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Foreign Policy
Oct 22, 2019

Did Hungary's Viktor Orban Turn Trump Against Ukraine?
Why Hungary and Russia might have wanted to shape the U.S. president's views on Ukraine.

Foreign Policy
Oct 22, 2019

Is India Becoming More Like China?
New Delhi is weighing retaliation against Kuala Lumpur and Ankara after recent criticism over Kashmir.

Foreign Policy
Oct 22, 2019

Economists on the Run
Paul Krugman and other mainstream trade experts are now admitting that they were wrong about globalization: It hurt American workers far more than they thought it would. Did America's free market economists help put a protectionist demagogue in the White House?

Foreign Policy
Oct 22, 2019

Compromise Is Still (Just About) Possible in Hong Kong
Fixing the crisis will be risky—but worthwhile for both sides.

Foreign Policy
Oct 22, 2019

Africa's "Civil Wars" Are Regional Nightmares
Long considered domestic issues, the continent's battles are really international contests for influence and power.

Foreign Policy
Oct 22, 2019

Africa's ‘Civil Wars' Are Regional Nightmares
Long considered domestic issues, the continent's battles are really international contests for influence and power.

Foreign Policy
Oct 22, 2019

Fighting Continues in Syria as Russia Brokers New Deal
The fragile cease-fire is set to expire as Erdogan met with Putin.

Foreign Policy
Oct 22, 2019

Kurds Lose Again as Russia Brokers New Deal
Russian and Turkish troops are set to take control of a significant chunk of formerly Kurdish-held territory.

Foreign Policy
Oct 22, 2019

Not Everyone Has a Vote in the World's Largest Democracy
In state and national elections, many Indians find their names missing from electoral lists—and a disproportionate number of those people are minorities and women.

Foreign Policy
Oct 22, 2019

Iran Is Losing the Middle East, Protests in Lebanon and Iraq Show
Tehran may be good at winning influence, but it is bad at ruling after that.

Foreign Policy
Oct 22, 2019

Trudeau Scrapes Through
A tough election night leaves Canada with a fractured Parliament.

Foreign Policy
Oct 22, 2019

Economics' Biggest Success Story Is a Cautionary Tale
Field experiments now dominate development economics—often at the expense of the world's poorest.

Foreign Policy
Oct 22, 2019

Turkey's Cease-Fire Set to Expire
Turkey and Russia's leaders meet today as the clock winds down in northern Syria.

Foreign Policy
Oct 21, 2019

Turkey's Crackdown on Kurdish Mayors Could Backfire
The country's offensive in northern Syria was preceded by the suppression of the Kurdish political movement at home.

Foreign Policy
Oct 21, 2019

Germany Chooses China Over the West
Berlin's refusal to shut Huawei out of its 5G networks weakens Europe's prospects of standing up to Beijing.

Foreign Policy
Oct 21, 2019

U.S. Plan to Guard Syrian Oil Fields Sows Confusion
Officials and experts say the proposal may be a way to sell Trump on keeping a residual force in Syria.

Foreign Policy
Oct 21, 2019

China's Surveillance State Has Tens of Millions of New Targets
So-called key individuals, from drug addicts to religious believers, are singled out in police databases.

Foreign Policy
Oct 21, 2019

Lebanon's Year of Fire
From self-immolations to forest blazes, the country's conflagrations are igniting pan-sectarian protests.

Foreign Policy
Oct 21, 2019

Why Mordor Failed
Sauron's hegemonic collapse holds potent lessons for the Trump administration.

Foreign Policy
Oct 21, 2019

Why Trolling Can Win You a Nobel Prize for Literature
Peter Handke's greatest aesthetic strength is his biggest intellectual weakness: the absence of all political and psychological depth.

Foreign Policy
Oct 21, 2019

Trump Weighs Leaving Skeleton Force in Northeast Syria
Under the plan, some 200 U.S. troops would stay to protect the oil fields and fight ISIS.

