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Foreign Policy
Sep 30, 2020

U.S. at Risk of Being Outpaced by China, a New Intel Committee Report Finds
An assessment by the House Intelligence Committee says the United States will be hard-pressed to meet China's multidimensional challenge if it stays in a counterterrorism mindset.

Foreign Policy
Sep 30, 2020

Welcome to a Brand-New Middle East
Israel's pacts with the UAE and Bahrain go far beyond the tenuous "cold peace" with Egypt and Jordan. They could even help end the conflict with the Palestinians.

Foreign Policy
Sep 30, 2020

The Death of Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Could Diminish the Country's International Standing
The Middle East's shifting balance of power could upend Kuwait's traditional status as a regional mediator.

Foreign Policy
Sep 29, 2020

In First Debate, Biden and Trump Get Personal
But the former vice president stands his ground, largely unrattled by Trump's constant attacks.

Foreign Policy
Sep 29, 2020

Washington's ‘Blind Eye' Toward Human Rights Abuses in Latin America
Would a Biden administration put the swagger back into America's championing of human rights in the region?

Foreign Policy
Sep 29, 2020

Global Capital Is the Tail That Wags the U.S. Economic Dog
Economists have long imagined that the free movement of capital around the world benefits the U.S. economy. It doesn't.

Foreign Policy
Sep 29, 2020

America Needs to Prosecute Its Presidents
Pardoning Trump, like Nixon before him, would be a disaster.

Foreign Policy
Sep 29, 2020

Trump's Pick to Replace Ginsburg Could Make the Supreme Court ‘America First'
The late Ginsburg championed international law. Amy Coney Barrett has argued that what the world thinks is at best superfluous.

Foreign Policy
Sep 29, 2020

Trump's Pick to Replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg Could Make the Supreme Court ‘America First'
The late Ginsburg championed international law. Amy Coney Barrett has argued that what the world thinks is at best superfluous.

Foreign Policy
Sep 29, 2020

American Leaders Sold a Dream of Changing China
Advocates of engagement are now downplaying the missionary impulse. That's not what U.S. presidents said at the time.

Foreign Policy
Sep 29, 2020

The Latest Brexit Crisis May Save Ireland's Shaky Coalition Government
Brexit may be fatal for Dublin in the long term. But for now, it's a boon to the country's historic—and fragile—coalition.

Foreign Policy
Sep 29, 2020

How the United States Learned to Love Human Rights
The United States' human rights story started less than 50 years ago with the extraordinary efforts of one president—and could end this November with the re-election of another.

Foreign Policy
Sep 29, 2020

Jimmy Carter's Legacy Is on the 2020 Ballot
The United States' human rights story started less than 50 years ago—and could end this November.

Foreign Policy
Sep 29, 2020

‘Between a Rock and a Hard Place': War-Weary Syrian Americans Want Resolution
In a swing state with a razor-thin margin in 2016, one tiny voting bloc could be key.

Foreign Policy
Sep 29, 2020

Global Coronavirus Death Toll Surpasses 1 Million
As a second wave hits much of the world, there's still no end to the pandemic in sight.

Foreign Policy
Sep 28, 2020

Beyond IR's Ivory Tower
The world needs experts to engage with policy more than ever. Research shows international relations scholars are already up to the task.

Foreign Policy
Sep 28, 2020

Why Are Armenia and Azerbaijan Heading to War?
The Soviet collapse caused a brutal conflict that's remained unresolved for three decades.

Foreign Policy
Sep 28, 2020

Syria's Forgotten Displaced Aren't Equipped to Fight the Pandemic
The regime has restricted aid to those who fled Afrin in 2018, leaving them without test kits, basic supplies, or access to specialist care.

Foreign Policy
Sep 28, 2020

Las sanciones están llevando a Irán y Venezuela a los brazos del otro
La política estadounidense de "presión máxima" no ha destruido a la economía iraní, y Teherán ahora está compartiendo sus lecciones de resiliencia con el asediado régimen de Nicolás Maduro en Caracas.

