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Foreign Policy
Jul 06, 2020

France Was Officially Colorblind—Until Now
The country is upending its national identity by finally starting to acknowledge race.

Foreign Policy
Jul 06, 2020

The Curious Case of the Exploding Iranian Nuclear Site
Iran now admits that a fire at the Natanz nuclear site destroyed a centrifuge assembly center, prompting speculation of outside interference.

Foreign Policy
Jul 06, 2020

Britain Is Becoming America in All the Worst Ways
British politicians used to condescend to their U.S. counterparts. During the pandemic, they've started copying their most destructive habits.

Foreign Policy
Jul 06, 2020

China's Superpower Dreams Are Running Out of Money
When the coronavirus crisis is over, China will be forced to embrace a less ambitious future.

Foreign Policy
Jul 04, 2020

To Fight Inequality, the United States needs an FDR. Can Biden Deliver?
The COVID-19 crisis could lead to a modern-day New Deal—but only if Democrats have the courage to replace failed economic policies with radical reforms.

Foreign Policy
Jul 04, 2020

Books in Brief
Read Foreign Policy staffers' reviews of recent releases on America in the world, English piracy in the Indian Ocean, and mass murder in Indonesia.

Foreign Policy
Jul 04, 2020

Margrethe Vestager Is Still Coming for Big Tech
The coronavirus pandemic has made the world more reliant on technology. The EU's competition commissioner says that makes her fight more urgent.

Foreign Policy
Jul 04, 2020

This Is What the Future of Globalization Will Look Like
The pandemic proved, once and for all, that the world can't be flat. But global trade can recover—if we rewrite the rules.

Foreign Policy
Jul 04, 2020

Crises Only Sometimes Lead to Change. Here's Why.
The coronavirus pandemic won't automatically lead to reforms. Great upheavals only bring systemic change when reformers have a plan—and the power to implement it.

Foreign Policy
Jul 04, 2020

Empire's Little Helper
Chinese history shows that where soldiers march, plague follows.

Foreign Policy
Jul 04, 2020

Welcome to the Post-Leader World
The United States has abdicated its dominant role. Here's how to fill the gap.

Foreign Policy
Jul 03, 2020

IMF Loans Will Further Entrench Corruption in Egypt
Recently disbursed IMF funding will only help the Sisi regime and entrench its rule.

Foreign Policy
Jul 03, 2020

White House to Interview Defense Officials in Perceived Loyalty Test
Interviews with political appointees at the Pentagon raise fears of another purge.

Foreign Policy
Jul 03, 2020

Putin's Russia Gets Voters' Rubber Stamp
This week's constitutional referendum gives the long-serving president the veneer of legitimacy needed to hold on to power through 2036.

Foreign Policy
Jul 03, 2020

Why Is Mainstream International Relations Blind to Racism?
Ignoring the central role of race and colonialism in world affairs precludes an accurate understanding of the modern state system.

Foreign Policy
Jul 03, 2020

How America's Founding Fathers Missed a Chance to Abolish Slavery
They swept the issue under the rug, and even Thomas Jefferson realized that civil war was inevitable before he died on July 4, 1826. But history could have taken a different direction, some historians say.

Foreign Policy
Jul 03, 2020

Lawmakers Allege Egyptian Interference in Torture Suit
A House letter calls the arrests of an Egyptian American human rights advocate's family a bid to "undermine" the U.S. judicial process.

Foreign Policy
Jul 02, 2020

These Countries Reformed Their Brutal, Biased Police. The U.S. can, too.
Well-meaning reforms are often blocked and rarely succeed. But there are ways to make them stick.

Foreign Policy
Jul 02, 2020

These Countries Reformed Their Brutal, Biased Police. The U.S. Can,Too.
Well-meaning reforms are often blocked and rarely succeed. But there are ways to make them stick.

Foreign Policy
Jul 02, 2020

Why Taiwan's Assistance to Hong Kong Matters
Taiwan's government is signaling its status as a regional beacon for democracy and human rights—in contrast to South Korea, which frames assistance to North Korean refugees as helping ethnic brethren.

