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Foreign Policy
Feb 08, 2023

China's Surveillance Balloon Is Not a Test of Will
The response to the vessel in U.S. airspace shows how the next Cold War could be as overreactive as the first.

Foreign Policy
Feb 08, 2023

Why Russia Markets Itself as an Anti-Colonial Power to Africans
Colonial exceptionalism and a victim mentality are integral to Russia's self-image.

Foreign Policy
Feb 08, 2023

Ukraine Braces for Grisly Russian Offensive in the East
Russia is sending more bodies. Ukraine doesn't have enough. And the tanks won't arrive in time.

Foreign Policy
Feb 08, 2023

Netanyahu Has Drawn a Saudi-U.S. Road Map
But Joe Biden shouldn't play along.

Foreign Policy
Feb 08, 2023

Spoiler Alert: Foreign Policy Won't Be a U.S. Election Issue
The U.S. president's State of the Union speech emphasized populism and protectionism, not global affairs. It must be election season already.

Foreign Policy
Feb 08, 2023

Erdogan Announces State of Emergency
The government says the state of emergency will facilitate rescue work. In Syria, it's unclear whether the government will help or hurt aid efforts.

Foreign Policy
Feb 08, 2023

Zambia Takes Anglo American to Court
A landmark class-action lawsuit in South Africa could set a precedent for holding multinational corporations responsible for environmental damages.

Foreign Policy
Feb 07, 2023

Syria's Earthquake Victims Are Trapped by Assad
Russia left the war-torn region with only a single border crossing—and it's no longer open for aid.

Foreign Policy
Feb 07, 2023

China's Balloon Could Be America's Awakening
An alarming blunder may convince the U.S. public to take Beijing's threats seriously.

Foreign Policy
Feb 07, 2023

Are U.S. Sanctions on Russia Working?
Two experts debate why the Russian economy has proved relatively resilient.

Foreign Policy
Feb 07, 2023

Ukraine and Belarus Are Fighting the Same War
A Russian defeat in Ukraine could send Belarus's dictator packing.

Foreign Policy
Feb 07, 2023

Barriers to Syria Aid Emerge After Earthquake
Northwest Syria was already a humanitarian disaster. Lack of access for aid agencies is making the quake's aftermath worse.

Foreign Policy
Feb 07, 2023

Egypt Needs Democracy to Fix Its Economy
Sisi's mismanagement has plunged the country into crisis. Both political and economic reform is needed to save it.

Foreign Policy
Feb 07, 2023

What Happened to German Pacifism?
The country's aversion to war has run up against its own limits.

Foreign Policy
Feb 06, 2023

Why Security Cooperation With Israel Is a Lose-Lose for Abbas
West Bank coordination is vital to Mahmoud Abbas's and the Palestinian Authority's survival. It's also hugely unpopular among ordinary Palestinians.

Foreign Policy
Feb 06, 2023

A Nobel Nominee's Controversial Call for Engagement With the Taliban
Mahbouba Seraj, a rights activist and nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, says there's no choice now but to talk to Afghanistan's new rulers.

Foreign Policy
Feb 06, 2023

Austria's About to Give Russia a Soapbox at the OSCE
Vienna will allow sanctioned Russian parliamentarians to attend the next big security meeting on the anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Foreign Policy
Feb 06, 2023

The Yemeni Employees the U.S. Left Behind
The U.S. Embassy in Sanaa relocated to Saudi Arabia after the Houthi takeover. Local workers who remained felt abandoned.

Foreign Policy
Feb 06, 2023

The United States and China Still Need to Talk About Nuclear Weapons
Biden and Blinken must not let the spy balloon controversy stand in the way of talks on nuclear crisis management and arms control.

Foreign Policy
Feb 06, 2023

Japan's Long-Awaited Return to Geopolitics
Tokyo's abandonment of its post-1945 security stance is another fallout from Russia's war.

Foreign Policy
Feb 06, 2023

Why Giorgia Meloni Won't Distance Herself from Italy's Fascist Past
The Italian prime minister is proudly defending her party's extremist predecessor by falsely claiming they were never fascists.

Foreign Policy
Feb 06, 2023

The Fighter
John Bolton was once the enfant terrible of the Republican Party. Is he now its conscience?

Foreign Policy
Feb 06, 2023

The Deeper Reason Netanyahu Won't Arm Ukraine Against Russia
Jerusalem's ties to Moscow are partly about security. They're also about illiberalism.

Foreign Policy
Feb 06, 2023

EU Bans Russian Diesel
Europe is reducing its dependency on Moscow, but what will it mean for prices?

