The Battle Between Brazil’s Familiar Faces

Voters in South America’s largest country face a stark choice in Sunday’s presidential election: A Dispatch Explainer.

The Kremlin and the ‘Dirty Bomb’

Plus: Some website updates we think you’ll like.

The Diabolical Logic of Nuclear Blackmail

Can Putin’s threats prevail even after his army has failed?

Xi Jinping Consolidates Power at Party Congress

The autocratic leader continues to fill top party roles with yes-men.

Are We Witnessing Another Iranian Revolution?

Protests calling for regime change persist, but would-be revolutionaries face a long and perilous road ahead: A Dispatch Explainer.

Can the U.S. Do More to Help Iranian Protesters?

Plus: U.K. Prime Minister Liz Truss resigned on Thursday, setting up a Conservative Party fight over who will replace her.

The Russia-Iran Axis

Deeper ties create risks for the West on battlefields far beyond Ukraine.

The Global Spillover Effects of the Fed’s Rate-Hiking Campaign

Plus: Announcing the location of the next Dispatch regional event.

Xi Jinping’s Mission Statement

The Chinese president defends his policy regime at his party’s National Congress ahead of an expected third term.

America’s New European Opportunity

New leaders in Italy and Sweden don’t see eye-to-eye with Biden on every issue, but they’re offering a distinctly pro-American foreign policy.

Xi Jinping 3.0

China’s most powerful ruler since Mao is set to receive another five-year mandate: A Dispatch Explainer.

Why It’s So Hard to End the War in Ukraine

Both sides see more peril in negotiations than continuing the fight.

The Myth of the Omniscient Authoritarian

Centralized power by an unelected elite tends to create a foolish resistance to change.

The Taliban’s Gender Apartheid Regime

Two decades of advances for women have disappeared in 13 months.

Pop Goes the Weasel?

Putin definitely, probably, maybe won’t use nukes. I think.