Foreign Policy
Jul 02, 2020

Corporations Will Be Complicit if Israel Goes Through With Annexation
Annexation will raise their legal risk of being held accountable for human rights violations and war crimes.

Foreign Policy
Jul 02, 2020

The United States Has Nothing to Fear From the ICC
The Trump administration's crusade against the International Criminal Court is misguided and will harm long-term U.S. interests.

Foreign Policy
Jul 02, 2020

Iran Is Becoming Immune to U.S. Pressure
Trump's so-called maximum pressure campaign has empowered hard-line figures in Tehran, marginalizing those eager to take the diplomatic route.

Foreign Policy
Jul 02, 2020

How Bibi's Friends in the Settlements and in Washington Helped Scuttle His Annexation Move
Israel's West Bank land grab is off the table—for now.

Foreign Policy
Jul 02, 2020

Japan Is Canceling a U.S. Missile Defense System
Aegis Ashore was more expensive than bargained for, but scrapping the program may come with its own costs.

Foreign Policy
Jul 02, 2020

Why Is India Banning China's TikTok?
The world's two biggest internet markets are in conflict, as New Delhi finds a new arena for its skirmishes with Beijing.

Foreign Policy
Jul 02, 2020

What's in the $740 Billion U.S. Defense Bill?
Trump is already threatening a veto over plans to rename Army bases named after Confederate generals.

Foreign Policy
Jul 02, 2020

White House Directed Hiring of Conspiracy Theorist Over Pentagon Objections
The White House wants fired National Security Council aide Rich Higgins hired for a senior Defense position.

Foreign Policy
Jul 02, 2020

Terrorism After the Pandemic
Months of isolation and governments grappling with other crises could lead to a rise in attacks.

Foreign Policy
Jul 02, 2020

New Details Emerge of Afghan Middleman In Russian Bounty Case
As more information comes to light on the Russian bounty case, the White House provides its version of events.

Foreign Policy
Jul 01, 2020

Beijing's New Security Law Is a Warning Sign
By silencing Hong Kong, the Chinese Communist Party shows it prioritizes ideology over pragmatism.

Foreign Policy
Jul 01, 2020

From India, Islamophobia Goes Global
Hindu nationalism has helped spread a distinct brand of anti-Islam around the world, and famously multicultural Canada may have a problem on its hands.

Foreign Policy
Jul 01, 2020

This Time, Russia Is in Afghanistan to Win
Putin is replicating his success in Syria in a new theater of conflict—and part of his plan is to hurt American interests once again.

Foreign Policy
Jul 01, 2020

The Pandemic Is the World's Long Overdue Reality Check
Populists came to power peddling political fantasies—but the coronavirus has broken the fever.

Foreign Policy
Jul 01, 2020

Seeing Race In a Pandemic
How the physical environment affects our experience of difference.

Foreign Policy
Jul 01, 2020

What's This Unit of Russian Spies That Keeps Getting Outed?
Unit 29155 of the GRU is behind plenty of Russia's high-profile misadventures abroad—and now, apparently, the bounties on U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Foreign Policy
Jul 01, 2020

In Afghanistan, the Dead Cast a Long Shadow
With Afghanistan again facing a political crisis, Mohammed Najibullah's tarnished memory is being rehabilitated by some. But the crimes of the last Soviet-supported president, who was killed by the Taliban, are hardly forgotten.

Foreign Policy
Jul 01, 2020

Mozambique's Insurgency Is a Regional Problem
Rising extremist violence in the country's oil-rich north threatens stability in southern Africa—and requires a coordinated response.

Foreign Policy
Jul 01, 2020

China's Own Documents Show Potentially Genocidal Sterilization Plans in Xinjiang
Ethnic minorities are being targeted by family planning departments as reproduction restrictions loosen on Han Chinese.

Foreign Policy
Jul 01, 2020

Don't Let Erdogan Erase Turkey's Christian Past
The Turkish president wants to turn Istanbul's Hagia Sophia back into a mosque. Destroying its dual Orthodox-Islamic heritage would be a blow to religious pluralism and tolerance.

Foreign Policy
Jul 01, 2020

Trump's Syria Policy Is Working
The Assad regime is cracking under the pressure of stalemate—just like the State Department planned.

