World Events

The Coming Fight Over Fighter Jets

After finally reaching a deal on tanks, NATO now begins a debate on whether to send F-16s to Ukraine.

Last Call in Brussels

Why should NATO continue to let Turkey hold it hostage?

Ukraine’s Fight Against Corruption

Plus: Introducing Dispatch Politics, our newest newsletter offering.

Coming Out as an Arab Advocate of Peace with Israel

Proponents of normalization have a chance to bring a peace deal across the finish line.

A Bold Vision for Japan

The country’s military buildup reflects a sense of urgency about the China threat. But implementing it will be a challenge.

The Turkish Roadblock to an Expanded NATO

Sweden and Finland still want to join the alliance, but Turkey stands squarely in the way.

Don’t Praise Olaf Scholz for Finally Doing the Right Thing

Throughout the war in Ukraine, Western leaders have been celebrated for doing the bare minimum.

Does Putin Have a ‘Shadow Army’?

Wagner Group mercenaries have suffered setbacks in Ukraine but still maintain a global footprint: A Dispatch Explainer.

The Tank Debate Rolls On

Germany continues to hold up transfers of Western-made battle tanks to Ukraine.

China’s Looming Demographic Crisis

Beijing reported population decline for the first time in decades—the long-term economic impact could prove painful.

Brazil’s New President Starts His Term on a Tightrope

Lula quelled an insurrection, but he still must figure out how to contend with a divided populace and looming fiscal challenges.

Turkish Demands Over Kurdish Refugees Are Threatening Sweden’s NATO Accession

It’s time for the U.S. and other NATO nations to put pressure on Erdoğan.

Bolsonaro Supporters Wreak Havoc on Brasília

Brazilian authorities are investigating recent riots aimed at restoring the former president to power.

Breaking the Deadlock in Ukraine

As Moscow and Kyiv consider large-scale offensives, the West weighs sending new types of weaponry.

Erdogan’s Coming U-Turn on Syria

Why the Turkish president will likely drop his hopes of toppling Assad.

Thinking Through the Remainder of the Ukraine War

Of pyrrhic victories, material advantage, and the steeliness of Western resolve.