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Scathing Government Watchdog Report Details Bleak Outlook on Afghanistan

A warning to President Trump not to mismanage Afghanistan.


A Tale of Two Syrian Cities

In government-controlled Damascus and western Aleppo, the two rival centers of Syrian life seem destined for very different fates.


Fidel Was Hell

The longest-ruling dictator of the 20th century was a radical bent on transformational, alternative global development. Ironically, he left his country conservative, impoverished, and isolated.


Yes, the U.S. Can Fight Corruption Overseas

But a U.S. senator’s novel proposal for doing it still needs some tweaks.


The Exchange: Why Nation Is One of the Greatest Stories Ever Told

Novelists Chigozie Obioma and Taiye Selasi explore how a nation-state shapes a person’s identity — and influences a writer’s fiction.


It’s Time for Development Banks to Start Listening

The aid community often ignores the wishes of the very people it’s supposed to be helping. The world needs a more bottom-up approach to development.


The Exchange: When Do African Problems Need African Solutions?

Ameenah Gurib-Fakim and Ory Okolloh discuss the continent's brain drain and debate the best ways to keep talent at home.


Why the World Humanitarian Summit Meeting in Turkey Really Does Matter

John Norris told Foreign Policy readers that the Istanbul conference would be irrelevant. It wasn’t.


But Will It Scale in Kabul?

As troops draw down in Afghanistan, a handful of ambitious U.S. veterans are launching start-ups in the country where they once went to war.

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