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Foreign Policy
Jan 18, 2020

Russia's Role in the Libyan Civil War Gives It Leverage Over Europe
Russia has played all sides in the conflict to get a seat at the negotiating table. Now it wants an end to sanctions.

Foreign Policy
Jan 17, 2020

What U.S. Foreign Policy Will Look Like Under Socialism
Tracking the sources of socialist conduct.

Foreign Policy
Jan 17, 2020

Socialism: Why It's Back and What It Means
Essays on how social democracy can save the world, as well as counterpoints on why capitalism remains the best way for populations to thrive.

Foreign Policy
Jan 17, 2020

Qassem Suleimani Wanted U.S. Troops Out of Iraq. If They Go, ISIS Will Be Back.
The slain Iranian general helped defeat the Islamic State in Iraq, but his death is likely to unleash the sort of sectarian strife that Sunni extremists thrive on.

Foreign Policy
Jan 17, 2020

Putin Is Planning a Partial Retirement
The Russian president may never leave the political stage—but he's now ready to take a step back.

Foreign Policy
Jan 17, 2020

Anatomy of an Accidental Shootdown
Three decades ago, a perfect storm of miscommunication, miscalculation, and human error in the heat of battle caused the United States to make a mistake similar to the one Iran just did.

Foreign Policy
Jan 17, 2020

Taiwan Needs More Than Election Victories to Fend Off China
The growing threat from the mainland can only be deterred by a public willing to make sacrifices.

Foreign Policy
Jan 17, 2020

Putin Is Following the Game Plan of Other Autocrats Before Him
And moves like his Jan. 15 announcement generally work—both to secure a leader's power and ensure a favorable transition down the road.

Foreign Policy
Jan 17, 2020

The Left and Right Are Wrong About Inequality
The problem isn't trade or corporations—it's the monopolization by professional groups of high-profit services.

Foreign Policy
Jan 17, 2020

Sudan's New Prime Minister Grapples With His Country's Past
Abdalla Hamdok wasn't sure he wanted the job, but six months later there is reason to hope—despite the failed mutiny this week.

Foreign Policy
Jan 16, 2020

Germany Seeks to Broker Cease-Fire in Libya
After failed efforts in Moscow, European powers hope for a peace deal in Berlin.

Foreign Policy
Jan 16, 2020

Europe Is Running Out of Time to Save the Iran Deal
After initiating a dispute resolution process, European leaders have a limited window to provide Iran with meaningful economic relief and seek to reduce tensions between Tehran and Washington.

Foreign Policy
Jan 16, 2020

NAFTA's Replacement Gives Labor Some Shelter From Globalization's Storms
The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement sets new standards for workers — but can't stand alone.

Foreign Policy
Jan 16, 2020

Avoiding Autarky
For some nations, trade and cooperation are becoming less attractive. But the world needs more coordination, not less.

Foreign Policy
Jan 16, 2020

Trump's Growing European Base
Attitudes toward the United States are improving across the Atlantic—but only because the right wing is getting stronger.

Foreign Policy
Jan 16, 2020

Pompeo's Silence Creates a ‘Crisis of Morale' at State Department
"The rank and file are very disturbed by the inability, the refusal, of the secretary of state to defend his own people," says former diplomat Nicholas Burns.

Foreign Policy
Jan 16, 2020

Myanmar Has Blazed a Path to Democracy Without Rights
Aung San Suu Kyi's persecution of the Rohingya paved the way for Modi.

Foreign Policy
Jan 16, 2020

How to Reverse the World's Trust Deficit Disorder
Public-private partnerships can solve the planet's most vexing problems—but they need to focus on systemic change rather than single issues to succeed.

Foreign Policy
Jan 16, 2020

5 Takeaways From Trump's New China Trade Pact
The agreement may help him get reelected, but it's only a truce, not a free trade deal.

Foreign Policy
Jan 16, 2020

Is Lev Parnas a Reliable Impeachment Witness?
New evidence from a key player sheds more light on Trump's role in pressuring Ukraine to investigate a political rival.