Foreign Policy
Sep 28, 2020

Were They Lost Students or Inept Spies for China?
Two roommates traveling in Florida found themselves caught in the teeth of espionage fears.

Foreign Policy
Sep 28, 2020

Azerbaijan and Armenia on the Brink of War After Deadly Clashes
Dozens are reportedly injured in the worst round of violence between the two countries in years.

Foreign Policy
Sep 28, 2020

Ethiopia's Power Play on the Nile Has Left the Region in a Deadlock
As long as the Renaissance Dam remains an instrument in Ethiopia's bid to control the Blue Nile, negotiations are doomed.

Foreign Policy
Sep 27, 2020

The Arab World Is Having a Jewish Revolution
The real achievement of the Abraham Accords isn't geopolitical—it's cultural.

Foreign Policy
Sep 27, 2020

Can One Woman Fix a Failed State?
Hodan Osman couldn't stamp out Somalia's endemic corruption. But she made sure the country's soldiers got paid.

Foreign Policy
Sep 25, 2020

Want to Learn How the Pentagon Works? Then Play This Board Game.
A new game meant to help the U.S. government write the 2018 National Defense Strategy shows what happens when resources and commitments collide.

Foreign Policy
Sep 25, 2020

Can Thailand's Protest Movement Broaden Its Appeal?
To succeed, the protesters will have to overcome old regional and class divides—and new ones, along generational lines.

Foreign Policy
Sep 25, 2020

The State Department's Struggles to Diversify Just Got Harder
Trump's executive order taking aim at diversity training could make it even harder to fix the State Department's dismal record on inclusion.

Foreign Policy
Sep 25, 2020

How Xi Just Saved the World
In a little-noticed speech this week, China permanently changed the global fight against climate change.

Foreign Policy
Sep 25, 2020

Did Xi Just Save the World??
In a little-noticed speech this week, China permanently changed the global fight against climate change.

Foreign Policy
Sep 25, 2020

The Real Hacking Threat
It doesn't matter if Russia actually sways the vote. What matters is whether Americans think it did.

Foreign Policy
Sep 25, 2020

The Most Important Election. Ever.
Why the fate of the American republic—and the world—could depend on what happens Nov. 3.

Foreign Policy
Sep 25, 2020

Biden Needs to Play the Nationalism Card Right Now
The 2020 election is veering into dangerous territory—and liberalism won't be enough to win.

Foreign Policy
Sep 25, 2020

A World in Counterfeit
After they mastered their territories, rulers wanted to master crafts, too.

Foreign Policy
Sep 25, 2020

State Department Misled Public, Congress About Revoking Journalist's Award for Criticizing Trump
An inspector general's report concludes that State officials nixed a high-profile award out of fear of offending higher-ups—then lied about it.

Foreign Policy
Sep 25, 2020

Building a Shared Worldview Among Democrats and Republicans Could Be More Dangerous Than Healing
Bring people together around protecting democracy instead.

Foreign Policy
Sep 25, 2020

How India Came Around to Talking to the Taliban
New Delhi is set to take on a greater role in Afghanistan's peace process.

Foreign Policy
Sep 25, 2020

Document of the Week: The Mighty U.N. Fighting Force That Never Was
After World War II, the United States envisioned the creation of a big-power fighting force to keep world peace. But the ambitious plan foundered amid bickering between Washington and Moscow.

Foreign Policy
Sep 25, 2020

Trump Readies His Pick to Replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg
With Senate Republicans firmly behind him, the president said a decision will come Saturday.

Foreign Policy
Sep 25, 2020

The White House Wants Peace With Sudan. Congress Wants Khartoum to Pay.
Normalizing ties with Israel could mean removal from the U.S. state sponsors of terrorism list, allowing the country to rebuild its shattered economy—but U.S. legislators are standing in the way.

Foreign Policy
Sep 25, 2020

Can the United States' Democratic Institutions Survive the 2020 Election Campaign?
Trampled institutional norms, a battle over the Supreme Court, and the possibility of Democratic retaliation could threaten the bedrock of American democracy.

