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Foreign Policy
Dec 11, 2019

In Honduras, the U.S. War on Drugs Is Empowering Corrupt Elites
The Central American country has become a transit zone for drug traffickers and the center of a biofuel boom. Dispossessed indigenous groups are paying the price.

Foreign Policy
Dec 11, 2019

Iran's Regional Influence Campaign Is Starting to Flop
Tehran has long sought to throw its weight around across the region. Now the Islamic Republic is facing a backlash in Iraq, Lebanon, and at home.

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Dec 11, 2019

Emmanuel Macron's New Strategy Is Being a Jerk
The French president is intentionally trying to disrupt NATO and the EU—and the sooner the rest of Europe realizes it's for their own good, the better.

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Dec 11, 2019

Carbon Markets Dominate U.N. Climate Talks
As the COP25 conference winds down, negotiators are focused on carbon credits. Critics say they should be emphasizing urgency.

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Dec 11, 2019

In Scotland's Swing Seats, Nationalists Are Selling Voters on Independence
Mired in the unpopular Brexit process, the Tories will have to convince voters that the union is worth it to keep hotly contested seats.

Foreign Policy
Dec 10, 2019

Don't Expect a Thaw in Iran
The protests and prisoner exchange may put talks with the United States further off.

Foreign Policy
Dec 10, 2019

Democrats Give Trump a Trade Victory—Even as They Impeach Him
Eager to be seen as doing more than taking down the president, Speaker Pelosi readies a "yes" vote on USMCA.

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Dec 10, 2019

Why Putin Is Smiling
Even if Russian intelligence didn't orchestrate the near-total political dysfunction that led to Tuesday's impeachment articles, things sure have gone the Kremlin's way.

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Dec 10, 2019

Why the ‘Afghanistan Papers' Matter
Newly released interviews on the U.S. war reveal the coordinated spin effort and dodgy metrics behind a forever war.

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Dec 10, 2019

The Great American Food Aid Boondoggle
The United States could feed millions more people—if it changed outdated policies.

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Dec 10, 2019

For Boris Johnson to Become Prime Minister Again, He (Probably) Has to Win His Seat First
The Conservative Party leader's hold over his Uxbridge and South Ruislip seat represents the narrowest constituency majority for any prime minister in more than five decades.

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Dec 10, 2019

U.S. Lawmakers Move to Punish Turkey for Buying Russian Missile System
Congress stopped short of imposing sanctions but signaled it may act unilaterally if Trump does not.

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Dec 10, 2019

Trump Faces Impeachment Vote
The move on partisan lines will set him up to be the first president in U.S. history to run for reelection after being impeached.

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Dec 10, 2019

African Men Try Leading the Fight to Stop Sexual Violence
Some of their ideas are effective, some are strange—and some could make the problem even worse.

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Dec 10, 2019

African Men Try Lending a Hand to Stop Sexual Violence
Some of their ideas are effective, some are strange—and some could make the problem even worse.

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Dec 10, 2019

Trump's Penny-Pinching Dooms His Korean Diplomacy
The U.S. president stumbled into rare success with Pyongyang. Now he's screwing it up.

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Dec 10, 2019

Bride Price
India's wedding industry slumps as the country's economy continues its slowdown.

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Dec 10, 2019

Aung San Suu Kyi Defends Myanmar Against Genocide Charges
Myanmar's national leader is one of only a few to personally address the International Court of Justice in the Hague.

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Dec 10, 2019

The Biggest Threat to Boris Johnson Isn't Jeremy Corbyn
The British prime minister isn't afraid of the Labour party's leader. To retain his parliamentary seat in an increasingly diverse west London district, Johnson is facing a tight race to fend off Ali Milani, a 25-year-old immigrant from Iran.

Foreign Policy
Dec 09, 2019

Germany's OK Boomer Moment
Millennials on the left and right are getting tired of their country's politics of centrism—and trouble in the governing coalition shows it.