Foreign Policy
Jan 16, 2020

Who Is Russia's New Prime Minister?
How an obscure taxman just became Putin's No. 2.

Foreign Policy
Jan 16, 2020

Why Oman Loves Iran
The special relationship between the two countries traces back to a personal debt incurred by Sultan Qaboos.

Foreign Policy
Jan 16, 2020

Egypt and Ethiopia Said to Be Close to Accord on Renaissance Dam
But talks in Washington haven't yet solved the trickiest questions still looming over the dam's impact on countries downstream.

Foreign Policy
Jan 16, 2020

In Turkey, a Battle Over Infrastructure Could Shape the Next Presidential Race
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's drive to build a new canal to bypass the Bosphorus faces a formidable opponent: Istanbul mayor and likely presidential contender Ekrem Imamoglu.

Foreign Policy
Jan 15, 2020

Did Putin Just Extend His Rule?
After a sudden constitutional shake-up, the Russian president is poised to keep a leading role in the country's politics.

Foreign Policy
Jan 15, 2020

The Iraqi Military Won't Survive a Tug of War Between the United States and Iran
Sectarian tensions have already hobbled the force. The competition between Washington and Tehran could break it.

Foreign Policy
Jan 15, 2020

Why Socialism Won't Work
Capitalism is still the best way to handle risk and boost innovation and productivity.

Foreign Policy
Jan 15, 2020

Erdogan's Purges Have Replaced One Islamic Sect With Another
Turkey expelled alleged sympathizers of Fethullah Gulen from government jobs after the 2016 coup attempt. Other Islamic sects, and one in particular—the Menzil—are now filling the vacuum.

Foreign Policy
Jan 15, 2020

How Climate Change Has Supercharged the Left
Global warming could launch socialists to unprecedented power—and expose their movement's deepest contradictions.

Foreign Policy
Jan 15, 2020

Radical Islamists Are Still a Threat Behind Bars
The rise of prison emirs and radicalization among incarcerated extremists means that governments must be as vigilant with prisoners as they are with fundamentalists on the street.

Foreign Policy
Jan 15, 2020

The ‘Phase One' Trade Deal Is Still Hypothetical
The United States and China inked a preliminary agreement, but the question of its enforcement remains.

Foreign Policy
Jan 15, 2020

Taiwan Deserves to Be a Normal Country
It's time to stop playing games about the nation's status.

Foreign Policy
Jan 15, 2020

Canadians' Royal Fever Doesn't Run That Hot
Canada might welcome Prince Harry and Meghan—but the monarchy itself is looking shaky.

Foreign Policy
Jan 15, 2020

In the Latest Democratic Debate, Finally, Some Foreign Policy
With a trimmed-down field, Democratic hopefuls sparred over Iraq, Iran, military deployments, and the threat from climate change.

Foreign Policy
Jan 15, 2020

‘Russia's Political Transition Has Arrived Ahead of Schedule'
The entire Russian government has resigned as Putin charts his country's political future—one that will certainly still include a leading role for him.

Foreign Policy
Jan 15, 2020

The Secret History of How a Downed Airplane Rekindled U.S.-Iranian Ties
A previous disaster, and its aftermath, suggest now is the perfect time for Washington to start talks with Tehran.

Foreign Policy
Jan 15, 2020

Immigrants Are Big Fans of Germany's Anti-Immigrant Party
The fiercest devotees of the far-right AfD aren't native Germans but migrants from Russia.

Foreign Policy
Jan 15, 2020

Giuliani Associates May Have Surveilled U.S. Ambassador, New Evidence Shows
The latest batch of House evidence before Trump's impeachment trial begins includes explosive evidence linking the president's lawyer and associates to the campaign to bully Ukraine to investigate Trump's rivals.

Foreign Policy
Jan 15, 2020

European Powers Censure Iran Over Nuclear Breaches
Britain, France, and Germany trigger a last-ditch mechanism, desperate to bring Iran back in line with the 2015 nuclear deal.