Foreign Policy
Jul 01, 2020

Hong Kong Wakes Up To a New Order Under Beijing
As Hong Kong's authorities mark the 23rd anniversary of the British handover, China's new national security law has sparked fear—and protests—across the territory.

Foreign Policy
Jun 30, 2020

The Two-State Solution Is Dead. What Comes Next Is Worse.
Annexation of the West Bank would cement a one-state reality on the ground, enshrining Israeli rights over Palestinians.

Foreign Policy
Jun 30, 2020

World Rebukes U.S. Over Iran
With Trump's re-election prospects up in the air, a heated U.N. meeting on Iran shows world power's fading fear of confronting U.S.

Foreign Policy
Jun 30, 2020

House Democrats Jockey for Foreign Affairs Committee Gavel
It's another battle between centrists and progressives that could have big implications for U.S. foreign policy, especially on Israel.

Foreign Policy
Jun 30, 2020

The Chinese Communist Party Wants a Han Baby Boom That Isn't Coming
China has swung toward natalist policies for the majority while forcibly sterilizing ethnic minorities.

Foreign Policy
Jun 30, 2020

Facing Trump, Putin, and Xi, London Needs Old Allies for New Ideas
A "C-3" of Canada, Australia, and the U.K. is the right group to stand up to authoritarian aggression.

Foreign Policy
Jun 30, 2020

Everyone Misunderstands the Reason for the U.S.-China Cold War
The left says it's U.S. arrogance. The right says it's Chinese malevolence. Both are wrong.

Foreign Policy
Jun 30, 2020

Is Israel's July 1 Annexation Deadline About to Shift?
Benny Gantz told U.S. negotiators that a July 1 date to begin annexing parts of the West Bank is not "sacred." Netanyahu has dismissed the comment.

Foreign Policy
Jun 30, 2020

Tearing Down Statues Won't Undo History
From the Berlin Wall to Confederate monuments, destroying a historic marker means destroying a learning opportunity.

Foreign Policy
Jun 29, 2020

Poland Needs Migrant Workers. The Pandemic Has Kept Them Away.
Despite the government's anti-immigration rhetoric, many Polish businesses rely on workers from other parts of Eastern Europe. But lockdown measures and border closures have caused many migrants to return home.

Foreign Policy
Jun 29, 2020

The Imagined Threats of 5G Conspiracy Theorists Are Causing Real-World Harm
Attacks on cell phone towers are merely the latest evidence that virtual disinformation is leading to actual violence.

Foreign Policy
Jun 29, 2020

After India's Skirmish With China, Is Pakistan Next?
Looking to reinvigorate support at home, Modi could pick a fight with his country's traditional enemy.

Foreign Policy
Jun 29, 2020

China's Online Warriors Want More Gates in the Firewall
Nationalists need to yell on a global stage for their careers' sake.

Foreign Policy
Jun 29, 2020

Republicans Demand Trump Answer on Alleged Russian Bounties
The White House is giving in to bipartisan demands for a briefing after U.S. intelligence reporting leaked to several outlets.

Foreign Policy
Jun 29, 2020

How Canadian Bureaucracy Botched a Critical Ebola Treatment
A Chinese Canadian researcher's breakthrough could have saved thousands of lives.

Foreign Policy
Jun 29, 2020

Why a Trade War With China Is a Bad Idea for India
New Delhi risks responding to a deadly border skirmish by making its economy more insular. Few things would benefit Beijing more.

Foreign Policy
Jun 29, 2020

Attacks on the Press Track a Democratic Backslide
As press freedom declines globally, the United States must reckon with its own diminishment.

Foreign Policy
Jun 29, 2020

He Sends Up Balloons, and North Korea Wants Him Dead
Meet Park Sang-hak, the North Korean defector and activist who could spark another round of "fire and fury."

Foreign Policy
Jun 29, 2020

Coronavirus Cases Surpass 10 Million, With 500,000 Dead
With the number of coronavirus infections rising across the United States, it's too soon to tell whether the death toll will rise along with it.

