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Foreign Policy
May 27, 2020

America's Guns Fuel Mexico's Domestic Violence Epidemic
Lockdowns and an easy supply of weapons have been a fatal combination for Mexican women.

Foreign Policy
May 27, 2020

Yes, Blame WHO for Its Disastrous Coronavirus Response
A step-by-step reconstruction of events reveals a long series of mistakes and missteps.

Foreign Policy
May 27, 2020

Will Afghanistan's Cease-Fire Open The Door For Peace?
The Afghan government has called for the Taliban to extend a three-day cease-fire, and reports suggest the Taliban may agree to an extension.

Foreign Policy
May 26, 2020

Taliban, Afghan Government Hint at Progress as Cease-Fire Expires
With new prisoner releases, many hope peace talks will be back on the table.

Foreign Policy
May 26, 2020

Pentagon Escalates Rhetoric in Libya as Russian Planes Arrive
U.S. Africa Command calls out Moscow for tipping the scales in a conflict the Trump administration has mostly sought to avoid.

Foreign Policy
May 26, 2020

Canada's Gun Laws Are Only as Good as Its Neighbor's
The country's worst mass shooting in decades shows that U.S.-sourced weapons still pose a problem, even if Trudeau tightens regulations.

Foreign Policy
May 26, 2020

No, the Pandemic Will Not Bring Jobs Back From China
The Trump administration says manufacturing jobs are coming home. The facts tell another story.

Foreign Policy
May 26, 2020

Are Hotels the Solution to Homelessness?
A commonsense solution to the housing crisis has gained backers amid the pandemic—but can the political will remain?

Foreign Policy
May 26, 2020

Boris Johnson and His ‘Svengali' May Be Facing Their Reckoning at Last
The U.K. prime minister's refusal to fire Brexit guru Dominic Cummings has provoked nationwide outrage.

Foreign Policy
May 26, 2020

If African Governments Won't Act, the People Will
With frustration rising over haphazard responses to the coronavirus, community networks are filling the void across the continent.

Foreign Policy
May 26, 2020

The Pandemic's 5 Silver Linings
The coronavirus has exacted a terrible toll—but some good things may come of it yet.

Foreign Policy
May 26, 2020

Britain Hates Johnson's Machiavelli
Conservative Party advisor Dominic Cummings has drawn national wrath over a seemingly minor scandal.

Foreign Policy
May 26, 2020

Al Qaeda and ISIS Had a Truce in Africa—Until They Didn't
The Sahel region was inching toward stability, but conflict between local jihadi groups is threatening to bring back chaos.

Foreign Policy
May 26, 2020

Will Bolsonaro Pay the Price for a Botched Pandemic Response?
Brazil now has the second highest number of coronavirus cases globally, and the president's approval rating keeps slipping.

Foreign Policy
May 26, 2020

Japan Doesn't Want to Become Another Casualty of English
English skills bring status, but the public remains stubbornly bad at learning.

Foreign Policy
May 25, 2020

U.S. Falters in Bid to Replace Chinese Rare Earths
Despite new legislation, Washington won't be delivering critical minerals needed for defense, high tech, and energy.

Foreign Policy
May 23, 2020

Why We Should Worry About China and India's Border Skirmishes
Three decades ago, the two countries reached an understanding not to fight. But Beijing is now a much stronger power.

Foreign Policy
May 23, 2020

Why the White House Should Propose More Economic Stimulus
While a wait-and-see approach is usually wise, unusual times require unusual playbooks, writes a former Trump administration economic advisor.

Foreign Policy
May 22, 2020

Beijing Has Lit Hong Kong's Funeral Pyre
Hong Kongers will fight the imposition of mainland security measures fiercely, but alone.

Foreign Policy
May 22, 2020

Why Did Assad Just Seize His Cousin's Assets?
A deepening family rift shows intensifying pressure on the Syrian president.

