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Foreign Policy
Nov 21, 2018

Divorced, But Still Living Together
How Theresa May's deal with Brussels would keep Britain in the European Union in all but name.

Foreign Policy
Nov 20, 2018

What Happened to the Khashoggi Report Trump Talked About?
Trump doubles down on his support for the Saudi crown prince without citing further evidence.

Foreign Policy
Nov 20, 2018

What Happened to Trump's Khashoggi Report?
The president doubles down on his support for the Saudi crown prince without citing further evidence.

Foreign Policy
Nov 20, 2018

In Afghanistan, a 17-Year Stalemate
America's top general admits the war is at an impasse.

Foreign Policy
Nov 20, 2018

Last Call for Hong Kong's Rule of Law
Trying protest leaders fairly would show the city still has a fair justice system.

Foreign Policy
Nov 20, 2018

Taiwanese Filmmakers Can't Escape Beijing's Grip
The market's in the mainland, but the freedom to create is in Taiwan.

Foreign Policy
Nov 20, 2018

Trump's Iran Sanctions Could Work
In the medium term, they'll make it hard for the country to keep up oil production, satisfy domestic demand, and fund the government.

Foreign Policy
Nov 19, 2018

In Israel, a Coalition of the Barely Willing
Netanyahu outmaneuvers rivals, heads off early election.

Foreign Policy
Nov 19, 2018

U.S. Military Targets Growing Russian and Chinese Influence in Latin America
The Air Force chief of staff pushes back during a visit to Colombia.

Foreign Policy
Nov 19, 2018

Globalization's Government Turns 10
For a decade, the G-20 has provided the nondemocratic oversight the global economy deserves.

Foreign Policy
Nov 19, 2018

Will the Tories Sacrifice Theresa May to Survive?
Britain's prime minister is fighting a three-front battle to save her Brexit deal. Most of the party claims to support her, but the prospect of losing power to Jeremy Corbyn might motivate Conservatives to replace their leader.

Foreign Policy
Nov 19, 2018

Security Brief: The Generals' Pentagon; Dispatch from Halifax
DOD civilians feel they no longer have a seat at the table, lawmakers and officials let loose at Halifax, dueling price tags on Space Force, and more.

Foreign Policy
Nov 19, 2018

Why There's No Palestinian Protest Vote in Jerusalem
Candidates who ran for local office were subjected to violent threats by fellow Palestinians, but they have vowed to do it again.

Foreign Policy
Nov 16, 2018

Matteo Salvini's Selfie Politics
Far-right or not, the Italian deputy prime minister's social media presence has made him one of the most popular politicians in Italy.

Foreign Policy
Nov 16, 2018

How Would U.S. Prosecutors Go After Assange?
Prosecuting the WikiLeaks founder raises hard questions about U.S. press freedom that may not, at present, be answerable.

Foreign Policy
Nov 16, 2018

China and the EU Are Growing Sick of U.S. Financial Power
They are trying their best to erode Washington's rules.

Foreign Policy
Nov 16, 2018

The Brexit Deal Won't Destroy Britain
Theresa May's proposed deal with the European Union won't put Jeremy Corbyn in power, but it might cost the prime minister her job.

Foreign Policy
Nov 16, 2018

‘To Be a Journalist in Turkey Means You're Ready to Sacrifice Everything'
On the podcast: the price one Turkish newspaper editor is paying for angering President Erdogan.

Foreign Policy
Nov 16, 2018

Asia's Oldest Democracy Takes a Hit
Political maneuvering by Sri Lankan President Sirisena won't end well.

Foreign Policy
Nov 16, 2018

Shutting Out Iran Will Make the Afghan War Even Deadlier
Washington's hard line gives Tehran every reason to fund the Taliban.

Foreign Policy
Nov 16, 2018

China's Orwellian Social Credit Score Isn't Real
Blacklists and monitoring systems are nowhere close to Black Mirror fantasies.

Foreign Policy
Nov 15, 2018

Here's How Congress Can Check Trump
The newly Democratic House of Representatives should hold the administration accountable for its worst foreign-policy instincts.

Foreign Policy
Nov 15, 2018

Is Europe Falling Apart?
Brussels is standing tough, but moderates like Theresa May are gradually being pushed out of power in Europe.

Foreign Policy
Nov 15, 2018

How the Generals are Routing the Policy Wonks at the Pentagon
At stake is civilian control of the military.

Foreign Policy
Nov 15, 2018

Generals vs. Policy Wonks
At stake is civilian control of the military.

Foreign Policy
Nov 15, 2018

Asia Needs Pence's Reassurance
He should confront Trump's mistakes and put forward a positive agenda.