Foreign Policy
Feb 05, 2023

Who Shapes Environmental Policy Worldwide?
In the Amazon and elsewhere, nature's last best hope is a hodgepodge of forces.

Foreign Policy
Feb 05, 2023

Pervez Musharraf Dragged His Country Down
The charismatic Pakistani general aimed to be a great national leader but failed by shredding the constitution and recklessly doing Washington's bidding.

Foreign Policy
Feb 05, 2023

Xi Jinping's Power Grab Is Paying Off
The Chinese leader will probably survive a turbulent time.

Foreign Policy
Feb 05, 2023

How India's Domestic Politics Impede Its Foreign Policy
A new book shows that New Delhi's own obstacles could slow its ambitions on the global stage.

Foreign Policy
Feb 04, 2023

How Truman Sold Americans on Going Hungry
In 1947, the United States sacrificed for the sake of a starving Europe.

Foreign Policy
Feb 04, 2023

Can a French Shipping Giant Make Marseille the Capital of the Mediterranean?
The Saadé family has raked in huge profits, turning CMA CGM into a strategic asset for Paris and a potential economic lifeline for France's impoverished second city.

Foreign Policy
Feb 03, 2023

Adam Tooze: What the Adani Group's Plunge Says About the Indian Economy
Fraud allegations caused $100 billion in losses for the conglomerate.

Foreign Policy
Feb 03, 2023

What in the World?
Test yourself on the week of Jan. 28: Czechs vote on a new president, Bolsonaro extends his Florida exile, and a Chinese balloon causes chaos.

Foreign Policy
Feb 03, 2023

How a Chinese Spy Balloon Blew Up a Key U.S. Diplomatic Trip
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has postponed a visit to Beijing in response to a suspected spy balloon over U.S. territory.

Foreign Policy
Feb 03, 2023

NATO Must Stand Up to Turkey's Blackmail
Ankara has legitimate security concerns, but the alliance should firmly reject Erdogan's transactional diplomacy when it comes to Swedish accession.

Foreign Policy
Feb 03, 2023

The 2023 Pacific Games Wrap Small Countries in Big-Power Struggles
A Solomon Islands-hosted sporting event has become part of a China-West tussle.

Foreign Policy
Feb 03, 2023

Russia's Disastrous War Has Created an Opening in the Balkans
The West should remind Serbia not to hitch its wagon to a diminished Russia.

Foreign Policy
Feb 03, 2023

Russia's Failed War Has Created an Opening in the Balkans
The West should remind Serbia not to hitch its wagon to a diminished Russia.

Foreign Policy
Feb 03, 2023

Germany's Scholz Calls for a New Approach to the Lithium Rush
On a visit to South America, the chancellor pitched partnership rather than exploitation.

Foreign Policy
Feb 03, 2023

Britain Is Much Worse Off Than It Understands
Things weren't nearly this bad in the 1970s—but the country's leaders haven't grasped that yet.

Foreign Policy
Feb 03, 2023

EU Leaders in Ukraine; Chinese Spy Balloon in U.S.
Ukraine wants to join the bloc, but seeking accession would mean more reforms amid war.

Foreign Policy
Feb 02, 2023

Eastern Europe Wants NATO to Beef Up Defense Spending
Poland and Estonia are planning to push the alliance to raise its defense spending benchmark this year to at least 2.5 percent of GDP.

Foreign Policy
Feb 02, 2023

Why the United States Is Courting Nepal
Beijing's growing influence in Kathmandu has prompted high-level diplomacy from Washington.

Foreign Policy
Feb 02, 2023

New Military Offensives Put al-Shabab Terrorist Group on the Back Foot
Can Somalia finally defeat al-Shabab?

Foreign Policy
Feb 02, 2023

China's Tech Money Is Now Radioactive
Washington is increasingly concerned about China poaching U.S. technology.

Foreign Policy
Feb 02, 2023

Is There a Biden Doctrine?
A surprising set of grades for the 46th U.S. president's foreign policy.

Foreign Policy
Feb 02, 2023

Beijing Needs to Junk Its Economic Playbook
Government stimulus and greater exports can't dig China's economy out of a deep hole.

Foreign Policy
Feb 02, 2023

Biden's Risky Bet on the Philippines to Counter China
Washington hopes the Bongbong Marcos government will allow it to use runways in the Philippines in the case of an armed conflict with China.

Foreign Policy
Feb 02, 2023

Is the U.S. Military Capable of Learning From the War in Ukraine?
The Pentagon has learned painful lessons in the past—and may now have to do so again.

Foreign Policy
Feb 02, 2023

Haiti Assassination Suspects Sent to U.S.
The case has stagnated as judges face threats in Haiti.

