Two caskets covered with UN flags on display near a Turkish airlines plane and military personel standing nearby.
This week, Critical State, our global security newsletter, takes a deep dive into the rationale behind peacekeeping missions.
A woman wearing a suit with yellow shirt casts a ballot while wearing a mask
In Moldova, poverty and corruption go hand-in-hand. So when Maia Sandu, the recently elected first woman president, ran a campaign focused solely on addressing corruption, 93% of Moldovans abroad voted for her.
Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, left, is shown the way by Chinese President Xi Jinping before their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing,China, April 24, 2019.
China’s investments helped Ethiopia become one of the world’s fastest-growing economies. Now, the country is embroiled in a conflict that has displaced tens of thousands — and threatens to destabilize a region in which China is heavily invested.
Blue background with Facebook and Twitter logo and two blue boxes with "election" and "vote" written on it in white letters
We live in a golden age for professional fact-checkers who expose every made-up statistic or erroneous accusation that passes US political leaders’ lips. This week, Critical State delves into new research that shows how despite all that fact-checking, we also live in a golden age of political lying.
A group of Korean young men huddle around and hold up a trophy.
At the League of Legends World Championship held in Shanghai last month, more than 3 million people entered to win a ticket to attend the finals. Only 6,000 were allowed in because of social distancing rules due to the coronavirus pandemic. 
A US Marine (center) talks with Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers during a training in Helmand province, Afghanistan, July 5, 2017.
Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller has announced a major troop withdrawal in Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia. The news is being met with plenty of skepticism.
French President Emmanuel Macron stands at a podium with French flag behind him.
French President Emmanuel Macron's proposed "separatism law" would, among other things, monitor international funding coming into French mosques, crack down on online hate speech and create a special certificate program for French imams.
A demonstrator wearing a protective face mask with a message attends a protest demanding to boycott China-made products.
Leaders in Delhi have resisted Beijing’s efforts to pull India into networks that China leads or dominates, including the Belt and Road Initiative and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor.
A supporter of President Donald Trump holds a Trump 2020 flag with sun shining through it outside the US Capitol building as they attend pro-Trump marches
Disinformation has been a part of regular political communication for as long as there have been politics. This week, Critical State takes a deep dive into the dreaded "disinformation threat" and the effect of Donald Trump’s 2020 presidential election tweets on American voters.
Workers move a sign at the Olympic Village for the 2022 Winter Olympics in the Chongli district of Zhangjiakou, Hebei province, China, Oct. 29, 2020.
In September, more than 160 advocacy organizations wrote a letter to the International Olympic Committee asking for the Games to be moved out of China.