Foreign Policy
Sep 24, 2020

Books in Brief
Staff reviews of recent releases on U.S. isolationism, the future of energy, and China's new Silk Road.

Foreign Policy
Sep 24, 2020

U.S. Allies Worry Trump Administration Might Let Key Nuclear Treaty With Russia Die
Internal documents acknowledge concern among allies about the expiration of the Obama-era New START accord, but U.S. negotiators are still playing hardball.

Foreign Policy
Sep 24, 2020

‘We Have Nothing Here': A Collapsing Lebanon Sparks an Exodus of Despair
A country that previously took in refugees could become an exporter of people as government ineptitude and an economic cataclysm destroy all hope.

Foreign Policy
Sep 24, 2020

North Korea Kills, Torches South Korean Civilian in Bizarre Maritime Incident
The confusing affair could make it even harder for South Korean President Moon Jae-in to continue warming up to the North.

Foreign Policy
Sep 24, 2020

Feeling Abandoned by Kabul, Many Rural Afghans Flock to Join the Taliban
"My hope is with the Taliban," said one new recruit who has known only war and broken promises.

Foreign Policy
Sep 24, 2020

Why Europe Wins
Everyone writes off the European Union as dull and prone to fracture. But the last decade shows that Brussels is smarter than Beijing, London, Moscow, and Washington.

Foreign Policy
Sep 24, 2020

A Perilous Presidential Handoff
The transition of power between presidents has long been a weakness of the U.S. political system. But never more so than now.

Foreign Policy
Sep 24, 2020

The African Union Needs to Resolve Ethiopia's Dam Dispute
U.S. diplomacy has failed. African diplomacy can't afford to.

Foreign Policy
Sep 24, 2020

Trump's National Security Team Is Making Politics, Not Policy
Pompeo speaks on China in Wisconsin and Trump's national security advisor speaks in Iowa in a thinly veiled election ploy.

Foreign Policy
Sep 24, 2020

Make Surveillance Capitalists Pay Their Dues
Congressional action has typically left big tech firms intact, instead mandating that they improve access for all consumers. Washington should stick to that model.

Foreign Policy
Sep 24, 2020

The U.S. Needs An Endgame Before It Plunges Into the Next Cold War
China would be a tougher, longer-lasting opponent than the Soviet Union.

Foreign Policy
Sep 24, 2020

The Case for Black American Self-Defense
Pacifist injunctions obliterate the history of, and need for, armed protection.

Foreign Policy
Sep 24, 2020

Lukashenko Sworn in as Belarus President as EU Mulls Sanctions
Punishing Belarus will depend on how the bloc chooses to respond to Turkey.

Foreign Policy
Sep 24, 2020

Israeli TV Spy Thriller ‘Tehran' Flouts Stereotypes About Iran
Apple TV premieres series by the director of "Homeland" that captivated Israelis this summer.

Foreign Policy
Sep 23, 2020

How Russia Tried to Weaponize Charlie Sheen
What's behind an odd, international campaign to free a Russian operative from a Libyan jail?

Foreign Policy
Sep 23, 2020

Turkish Aggression Pushed Italy and France to Join Forces in the Mediterranean. Now What?
Formerly competitors, Paris and Rome's Pax Mediterranea may spell Ankara's final estrangement from Europe.

Foreign Policy
Sep 23, 2020

Turkish Military Maneuvering Pushed Italy and France to Join Forces in the Mediterranean. Now What?
Formerly competitors, Paris and Rome's Pax Mediterranea may spell Ankara's final estrangement from Europe.

Foreign Policy
Sep 23, 2020

As Decoupling Grows, the West Risks Losing Insight Into China
A collapsing relationship could create a lost generation of experts.

Foreign Policy
Sep 23, 2020

Germany's Lateral Thinkers, Unite
The Querdenker protests against coronavirus prevention measures sweeping the country's cities show that free speech is alive and well.

Foreign Policy
Sep 23, 2020

How Italy Snatched Health From the Jaws of Death
Those who used to scoff at its mismanagement should take note of Rome's strategy for defeating COVID-19.

