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Foreign Policy
Aug 01, 2021

The IOC Should Stop Lying to Itself About the Beijing Olympics
Allowing the Games to happen alongside an ongoing genocide would be a disaster.

Foreign Policy
Aug 01, 2021

In Alaa al-Aswany's New Novel, Dictatorship Keeps Winning
"Republic of False Truths" defers any happy ending to the Arab Spring.

Foreign Policy
Jul 31, 2021

What Biden Really Thinks About Democracy Promotion
The new U.S president has crafted a novel approach to human rights that's marked both by idealism and humility.

Foreign Policy
Jul 30, 2021

Be Wary of China Threat Inflation
Look at what happened with the Soviet threat in the Cold War.

Foreign Policy
Jul 30, 2021

Afghanistan's War Splinters as Southern Tribes Fight for Spoils
Key cities including Herat and Kandahar could be the next to fall as Afghanistan's nightmare continues.

Foreign Policy
Jul 30, 2021

Don't Let Cuba's Protest Momentum Evaporate
U.S. President Joe Biden's administration should listen to activists on the ground.

Foreign Policy
Jul 30, 2021

The Science Says Everyone Needs a COVID-19 Booster Shot—and Soon
It's time for governments to admit that the biology of the delta variant has made mass revaccination an urgent necessity.

Foreign Policy
Jul 30, 2021

How the U.S. Learned to Stop Worrying About the Pacific and Love the ‘Indo-Pacific'
The United States has a new lens for its rivalry with China.

Foreign Policy
Jul 30, 2021

Top Counterterrorism Envoy Could Be First U.S. Ambassador to Sudan in Decades
Experts said Washington needs an envoy to help shepherd Sudan's tenuous transition to democracy.

Foreign Policy
Jul 30, 2021

Beijing's Attempts to Intimidate Taiwan Have Backfired
Chinese coercion has strengthened democratic resolve.

Foreign Policy
Jul 30, 2021

How Latin American Women Governed During the Pandemic
Female leaders saved more lives in Brazil and reinvented stimulus policy in Argentina.

Foreign Policy
Jul 30, 2021

Tehran and Washington Signal Slow Going for Nuclear Deal
As Iran prepares to inaugurate a new president, the diplomacy seen during Hassan Rouhani's term may be consigned to history.

Foreign Policy
Jul 30, 2021

The China Model Will Never Work in Iran
Tehran thinks it can have Chinese-style authoritarian prosperity—but Iranian leaders will never abandon revolution or offer citizens rising living standards in exchange for acquiescence.

Foreign Policy
Jul 29, 2021

The Pandemic's Legacy Will Spur New Protests in Latin America
Increased economic inequality has only added to widespread discontent.

Foreign Policy
Jul 29, 2021

The New Anti-Gay Bill Proposed in Ghana Will Destroy Lives
It happened to us in Nigeria.

Foreign Policy
Jul 29, 2021

Can India Make a Play in Afghanistan?
Antony Blinken's visit to New Delhi underscores a new regional "Great Game."

Foreign Policy
Jul 29, 2021

Under Putin's Rules, U.S. Mission in Russia Left With Skeleton Crew
So far, Biden hasn't signaled whether there will be any retaliation.

Foreign Policy
Jul 29, 2021

Venezuela Is Without a Vaccination Plan
Maduro's abject failure is consequential for the nation, the region, and the world.

Foreign Policy
Jul 29, 2021

Japan Wasted a Golden Chance for Olympic Reconciliation
Tokyo-Seoul relations remain mired in bad history and petty insults.

Foreign Policy
Jul 29, 2021

You Shouldn't Have to Pay for That IR Master's
Institutions like the State Department need to scrap credentialism.

Foreign Policy
Jul 29, 2021

You Shouldn't Have to Pay for That IR Masters
Institutions like the State Department need to scrap credentialism.

Foreign Policy
Jul 29, 2021

Cuba Needs a Free Internet
The United States can play a key role in supporting online liberty.

Foreign Policy
Jul 29, 2021

Biden Isn't Selling Out on Nord Stream 2. He's Protecting U.S. Firms.
If Washington can sanction any company for legal activity it doesn't like, China and others could do the same to U.S. businesses—making them uninsurable.

Foreign Policy
Jul 29, 2021

Even a Short War Over Taiwan or the Baltics Would Be Devastating
Scenarios and war games rarely take full account of civilian losses.

Foreign Policy
Jul 29, 2021

Biden Vowed No Afghan Interpreters Left Behind. What About Iraqi Interpreters?
Another group of U.S. allies fears they'll be forgotten as the United States winds down forever wars.

Foreign Policy
Jul 29, 2021

Israel and Jordan's Relationship Is Better Than It Looks
For both countries, national interests continue to trump personality-based politics.