Foreign Policy
Oct 21, 2019

Can Justin Trudeau Win Again in Canada?
Voters head to the polls in an election characterized by unusual divisiveness.

Foreign Policy
Oct 20, 2019

Canada's Nationalist Gets a Polite Refusal
Maxime Bernier has run a familiar populist playbook — and ended up a joke.

Foreign Policy
Oct 20, 2019

How Maxime Bernier Lost His Seat
Canada's nationalist People's Party has run a familiar populist playbook — and ended up a joke.

Foreign Policy
Oct 19, 2019

When Iran Welcomed Jewish Refugees
In the middle of World War II, Tehran became a haven for both Jewish and Catholic Polish refugees who were welcomed as they arrived from Soviet Central Asia.

Foreign Policy
Oct 19, 2019

It's Trump's World Now. What Do We Do About It?
How to fix U.S. democracy, populism, trade, and other pressing issues.

Foreign Policy
Oct 19, 2019

Let a Thousand Parties Bloom
The only way to prevent America's two-party system from succumbing to extremism is to scrap it altogether.

Foreign Policy
Oct 19, 2019

Why Trade Wars Are Inevitable
Trump's trade wars aren't just about him or China—but global economic imbalances that the next U.S. administration will still have to address.

Foreign Policy
Oct 19, 2019

The Internet Broke the News Industry—and Can Fix It, Too
The only way to save journalism is to make readers direct participants in making, and paying for, the media.

Foreign Policy
Oct 19, 2019

The Upside of Populism
The same impulse that brought Trump to power could save U.S. democracy.

Foreign Policy
Oct 18, 2019

On the Wagon: U.N. Cuts Back on Liquor, Interpreters, and Water Pitchers
Secretary-General António Guterres lays down the law in a new memo dealing with the cash crisis.

Foreign Policy
Oct 18, 2019

Senior State Official Accused of Mismanagement to Step Down
Kevin Moley, the top U.S. diplomat overseeing international organizations affairs, will retire next month.

Foreign Policy
Oct 18, 2019

From Chop Suey to Fine Dining
Wealthy Chinese are pushing to overturn their national cuisine's image as fast and cheap.

Foreign Policy
Oct 18, 2019

America's Syria Debacle Is Not Trump's Alone
By going along with the myth that the president is pulling out of the Middle East, his critics are helping make U.S. wars there worse.

Foreign Policy
Oct 18, 2019

Trump Can Forget Burden Sharing Now
By abandoning the Kurds in Syria, Trump has undermined one of his central foreign policies.

Foreign Policy
Oct 18, 2019

Lithuania Is Forming a New Relationship With Its Past—and With Israel
As political ties flourish, the country is taking tenuous steps to confront its Holocaust history. But it hasn't gone far enough.

Foreign Policy
Oct 18, 2019

Here's What Boris Johnson's New Brexit Deal Would Mean for Britain and Ireland
Could Northern Ireland leave the U.K. altogether?

Foreign Policy
Oct 18, 2019

Xinjiang Backlash Is Hitting Chinese Firms Hard
The United States has slapped sanctions on companies tied to Chinese repression. That may be just the start.

Foreign Policy
Oct 18, 2019

Why the United States Is So Bad at Peace Talks
Even when the country wants a deal, at least four largely psychological impediments get in the way.

Foreign Policy
Oct 18, 2019

What the United States Gets Wrong About Peace Talks
Even when the country wants a deal, at least four largely psychological impediments get in the way.

Foreign Policy
Oct 18, 2019

Turkey's Incursion in Syria Is Driving a Humanitarian Crisis
Even as Erdogan agrees to a temporary cease-fire, aid agencies have suspended operations.

Foreign Policy
Oct 17, 2019

Turkish Proxies Appear to Be Using White Phosphorous in Syria
Munitions carrying white phosphorus have allegedly caused horrific burns.

