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    The Great Collapse

    The Taliban's stunningly swift return to power after 20 years of fighting American-led troops and the Western-backed Afghan government raises profound questions about the future of Afghanistan, the region, and, most importantly, America's role in the world. Has the graveyard of empires claimed another victim?

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    Vaccine Producers Must Step Up

    Jeffrey D. Sachs

    Governments of countries where vaccines are being produced – the United States, European Union members, the United Kingdom, India, Russia, and China – need to cooperate under United Nations leadership to ensure that a sufficient supply of COVID-19 vaccine doses reaches the poorest countries. Five steps are especially urgent.

    urges governments to take five steps to ensure global immunization against COVID-19 before it's too late.
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    Japan's Four-Horse Race

    Takatoshi Ito

    The winner of the Liberal Democratic Party’s presidential race this month will succeed outgoing LDP leader and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. And while party leadership contests usually are subject to the uncertainties of factional politicking, there is good reason to think that this time will be different.

    profiles the main contenders to succeed outgoing Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
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