Foreign Policy
Jul 29, 2021

North and South Korea Are Back Talking—But For How Long?
Pyongyang's food crisis may have spurred the latest diplomatic opening.

Foreign Policy
Jul 29, 2021

North and South Korea Are Talking Again
Pyongyang's food crisis may have spurred the latest diplomatic opening.

Foreign Policy
Jul 29, 2021

Will Abbas Get Tripped Up by the Palestinian Diaspora?
Palestinians abroad are looking beyond the aging leader.

Foreign Policy
Jul 28, 2021

Why China Is Cracking Down on Private Tutoring
Regulations on the $120 billion industry reflect concerns over the education rat race.

Foreign Policy
Jul 28, 2021

Tunisia's Democracy Needs Help. Will Biden Step In?
The place where the Arab Spring began is now a test for an administration that pledged to strengthen global democracy.

Foreign Policy
Jul 28, 2021

Can Enemies Become Allies in the Fight Against Climate Change?
There are many incentives for cross-border military cooperation—even among adversaries—as climate change worsens.

Foreign Policy
Jul 28, 2021

Congress Fears U.S. Intelligence Leaks in Saudi Case
The ongoing detention of the children of a key U.S. counterterrorism partner is just the latest irritant in U.S.-Saudi relations.

Foreign Policy
Jul 28, 2021

Stop Assuming the Taliban Will Win
With ethnic warlords reviving their militias, the Afghan war—even without the U.S. military—is more balanced than it seems.

Foreign Policy
Jul 28, 2021

A Taliban Victory Would Be ‘The Return of a Dark Age for Afghanistan'
Shukria Barakzai, a prominent women's rights advocate and former politician, shares her thoughts on the U.S. withdrawal and Afghanistan's uncertain future.

Foreign Policy
Jul 28, 2021

Iraqi Kurds Keep Faith in U.S. Despite Drawdown
The United States' longtime partners in northern Iraq are watching Afghanistan go to pieces after the U.S. pullout with "wishful thinking."

Foreign Policy
Jul 28, 2021

China Is Using Tibetans as Agents of Empire in the Himalayas
What life is like for the quarter-million residents of fortress villages in Tibet.

Foreign Policy
Jul 28, 2021

Is Iran Bluffing About Its Enriched Uranium Stockpile?
Tehran's numbers don't add up. They seem to be exaggerated to pressure Biden for sanctions relief.

Foreign Policy
Jul 28, 2021

A Divided Peru Inaugurates a New President
The acrimonious vote count that eventually led to Pedro Castillo's victory is only a taste of the opposition the novice leader will face as president.

Foreign Policy
Jul 28, 2021

Pegasus Lands in Africa
From Morocco to Rwanda, governments and their intelligence services have allegedly used spyware to target everyone including opponents, monarchs, and foreign leaders.

Foreign Policy
Jul 27, 2021

Ukraine Won't Stop Fighting the Nord Stream Deal
Kyiv feels let down by supposed allies in Berlin and Washington.

Foreign Policy
Jul 27, 2021

Calls for Independence May Not Help the Uyghur Cause
Stopping the atrocities in Xinjiang requires reaching the Chinese public.

Foreign Policy
Jul 27, 2021

Maybe Tunisians Never Wanted Democracy
If Westerners are shocked at political developments in Tunisia, it's because they described it as a straightforward success for too long.

Foreign Policy
Jul 27, 2021

The International Community Must Use Its Leverage in Tunisia
Foreign powers should condemn Kais Saied's power grab to halt long-term damage to the nascent democracy.

Foreign Policy
Jul 27, 2021

U.S. Lawmakers Hold Up Major Proposed Arms Sale to Nigeria
Senators quietly press U.S. President Joe Biden to reassess U.S.-Nigeria relations amid human rights concerns.

Foreign Policy
Jul 27, 2021

How a Dream Job Became a Bureaucratic Nightmare for a Top U.N. Lawyer
Chief advocate for alleged terrorists sanctioned by the United Nations announces his resignation citing red tape, rule-of-law issues.

Foreign Policy
Jul 27, 2021

Macron's Big Vaccination Gamble
The French president is making vaccines mandatory for many—sparking fresh protests ahead of next year's elections.

Foreign Policy
Jul 27, 2021

The Saudi-Emirati Love Affair Is Over
After years of closely cooperating on everything from Iran to oil, the Arab Gulf is entering a new era of wariness.

Foreign Policy
Jul 27, 2021

The Rocky New Era of the Saudi-Emirati Relationship
After years of closely cooperating on everything from Iran to oil, the Arab Gulf is entering a moment of wariness.

