Tag: International Relations

The New India: Expanding Influence Abroad, Straining Democracy at Home

NEW DELHI — On the margins of a summit meant as a show of force for a Russian leader seeking a turnaround on the battlefield, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India leaned in with a different message. “Democracy, diplomacy and dialogue” — not war — is the answer, he told Vladimir V. Putin as the […]

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The Fight Between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Explained

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken met the foreign ministers of Armenia and Azerbaijan in New York this week for the first direct talks since more than 180 people were reported killed last week in fighting between the two countries. The flare-up subsided within days, but the high-level meeting reflects worries that the causes of […]

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What You Need to Know About Italy’s Elections

ROME — Italians vote on Sunday for the first time in almost five years in national elections that will usher in a new, and polls predict, right-wing government that will face economic challenges, a deepening energy crisis, and questions about Italy’s hard line against Russia and its full-throated support for the European Union. The elections […]

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Putin’s Escalation of the War in Ukraine

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Senate Ratifies Kigali Amendment, the Global Pact to Curb Hydrofluorocarbons

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted on Wednesday to approve an international climate treaty for the first time in 30 years, agreeing in a rare bipartisan deal to phase out of the use of planet-warming industrial chemicals commonly found in refrigerators and air-conditioners. By a vote of 69 to 27 the United States joined the 2016 […]

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Analysis: A Cornered Putin Is More Dangerous Than Ever

PARIS — President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, in a speech on Wednesday that was a reminder of how easily the war in Ukraine could spread, doubled down on his nuclear threat, accused the West of seeking to “destroy” his country, and suggested that Ukrainians are mere pawns of the “military machine of the collective […]

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How a Looming Oil Ban Could Devastate a Small Italian City

Like thousands of Sicilians who live near Priolo Gargallo, part of an industrial petrochemical hub on this island’s southeastern coast, Davide Mauro has tied his livelihood to the giant Russian-owned Lukoil refinery — a landscape of towering chimney stacks, steel cranes and flat-topped gas tanks that rise above the Ionian Sea’s brilliant turquoise waters. Ever […]

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United Nations General Assembly Returns to New York

Drivers are staying away from Midtown Manhattan if they can. Workers returning to the office are taking the subway or allowing extra time for the bus. Deliveries are delayed or canceled. United Nations gridlock — expected to continue through Sept. 26 — is back. The opening day of the 77th U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday […]

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Russia’s Invasion Shadows U.N. Assembly Amid ‘Colossal Global Dysfunction’

Divided by war, strained by shortages and faced with the cataclysm of global warming, dozens of world leaders convened at the United Nations in New York on Tuesday for the first full, in-person General Assembly since the pandemic began. Among all the global crises, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine dominated the day, with heads of state […]

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A More Inclusive Global Order Is Possible

This vision found its consummate expression at the Bretton Woods Conference in 1944, where delegates created the World Bank and International Monetary Fund — and then in the charter of the United Nations a year later. With support from a range of institutions, including the Ford Foundation, it evolved and expanded to include a plethora […]

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In South Korea, President Yoon Treads Fine Line Between U.S. and China

SEOUL — Four months into his new administration, President Yoon Suk-yeol of South Korea has found hi​mself in trouble. His national approval rating has plummeted, his governing People Power Party does not control Parliament and five of his cabinet-level appointees have been forced to step down amid accusations of nepotism, sexual harassment and other ethical […]

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Putin Threatens to Escalate War as India Distances Itself From Russia

Underlining Russia’s widening isolation on the world stage, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India told President Vladimir V. Putin on Friday that it is no time for war — even as the Russian president threatened to escalate the brutality of his campaign in Ukraine. The televised admonishment by Mr. Modi at a regional summit in […]

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In Central Asia’s ‘Great Game,’ China Seeks the Advantage

BEIJING — As Xi Jinping, China’s leader, visited Central Asian countries this week, he stepped off planes to rousing performances by rows of dancers, musicians and ceremonial guards. Uzbekistan’s leader called him “the greatest statesman,” Chinese state media declared, while the leader of Turkmenistan praised his “wise leadership.” They draped him in medals. For Beijing, […]

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Putin Nods to Xi’s ‘Concerns,’ and the Limits of Their Cooperation

President Vladimir V. Putin acknowledged on Thursday that China had “questions and concerns” about Russia’s war in Ukraine, a notable, if cryptic, admission that Moscow lacks the full backing of its biggest, most powerful partner on the world stage. Mr. Putin met China’s leader, Xi Jinping, on Thursday in their first in-person meeting since Russia […]

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Giorgia Meloni May Lead Italy, and Europe Is Worried

CAGLIARI, Sardinia — Giorgia Meloni, the hard-right leader of a party descended from post-Fascist roots and the favorite to become Italy’s next prime minister after elections this month, is known for her rhetorical crescendos, thundering timbre and ferocious speeches slamming gay-rights lobbies, European bureaucrats and illegal migrants. But she was suddenly soft-spoken when asked on […]

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Zelensky Visits a City Just Miles From the Front, Underscoring Ukraine’s Gains