Foreign Policy
Oct 17, 2019

Turkish Proxies Appear to Be Using White Phosphorus in Syria
Munitions carrying white phosphorus have allegedly caused horrific burns.

Foreign Policy
Oct 17, 2019

Taiwan Needs a Maoist Military
Beijing can always outspend Taipei. It's time to think small and mean.

Foreign Policy
Oct 17, 2019

Assad Is Now Syria's Best-Case Scenario
The ruthless Syrian dictator is guilty of countless war crimes—and regrettably represents his country's least bad remaining option.

Foreign Policy
Oct 17, 2019

Fighting Continues in Syria Despite Cease-Fire Agreement
The tentative agreement negotiated by the United States was seen as a major victory for Ankara.

Foreign Policy
Oct 17, 2019

Tentative Syria Cease-fire Is a Major Win for Turkey
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence negotiated a pause in the violence, but the Kurds got a bad deal.

Foreign Policy
Oct 17, 2019

Parliament Is Skeptical About Boris's Brexit Deal
Still, if the new agreement fails to gain approval, the public may not blame Johnson at the polls.

Foreign Policy
Oct 17, 2019

Will Brexit Stumble Over Northern Ireland Again?
The Democratic Unionist Party's statement on the latest deal with the European Union.

Foreign Policy
Oct 17, 2019

Trump's Next Envoy to Russia Has a Mountain to Climb
First John Sullivan must get through Congress, which wants to question him about Ukraine. Then he must deal with a hostile Moscow.

Foreign Policy
Oct 17, 2019

The True Story of the Genetically Modified Superfood That Almost Saved Millions
The imperiled birth—and slow decline—of Golden Rice.

Foreign Policy
Oct 17, 2019

Why is Turkey Fighting Syria's Kurds?
Turkey's president says Syrian Kurdish fighters are terrorists—but he's a very unreliable narrator.

Foreign Policy
Oct 17, 2019

Whatever the Kurds Are, They're Not ISIS
Turkey's president says Syrian Kurdish fighters are terrorists—but he's a very unreliable narrator.

Foreign Policy
Oct 17, 2019

U.S. Troops in Syria Beat a Hasty Exit
American forces are abandoning outposts across the region as Russia and Syria moves in.

Foreign Policy
Oct 17, 2019

American Troops in Syria Beat a Hasty Exit
U.S. forces are abandoning outposts across the region as Russia and Syria moves in.

Foreign Policy
Oct 17, 2019

Pence and Pompeo Meet Erdogan
The negotiations over Turkey's incursion into Syria could be undermined by Trump's recent comments.

Foreign Policy
Oct 16, 2019

China's Record on Intellectual Property Rights Is Getting Better and Better
The country is making the transition from net importer of ideas to net innovator, and as it does, it is finding that good patent laws matter.

Foreign Policy
Oct 16, 2019

Indonesia's Activists Are Ready to Fight Together
Coalitions are forming in the face of threats to democracy and pluralism.

Foreign Policy
Oct 16, 2019

Kobani Today, Krakow Tomorrow
Washington has abandoned the Kurds. If Europe doesn't bolster its defenses, the Poles, Lithuanians, and Latvians could be next.

Foreign Policy
Oct 16, 2019

Will Abiy Ahmed's Nobel Prize Tilt Ethiopia's Election?
Western leaders long saw the authoritarian Meles Zenawi as an indispensable ally. Now, they've found a new hero in Abiy Ahmed. But is the Nobel Prize an effort to make amends or influence Ethiopia's political future?

Foreign Policy
Oct 16, 2019

Halkbank Indictment Turbocharges U.S.-Turkey Tensions
After a long, mysterious delay, the Trump administration finally targets the Turkish bank for helping Iran to evade U.S. sanctions. Don't expect Ankara to cooperate.

Foreign Policy
Oct 16, 2019

Will the United States and China Ever Reach a Trade Deal?
Both sides face domestic pressure over the trade war, but they won't make an agreement without mutual trust.