Foreign Policy
Jul 27, 2021

Global Powers Shrug As Opponents Denounce "Coup" in Tunisia
World powers have reacted cautiously to President Saied's power grab, with only Turkey voicing strong opposition.

Foreign Policy
Jul 27, 2021

Global Powers Shrug as Opponents Denounce ‘Coup' in Tunisia
World powers have reacted cautiously to President Saied's power grab, with only Turkey voicing strong opposition.

Foreign Policy
Jul 26, 2021

Hong Kong Has Gotten Seriously Risky for International Business
The national security law is a direct threat to foreign firms.

Foreign Policy
Jul 26, 2021

How the Red Sea Became a Trap
From piracy to the Ever Given, colonialism left hard scars.

Foreign Policy
Jul 26, 2021

Energy Independence Doesn't Mean What It Used To
And here's why that's a national security issue.

Foreign Policy
Jul 26, 2021

Biden's Surrender to Merkel on Nord Stream 2
His support for the pipeline abandoned a bipartisan consensus, got nothing in return, and made the world less secure.

Foreign Policy
Jul 26, 2021

Kadhimi Visits the White House
The impending announcement should give Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi some breathing room ahead of October elections.

Foreign Policy
Jul 25, 2021

India Resists the Taliban Bandwagon
As Blinken heads to New Delhi, he could find some surprising common ground on Afghanistan.

Foreign Policy
Jul 25, 2021

U.S. Officials Make Last-Minute Push to Get Afghan Spies Out Before Withdrawal
Intelligence assets who worked for the CIA now face deadly reprisals.

Foreign Policy
Jul 25, 2021

In Laos, a Dubious Dam Threatens Luang Prabang
A hydroelectric project could force UNESCO to delist the spectacular World Heritage Site.

Foreign Policy
Jul 24, 2021

Postmodern America Didn't Deserve Jimmy Carter
A new biography paints a portrait of a president who made vast progress on policy—and failed at smoke-and-mirrors PR.

Foreign Policy
Jul 24, 2021

Comrades of the Ring
How Soviet artists evaded censors to create their own visions of Tolkien.

Foreign Policy
Jul 23, 2021

Modi Rejected an Indian Hero
Danish Siddiqui's death should have been a moment of national unity. The prime minister made it the opposite.

Foreign Policy
Jul 23, 2021

As Taliban Expand Control, Concerns About Forced Marriage and Sex Slavery Rise
In some Afghan towns, women are fleeing ahead of insurgent takeovers.

Foreign Policy
Jul 23, 2021

The Russian Pipeline That Turned Into a Lightning Rod
How Nord Stream 2 made everyone in Washington mad at one another.

Foreign Policy
Jul 23, 2021

What in the World?
This week in FP's international news quiz: Olympics obstacles, a spyware scandal, and a bold quarantine escape attempt.

Foreign Policy
Jul 23, 2021

Why Is Everyone Going to Iceland?
How Reykjavik successfully managed the pandemic and brought tourism back.

Foreign Policy
Jul 23, 2021

Vaccines Are Japan's New Tool to Counter China
Despite its worsening pandemic, Tokyo's vaccine diplomacy has gained traction.

Foreign Policy
Jul 23, 2021

Are We in a Rerun of ‘That '70s Show'?
Some economists warn inflation is a ticking time bomb.

Foreign Policy
Jul 23, 2021

Will Biden and al-Kadhimi Only Produce Platitudes on Iraq?
At the White House on Monday, the Iraqi leader needs a guarantee that Biden won't use Iraq's independence as a pawn in negotiations with Iran.

Foreign Policy
Jul 23, 2021

Will Biden and al-Kadhimi Produce Platitudes on Iraq?
At the White House on Monday, the Iraqi leader needs a guarantee that Biden won't use Iraq's independence as a pawn in negotiations with Iran.

Foreign Policy
Jul 23, 2021

Will Biden and Kadhimi Produce Platitudes on Iraq?
At the White House on Monday, the Iraqi leader needs a guarantee that Biden won't use Iraq's independence as a pawn in negotiations with Iran.

Foreign Policy
Jul 23, 2021

Athletes Are Post-National Now
Decades of sex abuse turned American gymnasts away from their federation. Will other sports follow suit?

Foreign Policy
Jul 23, 2021

The Minsk Group Is Meaningless
The OSCE's peace effort in Nagorno-Karabakh is outdated and unhelpful. Laying it to rest can pave the way for real reconciliation and reconstruction.

Foreign Policy
Jul 23, 2021

Biden at Six Months: How Successful Is His Foreign Policy?
Foreign Policy asked nine global experts for their takes on the administration's agenda.

Foreign Policy
Jul 23, 2021

Bolsonaro's Teflon Wears Off
The unpopular Brazilian president suggests he could challenge the results of next year's election.

