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Foreign Policy
May 27, 2022

Finland Is Set for NATO—if Turkey Plays Ball
Turkey's objections to new NATO members are a speed bump, not a roadblock, says Finnish Foreign Minister.

Foreign Policy
May 27, 2022

Putin Hasn't Gone Far Enough for Russia's Hawks
There's dissent—but not from peaceniks.

Foreign Policy
May 27, 2022

Azerbaijan Stands to Win Big in Europe's Energy Crisis
That spells trouble in Nagorno-Karabakh.

Foreign Policy
May 27, 2022

Al Qaeda Isn't Dead Yet
The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan has put 9/11's planners back in the terror cockpit.

Foreign Policy
May 27, 2022

Biden's Economic Plan Leaves Asian Leaders Wanting More
The new Indo-Pacific Economic Framework isn't quite what Asia-Pacific governments were hoping for.

Foreign Policy
May 27, 2022

Russia's War in Ukraine Could Become Genocide
Moscow is already carrying out ethnic cleansing.

Foreign Policy
May 27, 2022

Americans, Like Swedes, Need Help Telling Fact From Fiction
A botched disinformation board shouldn't be the end of efforts to educate the public.

Foreign Policy
May 27, 2022

Is Biden Being Machiavellian or Misguided on Taiwan?
The U.S. president's surprise statement could deter China—or increase the risk of war.

Foreign Policy
May 27, 2022

Will Washington Invest in Its Neighborhood?
The June Summit of the Americas is an opportunity to unveil a more ambitious regional economic strategy.

Foreign Policy
May 27, 2022

Colombia Counts Down to a Historic Presidential Election
A voting begins on a Sunday, a first leftist president—and first Black vice president—are distinct possibilities.

Foreign Policy
May 26, 2022

The Quad Looks West
At a leaders' meeting in Tokyo, the group widened its strategic focus to include the Indian Ocean region.

Foreign Policy
May 26, 2022

Is Colombia Ready for a Leftist President?
Election front-runner Gustavo Petro is a former Marxist guerrilla.

Foreign Policy
May 26, 2022

Hungary's Orban Dials Dictatorship Up a Notch
Budapest's faux state of emergency is meant to appease Putin and cement Orban's hold on power.

Foreign Policy
May 26, 2022

Somalia's al Qaeda Branch Has Gotten ‘Bigger, Stronger, and Bolder' Since U.S. Exit
As in Afghanistan, Trump's decisions to withdraw have only emboldened terrorists.

Foreign Policy
May 26, 2022

Russia's War in Ukraine Enters ‘Grinding Phase'
And there could be a risk of Ukrainian attrition.

Foreign Policy
May 26, 2022

Why We Need Davos Man Back
It's fun to bash billionaires. But with the global system under assault, we need all the help we can get.

Foreign Policy
May 26, 2022

Texas's New Social Media Law Will Create a Haven for Global Extremists
A new law restricting content moderation will have ripple effects far beyond the state.

Foreign Policy
May 26, 2022

China's Pacific Play Challenges New Australian Government
A pending ten-nation agreement signals China's intent in the region, as Canberra seeks to keep its partners onside.

Foreign Policy
May 25, 2022

China's Premier Steps Up to Issue Economic Warning
Recent appearances may fuel speculation that Li Keqiang's star is rising, but it's not that simple.

Foreign Policy
May 25, 2022

Why Xi Jinping Has Lofty Visions of Green Mountains
China's environmental rhetoric is rooted in party history.

Foreign Policy
May 25, 2022

Pentagon Deputy: Russia's Defense Industry ‘Will Feel' Pain of Ukraine War
Russia's vaunted defense modernization depends on precisely the Western gear it can no longer acquire.

Foreign Policy
May 25, 2022

Why Israel Is Afraid of Palestinian Funerals
Shireen Abu Akleh was neither a terrorist nor a dissident. But Israeli authorities treated the journalist's funeral as a threat to their security.

Foreign Policy
May 25, 2022

Sri Lanka Is an Omen
To solve a global economic unwinding, the world must learn to focus on more than one crisis at a time.

Foreign Policy
May 25, 2022

Beijing's Abuses Are Laid Bare in Xinjiang Police Files
New findings add to mounting evidence of China's brutal crackdown on the Uyghurs.

