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Foreign Policy
Sep 15, 2019

How an Aerial Barrage Cut Saudi Oil Production in Half
Tensions in the region spike as U.S. blames Iran.

Foreign Policy
Sep 15, 2019

Last Time a Jewish State Annexed Its Neighbors, It Disappeared for 2,000 Years
Benjamin Netanyahu scores political points by promising to annex the West Bank. If he does, Israel will begin a long transformative struggle between apartheid and multinational democracy—and democracy  will win.

Foreign Policy
Sep 15, 2019

They Left to Join ISIS. Now Europe Is Leaving Their Citizens to Die in Iraq.
A Belgian fighter captured in Syria was transported to Iraq to face trial. He's now on death row.

Foreign Policy
Sep 13, 2019

Keeping Refugees Out Makes the United States Less Safe
Instead, Washington should focus on helping end conflicts around the world.

Foreign Policy
Sep 13, 2019

Bolton Leaves the National Security Council in Ruins
The former Trump advisor helped trash the institution—but the process began long before he was hired.

Foreign Policy
Sep 13, 2019

Bolton Walks Away From the National Security Council's Corpse
But his fingerprints aren't the only ones on the murder weapon.

Foreign Policy
Sep 13, 2019

Roots of a Quagmire
On the podcast: America's first post-9/11 envoy to Afghanistan recounts the early months of the war there.

Foreign Policy
Sep 13, 2019

Europe's Economy Is Slowing Down
Plus: Iran's released oil tanker, rallies in Hong Kong, and the other stories we're following today.

Foreign Policy
Sep 12, 2019

The Revolving Door of Trump's Apprentices
Who got the ax—and who resigned in the nick of time.

Foreign Policy
Sep 12, 2019

Israeli Voters Don't Care About the Economy. They Should.
Despite rising inequality, lagging productivity, and serious long-term challenges, the current election campaign has barely mentioned economic policy.

Foreign Policy
Sep 12, 2019

Bolton Is Gone, but Tensions With Iran Remain High
The departure of Trump's hawkish national security advisor raised hopes in Washington, but a sudden thaw with Tehran is unlikely.

Foreign Policy
Sep 12, 2019

Afghans Want Peace, but Not Like This
Ordinary Afghans felt excluded from the talks and feared an empowered Taliban.

Foreign Policy
Sep 12, 2019

What Bolton's Departure Means for Israel
Some Israelis are worried it will leave them alone to confront Iran in the region.

Foreign Policy
Sep 12, 2019

Getting to ‘Yes' Has Just Gotten a Lot Harder in Afghanistan
An abrupt end to a possible deal with the Taliban sticks the United States deeper in the quagmire.

Foreign Policy
Sep 12, 2019

Protecting Women Will Make You Money
Big investors are starting to use a new metric to assess financial risk: rates of gender-based violence.

Foreign Policy
Sep 12, 2019

Chinese Propaganda Paints Hong Kong as a Spoiled Brat
The mainland's new nationalism comes with a heavy dose of old patriarchy.

Foreign Policy
Sep 12, 2019

Security Brief Plus: Trump Eyes Pompeo for Bolton's Job
A new national security advisor could allow progress on a number of diplomatic fronts.

Foreign Policy
Sep 12, 2019

No Continent for Old Men
Africa has the world's youngest population and its oldest leaders. If the next generation wants change, young Africans must abandon dreams of private-sector success and enter the political arena.

Foreign Policy
Sep 12, 2019

With Bolton Out, Will Trump Meet Rouhani?
Plus: The Bahamas' missing people, another Democratic debate, and the other stories we're following today.

Foreign Policy
Sep 11, 2019

Trump Can't Decide What He Wants from China
Some of his policies point to deeper integration, some to decoupling. He'll need to pick one—or fail at both.

Foreign Policy
Sep 11, 2019

We Lost the War in Afghanistan. Get Over It.
After 18 years of war, thousands of lives lost, and hundreds of billions of dollars squandered, the United States accomplished precisely nothing.

Foreign Policy
Sep 11, 2019

Who's on the Shortlist to Replace Bolton
A number of names have emerged as top contenders for the job, but at the end of the day, Trump will remain the decider-in-chief.

Foreign Policy
Sep 11, 2019

Why China's Leaders Are Losing Sleep Over Pigs
For the Chinese middle class, pork is a key indicator of prosperity.

Foreign Policy
Sep 11, 2019

The Weapon Britain's Parliament Can't Do Without
The mace is a symbol of royal power—and sometimes of lawmakers' anger.

Foreign Policy
Sep 11, 2019

China Lost the United States First
Beijing's hostility started long before the trade war.

