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Foreign Policy
Oct 13, 2019

If We Have to Choose Between Compromise and Genocide, We Will Choose Our People
The Kurds' commander in chief explains why his forces are finally ready to partner with Assad and Putin.

Foreign Policy
Oct 13, 2019

Turkey's War in Syria Was Not Inevitable
U.S. strategy in Syria has long been plagued by short-term thinking, while Russia, Turkey, and Iran played a long game. Trump's betrayal of the Kurds is just the latest chapter in Washington's bungled approach to the region.

Foreign Policy
Oct 12, 2019

Abiy's Nobel Achievements Are Real but Brittle
Ethiopia is on the right course. But there's much more to be done.

Foreign Policy
Oct 12, 2019

Iraq Confronts Its Own Prisoner's Dilemma
New survey data shows that Iraqis are deeply divided on how to punish members of the terrorist group.

Foreign Policy
Oct 12, 2019

With the Future of Islamic State Prisoners in Northern Syria in Doubt, Iraq Confronts Its Own Prisoner's Dilemma
New survey data shows that Iraqis are deeply divided on how to punish members of the terrorist group.

Foreign Policy
Oct 12, 2019

Why Huawei Isn't So Scary
The Chinese company's lead in the 5G race isn't insurmountable, and other firms and countries shouldn't rush into the fray.

Foreign Policy
Oct 12, 2019

Can American Values Survive in a Chinese World?
A new book looks at the China challenge for the United States—and China itself.

Foreign Policy
Oct 12, 2019

Our Top Weekend Reads
Turkey bombs Syrian Kurds, Poland goes to the polls, and the NBA bows to Chinese pressure.

Foreign Policy
Oct 12, 2019

Ukrainian Corruption Is Trump's Native Language
The U.S. president has imported prodazhnist', Ukraine's distinctive culture of crookedness, where everyone has a price and politics has no value.

Foreign Policy
Oct 11, 2019

Pompeo's State Department Reels as Impeachment Inquiry Sinks Morale
As the investigation grows, so, too, does the foreign service officers' legal defense fund.

Foreign Policy
Oct 11, 2019

Trade War Pause Leaves Few Happy
Mini-deal between the United States and China brings relief to farmers but offers no long-term solutions.

Foreign Policy
Oct 11, 2019

A Tale of Two Polands
The Law and Justice party is tapping into divides that have split the country for centuries—and will probably win this weekend's elections because of it.

Foreign Policy
Oct 11, 2019

Pentagon Chief: ‘We Are Not Abandoning the Kurds'
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper defended the decision to withdraw troops from the Turkey-Syria border even while sending additional forces to Saudi Arabia.

Foreign Policy
Oct 11, 2019

There's Always a Next Time to Betray the Kurds
The Kurds have no choice but to always trust the United States—and to suffer the inevitable consequences.

Foreign Policy
Oct 11, 2019

How Race Hampered the Investigation Into Dag Hammarskjold's Death
Testimony of African eyewitnesses to the U.N. secretary-general's death was dismissed because of their lack of education and perceived susceptibility to political manipulation.

Foreign Policy
Oct 11, 2019

For Eastern Europe, Brussels Is the New Moscow
After upcoming elections in Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, and Romania, healing Europe's east-west divide will be more urgent than ever.

Foreign Policy
Oct 11, 2019

The West Owns Syria's Disaster
Trump's green light for Turkey's assault on the Kurds is appalling. But he's not the only one to blame.

Foreign Policy
Oct 11, 2019

Zelensky Flounders in Bid to End Ukraine's War
Pushing a controversial peace agreement, the new president faces blowback in Kyiv that he may not be able to overcome.

Foreign Policy
Oct 11, 2019

Senate Democrats Urge More Probes Into Unfolding Impeachment Saga
Democrats on the Foreign Relations Committee urge Republican leadership to investigate the Ukraine affair that triggered the House impeachment inquiry.

Foreign Policy
Oct 11, 2019

Poland Is Purging Its Prosecutors
The PiS government is rooting out, relocating, and demoting political critics in the name of judicial reform.