Foreign Policy
May 22, 2020

How Canada Got Tough on Guns
Within weeks of a mass shooting, the Canadian government passed an assault-weapons ban despite widespread firearms ownership and vocal gun rights groups.

Foreign Policy
May 22, 2020

Trump Inherited the Drone War but Ditched Accountability
Only a single formal check remains on U.S. killings worldwide.

Foreign Policy
May 22, 2020

Goodbye, Government. Hello, Mafia.
From insurgent groups to charities, a range of nongovernmental organizations are stepping in to respond to the coronavirus crisis.

Foreign Policy
May 22, 2020

One Year On, Zelensky Survives Impeachment (Trump's, That Is) and Blunted Hopes
After a roller-coaster year, the Ukrainian president remains hugely popular.

Foreign Policy
May 22, 2020

Coronavirus ‘Fake News' Arrests Are Quieting Critics
In Southeast Asia, the coronavirus pandemic has provided a handy excuse for a clampdown on free speech.

Foreign Policy
May 22, 2020

China Has Two Paths to Global Domination
And a lot is riding on whether Washington can figure out which strategy Beijing has chosen.

Foreign Policy
May 22, 2020

Is This the End of Hong Kong As We Know It?
Popular protests extinguished plans for new national security laws in 2003. Will China now impose them by fiat?

Foreign Policy
May 22, 2020

Congress Has Been AWOL on U.S. Coronavirus Diplomacy
The invisibility and silence of Congress is another reason for America's shocking abdication of global leadership.

Foreign Policy
May 22, 2020

Trump's China Trade Deal Is as Dead as Can Be
His much-touted trade victory has crashed and burned with the coronavirus pandemic.

Foreign Policy
May 22, 2020

The Coronavirus Is Delaying Elections Worldwide
Dozens of countries are opting to postpone elections for the sake of public health.

Foreign Policy
May 21, 2020

First the Pandemic. Then a Killer Cyclone.
India and Bangladesh reel after Cyclone Amphan kills dozens and displaces thousands, creating conditions for the coronavirus to renew its spread.

Foreign Policy
May 21, 2020

The Death of Lebanon's Middle Class
A country with a proud history of trade and commerce is starting to crumble into permanent poverty.

Foreign Policy
May 21, 2020

Trump Administration Says Iran Could Exit Syria Amid Pandemic
The State Department's top official for Iran thinks Russia and Syria see more benefits to a potential Iranian drawdown.

Foreign Policy
May 21, 2020

Has the Coronavirus Disappeared Climate Politics?
Europe's pandemic bailouts are trying to save the continent's economy. Less clear is if they can save the planet.

Foreign Policy
May 21, 2020

Yukio Okamoto's Death Is a Tragic Loss for U.S.-Japan Relations
The master Japanese diplomat helped keep a complicated alliance on the rails.

Foreign Policy
May 21, 2020

China's Farms Are Petri Dishes of Antibiotic Resistance
Poorly enforced regulation is causing a slow-moving pandemic.

Foreign Policy
May 21, 2020

China's Mask Diplomacy Won't Work in the Czech Republic
Beijing is trying to use the pandemic to regain lost influence. It won't be that easy.

Foreign Policy
May 21, 2020

China's Building Projects in Africa Are a Spymaster's Dream
A new report shows how Beijing is using infrastructure to expand its surveillance network on the continent, making U.S. officials vulnerable.

Foreign Policy
May 21, 2020

U.S. Tussles With France, U.N. Over Counterterrorism Efforts in West Africa
The Trump administration seeks to put an American in charge of the U.N. mission in Mali.

Foreign Policy
May 21, 2020

Without Tourism, Italy's Economy Faces Disaster
Foreign visitors have helped prop up the faltering Italian economy. If they don't come back, the country is in trouble.

Foreign Policy
May 21, 2020

Do Poor Countries Face a Greater Risk From Coronavirus?
The WHO chief is "very concerned" about rising cases in poorer countries, as worldwide cases pass five million.

