People walk along a deserted road blocked with improvised barricades build by anti-coup protesters to secure a neighborhood in Yangon, Myanmar, March 18, 2021.
A brutal military coup has some protesters calling for armed intervention — but is this a real possibility?
A young girl blows bubbles in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus, Syria, Jan. 19, 2017.
Syrian photographer Bassam Khabieh turned his lens on children to capture how the war impacted them. His photos are now in a book called, “Witnesses to War: The Children of Syria.”
A soldier in uniform stands next to a man in a military vehicle with rugged mountains in the background.
Mohammad, an Afghan interpreter, cleared big hurdles to get a Special Immigrant Visa, which is available to Afghans who have assisted US missions. He was killed by the Taliban before his visa was approved. 
A rocket goes off with fire underneath it.
This week, Critical State, our weekly foreign policy newsletter, takes a deep dive into new research on what to expect as norms about foreign policy continuity in the US continue to erode.
A man holds a placard depicting Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sissi and reads he is a criminal as he stages a protest by the National Assembly in Paris, Dec. 8, 2020. 
It’s the first time the UN council has weighed in on the situation in Egypt in seven years. And, it represents a policy shift by the US, which was among 31 countries that brought a resolution forward.
Bashil el-Ahmad stands next to her garden with the mountains behind her marking the Syrian border.  

A decade after protesters took to the streets to oppose the Assad family’s rule, President Bashar al-Assad has retaken control of most of the country. But that doesn’t make it any easier to return.
Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai
This week, the Biden administration put forward a power-sharing arrangement between the government in Kabul, Afghanistan, and the Taliban, the details of which were leaked by TOLONews.
Riot police detain a man during clashes in the northern city of Thessaloniki, Greece, March 11, 2021.
Greek authorities say the technology will make police checks more efficient, but critics are sounding the alarm about potential abuses. 
A team of journalists gather around a table with laptops
Mesopotamia Agency, Turkey's largest Kurdish news outlet, is often at odds with the government’s narrative about its longtime struggle against the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
This aerial shot released by the Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) shows a village affected by a landslide in Nganjuk, East Java, Indonesia, Monday, Feb. 15, 2021. 
Critical State, our foreign policy newsletter, takes a deep dive into a theory about how natural disasters may help and hurt rebel resilience.