Foreign Policy
Nov 15, 2018

When Lucy Met Tzachi
The complicated lives of Jews and Arabs who fall in love in Israel.

Foreign Policy
Nov 15, 2018

In Russia, Feminist Memes Buy Jail Time, but Domestic Abuse Doesn't
A year after the country decriminalized domestic violence, women feel the consequences.

Foreign Policy
Nov 15, 2018

Only Criminals Can Clean Up Argentina's Corruption
A plea for plea bargains in Buenos Aires.

Foreign Policy
Nov 14, 2018

Trump's Magical Thinking on Iran Sanctions Won't Advance U.S. Interests
Far from convincing Tehran to cooperate, new U.S. measures are on track to achieve the exact opposite.

Foreign Policy
Nov 14, 2018

Why American Oil Hasn't Been a Total Game-Changer
The U.S. is now the world's top producer, but Saudi Arabia still holds the key to crude prices.

Foreign Policy
Nov 14, 2018

A Human Rights Champion Comes to the House
Congressman-elect Tom Malinowski says he hopes his diplomatic credentials can help Democrats push back on Trump.

Foreign Policy
Nov 14, 2018

Europe Should Let Italy Win
It's time for Brussels to grab the wheel in the game of chicken over Rome's budget.

Foreign Policy
Nov 14, 2018

For South Sudan, It's Not So Easy to Declare Independence From Arabic
When the world's newest country broke away from Khartoum, it discarded Sudan's main official language, too. But casting aside the oppressor's tongue did not heal the country's divisions.

Foreign Policy
Nov 14, 2018

Trump's Problem in Europe Isn't Optics
The president's latest trip was a disaster—but not because he acted like a boorish bully.

Foreign Policy
Nov 13, 2018

Iran Was Closer to a Nuclear Bomb Than Intelligence Agencies Thought
If Tehran pulls out of the 2015 deal, it could have a weapon in a matter of months.

Foreign Policy
Nov 13, 2018

‘Camouflage, Concealment, and Deception'
What satellite imagery tells us about North Korea's ballistic missile program.

Foreign Policy
Nov 13, 2018

It's Time to Get Loud About Academic Freedom in China
American schools should pull out of partnerships with schools that persecute students.

Foreign Policy
Nov 13, 2018

The U.S. Navy Has Forgotten What It's Like to Fight
The U.K.'s defeat at Jutland is a reminder of how a victorious force can get lazy.

Foreign Policy
Nov 13, 2018

Swedish Leaders Will Try Anything to Shut Out the Far-Right
No one wants to enter a coalition with the Sweden Democrats, so the country is resorting to desperate and untested measures to form a new government.

Foreign Policy
Nov 13, 2018

Afghanistan's Rivers Could Be India's Next Weapon Against Pakistan
New Delhi is funding an ambitious dam near Kabul that could reduce water flow to its rival downstream. The project might spark the world's next conflict.

Foreign Policy
Nov 12, 2018

Bolton Is Building a Confrontational Latin America Strategy
The Trump administration is right to call out the region's rogues for their destabilizing behavior.

Foreign Policy
Nov 12, 2018

Does Heather Nauert Have What It Takes?
Likely Trump pick would be the least experienced U.N. ambassador ever.

Foreign Policy
Nov 12, 2018

Trump Waives Iran Sanctions for Turkey
How Erdogan could use the exception to outsmart the United States, again.

Foreign Policy
Nov 12, 2018

Two Muslim Women Are Headed to Congress. Will They Be Heard?
Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib have won, but the battle for a new brand of feminism in the Democratic Party and within Muslim communities has just begun.

Foreign Policy
Nov 12, 2018

Never Forget That World War I Was Also Racist
It wasn't just nationalism that fueled the 20th century's first great tragedy.

Foreign Policy
Nov 12, 2018

Battling the Bots
Analysts are increasingly using artificial intelligence to track Russian disinformation campaigns.

Foreign Policy
Nov 12, 2018

Security Brief: Yemen Refueling Halt Won't Satisfy Critics; Israeli Covert Operation Exposed
Critics urge the Trump administration to do more to end the violence in Yemen, a covert Israeli operation into Gaza turns deadly, China reveals the missiles on its J-20 stealth fighter jet, and more.

Foreign Policy
Nov 12, 2018

Trump's One Step Back on Yemen Won't Satisfy Critics
The U.S. will end refueling support for the Saudi-led coalition in the war.

Foreign Policy
Nov 12, 2018

China's Pop Idols Are Too Soft for the Party
Stars like Kris Wu are huge with fans, but sit uncomfortably with macho ambitions.