Foreign Policy
Sep 11, 2019

Former Mattis Aide at Center of Dispute Over Pentagon Transparency
Some contend that the department's delay in approving his memoir was due to longstanding protocol, not ill will.

Foreign Policy
Sep 11, 2019

African Students in Northern Cyprus Aren't Breaking. They Are Organizing.
Those who arrived to study in an unrecognized territory are finding they are their own best advocates.

Foreign Policy
Sep 11, 2019

In the Demise of the Taliban Peace Talks, Russia Is the Winner
Even as it paints itself as an ally in Afghanistan, the Kremlin is busy undercutting Washington.

Foreign Policy
Sep 11, 2019

It's Hard to Commemorate 9/11 If You Don't Understand It.
Today's university freshmen were born after the Twin Towers fell. In the Trump era, lack of historical perspective makes young people susceptible to alarmism and more likely to misread threats.

Foreign Policy
Sep 11, 2019

Netanyahu Threatens West Bank Annexation
Plus: John Bolton's dismissal, Canada's election campaign, and the other stories we're following today.

Foreign Policy
Sep 11, 2019

Netanyahu's Threatens West Bank Annexation
Plus: John Bolton's dismissal, Canada's election campaign, and the other stories we're following today.

Foreign Policy
Sep 10, 2019

Bolton Only Made It 520 Days as National Security Advisor
This chart shows how that compares to the last 30 years of U.S. presidential security aides.

Foreign Policy
Sep 10, 2019

The Taliban Kills a Glimmer of Hope in Helmand
The slaying of a local elder foretells the end of peace talks and the renewal of violence in Afghanistan.

Foreign Policy
Sep 10, 2019

Why the Failed U.S.-Taliban Talks Represent a Victory for India
New Delhi has never recognized the Taliban as a legitimate political actor.

Foreign Policy
Sep 10, 2019

Trump Axes Bolton via Twitter
Another national security advisor departs the White House after losing a series of policy battles.

Foreign Policy
Sep 10, 2019

Trump's Approach to Afghanistan ‘Confusing His Own Negotiators'
Veteran diplomat Ryan Crocker talks about the "catastrophic" plans for a Taliban summit and scant hopes for any enduring peace deal.

Foreign Policy
Sep 10, 2019

After Trump, the United States Should Return to Obama's Iran Deal
A new administration could re-enter the accord within 60 days.

Foreign Policy
Sep 10, 2019

The Next U.S. President Should Make a New Deal with Iran
If Democrats win in 2020, they should work with America's regional allies to strike a new nuclear agreement while showing zero tolerance for Tehran's regional destabilization campaign.

Foreign Policy
Sep 10, 2019

Democracy Is Fighting for Its Life
Around the world, political freedom isn't just slipping away—it's getting dragged down by fervent enemies.

Foreign Policy
Sep 10, 2019

Will Trump Offer Refuge to Bahamas Evacuees?
Plus: Afghanistan braces for violence, Britain's Parliament is suspended, and the other stories we're following today.

Foreign Policy
Sep 09, 2019

The Taliban Shoots Back at Donald Trump
A translation of spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid's warning for the United States.

Foreign Policy
Sep 09, 2019

How to Make Sudan's Revolution Succeed
Previous uprisings have failed due to squabbling among elites, poor civil-military relations, and a lack of economic development. Both sides of the transitional government must avoid past mistakes.

Foreign Policy
Sep 09, 2019

Detained in Kashmir
From politicians to activists to children, India is running out of space for its prisoners.

Foreign Policy
Sep 09, 2019

The Emiratis Bit Off More Than They Could Chew
The UAE decided it would be a leader in shaping the Middle East. Now it's made a dramatic U-turn.

Foreign Policy
Sep 09, 2019

Trump's National Security Team Splinters Over Taliban Meeting
Bolton's pushback and Pentagon concerns over a potential deal with the Afghan insurgents helped convince the U.S. president to cancel the contentious summit.

Foreign Policy
Sep 09, 2019

Taliban Peace Talks Scrapped
Afghans brace for more violence after Trump calls off negotiations with the insurgent group.

Foreign Policy
Sep 09, 2019

Boris Johnson Under Fire
Plus: Afghan peace talks called off, Hong Kong's students in the streets, and what to watch in the world this week.

Foreign Policy
Sep 08, 2019

How to Keep the Colombian Peace Deal Alive
In the wake of the announcement that a few ex-FARC commanders have rearmed, it's more important than ever for the government to uphold its development promises.

Foreign Policy
Sep 07, 2019

How to Make a Lasting Deal With Iran
Maximum pressure won't make Tehran capitulate. Letting it enhance its conventional military capabilities could convince it to rein in proxies and curb its nuclear and missile programs.

