Assassin’s creed

States are becoming more brazen about killing foes abroad

Some countries are finding new justifications for political murders

Young guns

Meet the world’s new arms dealers

Where to buy drones, fighters and tanks on the cheap

Counsels of war

Are Ukraine’s tactics working?

Slow progress on the battlefield prompts quarrels over strategy

The new zing in zoning

The growing global movement to restrain house prices

From America to New Zealand YIMBYs push market-led solutions

Oppenheimer’s nightmares

A new nuclear arms race looms

It will be harder to stop than the contest of the cold war

America and the Middle East

Reassessing Obama’s biggest mistake

How much was his red line in Syria to blame for America’s lost credibility?

Is a bigger party a better one?

The BRICS bloc is riven with tensions

China’s plan to expand the club reveals the contradictions at its core

Shock trauma

What Ukraine’s bloody battlefield is teaching medics

Western armies have not dealt with mass casualties since the 1950s

Thinking for themselves

Western values are steadily diverging from the rest of the world’s

People’s principles were expected to align as countries got richer. What happened?

Hunting for a breakthrough

The Ukrainian army commits new forces in a big southward push

After eight of weeks of slow progress, it is trying to revive its counter-offensive

Grain wreck

Russia is attacking Ukraine’s agricultural exports

It is blowing up both the facilities used to ship food out and the deal that grants it safe passage

Steppe stasis

Is Ukraine’s offensive stalling?

A breakthrough remains possible, but it will take time