Foreign Policy
Feb 01, 2023

In Beijing, Blinken Seeks to Stabilize Ties
Avoiding actual war will be on each side's mind.

Foreign Policy
Feb 01, 2023

5 Ways Biden Can Thread the Needle With Israel's New Coalition
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's new right-wing government presents the Biden administration with some unpalatable and inconvenient choices.

Foreign Policy
Feb 01, 2023

Europe's Hunger for Gas Leaves Poor Countries High and Dry
Rich countries are pursuing energy security at the rest of the world's expense.

Foreign Policy
Feb 01, 2023

Can Lula Rein in Brazil's Military?
The new president has a unique opportunity to address the biggest threat to his country's democracy.

Foreign Policy
Feb 01, 2023

Czech President-Elect Turns the Page on Populism
Petr Pavel seems likely to return ceremony to the role and once again make Prague a reliable partner.

Foreign Policy
Feb 01, 2023

How the Taliban's ‘War on Drugs' Could Backfire
The purported ban on heroin and ephedra devastates poor farmers, enriches the Taliban, and has done nothing to curb addiction.

Foreign Policy
Feb 01, 2023

Blankets, Food Banks, and Shuttered Pubs: Brexit Has Delivered a Broken Britain
Brexiteers promised to "take back control." But the decision has instead delivered recession, gloom, and despair.

Foreign Policy
Feb 01, 2023

Ukraine Pushes for Planes
U.S. President Joe Biden has said no, but Ukraine doesn't believe that's the final answer.

Foreign Policy
Feb 01, 2023

Something Has to Give in Postwar Syria
Thirteen years of constant crisis is heading toward inevitable breakdown.

Foreign Policy
Feb 01, 2023

What's Causing Africa's Debt Crisis?
Low tax revenues, high-interest loans, and superpower squabbling over debt relief have made matters worse for African governments.

Foreign Policy
Jan 31, 2023

In Myanmar, Resistance Forces Pursue Home Rule
Two years after the military coup, many communities are providing their own public services and making the case for federalism.

Foreign Policy
Jan 31, 2023

Norway Is Planning to Profit From Climate Change
The oil-rich Nordic country is laying the groundwork to become a renewable energy superpower.

Foreign Policy
Jan 31, 2023

To Help Afghanistan, Engage Its Political Opposition
The Taliban's rule isn't inevitable or forever.

Foreign Policy
Jan 31, 2023

Recession Fears in Germany as Rate Rises Loom
Inflation remains a concern for central banks in Europe and beyond.

Foreign Policy
Jan 30, 2023

Iran's Regime Plays with Fire in Baluchistan
Stirring sectarian tensions in the country's poorest province is a dangerous game.

Foreign Policy
Jan 30, 2023

Conscription Is Not an Excuse for Iran's Revolutionary Guard
Here's why forced enlistment should not be a barrier to listing the Guard as a terrorist organization.

Foreign Policy
Jan 30, 2023

South Korea Could Sweep Up Europe's Tank Market
Germany's self-inflicted wound has left defense partners looking for alternatives.

Foreign Policy
Jan 30, 2023

Ships Are Flying False Flags to Dodge Sanctions
Illegal Russian tankers are a maritime nightmare.

Foreign Policy
Jan 30, 2023

Is Israel's Democracy America's Problem?
The Biden administration has a big decision to make about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's slide toward illiberalism.

Foreign Policy
Jan 30, 2023

Europe Doesn't Need the United States Anymore
Until EU leaders accept that the continent can stand on its own feet and Americans give up the role of global police, dependency on Washington will continue.

Foreign Policy
Jan 30, 2023

Why Crimea Is Not a Bridge Too Far
Withholding support for Ukraine in reclaiming the territory risks undermining gains made thus far.

Foreign Policy
Jan 30, 2023

Biden Can Use a First Fix for a Broken Immigration System
Extending humanitarian parole helps encourage legal migration.

Foreign Policy
Jan 30, 2023

Is Kais Saied Losing His Grip on Tunisia?
Tunisians are taking to the streets—rather than voting—as the economy collapses, but they remain deeply divided.

Foreign Policy
Jan 30, 2023

Sunak Struggles to Overcome U.K. Scandals
His deputy prime minister is facing an inquiry of his own.

Foreign Policy
Jan 29, 2023

The True Power Center of Germany Isn't Berlin
If you want to understand Germany's leading politicians, and their distinctive approach to politics, you have to look to a quiet regional capital.

Foreign Policy
Jan 29, 2023

What the Cities of the Future Will Look Like
They're smart, high tech—and possibly determining the future of diplomacy.