Foreign Policy
Jun 27, 2020

Will Poland's Presidential Race Deal a Blow to Nationalist Conservatives?
President Andrzej Duda is locked in a surprisingly close race with Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski. Their rivalry is the latest battle between the country's poorer and more religious rural regions and its wealthier, socially-liberal cities.

Foreign Policy
Jun 27, 2020

A Portrait of India on Fire
Megha Majumdar's bestselling novel "A Burning" begins with a train in flames. But what really gets torched is the Indian Dream.

Foreign Policy
Jun 27, 2020

Bullied by Beijing, America's Closest Allies Regret Saying ‘Yes' to China
China was winning over the innermost circle of U.S. allies. Now it's driving them away.

Foreign Policy
Jun 27, 2020

Our Top Weekend Reads
Bias against individuals with disabilities is influencing lockdown easing, Kenya is heading for dictatorship, and the Trump administration is hurting Western unity in the Balkans.

Foreign Policy
Jun 27, 2020

How Putin and the KGB Took Control of Russia—and Duped the West
An important new book details the carefully calculated rise of a modern-day tsar.

Foreign Policy
Jun 26, 2020

Greece's Forgotten Child Refugees
With support services limited by the coronavirus, refugee children are turning to black markets for survival.

Foreign Policy
Jun 26, 2020

Pentagon Selects New Industrial Policy Chief
The move comes after the last senior official overseeing the defense industry's response to the coronavirus pandemic was fired.

Foreign Policy
Jun 26, 2020

The Clock Is Ticking on Ethiopia's Dam Dispute
Ethiopian officials say they will start filling Africa's largest hydroelectric dam next month, but they haven't reached a deal with the countries downstream.

Foreign Policy
Jun 26, 2020

Corruption Is a Job Qualification in Today's Iran
Iran's new speaker of parliament is widely known for being a crook—but a loyal one.

Foreign Policy
Jun 26, 2020

Kenya's Road to Dictatorship Runs Through Nairobi County
The handover of municipal services to military officers makes clear how the president wants to wield power.

Foreign Policy
Jun 26, 2020

Why Israel's Warming Gulf Ties Will Survive Annexation
Some Arab countries now value good relations with Israel over the Palestinian cause—and not just for strategic reasons.

Foreign Policy
Jun 26, 2020

China Ridicules U.S. Protests Out of Fear of Its Own People
The Chinese Communist Party crushes demonstrations—and with it shuts off change.

Foreign Policy
Jun 26, 2020

Israel's Annexation of the West Bank Would be a Gift to Iran
Beleaguered by regional tensions, the COVID-19 pandemic, and economic woes, Tehran could use anti-Israel sentiment to restore its reputation.

Foreign Policy
Jun 26, 2020

Did John Bolton Transform U.S. Foreign Policy or Enable Trump's Transgressions?
The controversial former national security advisor left his mark in Washington—especially on nuclear arms deals and Iran.

Foreign Policy
Jun 26, 2020

Why North Korea Needs Its Nukes
Washington speaks of deterrence when it comes to Pyongyang, but Kim would never strike unless attacked first.

Foreign Policy
Jun 26, 2020

Collapse of Kosovo Talks Amid Leader's War Crimes Charges Are Rebuff for Trump
Serbia's president consolidates his control as Belgrade edges toward autocracy.

Foreign Policy
Jun 26, 2020

The Galwan Killings Are the Nail in the Coffin for China and India's Relationship
India was already uneasy with China. Now it's furious

Foreign Policy
Jun 26, 2020

Data Governance - Part 2
Part 2: FP Analytics examines evolving government data collection practices and how AI is making this collection more efficient and ubiquitous.

Foreign Policy
Jun 26, 2020

U.S. Breaks Record for Daily Coronavirus Cases 102 Days After First Lockdown
Faced with growing cases nationwide, the White House coronavirus task force will host its first public briefing in over seven weeks.

Foreign Policy
Jun 26, 2020

Russia Wants to Keep Mongolia in Its Place
A recent diplomatic spat reveals that Moscow still treats its democratic neighbor as a subservient satellite state.

Foreign Policy
Jun 25, 2020

Latin America's Wave of Protests Was Historic—Then the Pandemic Arrived
The coronavirus and lockdowns have worsened the region's economic divides—and set the stage for more political upheaval.