Foreign Policy
Sep 06, 2019

The U.S.-China Cold War Is a Myth
The 20th century's great standoff doesn't explain the emerging dynamic between Washington and Beijing.

Foreign Policy
Sep 06, 2019

Why Ethiopia Sailed While Zimbabwe Sank
The countries' leaders both promised change, but only one has delivered.

Foreign Policy
Sep 06, 2019

The British Bill That Slows a Hasty Brexit
Parliament delivers a blow to Boris Johnson's power grab.

Foreign Policy
Sep 06, 2019

China's Accidental Belt and Road Turns Six
The initiative that almost wasn't still isn't.

Foreign Policy
Sep 06, 2019

Robert Mugabe Colonized His Own Country
He led Zimbabwe to independence—and looted it until the day he died.

Foreign Policy
Sep 06, 2019

The Future of Kashmir
How India decided to end the area's autonomous status and what it means for the region.

Foreign Policy
Sep 06, 2019

When Everything Is a Human Right, Nothing Is
Reemphasizing fundamental rights is the best way to keep them universal.

Foreign Policy
Sep 06, 2019

Mugabe's Promise
A transcript of the late leader's address to the nation on March 4, 1980.

Foreign Policy
Sep 06, 2019

How Bibi Could Win the Vote and Lose the Election
The Israeli leader has no clear path to a governing coalition.

Foreign Policy
Sep 06, 2019

Modi Reimagines the Indian Military
By announcing the creation of a chief of defense staff, New Delhi hopes to modernize India's armed forces.

Foreign Policy
Sep 06, 2019

The Path to Clean Energy Will Be Very Dirty
Sunshine and wind are good for the environment. Making energy from them isn't.

Foreign Policy
Sep 06, 2019

The Limits of Clean Energy
If the world isn't careful, renewable energy could become as destructive as fossil fuels.

Foreign Policy
Sep 06, 2019

America's Silence Helps Autocrats Triumph
Without the support of the U.S. government, pro-democracy forces around the world will wither as authoritarianism gains ground.

Foreign Policy
Sep 06, 2019

U.S.-Mexico Migration Deal Expires
Plus: China's growing diplomatic influence, Britain's parliamentary chaos, and the other stories we're following today.

Foreign Policy
Sep 05, 2019

Hollowed-Out Pentagon Begins to Staff Up
Defense Secretary Mark Esper is pushing to get key officials confirmed, but significant gaps remain.

Foreign Policy
Sep 05, 2019

Senior Officials Concede Loss of U.S. Clout as Trump Prepares For U.N. Summit
State Department meeting highlights internal alarm at China's growing influence in international organizations.

Foreign Policy
Sep 05, 2019

Asia Has Three Possible Futures
The competition between the United States and China will decide the continent's fate—and one of them has a head start.

Foreign Policy
Sep 05, 2019

Europe Is Ready for Its Own Army
As the United States retreats, the EU is shaping its own military.

Foreign Policy
Sep 05, 2019

China's Great Game in Iran
Tehran needs a friend. Beijing may be a dangerous one.

Foreign Policy
Sep 05, 2019

The Hong Kong Government Is as Leaderless as the Protesters
A distant Beijing and a shifting protest movement make it hard to sit down at the bargaining table.

Foreign Policy
Sep 05, 2019

Mark Esper's Biggest Challenge
The new U.S. secretary of defense needs to undo the damage Mattis and his predecessors did to transparency in the department.

Foreign Policy
Sep 05, 2019

Afghan Peace Deal Stumbles
Officials in Washington and Kabul have concerns about the tentative agreement.

Foreign Policy
Sep 05, 2019

Another Iran Nuclear Deadline Looms
Plus: Boris Johnson's trials in Parliament, Italy's new government, and the other stories we're following today.

Foreign Policy
Sep 04, 2019

Boris Johnson's Make-Believe Brexit Negotiations
He hasn't just been rejected by Parliament—the British prime minister doesn't even have a full team talking to Brussels anymore.

Foreign Policy
Sep 04, 2019

Threats Worked in Brazil—and They Might Elsewhere, Too
Do the Amazon fires point the way for future international efforts to combat climate change?

Foreign Policy
Sep 04, 2019

Israel Is Doing All the Dirty Work Against Iran
The United States came up with "maximum pressure"—but the Israeli government is the only one carrying it out.

Foreign Policy
Sep 04, 2019

Al Qaeda Is Ready to Attack You Again
Eighteen years after 9/11, the terrorist group has found a new home—and rediscovered its old mission.

