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Foreign Policy
Mar 21, 2019

K-pop's Sexual Assault Scandal Is The Tip of the Iceberg
Celebrities's crimes are pushing South Korea's reckoning with misogyny.

Foreign Policy
Mar 21, 2019

Murderous White Nationalism Isn't Insanity
If you want to stop terrorists like New Zealand's mosque shooter, you should first try to understand what they're saying.

Foreign Policy
Mar 21, 2019

White Supremacism Isn't Insanity
If you want to stop terrorists like New Zealand's mosque shooter, the first step is to try to understand what they're saying.

Foreign Policy
Mar 21, 2019

Why Europe Should Reject Theresa May's Brexit Extension
If Britain remains in the European Union due to a botched Brexit, its demands for special treatment will end up wrecking the EU.

Foreign Policy
Mar 20, 2019

Trump's Space Force Gets the Final Frontier All Wrong
A new space race may be on, but the United States should opt for peaceful exploration rather than military presence.

Foreign Policy
Mar 20, 2019

Uncle Joe Is Ready to Run the World
Joe Biden is the only candidate for the White House with a foreign policy philosophy that's proven to work.

Foreign Policy
Mar 20, 2019

Iraq Prepares to Evict U.S. Troops
Pro-Iran factions are pushing for the move just as the Islamic State is starting to hit back.

Foreign Policy
Mar 20, 2019

Trump Wants NATO's Eyes on China
The Trump administration says countering Beijing's cyber and commercial power should be a priority for the alliance.

Foreign Policy
Mar 20, 2019

Boeing's Crisis Strengthens Beijing's Hand
In its trade standoff with the United States, China's Ace could be the 737 Max.

Foreign Policy
Mar 20, 2019

How Rich Chinese Parents Get Their Kids Into U.S. Colleges
Americans aren't the only one paying for the process.

Foreign Policy
Mar 20, 2019

Rich Chinese Parents Are Smoothing Their Kids' Way Into U.S. Colleges
Agents get paid well for getting students in—sometimes by any means necessary.

Foreign Policy
Mar 19, 2019

Why Brexit Is Europe's Finest Hour
The British debacle is shoring up the EU center as it heads into critical May elections.

Foreign Policy
Mar 19, 2019

Nazarbayev Is Giving Up Presidency, Not Power, in Kazakhstan
The long-time autocrat's shock resignation kicks off an opaque succession process.

Foreign Policy
Mar 19, 2019

For Africa, Chinese-Built Internet Is Better Than No Internet at All
The need for web access has driven African countries to Huawei despite U.S. concerns.

Foreign Policy
Mar 19, 2019

Ukraine's Poroshenko Paradox
In upcoming elections, the incumbent president may well lose to a man who plays one on TV.

Foreign Policy
Mar 19, 2019

America's Corruption Is a National Security Threat
Donald Trump is one symptom of a wider problem that's making the United States weaker on the international stage.

Foreign Policy
Mar 19, 2019

Serbia's Protests Aren't the Beginning of a Balkan Spring
Demonstrations against Aleksandar Vucic's authoritarian government won't achieve anything until the opposition can present a coherent alternative.

Foreign Policy
Mar 19, 2019

Neo-Nazis Bet Big on Bitcoin (And Lost)
How the far-right's failed cryptocurrency gamble became a bad joke for the Christchurch killer.

Foreign Policy
Mar 19, 2019

U.S. Firms Are Helping Build China's Orwellian State
Tech partnerships are empowering new methods of control.

Foreign Policy
Mar 19, 2019

For Somaliland and Djibouti, Will New Friends Bring Benefits?
Interest in the Horn of Africa from foreign powers has always been a double-edged sword.

Foreign Policy
Mar 18, 2019

The Geography of Gulenism in Turkey
As trials against the Gulen movement wrap up, a look at how deep its influence really was.

Foreign Policy
Mar 18, 2019

The State of War
The world is more peaceful than ever, except when it comes to state violence against citizens.

Foreign Policy
Mar 18, 2019

Security Brief: Boeing 737 Safety Systems Under Scrutiny; Terror in Christchurch
Federal transportation officials are examining the aircraft giant's safety reports.

Foreign Policy
Mar 18, 2019

Syria's Civil War Is Now 3 Civil Wars
The fight to depose Assad is over. The battle over his regime's boundaries has no end in sight.

Foreign Policy
Mar 18, 2019

The Japanese Air Force Needs an Upgrade
Faced with China's increasing aggression, Japan must invest in fifth-generation fighter jets to deter Beijing's expansion.

