqa province.

How ISIS uses the tools of activism for its own violent goals

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“Today, ISIS is running probably the most effective propaganda machine out there,” says one analyst. But while ISIS may have the tools of activism down pat, it’s far different from real activist movement in important ways.

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The World explores youth activism at SXSW


Gezi Park. Tahrir Square. Hong Kong. Ferguson. What form is youth activism taking and how is it different from what came before? The World brings you a multimedia experience from South by Southwest in Austin as part of our #SafeMode series.

Protester at anti-Maidan rally this weekend in Moscow sports a pro-Putin t-shirt.

Demonstrators in Moscow seem to be living in a ‘parallel universe’

Global Politics

The “Anti-Maidan” rally in Moscow marked one year since a pro-Western uprising in Kiev’s Maidan Square toppled Ukraine’s president. But the attendees have a far different view of everything that’s happened since then, and they’re not afraid to say it.