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Dec 09, 2019

The Nobel Winners in Economics Are On the Right Track
Randomized controlled trials aren't perfect, but a new generation of development economists is building on the work of the Nobel laureates and pushing the field in ambitious new directions.

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Dec 09, 2019

Sudan's New Government Can't Succeed If It Remains on the U.S. Blacklist
Washington's refusal to remove Khartoum from the state sponsors of terrorism list will slow Sudan's transition to democracy and could undermine it.

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Dec 09, 2019

‘This Is a Stain on the Nobel Prize Organization'
A conversation with Riada Asimovic Akyol, a Bosnian writer based in Washington D.C., about new Nobel laureate Peter Handke, who receives the prize on Tuesday.

Foreign Policy
Dec 09, 2019

Turkey Begins Resettling Refugees in Northeastern Syria
Continued reports of atrocities by Turkish-backed forces raise concerns about ethnic cleansing.

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Dec 09, 2019

What Paul Volcker Got Right About Global Finance
The late Federal Reserve chief was most renowned for fighting inflation, but he also understood—before almost anyone else did—that Wall Street was out of control.

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Dec 09, 2019

Desperate to Save Diplomacy, White House Blocks U.N. Meeting on North Korean Atrocities
As tensions rise between Washington and Pyongyang, Trump tries to avert a complete breakdown in relations.

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Dec 09, 2019

Trump Administration Blocks Another Critic from Speaking Abroad
The Denmark incident reveals how skittish the U.S. State Department has become when engaging with experts who have criticized the president's policies.

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Dec 09, 2019

Pensacola Shooting Casts Shadow Over U.S.-Saudi Relations
After attack on base, the U.S. defense secretary directs a review of vetting procedures for foreign nationals.

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Dec 09, 2019

How Trump May Finally Kill the WTO
By strangling the World Trade Organization's appellate body, Washington is effectively hamstringing the trade organization's ability to resolve disputes.

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Dec 09, 2019

Hong Kong Sees Biggest Protest in Months
After a victory for pro-democracy candidates at the polls, Hong Kong's protesters turned out in droves to mark six months in the streets.

Foreign Policy
Dec 08, 2019

How to Say Emmanuel Macron in German
Robert Habeck established himself outside major parties, has sweeping plans for Europe's future—and is getting ever closer to taking power in Berlin.

Foreign Policy
Dec 07, 2019

U.S.-Argentine Relations Can Survive Trump's Tariff Threat
Since Alberto Fernández's election, the U.S. president hadn't antagonized the incoming leftist administration—until the announcement of new tariffs on steel and aluminum this week.

Foreign Policy
Dec 07, 2019

Our Top Weekend Reads
The international community responds to the detention of Uighurs in Xinjiang, Pope Francis's visit to indigenous communities angers right-wing Bolivians, and Russian mercenaries are on the ground in Libya.

Foreign Policy
Dec 06, 2019

Ukraine's Leader to Face Down Putin for First Time
Volodymyr Zelensky is walking a fine line as he seeks peace with Russia without being seen as ceding too much in return.

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Dec 06, 2019

Europeans Ramp up Pressure on Iran
Britain, France, and Germany say Iran's ballistic missile program is inconsistent with the nuclear deal and improves its capacity to deliver nuclear payload. Tehran counters that Europeans have failed to meet obligations under the pact.

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Dec 06, 2019

Vietnam Draws Lines in the Sea
Hanoi's new defense white paper reflects fears of Chinese encroachment.

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Dec 06, 2019

What the West Gets Wrong About Russia's Intentions in Ukraine
Moscow never wanted an annexation—it just wanted a bargaining chip. Understanding that is the key to settling the conflict once and for all.

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Dec 06, 2019

The Enemies of Sudan's Democracy Are Lurking Everywhere
The country successfully toppled a dictator. Now it's in an epic battle to secure freedom.

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Dec 06, 2019

U.S. Ambassador Puts Zambia on Notice
Washington gives the country $500 million in support a year, he says, but has little to show for it in terms of cooperation and human rights.