Foreign Policy
May 25, 2022

Restive Caucasus Sees Signs of Discontent with Putin's War
But with power increasingly centralized in the Kremlin, don't look for Moscow's empire to fracture anytime soon.

Foreign Policy
May 25, 2022

How the West Lost Africa
Scolding and paternalism are not winning over African leaders when it comes to ties with Russia.

Foreign Policy
May 24, 2022

FP at Davos: The Return to War
FP's Ravi Agrawal spoke with four top thinkers on the war in Ukraine and its future, live at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting.

Foreign Policy
May 24, 2022

Watch FP at Davos on the Return to War
Join FP's Ravi Agrawal and four top thinkers for a special panel discussion on war and its future, live at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting.

Foreign Policy
May 24, 2022

Kevin Rudd: Australia's China Policy Requires a ‘Realist Premise'
"China ultimately respects strength and is contemptuous of weakness," the former Australian prime minister said.

Foreign Policy
May 24, 2022

Inside a Major Nerve Center for Shipping Military Aid to Ukraine
In just a few weeks, U.S. and British officials have turned an ad hoc operation into a pipeline.

Foreign Policy
May 24, 2022

South Korea's Conservatives Aren't Any Tougher on China or North Korea Than Liberals
The new Yoon administration will stick to the same line Seoul always follows.

Foreign Policy
May 24, 2022

Russia May Be Ready to Annex Breakaway Territories
Moscow's political strategy is changing as its military efforts falter.

Foreign Policy
May 24, 2022

Russia's Black Sea Blockade Will Turbocharge the Global Food Crisis
Lithuania's call for a naval coalition to break Russia's stranglehold on Ukraine's exports hasn't been taken up—yet.

Foreign Policy
May 24, 2022

Biden Vows to Defend Taiwan
While Biden's remarks have ignited a fierce debate, experts say his comments don't necessarily suggest a significant shift in U.S. policy.

Foreign Policy
May 24, 2022

Germany's Christian Democrats Are on a Comeback Mission
The future of governance in the country looks very much like a conservative-green alliance.

Foreign Policy
May 23, 2022

Why Has Erdogan Ramped Up Turkey's Clash With the PKK?
Intensifying conflict with the Kurdish armed movement in Iraq and Syria will likely improve his chances of reelection.

Foreign Policy
May 23, 2022

How Chile's Constitutional Overhaul Emboldened the Right
Even if the new constitution is adopted, Chile's anti-democratic right wing is here to stay.

Foreign Policy
May 23, 2022

Is Biden Missing a Chance to Engage China?
Appalled by Russian President Vladimir Putin's Ukraine debacle, Beijing could be open to a new U.S. approach.

Foreign Policy
May 23, 2022

Blasting Israeli Settlement Construction Will Get Biden Nowhere
Settlement growth in the West Bank is a product of population pressure, not policy.

Foreign Policy
May 23, 2022

Corruption Could Mean Ukraine Loses a Future Peace
Reconstruction partners must be careful not to hand money to oligarchs.

Foreign Policy
May 23, 2022

Sanctions Should Punish Putin, Not His Opponents
Russian emigres are being stripped of their ability to survive.

Foreign Policy
May 23, 2022

An Israeli-Palestinian Confederation Is the Best Path to Peace
The plan would satisfy concerns across the political spectrum on both sides by tackling the thorniest issues in new ways.

Foreign Policy
May 23, 2022

Argentina's Embrace of China Should Be a Wake-Up Call
U.S. Latin America strategy needs serious reform—before it's too late.

Foreign Policy
May 22, 2022

In Hong Kong, a Once Liberal University Feels Beijing's Weight
With protesters crushed and memorials removed, there's no room for campus dissent.

Foreign Policy
May 21, 2022

How Portugal Quietly Became a Migration Hub
The country has a hot labor market and offers a path to EU citizenship for undocumented workers.

Foreign Policy
May 20, 2022

In the Americas, Homicide Is the Other Killer Epidemic
The good news: Lockdowns reduced crime almost everywhere else, and we know how to stop lethal violence.

Foreign Policy
May 20, 2022

Putin Wants to Keep Fighting. Who Will Fill the Ranks?
Moscow has to figure out how to replenish unprecedented losses in just under three months of fighting.

Foreign Policy
May 20, 2022

Putin's Ukraine Gambit Was ‘Self-Defeating'
Two experts on energy and geopolitics talk about spiking prices, Russia's war, and what that means for the climate fight.

