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HMS Defender: at the centre of an international maritime dispute. Neil Watkin/Alamy Stock Photo

HMS Defender incident: what the law of the sea says

Nothing suggests that HMS Defender's passage was anything but continuous and expeditious. But the UK should avoid relying on Ukrainian "permission" as a justification.
Biden is expected to confront Russian leader Vladimir Putin (center) over his stalwart backing of Europe’s last dictator, Alexander Lukashenko (left). From left to right: Sergei Ilyin/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images and Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

Belarus plane hijacking snarls Biden’s hopes to repair strained US-Russia relationship

Some tension was inevitable at the June 16 US-Russia summit. But Vladimir Putin's defiant support for Belarus's rogue regime now pits him harder against the West.
A permanent Moon colony could become a reality in a few decades. NASA/Dennis Davidson/WikimediaCommons

When will the first baby be born in space?

In the coming decades, governments and private companies will set up permanent bases on the Moon and Mars. And at some point, the first galactic baby will be born.
Military units like the 780th Military Intelligence Brigade shown here are just one component of U.S. national cyber defense. Fort George G. Meade Public Affairs Office/Flickr

The Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack and the SolarWinds hack were all but inevitable – why national cyber defense is a ‘wicked’ problem

Fragmented authority for national cyber defense and the vulnerabilities of private companies that control software and infrastructure stack the deck against US cybersecurity.
In Belgrade, Serbia, residents and visitors queue to be vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus (March 28, 2021). Oliver Bunic/AFP

Small countries and Covid-19 vaccination: the example of Serbia

While Serbia's Covid-19 infection rate continues to be worrisome, the country has shown the ability to vaccinate a higher proportion of its population than EU nations.
A tiger crosses a road in India’s Ranthambore National Park. Aditya Singh/AFP via Getty Images

GPS tracking could help tigers and traffic coexist in Asia

An infrastructure boom threatens endangered tigers across Asia. Scientists want to know more about how tigers behave near roads so they can design wildlife-friendly transportation networks.
Police arrest a protester at a Moscow rally in support of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny, who fell ill while in prison and is now hospitalized. Alexander Demianchuk\TASS via Getty Images

For Vladimir Putin and other autocrats, ruthlessly repressing the opposition is often a winning way to stay in power

There's not much the world can do to stop authoritarian rulers from persecuting their political opponents, as shown by the standoff over Russian dissident Alexei Navalny, who is ill and imprisoned.
U.S. President Joe Biden, with presidential climate envoy John Kerry, opened the Leaders Summit on Climate on April 22, 2021, by announcing new U.S. targets. AP Photo/Evan Vucci

New US climate pledge: Cut emissions 50% this decade, but can Biden make it happen?

Two energy and climate policy experts take a closer look at the Leaders Summit on Climate, the US pledge and today's industrial reality.

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