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Dec 06, 2019

Bolsonaro Placed a Losing Bet on Trump
Monday's announcement of U.S. tariffs on Brazilian steel and aluminum imports is yet one more reason China may be looking like a better partner.

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Dec 06, 2019

Sidama Statehood Vote Throws a Wrench in Abiy Ahmed's Plans for Ethiopia
Ethno-regional divisions might tear apart hopes of unifying power at the center.

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Dec 06, 2019

Senior Democratic Senator Demands Answers on Pompeo Call Clampdown
Menendez accuses Trump administration of obscuring communications with foreign leaders in wake of impeachment inquiry.

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Dec 06, 2019

It's Time for Ukraine to Let the Donbass Go
Reintegration would be too costly; beyond an expensive reconstruction, it would entail reintegrating a deeply pro-Russian region at a time when Ukraine is finally moving West.

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Dec 06, 2019

Croatia Is Abusing Migrants While the EU Turns a Blind Eye
The evidence of Croatian police violence toward migrants is overwhelming, but Brussels continues to praise and fund Zagreb for patrolling the European Union's longest external land border.

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Dec 06, 2019

France's Strike Could Last for Days
As French public sector workers walk out, what happens next depends on who gives in first: the unions or the government.

Foreign Policy
Dec 05, 2019

Japan Regrets Trusting Trump on Trade
Trade negotiations have left Tokyo giving much and getting little.

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Dec 05, 2019

NATO Is Struggling Under Trans-Atlantic Tensions
After this week's summit, members must keep turmoil in the political side of the alliance from undermining its military purpose.

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Dec 05, 2019

Violence Is Sometimes the Answer
Protesters get slammed by critics whenever they use force. But for the state, it's normalized.

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Dec 05, 2019

Iran Goes on the Offensive in Iraq
Tehran funnels in missiles while Trump reportedly mulls a big increase in U.S. troops.

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Dec 05, 2019

Can Culture, Not Blood, Make You Italian?
A new generation of students raised and schooled in Italy are pushing to reform outdated citizenship laws that reward those with Italian bloodlines rather than people who have lived in the country all their lives.

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Dec 05, 2019

What Trump Gets Right About Alliances
The president is correct to call the bluff of rich allies who free-ride on U.S. military might.

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Dec 05, 2019

With the Help of Russian Fighters, Libya's Haftar Could Take Tripoli
But Russian aid will come at a cost.

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Dec 05, 2019

With the Help of Russian Fighters, Libya's Haftar May Soon Take Tripoli
But Russian aid will come at a cost.

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Dec 05, 2019

Rafael Grossi Isn't America's—or Iran's, or North Korea's—Man
The new head of the IAEA was the United States' preferred candidate. But, as global tensions rise, he quickly needs to prove his independence.

Foreign Policy
Dec 05, 2019

Socialism's Biggest Hero Is a Bourgeois British Capitalist
John Maynard Keynes felt little solidarity for workers and inspired a century of establishment economics. The West's revived socialists have adopted him as their own anyway.

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Dec 05, 2019

Will Trump Label Mexican Cartels Terrorist Groups?
The U.S. attorney general visits Mexico City today to discuss the country's rising violence.

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Dec 05, 2019

Is Canada Violating Its Constitution by Sending Refugees Back to the United States?
A federal court case could stop Ottawa from treating the United States as a safe third country due to the Trump administration's harsh policies toward asylum-seekers.

Foreign Policy
Dec 04, 2019

For the 2020 Democrats, It's America First, Too
The slate of Democratic candidates includes two Rhodes scholars, two ex-soldiers, and a former chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. But don't count on them to resurrect a Pax Americana.

Foreign Policy
Dec 04, 2019

State Clamps Down on Officials Joining Pompeo's Calls
A Democratic lawmaker says the lack of transparency and record-keeping will keep the public in the dark.