Foreign Policy
May 20, 2020

Why the WHO Investigation Won't Work
Beijing's influence within the organization means the results of a review into the origins of the coronavirus are likely to be delayed—and compromised.

Foreign Policy
May 20, 2020

How to End the Special Relationship With Israel
The peace process died of natural causes. Washington's most extraordinary alliance should too.

Foreign Policy
May 20, 2020

Britain's Conservatives Sold Out to Beijing Too Cheaply
Years of obeisance to Beijing have done nothing for Britain.

Foreign Policy
May 20, 2020

Coronavirus Brings Mexico's Governors to the Fore
State leaders are showing up the president in their pandemic response, giving López Obrador's critics their loudest opportunity yet to oppose his policies.

Foreign Policy
May 20, 2020

Are the Germans Edging Closer to True Fiscal Union?
In a striking reversal, Merkel joins with France in recommending a euro fund that could be a timid first step toward greater integration.

Foreign Policy
May 20, 2020

Alberta Officials Are Using Orwellian Methods to Protect Oil and Gas
As its energy industry comes under threat, oil-rich Alberta is taking aim at environmental activists.

Foreign Policy
May 20, 2020

Albertan Officials Are Using Orwellian Methods to Protect Oil and Gas
As its energy industry comes under threat, the oil-rich province is taking aim at environmental activists.

Foreign Policy
May 20, 2020

Canadian Officials Are Using Orwellian Methods to Protect Oil and Gas
As its energy industry comes under threat, oil-rich Alberta is taking aim at environmental activists.

Foreign Policy
May 20, 2020

Food Price Spikes and Social Unrest: The Dark Side of the Fed's Crisis-Fighting
Emergency monetary policies produce an unintended consequence: rising food prices around the world.

Foreign Policy
May 20, 2020

Which Way Will Ukraine Swing?
A year after Zelensky's election, mixed messaging on the country's relationships with Russia and Europe is raising eyebrows internationally.

Foreign Policy
May 20, 2020

Tsai Begins Second Term During a Rough Week For Taiwan
Taiwan has received acclaim for its coronavirus strategy, but setbacks at the WHO show how far it still struggles for international recognition.

Foreign Policy
May 20, 2020

Israel's Cease-Fire Government Should Promote Healing, Not Division
Netanyahu and Gantz could use their unity government to speed Israel's economic recovery rather than entrenching political deadlock.

Foreign Policy
May 20, 2020

Despite the Coronavirus, Mexican Women Are Fighting Femicide
With little help from the government, citizens are now relying on grassroots organizing and support to combat gendered violence and discrimination.

Foreign Policy
May 19, 2020

How Israeli Annexation Talk Is Already Reshaping the Middle East
Palestinians withdraw from peace deals, and Jordan could be next, as Israel edges closer to appropriating land outright.

Foreign Policy
May 19, 2020

Trump Stumbles in Effort to Confront China at WHO
U.S. fails to gain support for an immediate investigation into coronavirus origins and for bringing Taiwan on as observer.

Foreign Policy
May 19, 2020

Strategists Have Forgotten the Power of Stories
The arts are invaluable to national security policymakers facing an ever-changing future.

Foreign Policy
May 19, 2020

Trump's Epic Coronavirus Fail Follows Bush's 9/11 Playbook
The nostalgia for George W. Bush inspired by his rousing coronavirus video message is misplaced.

Foreign Policy
May 19, 2020

The Pentagon Tries to Pivot out of the Middle East—Again
Confusion over the removal of missiles and aircraft from Saudi Arabia could invite the aggression the United States is trying to avoid.

Foreign Policy
May 19, 2020

In the Post-Pandemic Cold War, America Is Losing Europe
In the growing confrontation with China, Europe is starting to take sides—just not America's.

Foreign Policy
May 19, 2020

Indigenous Australians Avert an Outbreak—for Now
When the coronavirus arrived, aboriginal communities sprang into action long before the government. But in light of a neglected health system, can their tenuous successes be maintained?

