U.S. President Joe Biden, Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio.

U.S. President Joe Biden hosted the leaders of Japan and the Philippines yesterday, in a meeting centered on shared security interests with an eye toward China’s increasing regional and global influence. This narrow focus, however, highlights the lack of seriousness paid to the escalating crisis in Myanmar.

Emirati astronauts.

The Gulf Cooperation Council states are on a transformative journey, tapping into new sectors to diversify their traditionally hydrocarbon-dependent economies. Now, a regional space race is emerging, driven by domestic economic ambitions and commercial interests, but also the desire to enhance global prestige and soft power.

The Baltic 2 offshore wind park.

The recent approval of the United States’ eighth major offshore wind project provided a boost to the offshore wind sector’s commitment to being part of the solution not only to climate change, but also the rapid degradation of marine biodiversity. These crises are two sides of the same coin and must be addressed together.

A deliverer for Uber Eats.

Feb. 15 was supposed to be a red-letter day for the EU’s 30 million gig economy workers. Instead, the bloc’s flagship digital platform work directive was blocked, the latest twist in the trajectory of a proposal that has been shaped by landmark court rulings, a global pandemic and the EU’s pernicious lobby industry.

Vietnam General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong.

The leaders of Vietnam, a one-party, opaque, and authoritarian state, usually try to present themselves as working closely together, free of discord and united on all fronts. The current reality is far different. Behind the opaque façade, Vietnam’s leadership is now apparently both corrupt and intensely fractious.

A protest in Jenin, West Bank.

The war in Gaza has reverberated in the West Bank, deepening public anger at Israel. At the same time, Israeli actions in the West Bank continue to energize Palestinian armed groups that are challenging the control of the Palestinian Authority. Now, the Palestinian political system is heading towards a profound crisis.

People protest against Russian language usage on Ukrainian TV.

Few themes have featured as prominently in Kremlin propaganda about the war in Ukraine as the supposed persecution of Russian speakers there. It is ironic, then, that Russian President Vladimir Putin has done more harm to the language’s standing than perhaps any other leader in at least a century.

Klietz military training area, in Klietz, Germany.

Last month, French President Emmanuel Macron said that the West should consider deploying troops to Ukraine, a suggestion immediately repudiated by several of his European counterparts. But mobilizing a non-NATO military mission to Ukraine would be an effective way for the West to signal its collective resolve against Russia.

Police patrol a town in Colombia.

Colombian President Gustavo Petro’s “Total Peace”—an ambitious plan to negotiate directly with the country’s criminal and armed groups—suffered a series of setbacks due to missteps, legislative roadblocks and unforced errors. Now, nearly halfway through his four-year term, Petro is no longer relying exclusively on dialogue.