Foreign Policy
Sep 23, 2020

Zambia Is on the Verge of a Pandemic-Related Debt Default
The government has asked investors for relief on interest payments, a potential sign of a wider debt crisis among developing countries.

Foreign Policy
Sep 22, 2020

How Pompeo Blurs the Line Between Diplomacy and Politics
Pompeo's speeches in potential battleground states during official State Department trips have drawn fire from Democratic lawmakers.

Foreign Policy
Sep 22, 2020

‘This Is Personal': Minnesota's Somali Americans Fear Reckoning in Second Trump Term
A solid blue state is closer to being in play this year—galvanizing Somali Americans in an election they call "do or die."

Foreign Policy
Sep 22, 2020

The Republican and Democratic Parties Are Heading for Collapse
U.S. political parties have reshuffled every few decades, and 2020 may be the year they do it again.

Foreign Policy
Sep 22, 2020

The United States Needs a New Strategic Mindset
For decades, U.S. strategists were thinking short-term. Its leaders should start taking an infinite perspective.

Foreign Policy
Sep 22, 2020

The Taliban, at Least, Are Striking Gold in Afghanistan
The militant group mines almost half a billion dollars a year from Afghan soil—and wants more.

Foreign Policy
Sep 22, 2020

Africa's Creative Industries Are Ripe for U.S. Investment
The continent's pop culture market is booming, just as U.S.-Chinese competition is heating up.

Foreign Policy
Sep 22, 2020

Is the Blob Really Blameless?
How not to evaluate American grand strategy.

Foreign Policy
Sep 22, 2020

Pompeo's Critics Misrepresent the Commission on Unalienable Rights
The NGOs and activists criticizing the commission's inaugural report are distorting its contents.

Foreign Policy
Sep 22, 2020

The Ethiopian-Egyptian Water War Has Begun
The conflict between Ethiopia and Egypt over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam has already started. It's just happening in cyberspace.

Foreign Policy
Sep 22, 2020

Trump Snubs U.N. as General Debate Opens
U.S. officials still likely to use the General Assembly to push for more pressure on Iran.

Foreign Policy
Sep 21, 2020

What the U.N. Is Good For… or Could Be
The best way to advance U.S. interests isn't to chastise the United Nations—it's to participate actively in its proceedings.

Foreign Policy
Sep 21, 2020

Much Maligned But Still Necessary: the U.N. at 75
The postwar institution designed to maintain global peace has fallen short of many goals, but on the whole succeeded.

Foreign Policy
Sep 21, 2020

Repairing Humanity's Relationship With the Planet Will Be Cheaper Than Continuing to Let It Slide
The choice is simple: accept devastating wildfires, extreme weather, species loss, and disease outbreaks or secure a sustainable future at a fraction of the cost.

Foreign Policy
Sep 21, 2020

U.S. Isolated at U.N. as Push to Ramp Up Pressure on Iran Fails
"We don't need a cheering section," said Trump's U.N ambassador. But Washington does need international compliance to make snapback sanctions work.

Foreign Policy
Sep 21, 2020

Counting Presidential Dead Is a Distraction
It doesn't matter whether Bush or Trump was worse when the problems are the same.

Foreign Policy
Sep 21, 2020

Biden or Trump, the U.S.-Brazil Relationship Is Still Headed for Trouble
No matter the president, Washington won't stand for Brasilia's growing ties with Beijing.

Foreign Policy
Sep 21, 2020

Brexit Might Break Britain. What Will Scotland Do?
Scotland, six years after its last crack at independence, is hankering to be a "global good gal," charting its own foreign-policy course independent of London.

Foreign Policy
Sep 21, 2020

You Can Only See Liberalism From the Bottom
Why Pankaj Mishra sees the ideology's limits more clearly than its most powerful fans.

Foreign Policy
Sep 21, 2020

U.S. Election Heats Up After Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Death
Republicans prepare to confirm her replacement as Democrats cry foul.

Foreign Policy
Sep 21, 2020

Trump's Policies Have Convinced Iran to Build a More Advanced Nuclear Program Before Negotiating
Washington's reliance on sanctions and maximum pressure will make it harder to strike a new deal constraining Tehran's nuclear ambitions.