Foreign Policy
May 19, 2020

Don't Let China Steal Your Steel Industry
Beijing is rapidly becoming the dominant player in an industry vital to defense and technology companies. If the United States and Europe aren't careful, they will become dependent.

Foreign Policy
May 19, 2020

Is Mike Pompeo in Trouble?
The dismissal of the State Department's inspector general has, ironically, exposed multiple investigations into the conduct of the Secretary of State.

Foreign Policy
May 18, 2020

Coronavirus Conspiracies Give Boost to Canada's Far-Right
Anti-Chinese sentiment and a public health backlash have vaulted Hong Kong-born Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam into the firing line for Canada's extremists.

Foreign Policy
May 18, 2020

Iraq's New Prime Minister Is Taking Things Slow
After nearly 20 years of political chaos in Baghdad, Mustafa al-Kadhimi is trying something new: incremental reform.

Foreign Policy
May 18, 2020

Beijing Is Pushing the Taiwanese Toward Independence Hard and Fast
If Chinese leaders really want peaceful unification, they need a mutually respectful approach.

Foreign Policy
May 18, 2020

Firing of State Watchdog May Be Related to Saudi Arms Sales, Senior Democrat Says
As Saudi Arabia closes in on paying off its Yemen debt, it has been pulled into Friday's shock dismissal of Steve Linick, who was probing the Trump administration's effort to evade congressional approval of arms deals to Riyadh.

Foreign Policy
May 18, 2020

Will Zoomplomacy Last?
As the coronavirus rages on, diplomacy has moved completely online—with mixed reviews.

Foreign Policy
May 18, 2020

The Next Pandemic Crisis Is Mental Health
The psychological harm of lockdown hits people with existing conditions hardest.

Foreign Policy
May 18, 2020

The 5 Ways U.S.-China Competition Is Hardening
The pandemic has accelerated preexisting tensions—and there's no slowdown in sight.

Foreign Policy
May 18, 2020

Pompeo's State Department Faces Yet a New Oversight Battle With Capitol Hill
Democrats say the State Department is withholding information on diversity from Congress based on the claim it is "non-publicly available" information.

Foreign Policy
May 18, 2020

China Faces Pressure as World Health Assembly Meets
Over 120 countries have now co-sponsored calls for an inquiry into the international response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Foreign Policy
May 18, 2020

Putin Is Using the Pandemic to Consolidate Power
Public health is a convenient pretext for extending authoritarian controls.

Foreign Policy
May 16, 2020

Trump Escalates War on Government Watchdogs
The shock firing of the State Department's top watchdog is raising fears that diplomats won't be protected against political retaliation.

Foreign Policy
May 16, 2020

Italy's Next Phase: Returning Home
As the lockdown begins to ease up, coronavirus patients in ICUs across the country are just waking up—and beginning a long road to recovery.

Foreign Policy
May 16, 2020

China Wants Workers to Stay in the Countryside
Beijing is doubling down on its plan to keep migrants out of big cities.

Foreign Policy
May 16, 2020

Our Top Weekend Reads
Southeast Asia is turning a blind eye to the Rohingya, Israel-Jordan relations are deteriorating, and Kataib Hezbollah is losing influence in Iraq.

Foreign Policy
May 16, 2020

How the Coronavirus Pandemic Will Permanently Expand Government Powers
For Part 4 in our series on the world after the pandemic, we asked 10 leading global thinkers for their predictions.

Foreign Policy
May 15, 2020

China's Provocations Around Taiwan Aren't a Crisis
Despite alarm bells in Washington, the risk of action is low.

Foreign Policy
May 15, 2020

China's Diplomats Are Going on the Offensive in Brazil
In response to the Brazilian government's anti-China rhetoric, Beijing has decided to take on a more confrontational diplomatic role.