Foreign Policy
Oct 16, 2019

2020 Needed a Foreign-Policy Debate. It Finally Got One.
There's only one positive aspect to the disaster in Syria: It's forcing an overdue conversation about U.S. grand strategy.

Foreign Policy
Oct 16, 2019

The Fire in Syria Is Shedding Light on the United States
There's only one positive aspect to the disaster in Syria: It's forcing an overdue conversation about U.S. grand strategy.

Foreign Policy
Oct 16, 2019

Trump Is Sending More Troops to Saudi Arabia
They won't make up for backing out of Syria and failing to stand up to Iran.

Foreign Policy
Oct 16, 2019

Iran's Proxies Are More Powerful Than Ever
The Trump administration's maximum pressure strategy is working—just not in the way that matters most.

Foreign Policy
Oct 16, 2019

Turkey Advances on Kobani in Latest Broken Promise
Erdogan told Trump he would not attack the symbolically important Kurdish-held town in northern Syria.

Foreign Policy
Oct 16, 2019

Is Boris Johnson About to Get a Brexit Deal?
Britain is close to reaching a last-minute agreement with the European Union, but doubts remain.

Foreign Policy
Oct 15, 2019

Chinese Propaganda Has No Place on Campus
Universities can't handle Confucius Institutes responsibly. The state should step in.

Foreign Policy
Oct 15, 2019

Trump Is Beijing's Best Asset
Chinese officials want the U.S. president reelected—because he's so weak.

Foreign Policy
Oct 15, 2019

The Presidential Candidates Are Ignoring One of the World's Biggest Looming Threats
Whoever sits in the White House come 2021 will likely have to confront a pandemic of some kind. He or she should start preparing now.

Foreign Policy
Oct 15, 2019

The Presidential Candidates Are Ignoring the World's Biggest Looming Threat
Whoever sits in the White House come 2021 will likely have to confront a pandemic of some kind. He or she should start preparing now.

Foreign Policy
Oct 15, 2019

The End of Latin American Solidarity
The region once acted as a bloc in world affairs. But as Costa Rica's bid to join the U.N. Human Rights Council shows, Venezuela's ongoing disintegration is ripping it apart.

Foreign Policy
Oct 15, 2019

How to End the War in Yemen
Since the September attack on Saudi oil facilities, Riyadh and the Houthis have taken a step back from all-out war. All parties, including the United States, should seize this rare opportunity to resolve the conflict.

Foreign Policy
Oct 15, 2019

Kurdish Fighters Mount Counterattack Using Network of Tunnels
The Syrian Democratic Forces have recaptured some territory from Turkish-backed forces.

Foreign Policy
Oct 15, 2019

South Asia Used to Be the World's Fastest-Growing Region. Now It's Facing an Economic Slowdown.
Weak domestic demand is hurting growth, but more investment could lead to a rebound.

Foreign Policy
Oct 15, 2019

The United States Still Needs a Syria Strategy
Leaving the refugee crisis unresolved while legitimizing the brutal Assad regime will only do further harm to U.S. interests in the Middle East.

Foreign Policy
Oct 15, 2019

The Her Power Index
How the U.S. government is failing women in foreign policy.

Foreign Policy
Oct 15, 2019

Turkey Faces Sanctions Over Syria Incursion
Plus: Police officers killed in Mexico, Mozambique heads to the polls, and the other stories we're following today.

Foreign Policy
Oct 14, 2019

Trump's Weak Sanctions May Only Help Erdogan
Despite his vow to "destroy" Turkey's economy, the U.S. president could help its leader escape the wrath of Congress.

Foreign Policy
Oct 14, 2019

Scotland Could Leave the United Kingdom Over Brexit—and Green Energy
The debate over how to best marshal the country's alternative energy sources may affect a new independence referendum.

