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Foreign Policy
May 21, 2019

America Loves Excusing Its War Criminals
Bitter memories of impunity for U.S. soldiers still rankle even close allies.

Foreign Policy
May 21, 2019

Scott Morrison Won Australia's Election Against All Odds. It Shouldn't Have Come as a Surprise.
The Australian Labor Party made the same mistakes that have led to failure for center-left leaders across the globe—and the right is reaping the benefits.

Foreign Policy
May 21, 2019

China Raises Threat of Rare-Earths Cutoff to U.S.
Beijing could slam every corner of the American economy, from oil refineries to wind turbines to jet engines, by banning exports of crucial minerals.

Foreign Policy
May 21, 2019

Big Business Is Big Politics
Don't underestimate the danger of crony capitalism.

Foreign Policy
May 21, 2019

Turkey Is Hungry for War With Cyprus
Erdogan has rarely been so weak at home—or so aggressive with his neighbors in the Mediterranean.

Foreign Policy
May 21, 2019

How to Prevent an Accidental War With Iran
With the dangers of miscalculation or misunderstanding high, Trump should act now to make sure the only wars the United States enters are the ones it really wants to.

Foreign Policy
May 21, 2019

Fear of Prolonged U.S.-China Trade War Rattles Markets
Some financial analysts warned that if trade talks between the countries collapse—and tariffs remain high—the global economy could move toward recession.

Foreign Policy
May 21, 2019

Serbia Needs Kosovo's Respect, Not Its Land
Peace talks have fallen apart again in the Balkans—but Greece and Macedonia show the proper way forward.

Foreign Policy
May 21, 2019

Democrats Won't Win by Being Trump Lite on Trade
International trade isn't the problem—it's Republican trade policies that have empowered corporations while leaving American workers behind.

Foreign Policy
May 20, 2019

An Icon of the Left Tells Democrats: Don't Go Socialist
The economist Joseph Stiglitz still mistrusts markets. But he's worried "democratic socialism" will cost the Dems the 2020 election.

Foreign Policy
May 20, 2019

A French Feminist Foreign Policy
France is the latest country to pledge allegiance to a gendered international focus. Will it work?

Foreign Policy
May 20, 2019

Be Afraid of the World, Be Very Afraid
Five global problems that are getting worse—and may never get better.

Foreign Policy
May 20, 2019

Buddhist Anger Could Tear Sri Lanka Apart
Old hatreds are coming out in the aftermath of the Easter bombings.

Foreign Policy
May 20, 2019

Russia's Military Exercises in the Arctic Have More Bark Than Bite
For now, cooperation still reigns.

Foreign Policy
May 20, 2019

U.S. Intel Indicates Iran Behind Tanker Sabotage
President Trump is warning armed conflict with Iran would be the country's ‘official end.'

Foreign Policy
May 20, 2019

When Home Is a Prison, More Saudi Women Are Choosing to Flee
The latest refugees from the kingdom fled to Tbilisi, Georgia, and spoke to Foreign Policy before seeking asylum in the West.

Foreign Policy
May 20, 2019

Indian Exit Polls Predict Modi Win
India's Narendra Modi appears set for second term, Austria's ruling coalition collapses ahead of the EU elections, and what to watch in the world this week.

Foreign Policy
May 20, 2019

‘The Dominant Voter' in European Elections Is the ‘Confused Voter'
European elections this month are not simply a faceoff between anti-EU and pro-EU forces, says Mark Leonard of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Foreign Policy
May 19, 2019

What to Read If ‘Game of Thrones' Let You Down
Five reads that do political fantasy better than HBO.

Foreign Policy
May 19, 2019

Leaving the Paris Agreement Is a Bad Deal for the United States
Trump's plan to quit the accord would provide serious cover for major emitters like China and India.

Foreign Policy
May 19, 2019

What Will India Look Like If Modi Returns to Power?
Sunday's exit polls suggest the prime minister will get a second term. But while that may hurt India's liberal traditions, a further slide toward authoritarianism isn't likely.

Foreign Policy
May 19, 2019

Universities Aren't Ready for Trade War Casualties
American schools have become dependent on Chinese student money.

Foreign Policy
May 19, 2019

The Heart and Hypocrisy of the American Empire
Richard Holbrooke was a symbol of his country's promise as a superpower—and its decline.

Foreign Policy
May 19, 2019

Britain Is Making Sexual Harassment a Hate Crime
A shift in how police departments handle complaints about men could save the lives of countless women.

Foreign Policy
May 18, 2019

Who Will Speak for the Tatars?
When Russia seized Crimea in 2014, a crackdown on the Muslim minority ensued.

Foreign Policy
May 17, 2019

U.S. Quietly Waters Down Another Communique on Gender Equality
This time it's a G7 joint statement ahead of a meeting of national leaders in August.