Foreign Policy
Mar 17, 2019

China's Economic Black Box
Beijing's recent GDP downgrade shows that it is serious about fixing its data problem.

Foreign Policy
Mar 17, 2019

Modi's Bullet Train Dreams Are Hitting Rural Roadblocks
With elections coming soon, land rights are getting in the way of an easy political win.

Foreign Policy
Mar 16, 2019

Christchurch Has Seen Trauma Before—Just Not Like This
The quiet New Zealand city has endured natural disaster. But until March 15, it had never faced an unnatural one.

Foreign Policy
Mar 16, 2019

The Dark Web Enabled the Christchurch Killer
The attack in New Zealand was inspired in part by the Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, but the real threat is lone wolves lurking in the far corners of the Internet.

Foreign Policy
Mar 16, 2019

The Inspiration for Terrorism in New Zealand Came From France
The gunman who massacred Muslims was inspired by ideas that have circulated for decades on the French far-right.

Foreign Policy
Mar 16, 2019

Our Best Weekend Reads
This week, New Zealand saw its worst-ever terrorist attack, and Boeing aircraft around the world were grounded.

Foreign Policy
Mar 15, 2019

The Pentagon's Empty Throne
Patrick Shanahan, America's longest-serving acting defense secretary, has been waiting weeks for a formal nomination. And now he faces tough questions from the Senate.

Foreign Policy
Mar 15, 2019

How the Christchurch Shooter Played the World's Media
Friday's shooting in New Zealand was a terrorist attack conceived for the internet era.

Foreign Policy
Mar 15, 2019

FP's Guide to Islamophobia
In light of the terrorist attack on New Zealand mosques, here are some essays that help explain a global trend of Islamophobia and right-wing hate.

Foreign Policy
Mar 15, 2019

It's Not Personal. It's Just Diplomacy.
North Korea is trying to make the nuclear talks all about Trump and Kim. History shows that high-stakes personal diplomacy can work, but only if professionals lay the groundwork.

Foreign Policy
Mar 15, 2019

How the 737 Max Series Went Wheels Down All Over the World
The Ethiopian Airlines crash brought flights on the latest iteration of Boeing's best-selling aircraft to a standstill in only five days.

Foreign Policy
Mar 15, 2019

Comic Relief's Vision of Africa Isn't Funny
The perennial British charity is sticking with poverty porn in its fundraising efforts.

Foreign Policy
Mar 15, 2019

How Citizen Journalists Solved the Mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17
On the podcast: The founder of the group Bellingcat on using open sources to investigate war crimes and abuses.

Foreign Policy
Mar 15, 2019

Russia's Next Land Grab Won't Be in an Ex-Soviet State. It Will Be in Europe.
First he came for Georgia, then for Ukraine. Vladimir Putin's next target is likely to be a non-NATO nation in the EU.

Foreign Policy
Mar 14, 2019

Trump Doesn't Deserve Any Credit for His Disruptive Foreign Policy
There's no substance behind arguments that the U.S. president is using his unpredictability to the country's advantage.

Foreign Policy
Mar 14, 2019

At the U.N., America Turns Back the Clock on Women's Rights
Internal documents show how the U.S. works to stymie progress on women's health, cultural issues, and climate change.

Foreign Policy
Mar 14, 2019

Iran Is Mastering the Final Frontier
Tehran's military is advancing ever farther into outer space—and the threat is bigger than Washington is letting on.

Foreign Policy
Mar 14, 2019

China's Provinces Can't Afford Beijing's Development Plans
Rising local debt is making the Chinese economy even more fragile.

Foreign Policy
Mar 14, 2019

U.S. Begins Work on New Missiles as Trump Scraps Treaty with Russia
Some worry the deployment of these weapons could spark a non-nuclear missile race.

Foreign Policy
Mar 13, 2019

Britain Looks Into the Trade Abyss
Many fear a go-it-alone future outside the EU portends economic eclipse.

Foreign Policy
Mar 13, 2019

Boeing Insists Its Planes Are Safe. So Why Is the FAA Ordering Fixes?
As the U.S. becomes the last country to ground the 737 Max, pilots say Boeing was quietly scrambling to improve its safety.

Foreign Policy
Mar 13, 2019

China Sends Skywritten Message by Grounding 737s
Beijing is setting the new rules of the skies.

Foreign Policy
Mar 13, 2019

India is Trump's Next Target in the Trade War
Ending India's preferential trade treatment won't hurt economically—but it is politically dangerous.

Foreign Policy
Mar 13, 2019

Don't Get Your Hopes Up About Algeria
The Middle East's latest protests seem like the Arab Spring all over again. That's no reason for optimism.