Foreign Policy
Sep 20, 2020

Political Violence Could Derail Ethiopia's Democratic Transition
A string of assassinations has spawned conspiracy theories and intercommunal suspicion, threatening the country's stability.

Foreign Policy
Sep 20, 2020

Europe's Failed Migration Policy Caused Greece's Latest Refugee Crisis
The burning of the Moria refugee camp in Lesbos has exposed the EU's short-sighted, inhumane, and ineffective approach to asylum.

Foreign Policy
Sep 19, 2020

Tackling Disinformation in Brazil
Journalist Patrícia Campos Mello has faced some of the worst disinformation campaigns in Brazil. Now she's raising awareness to fight back.

Foreign Policy
Sep 19, 2020

Our Top Weekend Reads
Why partition may be the only solution to Lebanon's woes, what the bestselling book "Caste" ignores about India's caste structure, and Britain's distraction from its real economic problems.

Foreign Policy
Sep 19, 2020

The World Is Winning—and Losing—the Vaccine Race
Immunization to COVID-19 is supposed to solve our problems—but it's starting to trigger even bigger ones.

Foreign Policy
Sep 18, 2020

Ginsburg's Death Could Change the 2020 Presidential Race
Trump will try to replace her quickly, saying the future of the Supreme Court is at stake.

Foreign Policy
Sep 18, 2020

India's Democracy Is Under Threat
New Delhi's crackdown on dissent is endangering free speech and the entire system of criminal justice.

Foreign Policy
Sep 18, 2020

Lukashenko Puts Troops on High Alert
The tense move in Belarus comes as the U.N. special rapporteur warns that "another iron curtain" could descend in Europe.

Foreign Policy
Sep 18, 2020

How Politics Are Compounding Israel's COVID-19 Crisis
Bibi succumbs to pressure from religious factions even as he imposes a second nationwide lockdown.

Foreign Policy
Sep 18, 2020

Document of the Week: Pompeo Seeks Deal to Remove Sudan From Terrorist List Before U.S. Election
Bipartisan congressional support for removing Sudan from U.S. terrorism lists grows as Khartoum pledges hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation to American victims.

Foreign Policy
Sep 18, 2020

The Huawei Ban Could Crush U.S. Overseas Aid Efforts
A new law meant to keep Chinese telecoms out of American networks threatens to make life impossible for diplomats, aid workers, and the military across much of Africa and Asia.

Foreign Policy
Sep 18, 2020

Will COVID-19 Kill Democracy?
In Tanzania and elsewhere, the pandemic and creeping authoritarianism are colliding, making both problems far worse.

Foreign Policy
Sep 18, 2020

Partition Is the Only Solution to Lebanon's Woes
Hezbollah's dominance has deprived non-Shiite Lebanese of a voice in their own country. It is time to reconsider a century of consociational democracy and return to a form of federalism.

Foreign Policy
Sep 18, 2020

Brexit Is a Distraction from the United Kingdom's Real Economic Woes
To rebuild its position as a powerhouse, the country will need to focus on its deeper problems.

Foreign Policy
Sep 18, 2020

Will Trump Approve Oracle's Bid to Purchase TikTok?
As Trump's ban on TikTok looms, a deal is on the table that would see China's ByteDance retain majority ownership in the app.

Foreign Policy
Sep 17, 2020

China Is Already Breaking Its Vatican Deal
Ordinary Catholics deserve to know the details of the arrangement.

Foreign Policy
Sep 17, 2020

If You Want to Keep Talent Out of China, Invest at Home
Retaining the U.S. advantage needs funding, not xenophobia.

Foreign Policy
Sep 17, 2020

India's Dubious Coronavirus Record
With nearly 98,000 new cases recorded on Thursday, India will soon surpass the United States as the country most affected by the pandemic.

Foreign Policy
Sep 17, 2020

‘The Stakes Couldn't Be Any Higher'
Todd Stern, Obama's right hand at the Paris accords, says this U.S. election is make-or-break for efforts to fight runaway climate change.

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