Foreign Policy
May 17, 2019

Huawei Ban Means the End of Global Tech
As the United States and China square off, firms will be forced to decouple.

Foreign Policy
May 17, 2019

Why Pompeo Flew to Baghdad in a Hurry
Former Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi says the U.S. secretary of state was informed of Iranian missiles at an Iraqi base.

Foreign Policy
May 17, 2019

Document of the Week: The 2002 National Intelligence Estimate on WMDs in Iraq
The Iraq intelligence debacle casts a shadow over the U.S. assessment of a threat from Iran.

Foreign Policy
May 17, 2019

How Richard Holbrooke Represented America's Best and Worst Impulses
On the podcast: George Packer discusses his new book on America's long-serving diplomat.

Foreign Policy
May 17, 2019

Iraq Is Not an Iranian Vassal State
These days, Tehran is having trouble getting what it wants from its neighbor—a development Washington can encourage by backing off.

Foreign Policy
May 17, 2019

Iran Is Scaring Off Its Friends, Too
Even Tehran's sympathizers in Europe and Asia are leery of its latest shifts in policy.

Foreign Policy
May 17, 2019

For the Poor, Falling Poverty Numbers Aren't Always Good News
Chronic poverty may be on the decline, but too many families still face cyclical poverty.

Foreign Policy
May 17, 2019

Huawei Ban Takes Effect
The U.S. ban of Huawei escalates the trade war with China, government and opposition representatives for Venezuela return to the negotiating table, and U.S. lawmakers fear skewed intelligence on Iran.

Foreign Policy
May 16, 2019

Estonia's Natural Experiment in Fighting Right-Wing Populism
Two models have emerged for dealing with a new nationalist government—but it's not clear which will prove more effective.

Foreign Policy
May 16, 2019

What Actually Happens When a Country Bans Abortion
Romania under Ceausescu created a dystopian horror of overcrowded, filthy orphanages, and thousands died from back-alley abortions.

Foreign Policy
May 16, 2019

The End of Hong Kong Is Almost Here
Allowing extradition to China would be another nail in the coffin.

Foreign Policy
May 16, 2019

China's Global Investments Are Declining Everywhere Except for One Region
Three charts highlight Beijing's growing interest in the Middle East and North Africa.

Foreign Policy
May 16, 2019

More Democrats Accuse Trump of Inflating Iran Intelligence
A new congressional letter raises fears of stumbling into war.

Foreign Policy
May 16, 2019

In Africa, All Jihad Is Local
The rush to link regional groups to the Islamic State could make militancy worse.

Foreign Policy
May 16, 2019

U.S. Raises the Stakes in Afghanistan From the Air
Civilian deaths mount as Washington tries to pressure the Taliban in peace talks.

Foreign Policy
May 16, 2019

‘The Possibility of Violence Is Very Real'
Sudan's transition hangs in the balance, says Zachariah Mampilly, an expert on protest movements and African politics.

Foreign Policy
May 16, 2019

Where Is Trump Headed on Iran?
Lawmakers and American allies are growing skeptical toward the White House's efforts to counter Tehran.

Foreign Policy
May 16, 2019

You Can't Defeat Tomorrow's Terrorists by Fighting Yesterday's Enemy
Countries from Sri Lanka and Israel to the United States and Norway have failed to prevent attacks because their intelligence agencies were fixated on the last threat rather than the next one.

Foreign Policy
May 16, 2019

Sudan's Transition Talks Suspended
The transition in Sudan is put on hold amid violence, Europe balks at the U.S. military response to Iran, and the United States hits Chinese firm Huawei with sanctions.

Foreign Policy
May 15, 2019

Jihadis Go to Jail, White Supremacists Go Free
Western governments are guilty of a double standard when it comes to policing digital hate culture. If they want to prevent the next attack, they need to recognize the threat of online white supremacists and act to stop them.

Foreign Policy
May 15, 2019

The United States' Problems Aren't What You Think They Are
America's decline resembles nothing so much as the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. Presidential candidates should take note.

Foreign Policy
May 15, 2019

‘Check Trump's Birth Certificate! He's Really a Natural Russian'
A conversation with Karina Orlova, the Washington correspondent for the Echo of Moscow.

Foreign Policy
May 15, 2019

‘In Russia We Have Total Nepotism'
A conversation with Karina Orlova, the Washington correspondent for the Echo of Moscow.

Foreign Policy
May 15, 2019

The Hidden Sources of Iranian Strength
Iran's ties with its proxies are far deeper than the Trump administration understands.

Foreign Policy
May 15, 2019

U.S. Hard-line Stance on Iran Rattles Allies
As Trump's national security team barrels toward a confrontation in the Persian Gulf, Europe is starting to balk.