Foreign Policy
Mar 13, 2019

Islamophobes Came for Americans on the Campaign Trail
A new poll of Muslims who ran for office in the 2018 midterms shows how central bigotry has become to America's political life.

Foreign Policy
Mar 13, 2019

The Fight for Freedom in Algeria Isn't Finished
The 82-year-old Abdelaziz Bouteflika has pledged to step down, but the protesters' victory won't be complete without a genuine democratic transition.

Foreign Policy
Mar 13, 2019

Brexiteers Never Wanted Brexit to Begin With
History will show that the biggest obstacle to Brexit was its most fervent supporters. That's no accident.

Foreign Policy
Mar 12, 2019

Battered and Bereft, May Loses Again on Brexit
With the EU losing patience, no one in the House of Commons seems to know what to do next.

Foreign Policy
Mar 12, 2019

At Trump's Pentagon, Empty Offices Are the New Normal
The problem has worsened since James Mattis left the U.S. Defense Department.

Foreign Policy
Mar 12, 2019

Party Selfies for the Chinese Communist Party
The Cindy Yang scandal may be tied to Beijing's global influence efforts.

Foreign Policy
Mar 12, 2019

Republican Donor Cindy Yang Linked to Chinese Influence Machine
A scandal that started with massage parlors may tie into Beijing's plans.

Foreign Policy
Mar 12, 2019

Russia's Pipe Dreams are Europe's Nightmare
Putin's plans to run the TurkStream pipeline through the Balkans won't end well.

Foreign Policy
Mar 12, 2019

The EU's Next Big Election Is Heading for Disaster
If nationalists keep the momentum in the run-up to the European Parliament elections, the EU will never be the same again.

Foreign Policy
Mar 11, 2019

Mohammed bin Salman Is Here to Stay
The United States has to work with Saudi Arabia, so it has no choice but to work with its crown prince.

Foreign Policy
Mar 11, 2019

Theresa May's Last Dash for a Deal
The British prime minister wins minor concessions to save Brexit—and her premiership.

Foreign Policy
Mar 11, 2019

Despite Pompeo's Call for ‘Swagger,' Trump Slashes Diplomatic Budget
The U.S. president's 2020 budget request is especially harsh on the U.N. and refugees as well as global health initiatives. Democrats call it "dead on arrival."

Foreign Policy
Mar 11, 2019

Air Force's $166 Billion Budget Would Help Revamp U.S. Nuclear Deterrent
The service would get a significant increase in research and development dollars.

Foreign Policy
Mar 11, 2019

America's Polarization Is a Foreign Policy Problem, Too
The fact that Democrats and Republicans hate each other is making the United States weaker.

Foreign Policy
Mar 11, 2019

Astana Tries to Silence China Critics
Head of watchdog organization detained for work on Xinjiang camps.

Foreign Policy
Mar 11, 2019

The Evolution of the Strongman
Why authoritarians have grown more liberal as democracies have grown more authoritarian.

Foreign Policy
Mar 11, 2019

Security Brief: Trump's Budget Hits the Streets; Aid on Fire in Venezuela
Trump administration seeks another major hike in defense spending.

Foreign Policy
Mar 11, 2019

Everyone Wants a Piece of Afghanistan
A U.S. withdrawal has opened the door to a possible political settlement, but success will depend on regional powers and the country's neighbors.

Foreign Policy
Mar 11, 2019

Germany's Cold War Enemies May Become Partners
In eastern Germany, center-right Christian Democrats are considering teaming up with far-left former Communists.

Foreign Policy
Mar 11, 2019

When Communists Lie Down With Christian Democrats
In eastern Germany, the Cold War's worst enemies are considering becoming partners.

Foreign Policy
Mar 10, 2019

Pentagon Eyes Windfall as Trump Seeks $750 Billion Defense Budget
The White House's annual budget request would give the Defense Department even more than it hoped for.

Foreign Policy
Mar 09, 2019

From Doughnut Girls to Den Mothers and Cheerleaders
The military has long relied on women to entertain the troops. Here's how that's slowly changing.

Foreign Policy
Mar 09, 2019

Donald Trump Is Watching Sebastian Kurz
Austria's young chancellor has become a major player in Europe. The White House has taken notice.

Foreign Policy
Mar 08, 2019

Argentines' Impossible Choice
President Mauricio Macri has disappointed in his first term, but the alternative may not be any better.

Foreign Policy
Mar 08, 2019

Before Resigning, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson Irked Trump
At one point rumored to be contender to run the Pentagon, she vexed the president with her independence.