Foreign Policy
Jun 25, 2020

CIA Recruitment Has Joined the Social Media Age
A new video tries to make spying for the United States attractive for today's youth—but cuts some corners along the way.

Foreign Policy
Jun 25, 2020

John Bolton Can Stomach Kim Jong Un's North Korea, but Not Iran
The real revelation of the former national security advisor's memoir is that he placed Israeli and Saudi interests ahead of America's—by successfully undermining any U.S. diplomatic efforts with Iran.

Foreign Policy
Jun 25, 2020

The Pandemic Is Reversing Decades of Progress
A new report warns that 120 million children in South Asia could fall into poverty this year because of lockdowns—and tens of thousands could die from disease.

Foreign Policy
Jun 25, 2020

How Europe Fell Out of Love With China
EU officials speak increasingly of Beijing as a rival, not a partner. But unlike Trump, they don't yet want a divorce.

Foreign Policy
Jun 25, 2020

Foreign Worker Visas Are the Tech Industry's Dirty Secret
Trump's suspension of visas will only prolong the recession. Here's how to reform them instead.

Foreign Policy
Jun 25, 2020

Politicians Are Writing Off Disabled Lives Amid the Pandemic
Ableism has pervaded the failed response to the coronavirus.

Foreign Policy
Jun 25, 2020

Will Trump's Plans to Withdraw Troops from Europe Go Forward?
Diplomats and former Pentagon officials are concerned about the knock-on effects of reducing the U.S. military footprint in Germany.

Foreign Policy
Jun 25, 2020

Trump Mulls Ending Heads-Up to Congress on U.S. Weapons Sales
Administration officials say they are tired of regular efforts by Capitol Hill to review arms exports to Saudi Arabia and other nations.

Foreign Policy
Jun 25, 2020

Ex-Soviet Bioweapons Labs Are Fighting COVID-19. Moscow Doesn't Like It.
One of the greatest achievements of U.S. foreign policy has been targeted by a vicious disinformation campaign.

Foreign Policy
Jun 25, 2020

Deep in the Heart of Texas, a Chinese Wind Farm Raises Eyebrows
Members of Congress fear Beijing could use the facility for espionage and economic warfare. But the Trump administration is set to let it move forward.

Foreign Policy
Jun 25, 2020

Turkey's Great New Hope Is the Same Old News
Ali Babacan promises he's ready to take down Erdogan—but he might leave everything else in place.

Foreign Policy
Jun 25, 2020

Russia Begins Vote to Extend Putin's Rule
The one-week referendum has citizens vote yes or no on a whole set of amendments, including one to restart the president's term limit clock.

Foreign Policy
Jun 24, 2020

Bolton Is the Villain of His Own Memoir
The former national security advisor wrote a book about an ignorant president—but refuses to learn anything himself.

Foreign Policy
Jun 24, 2020

The Trump Administration's Divisions Over China Are Deeper Than Ever
Contradictions over the status of the U.S.-China trade deal show that the White House isn't unified in its approach toward Beijing—even amid the pandemic.

Foreign Policy
Jun 24, 2020

Anatomy of a Kosovo Summit Catastrophe
The Trump administration is hosting Balkans leaders this week to culminate a peace process that's gone wrong from the start.

Foreign Policy
Jun 24, 2020

If Americans Grappled Honestly With Their History, Would Any Monuments Be Left Standing?
The furor over police abuse of Black communities is raising new questions about the original sin of America's Founding Fathers.

Foreign Policy
Jun 24, 2020

To Fix Policing in the United States, Follow Its Guidelines Abroad
The United States has spent decades training foreign nations to build community and capacity—it's time to apply those lessons at home.

Foreign Policy
Jun 24, 2020

How to Aid Syria Without Aiding Assad
U.N. agencies have submitted themselves to government control and approval. Donors must demand higher humanitarian standards or send their money through other channels.

Foreign Policy
Jun 24, 2020

Forget the Book. Bolton's Legacy Is a Nuclear Arms Race.
Why Bolton will be one of the most negative influences on U.S. security policy for decades to come.

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