Foreign Policy
Oct 11, 2019

Ethiopia's Abiy Ahmed Wins Nobel Peace Prize
Plus: U.S. lawmakers prepare rebuke to Turkey, Hong Kong's legislature resumes, and the other stories we're following today.

Foreign Policy
Oct 10, 2019

‘Some of the Most Noble People I'd Ever Met'
U.S. military officers who fought in Syria say they are devastated and ashamed by Trump's decision to abandon Kurdish-led forces.

Foreign Policy
Oct 10, 2019

An Angry Congress Prepares to Rebuke Trump Over Kurds
Lawmakers expect to get a veto-proof majority backing sanctions against Turkey.

Foreign Policy
Oct 10, 2019

Belt and Road Tests China's Image in Pakistan
As China's presence in Pakistan grows, the countries' special relationship could be strained.

Foreign Policy
Oct 10, 2019

How to Impeach a President (in Korea)
Democrats brought down a wannabe dictator in Seoul. The same tactics can work in Washington.

Foreign Policy
Oct 10, 2019

For Kashmiri Graduates, India's Clampdown Is ‘Like Death'
With the repeal of Article 370, India has opened the way for fierce competition over scarce government jobs.

Foreign Policy
Oct 10, 2019

If Sebastian Kurz Is Everything, He's Nothing
The Austrian chancellor could become a star in an unprecedented coalition with the Green party—but that's not the sort of history he's interested in making.

Foreign Policy
Oct 10, 2019

The U.N. Is Leaving Migrants to Die in Libya
The European Union is funding the Libyan coast guard to keep migrants out of Europe and detain them in a failed state, where they are at the mercy of militias and human traffickers. The United Nations agencies charged with protecting them have failed, placing migrants in grave danger.

Foreign Policy
Oct 10, 2019

Death Toll Rises as Turkey Moves Into Syria
Turkish air and ground forces pummelled the region, killing Kurdish fighters and wounding civilians.

Foreign Policy
Oct 10, 2019

U.N. Security Council Calls Emergency Meeting After Turkey Attacks Syria
Plus: Uncertain U.S.-China trade talks, an anti-Semitic attack in Germany, and the other stories we're following today.

Foreign Policy
Oct 09, 2019

Turkey's Incursion Into Syria Halts the Fight Against ISIS
The Trump administration's abrupt decision to pull out of Syria has, as expected, led to a pause in the fight against the Islamic State.

Foreign Policy
Oct 09, 2019

Turkey's Syria Assault Halts the Fight Against ISIS
The Trump administration's abrupt decision to pull out of Syria has, as expected, led to a pause in the fight against the Islamic State.

Foreign Policy
Oct 09, 2019

Turkey's Syria Assault Stymies the Fight Against ISIS
The Trump administration's abrupt decision to pull out of Syria has, as expected, led to a pause in the fight against the Islamic State.

Foreign Policy
Oct 09, 2019

Is the NBA Doomed in China?
When it comes to Hong Kong's protests, Beijing won't play ball.

Foreign Policy
Oct 09, 2019

The War for Post-U.S. Syria Has Begun
As the Trump administration withdraws its troops from northern Syria, the country is becoming a regional free-for-all.

Foreign Policy
Oct 09, 2019

Russia Is Gearing Up for a Conflict With the United States in the Caribbean
With Moscow propping up Maduro, evading oil sanctions, and moving its troops around the coast, Washington needs to rethink its own strategies.

Foreign Policy
Oct 09, 2019

Rights Groups Miss Out on Millions in Foreign Aid Due to U.S. Spending Restrictions
Congress won't let Trump gut foreign assistance. So the administration made it harder to disburse funds, leaving aid programs in China, Iraq, and elsewhere in the lurch.

Foreign Policy
Oct 09, 2019

Tens of Millions in U.S. Foreign Aid Quietly Cut
Congress won't let Trump gut foreign assistance. So the administration made it harder to disburse funds, leaving aid programs in China, Iraq, and elsewhere in the lurch.