Foreign Policy
Jan 29, 2023

How India's New Bridge to Kashmir Divided a Region
An expensive infrastructure project will bring economic benefits, but Kashmiris fear it will mean more military domination and demographic change.

Foreign Policy
Jan 28, 2023

Amazon's New Africa HQ Pits Indigenous South Africans Against Each Other
The planned development will bring jobs, but raises questions about who speaks for Khoi and San peoples, what is sacred, and how to commemorate injustice.

Foreign Policy
Jan 28, 2023

Can Kazakhstan Bury Its Nuclear Past?
Forgetting the site where Russia became a nuclear power comes with its own risks.

Foreign Policy
Jan 27, 2023

Erdogan's Turkey Faces a Growing Exodus Ahead of Elections
Fed up with the economy and a political crackdown, young Turks are increasingly looking abroad to find their futures.

Foreign Policy
Jan 27, 2023

China Doesn't Want a U.S. Debt Default
Washington takes on financial risks that Beijing can't afford.

Foreign Policy
Jan 27, 2023

Modi Is Muzzling Big Tech
Silicon Valley has spent years courting India, but its companies face an increasingly tricky censorship minefield in the world's largest democracy.

Foreign Policy
Jan 27, 2023

Will Tanks Turn the Tide for Ukraine?
Germany and the United States are sending Leopards and M1 Abrams tanks—but Washington's desired endgame is still a mystery.

Foreign Policy
Jan 27, 2023

Subscriber Questions on Ukraine, Answered
German tanks, Russia's looming offensive, and what the global south is waiting for.

Foreign Policy
Jan 27, 2023

Why Saudi Arabia Doesn't Want Iran's Regime to Fall
Riyadh seeks to leverage ongoing anti-government protests to extract geopolitical concessions from Tehran—not effect regime change.

Foreign Policy
Jan 27, 2023

Brazil and Uruguay Give South American Trade an Adrenaline Shot
Members of the customs union Mercosur pledge to ease internal trade and explore new deals abroad.

Foreign Policy
Jan 27, 2023

France Recalls Burkina Faso Ambassador Ahead of Troop Withdrawal
Wagner Group liaisons have reportedly already been seen in the country.

Foreign Policy
Jan 26, 2023

Ukraine's Makeshift Army Is Getting More Misfit Toys
Western tanks pack a punch. They also bring a long tail.

Foreign Policy
Jan 26, 2023

On Republic Day, India Looks to Deepen Middle East Ties
New Delhi hosted the Egyptian president as a guest of honor, reflecting growing strategic interests in the region.

Foreign Policy
Jan 26, 2023

Will Less Democracy Kill Israel's Tech Sector?
Several firms pull investments over Bibi's plan to weaken the judiciary.

Foreign Policy
Jan 26, 2023

U.N. Rapporteur: Myanmar Crisis ‘Has Been Forgotten'
Two years after the coup, the world has moved on, but many Burmese can't.

Foreign Policy
Jan 26, 2023

Andrej Babis's Scorched-Earth Bid for the Czech Presidency
The populist former prime minister has tried to blow up the second round of voting in a race he's almost certain to lose.

Foreign Policy
Jan 26, 2023

Turkey's Still Got Beef With NATO Aspirants
With Sweden's bid stalled, Finland may decide to go at it alone.

Foreign Policy
Jan 26, 2023

What China Can Learn From Japan—and Alexander the Great
It's time for Beijing to reexamine its long-standing sense of purpose.

Foreign Policy
Jan 26, 2023

India Banned a Documentary. Students Are Watching Anyway.
Twitter may comply with India's rules, but university students in New Delhi won't.

Foreign Policy
Jan 26, 2023

Mexico's Government Is on Trial in New York
A former Mexican security official's corruption charges reveal the hidden politics of the drug trade.

Foreign Policy
Jan 25, 2023

How Russia's Wagner Group Is Fueling Terrorism in Africa
Moscow's scramble for valuable resources has come at the cost of regional security.

Foreign Policy
Jan 25, 2023

China Celebrates New Year Under the Shadow of COVID-19
Official government data shows cases falling, but the busy travel season could mean another wave.

Foreign Policy
Jan 25, 2023

Batteries Are the Battlefield
The next geopolitical contest may be over green technology, and China, for now, is poised to win control of those supply chains.

Foreign Policy
Jan 25, 2023

The Gender Hunger Gap Is Real—and Getting Worse
Under climate change, women will increasingly be forced to eat less than men.

Foreign Policy
Jan 25, 2023

The State Department Makes Life Difficult for Breastfeeding Mothers
At some U.S. missions abroad, diplomats are banned from bringing breast pumps into their offices.

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