Foreign Policy
Mar 08, 2019

Europe Doesn't Even Agree on Assad Anymore
The latest issue to divide the EU is whether to recognize the legitimacy of Syria's dictator and help him rebuild his country.

Foreign Policy
Mar 08, 2019

From Refugee to Resident
Displaced people may live in host countries for decades. Here's how to manage their stays.

Foreign Policy
Mar 08, 2019

Toward a More Feminist Foreign Policy
On the podcast: Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom on how to give women a voice in an arena dominated by men.

Foreign Policy
Mar 08, 2019

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Foreign Policy
Mar 08, 2019

The Arab Spring Is Not Over Yet
Major protests in Algeria and Sudan show that the spirit of 2011 lives on.

Foreign Policy
Mar 08, 2019

Everything Should Be on the Table in Korea
Failure in Hanoi reinforces the need for bolder future commitments to peace.

Foreign Policy
Mar 08, 2019

All the Legal Trouble in Trumpworld
Robert Mueller may be the least of the president's worries.

Foreign Policy
Mar 08, 2019

The Chinese Communist Party Is Still Afraid of Sun Yat-Sen's Shadow
A relentless war on free spaces for Chinese exiles stems from past revolutions.

Foreign Policy
Mar 08, 2019

Trump Is Sending Guns South as Migrants Flee North
The administration's push to weaken oversight of gun exports could worsen the Central American refugee crisis.

Foreign Policy
Mar 07, 2019

Celebrating #MeToo's Global Impact
In countries around the world, progress defies the backlash.

Foreign Policy
Mar 07, 2019

Murdered Women Can't Celebrate International Women's Day
Advocates for gender equality in Latin America are making gains, but an epidemic of violence overshadows their progress.

Foreign Policy
Mar 07, 2019

El Salvador Kills Women as the U.S. Shrugs
Washington helped start an epidemic of violence against women in Central America. Now it's washing its hands of the problem.

Foreign Policy
Mar 07, 2019

The Flame of Feminism Is Alive in Iran
While Western activists defend the right of Muslims to wear the veil, Iranian women are fighting for a bigger cause: choice.

Foreign Policy
Mar 07, 2019

State Department Vacancies Increase Embassy Security Risks, Report Warns
Diplomats and their families could be in jeopardy, but the Trump administration has no plans to address the issue, the Government Accountability Office says.

Foreign Policy
Mar 07, 2019

Don't Believe the Russian Hype
Moscow's missile capabilities in the Baltic Sea region are not nearly as dangerous as they seem.

Foreign Policy
Mar 07, 2019

U.S. Cancels Journalist's Award Over Her Criticism of Trump
Jessikka Aro was to receive a "Women of Courage" prize. Then officials read her Twitter feed.

Foreign Policy
Mar 07, 2019

China's Concubine Dramas Have Lost the Emperor's Favor
TV shows about imperial intrigue are feeling the bite of censorship.

Foreign Policy
Mar 07, 2019

U.S. Bombardments Are Driving Somalis From Their Homes
Airstrikes on al-Shabab have tripled under Trump.

Foreign Policy
Mar 06, 2019

Journalists Are Living in Fear in Republika Srpska
Bosnia has a thriving media sector, but those who refuse to become mouthpieces for the government increasingly find themselves in exile or under police protection.

Foreign Policy
Mar 06, 2019

400 American Troops Can't Do Anything
If the president wants to withdraw from Syria, he might as well just withdraw.

Foreign Policy
Mar 06, 2019

The World's Many Measles Conspiracies Are All the Same
The deadly disease is spreading rapidly around the globe, fueled by a cratering of social trust.

Foreign Policy
Mar 06, 2019

Despite Tough Talk, Trump Adds No Money for Missile Defense Agency
The administration will instead increase investments in offensive missile defense capabilities, such as hypersonic technology.

Foreign Policy
Mar 06, 2019

Despite Trump's Tough Talk, No Boost for Missile Defense Agency
The administration will instead increase investments in offensive missile defense capabilities, such as hypersonic technology.

Foreign Policy
Mar 06, 2019

Maximum Pressure Yields Minimum Results
Trump's favorite foreign-policy doctrine has failed.

Foreign Policy
Mar 06, 2019

How to Cheat at Xi Jinping Thought
A newly mandatory app is eating up Chinese workers' time - so they're finding ways around it.

Foreign Policy
Mar 05, 2019

Russia's New Missiles Are Aimed at the U.S.
But Moscow's hypersonic weapons may be more bark than bite.

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