Foreign Policy
Jan 14, 2020

China Deserves Some Credit for Its Handling of the Wuhan Pneumonia
The country's response to this outbreak has been far better than to SARS, although even more information-sharing is important.

Foreign Policy
Jan 14, 2020

China Is Winning the Race for Young Entrepreneurs
Trump's restrictive immigration policies—along with generous incentives from Beijing—have pushed Chinese students in the United States to return to China.

Foreign Policy
Jan 14, 2020

Trump Has Made Sanctions a Path to Strikes
Economic measures can de-escalate tensions, but not if used crudely.

Foreign Policy
Jan 14, 2020

The Iran Deal Is Not Dead Yet, but It's Getting There
Europe's decision to start the dispute settlement process may set the clock ticking on the deal's ultimate demise.

Foreign Policy
Jan 14, 2020

Oman's Renaissance—and What Will Follow
Thanks to Qaboos's legacy, Oman is better placed than many of its neighbors to confront the challenges that will continue to bedevil the Middle East.

Foreign Policy
Jan 14, 2020

Americans Are Investing More in China—and They Don't Even Know It
A modest trade deal can't mask major problems between Washington and Beijing. But despite those tensions, Americans are unwittingly increasing their exposure to Chinese stocks and bonds.

Foreign Policy
Jan 14, 2020

Why India Is Greeting the World's Richest Person With Protests—and an Antitrust Case
Amazon's Jeff Bezos wants to invest billions in India's e-commerce market. The country's trade lobbies will be a powerful obstacle.

Foreign Policy
Jan 14, 2020

Brexit Still Looms Over Northern Ireland's New Government
Northern Ireland's leaders have reached a deal to restore power-sharing, but several problems remain unsolved.

Foreign Policy
Jan 14, 2020

Nervous U.S. Allies Brace for Iran Fallout
Gulf and European countries are eyeing Trump with trepidation as they fear more reprisals from Iran.

Foreign Policy
Jan 14, 2020

Mexican Diplomacy Has Gone Feminist
Andrés Manuel López Obrador's administration has boldly reoriented its foreign policy toward gender equality.

Foreign Policy
Jan 14, 2020

Australians Are Ready to Break Out of the Cycle of Climate Change Denial
Catastrophic fires make it hard for media to stick to old narratives.

Foreign Policy
Jan 14, 2020

Turkey Must Stop Meddling In Armenian Church Affairs
The Turkish government is imposing its political preferences when it comes to selecting the leaders of the country's minority groups—and posing a threat to religious freedom.

Foreign Policy
Jan 13, 2020

U.S. Announces New Sanctions on Venezuela
The United States is again punishing Maduro's regime, arguing it moved to take over the legislature.

Foreign Policy
Jan 13, 2020

Praise for the Suleimani Strike Isn't Based in Reality
The ideological architects of one of the United States' most disastrous foreign-policy decisions—the 2003 invasion of Iraq—are spinning a tale to support Trump's most dangerous move to date.

Foreign Policy
Jan 13, 2020

We Are Not Who We Think We Are
A new book on the West's declinist anxiety is a welcome antidote to Islamophobic alarmism, but it could go further in debunking misguided notions of "us" and "them."

Foreign Policy
Jan 13, 2020

Taiwan's Voters Show How to Beat Populism
Mobilization and national identity proved key to Han Kuo-yu's defeat.

Foreign Policy
Jan 13, 2020

Why Iran Is Deporting Scores of Afghan Refugees
Caught on the border, many are vulnerable to extortion, abuse, and regional tensions.

Foreign Policy
Jan 13, 2020

The Global Policeman Will Always Shoot People
Suleimani's killing shows U.S. police and military power can't be separated.

Foreign Policy
Jan 13, 2020

Trump Team Sends Muddled Message on Iran
National security officials backed away from the president's claim that Iran was preparing to attack four U.S. embassies.

Foreign Policy
Jan 13, 2020

Why Is the United States So Bad at Foreign Policy?
It's not just Trump. Washington hasn't had a coherent strategy for decades.