Foreign Policy
Nov 09, 2018

America's World War I Déjà Vu
President Donald Trump's "America First" platform echoes the isolationism that followed the war 100 years ago. That didn't end well.

Foreign Policy
Nov 09, 2018

Extreme Nationalism Is as Polish as Pierogi
It's entirely fitting that Poland is celebrating its independence with a far-right nationalist parade.

Foreign Policy
Nov 09, 2018

Trump's Fool's Gold in Venezuela
New sanctions on exports of the natural resource will punish Ankara more than Caracas.

Foreign Policy
Nov 09, 2018

‘How Do You Balance a Million People Murdered Against 22 Defendants?'
On the podcast: The last living Nuremberg prosecutor describes the Allied trials against Nazi leaders.

Foreign Policy
Nov 09, 2018

Northern Iraq May Be Free, but the South Is Seething
The world has focused on rebuilding the country's north after defeating the Islamic State while ignoring festering resentment and poverty in Basra.

Foreign Policy
Nov 09, 2018

The New U.N. Envoy to Syria Should Kill the Political Process to Save It
A tougher stance from the United Nations would put pressure on Assad and Putin while improving the lives of ordinary Syrians.

Foreign Policy
Nov 09, 2018

Pompeo to Tap New Envoy for Troubled Central African Region
Pompeo has reversed his predecessor's policy of eliminating special envoy posts.

Foreign Policy
Nov 09, 2018

World War I's Depressing Lessons for Asia
Trade is no guarantee of peace, and Xi's China is looking worryingly like the Kaiser's Germany.

Foreign Policy
Nov 09, 2018

Macron Finds the Immoral Way to Remember World War I
There's no good reason for the French president to pull Marshal Philippe Pétain from the dustbin of history.

Foreign Policy
Nov 08, 2018

Trump Administration Gives Sudan a Way to Come in From the Cold
The United States should stop listing Sudan as a state sponsor of terrorism, Sudanese foreign minister tells FP, as Khartoum seeks to boost its crumbling economy.

Foreign Policy
Nov 08, 2018

Meet the Group Amplifying China's New Voices
In a male-dominated field, a collective supporting female creatives covering China is wading into uncharted waters.

Foreign Policy
Nov 08, 2018

Women Are the Key to Peace
Cease-fire negotiations that exclude them are more likely to fall apart. Here's how the U.N. can boost their participation at the bargaining table.

Foreign Policy
Nov 08, 2018

Make Georgia Great Again
Georgia's presidential election is a referendum on a government that has reversed its predecessor's gains.

Foreign Policy
Nov 08, 2018

Failed Prophecies Won't Stop Trump's True Believers
QAnon conspiracy theorists are bringing apocalyptic beliefs into the political mainstream.

Foreign Policy
Nov 08, 2018

Ethnic Nationalism Gave Georgia Freedom. Now It Needs Civic Nationalism to Survive.
The Caucasus is a complex ethnic and religious patchwork, and only a shared identity can help Georgians push back against Putin.

Foreign Policy
Nov 08, 2018

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates Are Starving Yemenis to Death
The world was rightly outraged by the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, but the bombs of Mohammed bin Salman and his Emirati allies are killing dozens each day in Yemen.

Foreign Policy
Nov 07, 2018

House Dems to Turn the Screws on Trump's State Department
The new Congress will flex its oversight muscles on everything from mismanagement at the State Department to questions about Trump's finances.

Foreign Policy
Nov 07, 2018

What's Bad for Trump Is Worse for Putin
The Kremlin can expect more sanctions and more investigations from a Democratic House.

Foreign Policy
Nov 07, 2018

Armenia's Democratic Dreams
The country's Velvet Revolution took its cues from democratic movements in Latin America rather than from other revolutions in the post-Soviet world. Here's why that's a good thing.

Foreign Policy
Nov 07, 2018

Wave of Women and Younger Vets Head to Capitol Hill
People who served after the 9/11 attacks will make up more than half of the veterans on Capitol Hill come January.

Foreign Policy
Nov 07, 2018

We Are All Isaiah Berliners Now
Nationalism is back, but nobody seems to know what it means. A forgotten essay marking its 40th anniversary can help.

Foreign Policy
Nov 07, 2018

Vietnam's Quiet New Autocrat Is Consolidating Power
President Nguyen Phu Trong is drawing from Xi Jinping's playbook.

Foreign Policy
Nov 07, 2018

Oman Just Bought Israeli Insurance
Why is Sultan Qaboos cozying up to Benjamin Netanyahu? The answer is in Washington.

Foreign Policy
Nov 06, 2018

The Hungry Caravan
Violence isn't the only reason migrants are fleeing Central America. A four-year drought has destroyed harvests and lives—and has pushed the hungry northward.

