Latest from Ishaan Tharoor

We’re still living in the age of Napoleon

"Napoleon was a harbinger of the modern world, with all its terrors and abuses, but also all its progress and possibilities."
  • May 7, 2021

The Biden administration starts to unwind Trump’s border legacy

Administration officials are touting an end to an era of crude nationalism and a more sober approach to border security.
  • May 5, 2021

Wealthy nations still aren’t doing enough during the pandemic

By one estimate, the monopolization of the first 2 billion coronavirus vaccine doses by a clutch of wealthy nations could double the pandemic’s global death toll.
  • May 4, 2021

Right-wing nationalists failed during the pandemic. But they weren’t the only ones.

The two current worst-hit major countries, Brazil and India, are governed by right-wing nationalists who have presided over hideous surges of the virus that overwhelmed hospital systems and filled cemeteries and crematoriums.
  • May 3, 2021

American politics are getting more European

Democrats are more aggressively seeking to build the kind of social democracy that exists in many European countries. Growing ranks of Republicans, meanwhile, are flirting with a brand of nativist populism already prevalent among the European far right.
  • Apr 30, 2021

Biden’s foreign policy aims to ‘win the 21st century’

In his first address to a joint session of Congress, President Biden declared that "we have to show not just that we are back, but that we are here to stay."
  • Apr 28, 2021

Israel is committing the crime of apartheid, new report says

Human Rights Watch lays out how, in terms framed by existing international law, overarching Israeli policy toward Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem constitutes an agenda to both maintain Jewish Israeli domination and systematically oppress Palestinians.
  • Apr 27, 2021

The U.S. sees a historical genocide. Turkey sees a political vendetta.

Biden’s decision to recognize the atrocities against Armenians as a genocide is both a reflection of his administration’s commitment to human rights as well as Washington’s mounting impatience with Turkey.
  • Apr 26, 2021

Biden ushers in a new era of climate geopolitics

Numerous world leaders made new pledges to curb emissions and realign their economies to better tackle climate change. But thorny challenges abound.
  • Apr 23, 2021

The pandemic’s chilling effect on free speech

According to Pen America, a freedom of expression advocacy organization, in 2020, at least 273 writers, academics, and public intellectuals in 35 countries were in prison or unjustly held in detention in connection with their writing, their work, or related activism.
  • Apr 21, 2021