Foreign Policy
Sep 04, 2019

Will Hong Kong's Protesters Accept Carrie Lam's Concession?
A contentious extradition bill is finally revoked, but it might be a case of too little, too late.

Foreign Policy
Sep 04, 2019

American Bases in Japan Are Sitting Ducks
If Japan wants to stay under the U.S. umbrella, it needs to open up its military facilities.

Foreign Policy
Sep 04, 2019

Hezbollah Readies for Next War Against Israel
Despite a pause in hostilities, militia fighters and experts believe the two sides could stumble into their first all-out conflict since 2006.

Foreign Policy
Sep 04, 2019

In Defending Trump's Border Wall, Esper Faces First Political Test
The new U.S. defense secretary must strike a balance between placating angry lawmakers and satisfying the White House.

Foreign Policy
Sep 04, 2019

Europe's Fear of Refugees Is the Only Thing That Can Save Syria
Bashar al-Assad is on the verge of victory after massacring his population with Russian help. But the EU's fear of yet another refugee influx could spur action to stop the carnage.

Foreign Policy
Sep 04, 2019

Boris Johnson Loses Control of U.K. Parliament
Plus: Carrie Lam withdraws extradition bill in Hong Kong, France seeks to save the Iran nuclear deal, and Russia begins a new political chapter.

Foreign Policy
Sep 03, 2019

There's a New Player Leading the Kremlin's Moves Abroad: the Russian Army
Investigative journalist Andrei Soldatov talks about why the Kremlin's brazen actions on foreign soil are about what's going on back in Russia.

Foreign Policy
Sep 03, 2019

State Department Failed to Shield Its Diplomats From Political Reprisals, Officials Concede
But the department's top leaders say they can't sack the Trump appointee at the center of scandal.

Foreign Policy
Sep 03, 2019

Putin Plays Erdogan Like a Fiddle
In the increasingly close relationship between the Russian and Turkish presidents, there's one clear alpha.

Foreign Policy
Sep 03, 2019

The Great Indian Disenfranchisement
Why a controversial citizens register may leave 1.9 million residents of Assam stateless.

Foreign Policy
Sep 03, 2019

Why Is India Designating 1.9 Million Residents as Foreigners?
This week: Analyzing Assam's controversial citizens' register, a missile test in Pakistan, and more from Bangladesh, Bhutan, and Nepal.

Foreign Policy
Sep 03, 2019

Take a Breath, Thank a Whale
Like the Amazon rainforest, the planet's whales play crucial roles as carbon captors. That's just one reason to save them.

Foreign Policy
Sep 03, 2019

Russians Begin to Consider Life Without Putin
After a summer of discontent, a series of elections in Russia opens up a new chapter in its political history.

Foreign Policy
Sep 03, 2019

Brexit Showdown Week Begins
Plus: Developments in the Afghan peace deal, a vote on Italy's new government, and what to watch in the world this week.

Foreign Policy
Sep 02, 2019

Greenland, Red Lights
Trump's Denmark debacle and what will follow.

Foreign Policy
Sep 02, 2019

Maximum Pressure on Germany Is a Big Mistake
New sanctions from the United States risk pushing Berlin firmly into Moscow's geopolitical corner.

Foreign Policy
Sep 01, 2019

Asia's Coming Era of Unpredictability
Why the crisis in Hong Kong and a deterioration in relations between South Korea and Japan are just the beginning of a broader period of flux in Asia.

Foreign Policy
Aug 31, 2019

Germany Isn't Special
To pull its weight, it needs to start seeing itself as a normal country, subject to the same pressures as all its neighbors.

Foreign Policy
Aug 31, 2019

Our Top Weekend Reads
Arrests in Hong Kong, a proroguing prime minister, and criticism of World Bank funding in Xinjiang.

Foreign Policy
Aug 30, 2019

U.S. Plans to Jump Back Into the Balkans With New Envoy
Two decades after brokering peace in the former Yugoslavia, Washington plans to try to restart talks between Serbia and Kosovo.

Foreign Policy
Aug 30, 2019

The Taliban's Broken Pledge to Contain Terrorists
A generation ago, the Taliban promised to prevent Osama bin Laden from targeting Americans—then came 9/11.

Foreign Policy
Aug 30, 2019

Angry Nationalists Don't Sell China's Message
Targeting Hong Kongers instead of persuading them is a dangerous course.

Foreign Policy
Aug 30, 2019

Death on Everest
On the podcast: An American mountaineer describes the dangers of climbing the world's tallest peak.

Foreign Policy
Aug 30, 2019

Britain Can't Afford the Queen's Weakness Anymore
In times of crisis, political legitimacy inevitably depends on practical power.

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