Foreign Policy
Oct 09, 2019

In Poland's Upcoming Election, the Law and Justice Party Is Demonizing the LGBT Community to Win
The party is likely to win the vote, but it may eventually lose the broader cultural fight.

Foreign Policy
Oct 09, 2019

The Trade War Is Only Getting Worse
Any expectations that high-level U.S.-China talks this week could produce a grand bargain on trade have all but evaporated as both sides continue to harden their positions.

Foreign Policy
Oct 09, 2019

Why Poland's Populists Keep Winning
PiS won by offering provincial voters social benefits that transformed their lives. If Poland's opposition wants to defeat the illiberal ruling party, it will have to offer an alternative welfare state model.

Foreign Policy
Oct 09, 2019

White House Won't Cooperate With Impeachment Inquiry
Plus: Turkey's offensive in Syria, Ecuador's president in trouble, and the other stories we're following today.

Foreign Policy
Oct 08, 2019

China Could Be the Big Winner of Saudi Arabia's Race to Become a Tech Hub
Beijing is a natural partner to fast and cheap development, but Riyadh should be wary of alienating its allies.

Foreign Policy
Oct 08, 2019

Bipartisan Senate Report Undercuts Trump's Account of 2016 Meddling
Both Republicans and Democrats affirm that Russia, not Ukraine, was responsible for tampering with the U.S. election.

Foreign Policy
Oct 08, 2019

Brexit Means Britain Needs a Constitution
British citizens will no longer be covered by EU law, and courts won't have the power to protect minorities from the will of the parliamentary majority. Only a codified constitution can ensure basic rights.

Foreign Policy
Oct 08, 2019

America Is Stuck With a Broken President
Trump is unfit for office. But the system has no answers.

Foreign Policy
Oct 08, 2019

Administration Scrambles to Do Damage Control on Syria
U.S. State Department officials attempted to reassure Kurdish allies on Tuesday.

Foreign Policy
Oct 08, 2019

Turkey Begins Bombing Northeast Syria
Turkey began launching airstrikes as the Trump administration tried to backpedal.

Foreign Policy
Oct 08, 2019

Turkey Readies Major Attack on Northeast Syria
U.S. State Department officials attempted to reassure Kurdish allies on Tuesday.

Foreign Policy
Oct 08, 2019

One Belt, One South Asia?
Why Xi Jinping is meeting the leaders of Pakistan, India, and Nepal this week.

Foreign Policy
Oct 08, 2019

Trump's Capitulation to Erdogan Destroys U.S. Credibility
By abandoning America's Kurdish partners in Syria, the White House has sent a message to allies everywhere that Washington can't be trusted.

Foreign Policy
Oct 08, 2019

Popular U.N. Food Agency Roiled by Internal Problems, Survey Finds
Staffers complain of abuse of authority, harassment, and widespread discrimination at the World Food Program.

Foreign Policy
Oct 08, 2019

Meet the Afghan Women Taking Their Country Back—One Land Mine at a Time
In Bamiyan, an all-female demining team provides jobs and hope.

Foreign Policy
Oct 08, 2019

I Was a Model Uighur. China Took My Family Anyway.
Beijing says it's releasing people from the camps. So where are my parents?

Foreign Policy
Oct 08, 2019

Trump's Syria Move Sparks Uncertainty
Plus: Indigenous protests rock Ecuador, Pakistan's leader heads to Beijing, and the other stories we're following today.

Foreign Policy
Oct 07, 2019

With Gazprom's Nord Stream 2, Putin Is Getting Ready to Put the Screws on Europe
The new pipeline won't deliver energy security. It will make the EU more dependent on a capricious Russia.

Foreign Policy
Oct 07, 2019

Trump's Credibility With China Plummets
The U.S. president's casual request for an investigation of the Bidens has Beijing saying no thanks—and largely ignoring his demands as trade talks look headed for a tough run.

Foreign Policy
Oct 07, 2019

In Iraq, Protesters Are Sick of Corruption and Foreign Influence
The firing of a wildly popular general who led the fight against ISIS has set off demonstrations that could threaten the country's stability.