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Dec 04, 2019

State Clamps Down on Officials Joining Pompeo's Calls, Sources Say
A Democratic lawmaker says the lack of transparency and record-keeping will keep the public in the dark.

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Dec 04, 2019

Thank Lisbon for Macao's Peacefulness
Portugal's indifferent rule left the city's residents happy to be Chinese.

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Dec 04, 2019

Chinese Diplomacy Takes an Aggressive Turn
As foreign governments back Hong Kong's protesters, China's diplomats are pushing back.

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Dec 04, 2019

Pompeo's Departure Is Restoring the State Department's Swagger
The U.S. secretary of state appears to have one foot out the door—and that's exactly what U.S. diplomats have been waiting for.

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Dec 04, 2019

Stoltenberg's Show of Unity
Tensions at NATO's anniversary gathering aside, the secretary-general defends the alliance's record.

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Dec 04, 2019

Believe It or Not, Impeachment Is About to Get Even More Partisan
Expect anger and grandstanding as the House Judiciary Committee picks up the torch with a critical decision bearing down on the Democrats.

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Dec 04, 2019

‘No One Wins if War Extends Into Space'
The newly reestablished U.S. Space Command will focus on preventing, not fighting, a conflict in space.

Foreign Policy
Dec 04, 2019

The Fight for ISIS's Old Territory Is Just Beginning
A host of forces including Turkish and Iranian proxies to Russian troops and Syrian government forces are jockeying for control of the lands that once were held by the Islamic State.

Foreign Policy
Dec 04, 2019

Colombia on Strike
Activists refuse to stand down after talks with the Colombian government, going ahead with the third strike in as many weeks.

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Dec 04, 2019

Liberal Professors' Deadly Delusions About Curing Terrorists
Last week's attack in Britain proves that well-meaning progressive academics have no business keeping the public safe.

Foreign Policy
Dec 03, 2019

Ukraine vs. the Oligarchs
If Trump wants to fight corruption in Ukraine, he should pay close attention to an ongoing dispute between the country and the IMF over one of its biggest banks.

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Dec 03, 2019

NATO Defense Funds Have Been Building for Years, but Trump Wants the Credit
Renewed defense spending by European states is in part a response to Russian aggression.

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Dec 03, 2019

U.S.-Europe Trade War Reerupts in London
As bad as tensions over NATO are, things could get even uglier over France's new digital services tax.

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Dec 03, 2019

India's Economy Is Stalling. Critics Blame a ‘Climate of Fear.'
Modi's government defends its stewardship even as it seeks to reverse a sharp economic slowdown.

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Dec 03, 2019

Despite Acrimony Among Leaders, NATO Is Making Strides at 70
Trump's bullying prompted NATO Chief Stoltenberg to praise the U.S. president for his "leadership on defense spending," and the alliance is bolstering itself against Russia.

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Dec 03, 2019

China Must Answer for Cultural Genocide in Court
International law is a vital part of fighting for the Uighur people.

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Dec 03, 2019

Belarus May Be Key to Solving NATO's Problems with Russia
Tensions between Moscow and Brussels have led to a dangerous militarization of Eastern Europe. But Minsk is showing an alternative.

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Dec 03, 2019

With State Department Under Fire, Lawmakers Form a Diplomacy Caucus
The bipartisan House move seeks to bolster support for U.S. diplomats as Ukraine impeachment inquiry puts heat on the foreign service.

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Dec 03, 2019

‘We Are Telegraphing Abandonment'
Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy slams the Trump administration for withholding aid to Lebanon.

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Dec 03, 2019

Disputes Overshadow NATO's 70th Anniversary
As its leaders convene in London, cracks in the NATO alliance could be growing.

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Dec 03, 2019

Don't Blame Turkey for NATO's Woes
Emmanuel Macron thinks the Atlantic alliance is brain-dead, but its problems have deeper roots than the recent U.S.-Turkish spat over Syria.