Foreign Policy
Jul 23, 2021

The Long and Infuriating History of Bad Olympic Bosses
Thomas Bach has joined a long line of IOC chiefs who have been hated by everyone associated with the Games.

Foreign Policy
Jul 23, 2021

China's Floods Have Long Term Consequences
Historic flooding in China's Henan province could disrupt already rattled global supply chains.

Foreign Policy
Jul 23, 2021

China's Floods Have Long-Term Consequences
Historic flooding in China's Henan province could disrupt already rattled global supply chains.

Foreign Policy
Jul 23, 2021

Can the World Avoid War in Cyberspace—and in Space?
Billionaire rocket launches and ongoing cyberattacks reveal that, without norms governing conflict, there could be chaos.

Foreign Policy
Jul 23, 2021

Cracks Are Growing in the Erdogan Regime
Turkey is more politically unstable today than at any other point in recent years.

Foreign Policy
Jul 22, 2021

Pakistan's Regional Diplomacy Dilemma
Islamabad wants to shift its focus to trade and investment, but challenges loom.

Foreign Policy
Jul 22, 2021

The World Bank Is Missing U.S. Leadership
Biden's sacking of Trump appointees at the international financial institutions has left a vacuum.

Foreign Policy
Jul 22, 2021

Biden Loses Top Pentagon Asia Hand
Yet more turnover at the Pentagon for the administration.

Foreign Policy
Jul 22, 2021

Time to End the U.S. Justice Department's China Initiative
A misguided effort at countering espionage needs a serious rethink.

Foreign Policy
Jul 22, 2021

The Hacking War Is an Unequal Contest
U.S. companies are resisting public-private partnerships against cyber-hacking attacks facilitated by foreign governments.

Foreign Policy
Jul 22, 2021

Ted Cruz, Nominee-Obstructer-in-Chief
The Texas senator is holding up dozens of diplomatic appointments over Biden's policy on a Russian gas pipeline.

Foreign Policy
Jul 22, 2021

The U.S.-China Data Fight Is Only Getting Started
Beijing is looking to build a unified legal and security system.

Foreign Policy
Jul 22, 2021

Get Ready for a Spike in Global Unrest
COVID-19 threatens to accelerate longer-term rebellion, violence, and political upheaval.

Foreign Policy
Jul 22, 2021

A ‘Life and Death Fight' Against the Taliban in Central Afghanistan
Bamiyan, home to the Taliban-wrecked Buddhas, might be the start of Afghanistan's pushback against the insurgents.

Foreign Policy
Jul 22, 2021

To Win Friends and Influence People, America Should Learn From the CCP
Beijing's development projects are flashy, fast, and relevant. Why aren't Washington's?

Foreign Policy
Jul 22, 2021

G-20 Environment Ministers Meet Amid Summer of Climate Turmoil
In a speech on Wednesday, climate envoy John Kerry urged countries to come together to break "mutual suicide pact" of climate inaction.

Foreign Policy
Jul 22, 2021

Ethiopia's Problems Stem From Internal Colonialism
Robert Kaplan's selective reading of history bolsters proponents of a centralized state while ignoring the legitimacy of federalists' demands.

Foreign Policy
Jul 21, 2021

China's Drowned City Is a Bleak Sign of a Changing Climate
Infrastructural damage will hurt global supply chains for electronics and cars.

Foreign Policy
Jul 21, 2021

The Racial Violence of Climate Change
It's time to speak plainly about the deadly effects of global warming—and their unjust impact across racial lines.

Foreign Policy
Jul 21, 2021

Biden's Dangerous Doctrine
The administration's core foreign policy is all about confronting China—and far riskier than Washington seems to realize.

Foreign Policy
Jul 21, 2021

Biden to Tap Career Diplomat to Senior State Department Management Post
John Bass has served in some of the most difficult diplomatic assignments abroad, including Turkey and Afghanistan.

Foreign Policy
Jul 21, 2021

India's Watergate Moment
A journalist hacked by Pegasus says he will survive, but Indian democracy may not.

Foreign Policy
Jul 21, 2021

After 25 Years, There's Still No South China Sea Code of Conduct
China's reluctance has stifled diplomatic efforts—but they haven't been futile.

Foreign Policy
Jul 21, 2021

China and the Taliban Begin Their Romance
Beijing has its eyes set on using Afghanistan as a strategic corridor once U.S. troops are out of the way.

Foreign Policy
Jul 21, 2021

Will Bennett Ditch Netanyahu's Approach to the Iran Deal?
The Israeli prime minister seems to be charting a new course aimed at reducing tensions with the Biden administration in advance of a White House visit.

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