Foreign Policy
Oct 07, 2019

Angry Iraqis Demand New Government
After 15 years of corruption, Iraqi protesters have finally reached a breaking point. Some even want military rule.

Foreign Policy
Oct 07, 2019

Angry Iraqis Yearn for Military Rule Again
After 15 years of corruption, Iraqi protesters have finally reached a breaking point.

Foreign Policy
Oct 07, 2019

Maduro Is Playing a Dangerous Game on the Colombian Border
Tensions and lawlessness could spiral into armed conflict.

Foreign Policy
Oct 07, 2019

Does the World's Longest Undersea Tunnel Have a China Problem?
A Chinese-financed project to connect the Estonian and Finnish capitals has hit a snag as Europe ponders how to deal with Beijing's economic heft.

Foreign Policy
Oct 07, 2019

Welcome to Trump's Impeachment Foreign Policy
His administration's decisions will be erratic, ill-considered, and ineffective. In other words, business as usual.

Foreign Policy
Oct 07, 2019

The NBA Is China's Willing Tool
The Houston Rockets are enforcing Beijing's political controls in America. They're not alone.

Foreign Policy
Oct 07, 2019

Defying Pentagon, Trump Endorses Turkish Operation in Syria
The move caught senior defense officials by surprise.

Foreign Policy
Oct 07, 2019

Trump Abandons the Syrian Kurds
The move to withdraw American troops from the border goes against the advice of senior defense officials.

Foreign Policy
Oct 07, 2019

Trump Gives Erdogan Green Light for Syria Incursion
Plus: Iraq demonstrations intensify, Hong Kong's protesters defy new laws, and U.S.-North Korea talks break down.

Foreign Policy
Oct 06, 2019

The Rise and Fall of a Russian Mercenary Army
After a deadly debacle in Syria, Vladimir Putin has put the Wagner Group in its place—but plenty of other private security firms remain, and they could pose a threat to security in Russia and beyond.

Foreign Policy
Oct 06, 2019

A Family Stranded by China's Camps
Repression in Xinjiang leaves tens of thousands of children without parents.

Foreign Policy
Oct 06, 2019

Central Africa's Rangers Are as Threatened as the Animals They Guard
Park staff struggle to protect the animals—and themselves—against poachers and militias.

Foreign Policy
Oct 05, 2019

The West Is Open for Dirty Business
The European Union and United States need a joint front against poisonous kleptocracy.

Foreign Policy
Oct 05, 2019

Trump's Use of Sanctions Is Nothing Like Obama's
The White House's aggressive deployment of coercive economic tools has given rise to a growing geopolitical backlash.

Foreign Policy
Oct 05, 2019

The Geopolitics of Ukraine's ‘The'
Why three letters—and a Beatles song—trigger grammatical controversy, historical trauma, and existential crisis in Kyiv.

Foreign Policy
Oct 04, 2019

For Mexico's President, Forced Disappearances Could Make or Break the Justice System
A new investigation into the 2014 Ayotzinapa case may bring more answers but doesn't guarantee real changes.

Foreign Policy
Oct 04, 2019

Fitting Together the Pieces of the Trump Ukraine Scandal
Much remains unclear, but the latest revelations from U.S. diplomats tend to corroborate the whistleblower's account of how the Trump team sought to strong-arm Ukraine into investigating Joe Biden.

Foreign Policy
Oct 04, 2019

What We Know About the Trump-Ukraine Investigation
Much remains unclear, but the latest revelations from U.S. diplomats tend to corroborate the whistleblower's account of how the Trump team sought to strong-arm Ukraine into investigating Joe Biden.

Foreign Policy
Oct 04, 2019

How the U.S. Found Out About Russia's First Nuclear Test 70 Years Ago
A newly published report shows it took the Truman administration nearly two weeks to confirm the news.

Foreign Policy
Oct 04, 2019

China Has No Room for Dissenting Friends
Small nations know they can break from Washington—but not from Beijing.