Foreign Policy
May 20, 2022

Ukraine's Other Front Line
Russia's flailed on the battlefield. But the damage inflicted on the country's economy could prove existential without Western support.

Foreign Policy
May 20, 2022

Russia Is a Real Threat to NATO
Despite its failings, the Russian military is still a powerful force.

Foreign Policy
May 20, 2022

For Opposition to Putin's War, Look to the Fringes of His Empire
The dirty secret of the Russian military is that long-conquered subjects are the Kremlin's cannon fodder.

Foreign Policy
May 20, 2022

Rethinking Maximum Pressure
Washington loosens its sanctions on Cuba and Venezuela ahead of a critical summit.

Foreign Policy
May 20, 2022

The Echoes of America's Hypocrisy Abroad
Decades of Western support for dictators have caused a crisis of democracy.

Foreign Policy
May 20, 2022

Biden Kicks Off Asia Tour
As the U.S. president heads east, North Korea may be plotting to conduct a nuclear or missile test.

Foreign Policy
May 19, 2022

Why India Just Limited Wheat Exports
The decision recalls New Delhi's COVID-19 vaccine export ban last year, with some key differences.

Foreign Policy
May 19, 2022

Australia's Got a Solomon Islands Headache (Again)
China's expansion into the South Pacific caught Australia and the United States off guard.

Foreign Policy
May 19, 2022

‘We Begged Them to Spare Our Shops'
In New Delhi, the BJP-controlled local government razes a market run by Muslim women.

Foreign Policy
May 19, 2022

The Turkey-Sized Roadblock to NATO Expansion
Bumps in the road stall Finland and Sweden from joining the alliance.

Foreign Policy
May 19, 2022

The Window To Expel Russia From Ukraine Is Now
Russia is digging in across the southeast.

Foreign Policy
May 19, 2022

Swedish Defense Minister: ‘In Our Part of Europe, NATO Will Be Much Stronger'
Peter Hultqvist talks about Sweden's bid for NATO, the Turkish roadblock, and what to do in the meantime.

Foreign Policy
May 19, 2022

Sri Lanka's President Is Girding Himself for the Long Haul
Despite two months of anti-government protests, Gotabaya Rajapaksa doesn't seem like a leader preparing to relinquish power.

Foreign Policy
May 19, 2022

The Final Frontier
Outer Space Security & Governance

Foreign Policy
May 19, 2022

The Energy Crisis Won't Sabotage Climate Goals
Climate despair is understandable but misplaced.

Foreign Policy
May 19, 2022

The BDS Movement Has Already Lost
Where it counts—in the halls of government and boardrooms—the effort to boycott Israel doesn't even register.

Foreign Policy
May 19, 2022

Baltic States Are Pushing NATO for More Than Just a Tripwire Against Russia
Moscow's neighbors in NATO want larger troop deployments that could deter any more land grabs by Putin.

Foreign Policy
May 19, 2022

How Climate Change Fuels Global Hunger
As the climate crisis deepens, millions more people could face food insecurity.

Foreign Policy
May 18, 2022

Expanding State Power Still Tops Xi's Agenda
A recently publicized speech reflects how the Chinese leader sees the country's economic challenges.

Foreign Policy
May 18, 2022

Lebanon's Surprisingly Promising Election
After years of political deadlock, the country may be starting to shake off its ruling class.

Foreign Policy
May 18, 2022

Beijing's ‘Slow-Motion Lockdown'
Residents feel the walls are closing in with ever-tighter constrictions in pursuit of zero COVID-19.

Foreign Policy
May 18, 2022

The False Promise of Europeanization
Central Europe and the Balkans expose the failures of European integration.

Foreign Policy
May 18, 2022

The Russian Army Is an Atrocity Factory
State weakness has created a callous and brutalized soldiery.

Foreign Policy
May 18, 2022

Western Companies Still in Russia Are Making a Big Mistake
The moral, legal, and public relations risks of staying are huge.

Foreign Policy
May 18, 2022

What Are Sweden and Finland Thinking?
European leaders have reassessed Russia's intentions and are balancing against the threat that Putin poses to the territorial status quo.

Foreign Policy
May 18, 2022

Mariupol Finally Falls as Last Fighters Surrender
Russia's position in the south is now cemented as prospects for peace remain remote.

