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To confront the legacy of slavery in the U.S. without openly challenging the racial attitudes that created and shaped the institution is to leave the most important variable out of the equation, writes Annette Gordon-Reed.

Some observers believe rigging the Iranian election in favor of Raisi is a ploy to groom him to become the next supreme leader, while others believe Khamenei is intentionally setting Raisi up to fail. Neither interpretation is convincing, @AliVaez  writes.

The International Criminal Court was created in 1998 with an ostensibly global remit, but the focus of its work has long been much narrower—all 44 people it has indicted have been Africans. @OumarKBa  considers whether the court can overcome this inequity:

Read @AmyJaffeenergy  on how the United States will need to adapt if it wants to maintain its position as an energy security superpower:

“When new security threats enter into an environment that is already polarized, they are often quickly politicized. In the current era, this means that the toughest & most consequential foreign policy problems are more likely to be divisive than unifying.”

Senator J. William Fulbright was both a foreign policy visionary and a racist. This dual legacy reflects a persistent blind spot in U.S. global engagement—one that must be recognized in order to remake U.S. internationalism today, @charleskingdc  writes.

The crisis in Myanmar isn’t just the result of the February coup, @thantmyintu  writes. It is the outcome of decades of failed state building and nation building and an economy and a society that have been so unjust for so long to so many.

Read @McFaul  on how, after Geneva, the Biden administration should develop its strategy for containing and deterring Russian aggression, while also supporting democratic forces in Russia, Europe, and around the world:

Today, instead of extolling the virtues of free trade and openness toward China, the establishment beats the drums for a new Cold War, casting China as an existential threat to the U.S. It is important to challenge this new consensus, @SenSanders  writes.


In a review of two recent books, @JanePerlez  considers what China’s crackdown on Hong Kong will mean for the city’s residents, for the region, and for the world:

Nigeria’s international partners, especially the United States, must acknowledge that Nigeria is now a failed state, write @JohnCampbellcfr  and Robert I. Rotberg.

Evidence of mass surveillance, arbitrary arrest, forced labor, detention camps, torture, and murder in Xinjiang has piled up, but China’s economic power has deterred many world leaders from open criticism. Read @excinit  on whether this is about to change:

Hong Kong’s status as an autonomous region that respected the rule of law and protected human rights helped make the city a capital of international finance, writes Michael C. Davis. This achievement is now at risk.

“What has been Asia’s financial hub may find itself reduced to a twenty-first-century version of the fishing village that Queen Victoria’s subjects found when they sailed into the harbor in 1841.”