Foreign Policy
Nov 06, 2018

In Cyberwar, There Are Some (Unspoken) Rules
A recent article argues that the lack of legal norms invites cyberconflict. But governments know the price of overreach and are refraining from unleashing their full capabilities.

Foreign Policy
Nov 06, 2018

Affirmation or Admonition?
Most of the world sees the U.S. midterm elections as a referendum on Trump's America First policies.

Foreign Policy
Nov 06, 2018

Victorious House Democrats Pledge to Probe Trump's Foreign Policy
U.S. allies can expect extended hearings on Iran, Yemen, and many other key issues.

Foreign Policy
Nov 06, 2018

The Surge Comes to Washington
A new generation of military veterans is poised to sweep Congress.

Foreign Policy
Nov 06, 2018

Trump First, Jews Later
Israeli government officials are helping to normalize the violent anti-Semitism of the Christian right.

Foreign Policy
Nov 05, 2018

The United States Should Use Its Leverage Over Saudi Arabia
Trump has a window of opportunity to demand real change.

Foreign Policy
Nov 05, 2018

Why Is It So Hard to Vote in America?
Voter turnout lags in the world's most powerful democracy.

Foreign Policy
Nov 05, 2018

In Chinese Spy Ops, Something Old, Something New
Indictments reveal how Beijing mixes traditional spycraft with cyberespionage to steal U.S. technology.

Foreign Policy
Nov 05, 2018

Sri Lanka's Homegrown Crisis
The constitutional chaos is rooted in domestic politics, not geopolitical machinations.

Foreign Policy
Nov 05, 2018

Watchdog Warns of Islamic State Resurgence
The Pentagon's inspector general sounds the alarm amid new violence in Syria.

Foreign Policy
Nov 05, 2018

‘There Is an American Imprint on Every Single Civilian Death Inside Yemen'
Sen. Chris Murphy believes that Jamal Khashoggi's killing could sway Congress to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war.

Foreign Policy
Nov 05, 2018

The Trade War Inside the Democratic Party
If they win the House, will Democrats find a common front against Trump's trade policy?

Foreign Policy
Nov 05, 2018

U.S.-Turkish Ties May Be Cut for Good in Syria
The two countries are trying to work together in Manbij, and it isn't going well.

Foreign Policy
Nov 05, 2018

Halfway Isn't Good Enough on Human Rights
Myanmar and Sri Lanka were praised for minimal progress. Now it's all falling apart.

Foreign Policy
Nov 05, 2018

Security Brief: Watching for Election Meddling in Midterms; Iran Sanctions Return
Everything you need to know about how influence operations against the election are strangely quiet and how Washington is struggling to implement its pressure campaign against Tehran.

Foreign Policy
Nov 05, 2018

There's No Plan B for Port Security
Privatization and automation have left global shipping fatally exposed.

Foreign Policy
Nov 05, 2018

When Georgians Go Low, Other Georgians Go Lower
A young democracy in the Caucasus has adopted a very aggressive style of campaigning.

Foreign Policy
Nov 05, 2018

The Foreign-Policy Establishment Reeks of Desperation
After years of failure, elites have only name-calling left.

Foreign Policy
Nov 02, 2018

Not Just Bombs but Economic Warfare
On the podcast: How a Saudi-led campaign has starved Yemen's children.

Foreign Policy
Nov 02, 2018

U.S. to Allow Some Iranian Oil Sales—For Now
With sanctions kicking in Monday, the administration still aims for zero oil exports from Iran but wants to avoid spiking price of crude.

Foreign Policy
Nov 02, 2018

Netanyahu Envoy Throws Midterm Lifeline to Republicans
The Israeli prime minister is riling Democrats by bedding down with Trump.

Foreign Policy
Nov 02, 2018

How House Democrats Plan to Investigate Trump's Russia Ties
Gains in the congressional election next week would give Democrats crucial subpoena power.

Foreign Policy
Nov 02, 2018

How House Democrats Will Investigate Trump's Russia Ties
Gains in congressional midterm elections give Democrats crucial subpoena power.

Foreign Policy
Nov 02, 2018

The New Front in Yemen's Civil War Is Jamal Khashoggi
Yemenis can't stop talking about the journalist's murder.

Foreign Policy
Nov 01, 2018

Trump Considers Diplomatic Novice for U.N. Ambassador
The U.S. president says State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert is under serious consideration.

Foreign Policy
Nov 01, 2018

Deflecting and Deal-Making: Trump's Plan if Republicans Lose the House
In the boardroom and in the White House, the U.S. president has followed the same script.

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