Foreign Policy
Jan 12, 2020

Protests Put Iran's Leadership on the Defensive
Iranian demonstrators are ramping up pressure on the government after it admitted the military mistakenly shot down a commercial plane last week.

Foreign Policy
Jan 12, 2020

A Public Relations Disaster Overtakes Iran
With protests raging in the streets, the Islamic Republic finds itself on the defensive at home and overseas over its misrepresentations.

Foreign Policy
Jan 12, 2020

Is the World Getting Safer?
New research debunks the theory that wars are becoming less deadly and less frequent.

Foreign Policy
Jan 11, 2020

Our Top Weekend Reads
David Petraeus says Suleimani killing reestablishes U.S. deterrence, Irish unification back on the agenda after Brexit, and drama among the British royal family.

Foreign Policy
Jan 11, 2020

When the Green New Deal Goes Global
The left's increasingly ambitious environmental agenda is rethinking the mechanics of the international economy.

Foreign Policy
Jan 11, 2020

British Elites Know Who Isn't Quite Their Type
The term "posh" appeals to foreigners, but the British know there are teeth underneath the smile.

Foreign Policy
Jan 11, 2020

Books in Brief
Vaclav Smil's encyclopedia on growth and new releases on economics in hard times and diplomacy in war zones.

Foreign Policy
Jan 11, 2020

Why Does China Have 1.4 Billion People and No Good Bands?
Mongolia rocks out while its giant neighbor slumbers.

Foreign Policy
Jan 10, 2020

Iran's Proxy Threat Is the Real Problem Now
Iran may call it a day after its token strike at U.S. forces in Iraq—but will its proxy forces?

Foreign Policy
Jan 10, 2020

Big in Japan, ‘Le Cost Killer' Comes Home
Carlos Ghosn's mysterious return to Beirut is met with mixed reactions from a country in protest and peril.

Foreign Policy
Jan 10, 2020

Canada's Path to Justice from Iran Over Shot-Down Flight Will Be Hard
States have been historically reluctant to take responsibility for attacks on civilian planes.

Foreign Policy
Jan 10, 2020

Assassination, Extrajudicial Execution, or Targeted Killing—What's the Difference?
Successive presidents have tried to shape new terminology for political killings. But they're still mostly illegal.

Foreign Policy
Jan 10, 2020

Record U.S. Oil Production Is Keeping Crude Prices From Spiking
A shale oil boom has created slack in the global supply chain.

Foreign Policy
Jan 10, 2020

Who's Afraid of Mohammad Javad Zarif?
The United States killed Qassem Suleimani. Why can't it silence his defenders?

Foreign Policy
Jan 10, 2020

China Isn't the Only Problem With 5G
The network has plenty of other security weaknesses, including ones the United States doesn't want to fix since they help its own surveillance efforts.

Foreign Policy
Jan 10, 2020

Taiwan's War on Fake News Is Hitting the Wrong Targets
The fight on Chinese disinformation has become dangerously partisan.

Foreign Policy
Jan 09, 2020

Taiwan Set for Critical Vote
Taiwanese voters go to the polls in an election that politicians say is all about China.

Foreign Policy
Jan 09, 2020

Is Preemptive Assassination the New Trump Doctrine?
Many thought the United States got beyond this immoral and illegal approach after the disaster of the Iraq War. Apparently not.

Foreign Policy
Jan 09, 2020

Harry and Meghan Are Leaving the Job but Keeping the Salary
Blame the British press and Buckingham Palace staff for the royal Brexit.

Foreign Policy
Jan 09, 2020

Middle Eastern Voices Deserve to Be Heard in Western Media
Coverage of Suleimani's killing shows locals are still silenced.

Foreign Policy
Jan 09, 2020

U.S. Media Lets White Pundits Rule the Middle East
Coverage of Suleimani's killing shows locals are still silenced.