Foreign Policy
Dec 02, 2019

After Trump's Hong Kong Democracy Act, China Is Still Winning
The U.S. president may think his surprise move to support the protesters will give him the upper hand in trade negotiations with China—but Xi is likely to call his bluff.

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Dec 02, 2019

Hurdles Remain for Renewed Afghan Peace Talks
Trump has touted new diplomatic efforts with the Taliban, but it's unclear whether anything has changed.

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Dec 02, 2019

U.N. Climate Conference Opens in Madrid
Delegates from nearly 200 countries meet to hash out crucial negotiations on the Paris climate agreement.

Foreign Policy
Dec 01, 2019

Catholicism's Civil War Spills Into Bolivia
The pope is reaching out to indigenous people, and the right aren't happy.

Foreign Policy
Nov 30, 2019

How Europe's Nationalists Became Internationalists
Many European far-right parties made their mark by railing against the EU. Now they are appealing to a pan-European identity to further their goal of a racially pure, White Christian continent.

Foreign Policy
Nov 29, 2019

Emmanuel Macron's Year of Cracking Heads
France's past year offers a possible preview of the West's future: growing protests against liberalism—and growing brutality against the protests.

Foreign Policy
Nov 28, 2019

Virtual Reality Takes on Historical Trauma
A wave of new Polish games reexamines Soviet repression.

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Nov 28, 2019

Mikhail Gorbachev's Pizza Hut Thanksgiving Miracle
In 1997, the former Soviet leader needed money, and Pizza Hut needed a spokesman. Greatness ensued.

Foreign Policy
Nov 27, 2019

Leaked Documents Expose the Machinery of China's Prison Camps
The new materials reveal how Beijing's internment of Uighur Muslims actually works—and who is complicit.

Foreign Policy
Nov 27, 2019

Ilhan Omar and Jared Kushner's Latest Accuser Has Shady Saudi Ties
Right-wing media has seized on the testimony of a Canadian businessman with a tangled history.

Foreign Policy
Nov 27, 2019

The European Union Needs to Prepare for the Next Wave of Migrants
New arrivals are ticking up again, but Europe doesn't even have a short-term plan in place—much less a long-term strategy.

Foreign Policy
Nov 27, 2019

A Flickering Beacon of Democracy in Russia's Backyard
Georgians fear that billionaire leader Bidzina Ivanishvili and his Georgian Dream party are tightening their grip on power.

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Nov 27, 2019

Europe's Backlash Against Huawei Has Arrived
Resistance to Chinese technology is growing in Germany—and the ripple effects could reach across the continent.

Foreign Policy
Nov 27, 2019

Untouchable No More: Hezbollah's Fading Reputation
As Hezbollah sides with Lebanon's political elite, protesters in Beirut are increasingly willing to criticize it.

Foreign Policy
Nov 27, 2019

Singapore Isn't The Next Hong Kong
Claims of political contagion are establishment fantasies.

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Nov 27, 2019

The Rajapaksas Will Ruin Sri Lanka's Economy
Virulent ethnic nationalism and hateful rhetoric toward minorities might win votes, but it will lead the country to economic ruin.

Foreign Policy
Nov 27, 2019

Jeremy Corbyn Is Caught in Labour's Immigration Wars
Voters want to close borders. Activists want to open them.

Foreign Policy
Nov 27, 2019

Sending Refugees Back Makes the World More Dangerous
Repatriating refugees to dangerous countries violates international law and breeds conflict, instability, and future crises. Regional work visas and long-term integration into host countries are more promising solutions.

Foreign Policy
Nov 27, 2019

U.N. Calls for Emissions Cuts to Slow Climate Crisis
China and the United States both increased emissions last year; a U.N. report shows 1.5 percent growth in emissions per year since 2009.

Foreign Policy
Nov 27, 2019

10 Things in the World to Be Thankful for in 2019
Be grateful for Greta Thunberg, Emmanuel Macron—and the fact that things aren't as bad as they could be.

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