Foreign Policy
May 15, 2019

A Global Call to End Online Extremism
Government leaders and tech companies convene to combat violent extremism online, an ongoing curfew amid violence in Sri Lanka, and the crackdown on Venezuela's opposition continues.

Foreign Policy
May 14, 2019

How Pro-Iran Hackers Spoofed FP and the News Media
Fake news articles and tweets sought to cast Saudi Arabia and other rivals of Tehran in a bad light.

Foreign Policy
May 14, 2019

The Age of Nostalgia
Liberals shouldn't leave emotion to the right-wing populists.

Foreign Policy
May 14, 2019

The Man Who Terrorized Darfur Is Leading Sudan's Supposed Transition
The interim vice president, Mohamed Hamdan "Hemeti" Dagolo, was in charge of the brutal janjaweed militias. Now he is calling the shots in Khartoum.

Foreign Policy
May 14, 2019

Venezuelan Democracy Was Strangled by Cuba
Decades of infiltration helped ruin a once-prosperous nation.

Foreign Policy
May 14, 2019

India Is Trapping Its Young People
There aren't enough jobs to go around, but as the ongoing election has made clear, neither party is ready to tackle the problem.

Foreign Policy
May 14, 2019

Using Proxies, Iran Appears to Be Hitting Back in the Fight Over Oil
Experts believe Tehran is behind recent attacks on Saudi oil installations and vessels.

Foreign Policy
May 14, 2019

The United States Needs a Gray-Zone Strategy Against North Korea
Pyongyang thrives on provocation. Washington has to learn to counter it.

Foreign Policy
May 14, 2019

The New Space Race
The latest front in a return to Cold War rivalry is the effort to build an all-American rocket for military launches.

Foreign Policy
May 14, 2019

Pompeo Goes to Russia
Mike Pompeo meets his counterpart in Russia, violence flares as the military and protesters hash out a transitional government in Sudan, and the U.S.-China trade war rumbles on.

Foreign Policy
May 14, 2019

South Africa's ANC Can't Take Black Voters for Granted Anymore
The African National Congress won again in South Africa, but a new generation identifies the party more with corruption than liberation and is seeking solutions through protests and lawsuits rather than at the ballot box.

Foreign Policy
May 13, 2019

U.S. Military Slashes Foreign-Language Training
The cut to immersion programs comes as the Pentagon redirects resources to Trump's border wall and reduces America's troop presence overseas.

Foreign Policy
May 13, 2019

Iranians Will Tolerate Hardship but Not Capitulation
Tehran's recent nuclear policy announcements were driven by the inescapable constraints of domestic politics.

Foreign Policy
May 13, 2019

Conservatism's Wunderkind Is Getting Swallowed by the Far-Right
Austria's chancellor made a deal with the devil, and it's not going according to plan.

Foreign Policy
May 13, 2019

Cameroon's Separatist Movement Is Going International
Armed groups are slipping into Nigeria and appealing to the Cameroonian diaspora to fuel their fight for a breakaway state.

Foreign Policy
May 13, 2019

U.S. Senate Threatens Sanctions Over Russian Pipeline
Washington and Berlin face off again over Nord Stream 2 as European ships are targeted.

Foreign Policy
May 13, 2019

Beijing's Propaganda Is Playing the Trade War Safe
Why China isn't turning nationalism up to 11—yet.

Foreign Policy
May 13, 2019

Iran Still Doesn't Want an Escalation
The country may have threatened to walk away from the nuclear deal, but its actions say it may be prepared to stay.

Foreign Policy
May 13, 2019

Hong Kong is Set for a U.S.-China Showdown
A controversial extradition bill has exposed the region's autonomy as a fiction.

Foreign Policy
May 13, 2019

Turkish Democracy Can't Die, Because It Never Lived
The country's political system doesn't deserve the laments it's recently received.

Foreign Policy
May 13, 2019

U.S. Sends More Firepower to Counter Iran
National security experts warn the two countries may be headed toward a military confrontation.

Foreign Policy
May 13, 2019

Iran's Rhetoric Heats Up
Iran responds to U.S. military presence in the Gulf, China and the United States reach a deadlock in the trade war, and what to watch in the world this week.

Foreign Policy
May 11, 2019

The Global War on Terrorism Has Failed. Here's How to Win.
Targeting terrorists and their networks brings only temporary success—but the long-term strategy needs to focus on discrediting the ideologies that attract attackers.

Foreign Policy
May 11, 2019

Trump Is Letting Orban Walk All Over the United States
It is time to protect U.S. interests by avoiding deals with Hungary.

Foreign Policy
May 11, 2019

The World This Weekend
U.S. relations with Iran continued to unravel as South Africa went to the polls.