Foreign Policy
Jan 09, 2020

U.S. Media Prefers Foreign Pundits to Middle Eastern Voices
Coverage of Suleimani's killing shows locals are still silenced.

Foreign Policy
Jan 09, 2020

‘We Will Have to Wait and See if Iran Is Done'
Former Centcom commander says the United States would be mistaken to take Iran's word that it does not seek escalation.

Foreign Policy
Jan 09, 2020

Trump's Real Trade War Is Being Waged on the WTO
By undermining the organization's dispute resolution body, the administration is undoing decades of rules-based economic cooperation—to the United States' own peril.

Foreign Policy
Jan 09, 2020

U.S. Officials Believe Iran Shot Down Ukrainian Airliner
Officials indicate the disaster might have been a mistake made at the height of tensions with the United States after Iran's missile launch at Iraqi bases.

Foreign Policy
Jan 09, 2020

Western Officials Believe Iran Shot Down Ukrainian Airliner
Officials indicate the disaster might have been a mistake made at the height of tensions with the United States after Iran's missile launch at Iraqi bases.

Foreign Policy
Jan 09, 2020

For Now, U.S. Troops Are Likely in Iraq to Stay
While they're there, the United States should refocus the partnership toward making the Iraqi Army more self-sufficient. Here's how.

Foreign Policy
Jan 09, 2020

Trump's Defense Secretary Finds His Voice in Iran Crisis
Overshadowed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo until now, the relative newcomer Mark Esper has played a central role in the U.S. response.

Foreign Policy
Jan 09, 2020

With Parliament Voting for Brexit, Is Irish Unification Inevitable?
Brexit has put Irish unity back on the agenda, but Northern Ireland's unionists won't go quietly.

Foreign Policy
Jan 09, 2020

U.S.-Iran Tensions Fuel New War Powers Debate in Congress
Some lawmakers are outraged at the administration's defense of Suleimani's assassination.

Foreign Policy
Jan 09, 2020

The World's Next Energy Bonanza
Even more than fracking, tapping oceanic methane hydrates could soon upend the global energy landscape.

Foreign Policy
Jan 09, 2020

France Is Still on Strike
After more than a month of walkouts, French unions and the government haven't reached a compromise over planned pension reform.

Foreign Policy
Jan 08, 2020

U.S. and Iranian Choices Are Getting Dangerously Narrow
Even if neither side wants war, the road ahead is hazardous.

Foreign Policy
Jan 08, 2020

Taiwan's Election Is a Referendum on Its Identity
Victory for incumbent President Tsai Ing-wen is all but certain, shaping Taipei's future relationship with Beijing.

Foreign Policy
Jan 08, 2020

Get Ready for More Mischief From Iran
An energy expert warns that Tehran will find new ways and locations to strike asymmetrically, maybe even in the Red Sea and the Bab el-Mandeb strait.

Foreign Policy
Jan 08, 2020

Just in Time for Lunar New Year, Another SARS-like Epidemic Is Brewing in China
Scores of people in Wuhan and Hong Kong have been sent to hospitals because of a mystery respiratory ailment—and true to form, China is trying to keep it quiet.

Foreign Policy
Jan 08, 2020

Flanked by Military Brass, Trump Backs Off War Footing
President announces he's imposing new sanctions in response to Iranian missile strike.

Foreign Policy
Jan 08, 2020

Putin Moves to Heighten Russia's Role After Suleimani Killing
Kremlin is expected to leap at a chance to further undermine U.S. credibility in the Mideast.

Foreign Policy
Jan 08, 2020

Iran's Revenge Plans Are Bigger Than Missile Strikes
Iran will use the networks Suleimani built to avenge his death.

Foreign Policy
Jan 08, 2020

Hezbollah's Moment of Truth
The group's leader has promised bloody retribution for Suleimani's death. In reality, he'll probably have to focus on rebuilding Hezbollah's standing.

Foreign Policy
Jan 08, 2020

Iran Retaliates for Suleimani Strike
The White House is weighing action after Iran attacks U.S. military targets in Iraq.

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