Foreign Policy
May 18, 2022

Trump and Biden Let Afghanistan Collapse
The Taliban didn't have to take over. But Washington made sure they would.

Foreign Policy
May 18, 2022

Somalia's New President
After a long delayed indirect election, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud faces many challenges.

Foreign Policy
May 17, 2022

The Tragedy of Robert McFarlane
He aspired to be the next Henry Kissinger. Instead, he became embroiled in the Iran-Contra scandal.

Foreign Policy
May 17, 2022

‘The War Is 24/7': Russia Is Launching Night Raids in the Donbas
Ukraine wants night vision tools to fight back.

Foreign Policy
May 17, 2022

U.S. Diplomats Abroad ‘Routinely Denied Access' to Reproductive Care
A letter alleges the State Department put diplomats facing reproductive health emergencies in "life-threatening situations."

Foreign Policy
May 17, 2022

Xi's Control of Domestic Politics Has Trapped Beijing Over Ukraine
Analysts in China can't be open about what drives policy.

Foreign Policy
May 17, 2022

The World Needs an Economic NATO
Russia's war has turned sanctions into a powerful tool of statecraft. It's time to formally enshrine them.

Foreign Policy
May 17, 2022

Why Erdogan Is Spoiling NATO's Nordic Welcome Party
A team player on Ukraine, the Turkish leader is ready to use his leverage before accepting NATO's newest members.

Foreign Policy
May 17, 2022

Why China Is Paranoid About the Quad
Beijing has long lived with U.S. alliances in the region, but a realigned India would change the game.

Foreign Policy
May 16, 2022

NATO Countries Begin Ushering Finland and Sweden Into the Fold
The U.K. and several Nordic countries have offered security guarantees to what could be NATO's newest members.

Foreign Policy
May 16, 2022

North Korea May Be Trapped Between Famine and Plague
As COVID-19 sweeps through the country, outside help is desperately needed.

Foreign Policy
May 16, 2022

Democracy Is Not a Commodity
The United States shouldn't bargain away Venezuela's future for oil.

Foreign Policy
May 16, 2022

Trump's Poison Pills Are Still Toxic
Whether it's Iran, China, Cuba, or immigration, U.S. President Joe Biden often finds himself stymied by his predecessor's foreign policy.

Foreign Policy
May 16, 2022

Finns Show Up for Conscription. Russians Dodge It.
Two seemingly similar systems produce very different militaries.

Foreign Policy
May 16, 2022

Biden OKs Plan to Send U.S. Troops Back to Somalia
But the Pentagon is deploying fewer this time.

Foreign Policy
May 16, 2022

The Global Roots of the Buffalo Shooting
White supremacists today are engaged in a global discussion, with violence part of the dialogue.

Foreign Policy
May 16, 2022

How Private Oil Companies Took Over U.S. Energy Security
And why it's time to take it back.

Foreign Policy
May 16, 2022

Sweden Follows Finland's Steps Toward NATO
Sweden's ruling Social Democrats have decided to join the alliance in a historic shift.

Foreign Policy
May 16, 2022

Sweden Follows Finland's Steps Towards NATO
Sweden's ruling Social Democrats have decided to join the alliance in a historic shift.

Foreign Policy
May 16, 2022

How to Help Ukraine Fight Cultural Erasure
Russia is seeking to destroy Ukrainian culture. The West must help those working to preserve it.

Foreign Policy
May 15, 2022

Chinese TikTok Users Are in Love With ‘Daddy Putin'
Popular videos paint the Russian president as a widely admired figure.

Foreign Policy
May 15, 2022

Africa's Stolen Art Debate Is Frozen in Time
Europe's arguments against restitution have ignored the legitimate claims of African scholars and governments for 50 years.

Foreign Policy
May 14, 2022

Where the West and China Find Common Ground
A striking new translation of Chinese fairy tales shows a shared folkloric tradition.

Foreign Policy
May 14, 2022

A Children's Hospital in Wartime
Pediatric patients from all over Ukraine crowd into a single facility.

Foreign Policy
May 13, 2022

What in the World?
This week in FP's international news quiz: a global COVID-19 meeting, a new South Korean president, and a first ladies' summit.

Foreign Policy
May 13, 2022

Ukraine Still Wants More Help to Win the War
Kyiv pleads for advanced gear as the Donbas fighting drags on, but advocates fear there's "not enough political will."

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