Foreign Policy
Oct 04, 2019

Mexico Tries to Turn Back the Clock on Energy
Forget the energy opening: López Obrador works to restore the primacy of Pemex, the state-owned oil giant.

Foreign Policy
Oct 04, 2019

Will Trudeau Survive Canada's Next Vote?
The prime minister's rise, fall, and possible rebirth.

Foreign Policy
Oct 04, 2019

The Untold Story of How George W. Bush Lost China


Foreign Policy
Oct 04, 2019

U.S. and North Korea Set to Meet Again
Plus: Hong Kong imposes emergency laws, Ukraine's unused Javelin missiles, and the other stories we're following today.

Foreign Policy
Oct 03, 2019

North Korean Missiles Just Keep Getting Better
Pyongyang is using a diplomatic impasse to improve its weapons technology.

Foreign Policy
Oct 03, 2019

Giuliani's Claims Spread to Another Ukraine Corruption Case
A Ukrainian oligarch has seized upon the Trump administration's attacks on Biden to fight extradition.

Foreign Policy
Oct 03, 2019

Trump's Whistleblower Attack ‘Undermines' U.S. Global Accountability Push
The United States faces charges of double standards in its campaign to promote whistleblower protections at the U.N. and international organizations.

Foreign Policy
Oct 03, 2019

Far From the Front Lines, Javelin Missiles Go Unused in Ukraine
Military support to the Eastern European country is at the center of a scandal that threatens to engulf the Trump administration.

Foreign Policy
Oct 03, 2019

For Bosnian Women, No Justice—and No Seats
In the Balkan wars, women were targets. In postwar governments, they've been pushed out of sight.

Foreign Policy
Oct 03, 2019

China's Entertainment Future is Guns, Trains, and Loving the Party
As censorship tightens, tales of tech and the military are mandatory.

Foreign Policy
Oct 03, 2019

The United States Is Done Caring About Syria
A major new report about the Syrian war raises the question of whether Washington ever cared about it in the first place.

Foreign Policy
Oct 03, 2019

Xi Jinping Has Embraced Vladimir Putin—for Now
But the Russia-China flirtation may not last forever. As in the classic novel "Romance of the Three Kingdoms," the Chinese can be calculating about alliances.

Foreign Policy
Oct 03, 2019

It Is Time for the United States to Stand Up to China in Hong Kong
Tweets aren't enough. Washington must make clear that it expects Beijing to live up to its commitments—and it will respond when China does not.

Foreign Policy
Oct 03, 2019

After 8 Months on the Streets, Protesters in Algeria Aren't Giving Up
Citizens have been promised new elections. But they are looking for more fundamental change.

Foreign Policy
Oct 03, 2019

After Eight Months on the Streets, Protesters in Algeria Aren't Giving Up
Citizens have been promised new elections. But they are looking for more fundamental change.

Foreign Policy
Oct 03, 2019

North Korea Tests New Ballistic Missile Ahead of Nuclear Talks
The launch is Pyongyang's most provocative since before the Singapore summit.

Foreign Policy
Oct 03, 2019

U.S. Democrats Threaten White House Subpoena
Plus: Violent unrest in Iraq, Boris Johnson's Brexit strategy, and the other stories we're following today.

Foreign Policy
Oct 02, 2019

Trump's Globalism Is a Caricature of Multilateralism
When it comes to international cooperation, the White House is repeating the mistakes of the past.

Foreign Policy
Oct 02, 2019

Johnson Shifts His Political Calculations on Brexit
The prime minister now expects there will be a delay, but he thinks voters will reward him at the polls for trying.

Foreign Policy
Oct 02, 2019

It's Not Just Elephants That Are Under Attack in Botswana
The country's government is rolling back wildlife protections and endangering media freedom and the rule of law.

Foreign Policy
Oct 02, 2019

The People's Republic at 70
As China marches forward, what does its future hold?

Foreign Policy
Oct 02, 2019

Rumblings of Recession Get Louder
With U.S. manufacturing taking its worst hit since the Great Recession, signs of a global economic downturn are everywhere.

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