Foreign Policy
May 11, 2019

‘Everything Is Calm, and People Are Happy'
So says Iraq's new electricity minister a year after blackouts sparked violent riots across the country.

Foreign Policy
May 11, 2019

The 2020 Candidates Aren't Talking About Foreign Policy. They Need to Start.
The United States caused many of the planet's problems and can still unmake them—but only if its politicians face up to the challenge.

Foreign Policy
May 10, 2019

The Enduring Mystery of Who Hacked Anthem
A massive breach at the American health insurer was thought to be the work of Chinese spies.

Foreign Policy
May 10, 2019

Lukashenko Is ‘Selling Belarus, Piece by Piece, to Russia'
The Belarusian leader may forge a "union state" with Moscow, says former political opponent Andrei Sannikov.

Foreign Policy
May 10, 2019

There Is Still Time for Diplomacy With Iran
The risk of war has risen. But a diplomatic solution remains likely.

Foreign Policy
May 10, 2019

Trump's ‘Madman Theory' of Trade with China
Economist Patrick Chovanec says it could still work, but the president could play a much better hand by bringing in U.S. allies.

Foreign Policy
May 10, 2019

FP's Guide to the Uber IPO
Six things to read as the company goes public.

Foreign Policy
May 10, 2019

Indonesia Floats Yet Another Plan to Move Its Sinking Capital
Big plans to relocate from Jakarta keep disappearing into nothing. Will this time be different?

Foreign Policy
May 10, 2019

Here's What a Progressive China Strategy Would Look Like
Trump's trade war won't put Washington on strong footing to compete with Beijing.

Foreign Policy
May 10, 2019

China's New Carrier Shows Beijing Is Done Playing Defense
A growing fleet means much bigger regional ambitions.

Foreign Policy
May 10, 2019

Erdogan Just Committed Political Suicide
By overturning an election in Istanbul, he may have triggered a Turkish Spring.

Foreign Policy
May 10, 2019

How Assad's Brutality Inspired Courage and Compassion Among Some Syrians
On the podcast: Members of the White Helmets describe what it's like to charge to the scene when a bomb goes off.

Foreign Policy
May 10, 2019

Saudi Arabia Has Big Plans in India
With Saudi Aramco's bid for a steak in Reliance Industries, the oil giant is looking to establish a permanent foothold in the South Asian country.

Foreign Policy
May 10, 2019

On Eve of Russia Trip, Pompeo Squelches Criticism of Moscow
State Department quietly takes down a statement blaming Russia for coup attempt in Montenegro.

Foreign Policy
May 10, 2019

‘We May Be Moving Toward a Military Confrontation'
Sen. Angus King warns of the danger of the Trump administration's latest actions against Iran and the continued threat from the Islamic State.

Foreign Policy
May 10, 2019

Don't Blame Soccer's ‘Jewish' Teams for Anti-Semitism
Hateful chants were notably absent when Tottenham played Ajax—but opponents of the two self-proclaimed Jewish teams routinely pelt them with neo-Nazi slogans.

Foreign Policy
May 10, 2019

Don't Blame Soccer's Jew-Lovers for Its Jew-Haters
Hateful chants were notably absent when Tottenham played Ajax—but opponents of the two self-proclaimed Jewish teams routinely pelt them with neo-Nazi slogans.

Foreign Policy
May 10, 2019

Once Upon a Time, Americans Believed in America
A new biography of Richard Holbrooke is a portrait of an era when the United States was at the center of the world—and assumed it should be.

Foreign Policy
May 10, 2019

Donald Trump and Swine Fever Are Creating an Economic Crisis
A deadly outbreak in China and trade tariffs in the United States are threatening to send global markets into a tailspin.

Foreign Policy
May 10, 2019

Donald Trump and Swine Flu Are Collaborating on an Economic Crisis
A deadly outbreak in China and trade tariffs in the United States are threatening to send global markets into a tailspin.

Foreign Policy
May 10, 2019

Donald Trump and Swine Flu Have a Lot in Common
A deadly outbreak in China and trade tariffs in the United States are threatening to send global markets into a tailspin.

Foreign Policy
May 09, 2019

The Istanbul Rerun Isn't About the Mayor. It's About Turkey's Future.
The controversial decision to hold a new mayoral election after Erdogan's party narrowly lost has divided the ruling AKP and further imperiled Turkey's democratic credentials.

Foreign Policy
May 09, 2019

The Pentagon Is Finally Getting a New Defense Secretary
The long-awaited appointment of Patrick Shanahan allows Pentagon leaders to finally move forward on filling key positions.

Foreign Policy
May 09, 2019

Venezuela's Exile Economy
In Colombia, refugees are changing how cities work.

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