Foreign Policy
Oct 14, 2019

The Secret Origins of the U.S.-Kurdish Relationship Explain Today's Disaster
The seeds of Washington's abandonment of the Kurds traces back to a classified document written in the 1970s by Henry Kissinger.

Foreign Policy
Oct 14, 2019

If Citgo Is Lost, Maduro Will Win
If Maduro hands the refining company over to his creditors, it would be bad news for the opposition—and the United States.

Foreign Policy
Oct 14, 2019

The Leaders of the World's Two Biggest Countries Meet—and Come Away With Little Progress
Flashy summits between Xi Jinping and Narendra Modi don't achieve much because India has a weaker set of cards than China. To change the game, New Delhi needs to hew closer to Washington.

Foreign Policy
Oct 14, 2019

Don't Let Venezuela Join the United Nations Human Rights Council
Costa Rica has announced its candidacy to stop Nicolás Maduro's tyrannical government from winning a coveted seat at the U.N.

Foreign Policy
Oct 14, 2019

Turkish-Backed Forces Are Freeing Islamic State Prisoners
Ankara's radical proxies are also apparently executing Kurdish prisoners and killing unarmed civilians, videos show.

Foreign Policy
Oct 14, 2019

The Pretend Trade Deal
Both the United States and China want a bargain. But they're fooling themselves if they think it's happening.

Foreign Policy
Oct 14, 2019

Americans and Russians Should Be Friends—Even if Their Countries Aren't
Under Trump, the relationship between the two populations has suffered. The next president should change that.

Foreign Policy
Oct 14, 2019

Chaos in Syria as Kurds Ally with Assad
U.S. withdrawal leaves Syrian Kurds turning toward Damascus for support against Turkey.

Foreign Policy
Oct 14, 2019

Security Brief: Chaos in Syria as Kurds Ally with Assad
U.S. withdrawal leaves Syrian Kurds turning toward Damascus for support against Turkey.

Foreign Policy
Oct 14, 2019

U.S. Troops Move Out, Syrian Army Moves In
Plus: Spain sentences Catalan separatists, Poland's PiS wins again, and what to watch in the world this week.

Foreign Policy
Oct 13, 2019

If We Have to Choose Between Compromise and Genocide, We Will Choose Our People
The Kurds' commander in chief explains why his forces are finally ready to partner with Assad and Putin.

Foreign Policy
Oct 13, 2019

Turkey's War in Syria Was Not Inevitable
U.S. strategy in Syria has long been plagued by short-term thinking, while Russia, Turkey, and Iran played a long game. Trump's betrayal of the Kurds is just the latest chapter in Washington's bungled approach to the region.

Foreign Policy
Oct 12, 2019

Abiy's Nobel Achievements Are Real but Brittle
Ethiopia is on the right course. But there's much more to be done.

Foreign Policy
Oct 12, 2019

Iraq Confronts Its Own Prisoner's Dilemma
New survey data shows that Iraqis are deeply divided on how to punish members of the terrorist group.

Foreign Policy
Oct 12, 2019

With the Future of Islamic State Prisoners in Northern Syria in Doubt, Iraq Confronts Its Own Prisoner's Dilemma
New survey data shows that Iraqis are deeply divided on how to punish members of the terrorist group.

Foreign Policy
Oct 12, 2019

Why Huawei Isn't So Scary
The Chinese company's lead in the 5G race isn't insurmountable, and other firms and countries shouldn't rush into the fray.

Foreign Policy
Oct 12, 2019

Can American Values Survive in a Chinese World?
A new book looks at the China challenge for the United States—and China itself.

Foreign Policy
Oct 12, 2019

Our Top Weekend Reads
Turkey bombs Syrian Kurds, Poland goes to the polls, and the NBA bows to Chinese pressure.

Foreign Policy
Oct 12, 2019

Ukrainian Corruption Is Trump's Native Language
The U.S. president has imported prodazhnist', Ukraine's distinctive culture of crookedness, where everyone has a price and politics has no value.

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