Foreign Policy
May 15, 2020

The Sane Way to Challenge Xi Jinping's China
The new nationalism and repression is a real challenge, but the United States needs to be smart.

Foreign Policy
May 15, 2020

China Launches Counterattack Against U.S. Effort to Restore Taiwan's Status at WHO
Beijing insists the World Health Organization should act according to "the one-China principle."

Foreign Policy
May 15, 2020

Will the United States Sanction China Over Xinjiang?
The Senate just passed a bipartisan bill condemning Beijing's human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims. Its enforcement remains uncertain.

Foreign Policy
May 15, 2020

Peru's Civil War Left It Vulnerable to the Pandemic
The country should address the worsening coronavirus crisis with policies that will also repair long-standing inequality.

Foreign Policy
May 15, 2020

Top Trump Defense Pick Shows Up at Pentagon Before Senate Confirmation
In a move that could raise questions in Congress, Trump loyalist Anthony Tata has been asked to sit in on meetings prior to his expected nomination to a senior Pentagon post.

Foreign Policy
May 15, 2020

Oil Price Crash Revives Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaigns
Climate activists say this is the moment for colleges and major institutions to dump their investments.

Foreign Policy
May 15, 2020

Is the U.S. Government Back in the Business of Regime Change?
What does a botched coup in Venezuela mean for Trump, is Putin's coronavirus response a failure, and is there any hope for Iraq?

Foreign Policy
May 15, 2020

If There's a Vaccine, Who Gets It First?
As researchers around the world race to develop a coronavirus vaccine, questions remain over equitable distribution.

Foreign Policy
May 14, 2020

The Great Decoupling
Washington is pressing for a post-pandemic decoupling from China. But the last big economic split brought on two world wars and a depression. What's in store this time?

Foreign Policy
May 14, 2020

I Criticized My University's Ties to the Chinese Government. Now I Face Expulsion.
Australian institutions' financial ties to China mean ditching values.

Foreign Policy
May 14, 2020

Japan's Halfhearted Coronavirus Measures Are Working Anyway
Despite indifferent lockdowns and poor testing, Japan seems to be skipping the worst of the pandemic.

Foreign Policy
May 14, 2020

Annexation Could Be the Final Blow to the Israel-Jordan Relationship
Twenty-five years ago, the countries signed a peace agreement based on mutual trust. But anger against Israel's government is rising among Jordanians.

Foreign Policy
May 14, 2020

Ukraine, Not Russia, Will Sue for Peace as Pandemic Pressure Rises
Hopes that a pandemic-weakened Russia will want to end the war in Ukraine will be disappointed.

Foreign Policy
May 14, 2020

Afghanistan's ‘Cradle to Grave' Cycle of Death
The U.S.-Taliban peace deal is dealt yet another blow as Kabul moves its security forces into "offensive mode."

Foreign Policy
May 14, 2020

China's Coronavirus Success Is Made Possible by Xi's Brutality
Beijing's advocates whitewash an increasingly oppressive regime.

Foreign Policy
May 14, 2020

Xi Jinping Is a ‘Good Emperor'
An advocate for China describes why the pandemic has increased his trust in Xi, the party, and Beijing.

Foreign Policy
May 14, 2020

Is the Afghan Peace Deal Dead on Arrival?
The Trump administration's push for an end to two decades of war may be slipping through its fingers.

Foreign Policy
May 14, 2020

Horrific Attack on Maternity Ward Threatens to Upend Afghan Truce
Kabul blames the Taliban for the killing of mothers and newborn babies but questions about the culprits remain.

Foreign Policy
May 14, 2020

Under Cover of Pandemic, China Steps Up Brinkmanship in South China Sea
Beijing has increased pressure on its nervous neighbors in its quest to dominate the entire South China Sea.

Foreign Policy
May 14, 2020

As Rohingya Boats Keep Sailing, Southeast Asia Turns a Blind Eye
With the coronavirus now an excuse for inaction, the threat to the embattled minority is growing ever sharper.

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