IZIUM, Ukraine — Standing in a cold drizzle among wreckage left behind by Russia’s chaotic retreat, President Volodymyr Zelensky looked to the sky on Wednesday toward Ukraine’s flag flying over the main square of a city reclaimed just days ago in a stunning counterattack. “Today, when we look up, we are looking for only one […]

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Xi Jinping Heads to Central Asia in First Foreign Trip Since 2020

After spending all of the pandemic hunkered down in China, Xi Jinping, the country’s leader, finally stepped outside its borders on Wednesday for the first time in more than two years, making a short visit to Central Asia to project himself as a global statesman and engage in the sort of diplomacy that can’t be […]

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Xi’s China and Biden’s U.S.: It Feels Like a Cold War

During a trip to China more than a decade ago as vice president, Joe Biden gave a speech celebrating the United States as the wealthiest country ever. The United States, he said, was two and a half times as rich as his host nation. That afternoon, when Mr. Biden met his counterpart, Xi Jinping, for […]

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Prime Minister Liz Truss’s Dizzying First Week

LONDON — Last Tuesday, Prime Minister Liz Truss was moving into Downing Street and puzzling over how to help people pay their soaring gas bills. Two days later, she stepped out of her new home to pay tribute to a revered queen, Elizabeth II, and tell the country that Britain’s new king would henceforth be […]

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Queen’s Ties to Scotland Add New Wrinkle to Push for Independence

EDINBURGH — Its streets lined with tens of thousands of admirers, Scotland bade a somber farewell to Queen Elizabeth II on Sunday as her coffin made its slow, final, journey through a country that she helped bind into the British state through her decades of rule, her love of the wild Scottish countryside and her […]

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With Queen Gone, Former Colonies Find a Moment to Rethink Lasting Ties

HONIARA, Solomon Islands — Millicent Barty has spent years trying to decolonize her country, recording oral histories across the Solomon Islands and promoting Melanesian culture. Her goal: to prioritize local knowledge, not just what arrived with the British Empire. But on Friday morning, when asked about the death of Queen Elizabeth II, Ms. Barty sighed […]

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Jung Jae Kwon: Questioning the nuclear umbrella

Many of America’s allies have little faith that huddling under America’s nuclear umbrella will keep them safe. “The conventional wisdom has been that the threat of nuclear retaliation by the U.S. is enough to defend our junior non-nuclear allies,” says Jung Jae Kwon, a political science doctoral student at MIT. “But this threat is not […]

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How Silicon Chips Rule the World

When I first arrived in Taiwan as a college student in the summer of 1973, there was no ambiguity whatsoever about the American role on the island. Over the previous two years, President Richard M. Nixon and his national security adviser, Henry Kissinger, had opened relations with the People’s Republic of China in Beijing. But […]

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Lawmakers Press Biden to Track U.S. Aid Tied to Civilian Harm in Yemen

This is the scene of an airstrike in 2016 in Yemen, on a busy hospital in a small city called Abs. Nineteen people were killed and dozens were injured. The pilot missed clear warning signs and ignored safety measures, like a no-strike list of protected buildings. Found in the debris, the remains of a U.S.-made […]

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EU Leaders Say Putin’s Gas Power Is Weakening

BERLIN — Not long after Russian forces invaded Ukraine, another mobilization began. European energy ministers and diplomats started jetting across the world and inking energy deals — racing to prepare for a rough winter should Russia choose to cut off its cheap gas in retaliation for Western sanctions. Since then, President Vladimir V. Putin of […]

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The World Is Getting Less Flat

In fact, however, hyperglobalization stalled out around 2008; international trade as a share of the world economy has been more or less, um, flat for 14 years. And there are three reasons to believe that globalization will actually retreat in the years ahead, though probably not to the extent it did in the interwar years. […]

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Forging political alliances through supply chains

The bustling coastal city of Wenzhou made its mark early on Hao Zhang. “It is considered the birthplace of Chinese capitalism, and living there, with many relatives involved in startups, I was exposed to all kinds of business,” says Zhang, a rising fifth-year graduate student in political science. He also gained a close-up view of […]

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As Russia Chokes Europe’s Gas, France Enters Era of Energy ‘Sobriety’

A factory making iconic French bistro glasses is idling its furnaces to offset soaring energy costs. Cities around France are turning off streetlamps and other outdoor lighting to curb electricity use. In Normandy, some schools will start heating classrooms by burning wood to conserve natural gas. As Russia tightens its chokehold on Europe’s energy supplies, […]

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Russia’s Unfounded Claims of Secret U.S. Bioweapons Linger On and On

The United States secretly manufactured biological weapons in Ukraine. It trained birds to carry pathogens into Russia. It created Covid-19. It operated laboratories in Nigeria that engineered this year’s outbreak of monkeypox. Of the many falsehoods that the Kremlin has spread since the war in Ukraine began more than six months ago, some of the […]

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Russia Says the Gas Pipeline to Germany Will Remain Closed

Gazprom said on Friday that it would postpone restarting the flow of natural gas through a closely watched pipeline that connects Russia and Germany, an unexpected delay that appeared to be part of a larger struggle between Moscow and the West over energy and the war in Ukraine. The Russian-owned energy giant had been expected […]

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