The brewing crisis over Taiwan

Taiwan’s separate status, says China’s leader, Xi Jinping, is “a wound to the Chinese nation left by history.” Is a crisis coming? Here’s everything you need to know: What does China want?China has always considered Taiwan its territory, and reunification is an almost sacred cause. Tensions across the Taiwan Strait have led to conflict or […]

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A Photo Trip to China’s Daocheng County

Niti Thanomsri / Shutterstock In Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, on the west side of China’s Sichuan province, sits Daocheng county, a small, mountainous region that about 31,000 ethnic Tibetans call home. Daocheng currently has the world’s highest civilian airport, sitting at 14,472 feet (4,411 meters) above sea level. Most visitors to the region will make […]

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How Russia Exported Kleptocracy to America

For two years, in the early 1990s, Richard Palmer served as the CIA station chief in the United States’ Moscow embassy. The events unfolding around him—the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the rise of Russia—were so chaotic, so traumatic and exhilarating, that they mostly eluded clearheaded analysis. But from all the intelligence that washed […]

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How Should Americans Tackle Anti-Semitism?

“Our country and many others around the world have entered a dark period when virulent nationalism and bigotry are on the rise,” says Atlantic staff writer Emma Green. In a new Atlantic Argument, Green explains how the recent uptick in anti-Semitism is particularly alarming in Europe; a recent CNN poll revealed that a quarter of […]

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