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Alleged Russian soldiers stand outside a Ukrainian military base in Simferopol on March 12, 2014. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Inside a European Center to Combat Russia’s Hybrid Warfare

Western countries are looking for new ways to defend against a new generation of war. Does a center in Finland have the answers?

U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe Harry K. Thomas Jr. in his Harare office on Dec. 7, 2017. (Cynthia Matonhodze for Foreign Policy)

An Emissary to Tyranny

Serving as a U.S. diplomat in Zimbabwe is tough. Life for African-American diplomats there is even harder.

Indian doctors inspect an x-ray photograph at the  Ahmedabad Civil Hospital on March 12, 2013. (Sam Panthaky/AFP/Getty Images)

India’s Hospitals Are Filling Up With Desperate Americans

Are deep-pocketed medical tourists the cause of, or solution to, India's health care problems?

Vladimir Snidl in the Denník N newsroom in Bratislava, Slovakia, in December. (Tomáš Benedikovič for Foreign Policy)

‘Fake News’ Fights Back

Russian disinformation. A government attacking the media. A populace deeply skeptical of it. These Slovak journalists had seen it all — and decided to do something about it.

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures as he speaks during his annual press conference in Moscow on Dec. 14 (Alexey Druzhinin/AFP/Getty Images)

Putin Praises, Defends Trump and Revs Up Own Re-election Bid

In his annual marathon press conference, the Russian president buttered up his American counterpart and cut loose from the party he once led.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi waits for a meeting with John Kerry, then the U.S. secretary of state, in Cairo on Sept. 13, 2014. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Egypt’s Civil Society Is on Life Support

Under the guise of fighting a "war on terrorism," Cairo is cracking down on organizations that shed light on its abuses.

Russian President Vladimir Putin during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia.  (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Putin Uses Olympic Ban to Rally Support for His Presidential Bid

The IOC’s unprecedented ban on Russia for sports doping feeds his narrative of a nation under siege.

A Russian police officer in Moscow patrols Red Square with the Kremlin in the background on Jan. 7, 2003. (Oleg Nikishin/Getty Images)

Donald Trump Has Been Torture for Foreign Correspondents in Russia

The Russia stories everyone wants aren’t the ones people in Russia can provide.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a meeting with Lebanon's Christian Maronite patriarch on Nov. 14 in Riyadh. (Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images)

Saudis Are Hoping Mohammed bin Salman Will Drain the Swamp

A road trip among ordinary Saudis revealed high hopes, and hardly any worries, about the country's new political era.

Hezbollah members reenact an attack on an Israeli tank in the southern Lebanese village of Khiam on Aug. 13, 2017. (Mahmoud Zayyat/AFP/Getty Images)

Israel Isn’t Going to Fight Saudi Arabia’s Wars

Don't expect Benjamin Netanyahu to put Israeli soldiers in harm's way in Lebanon on Mohammed bin Salman's say-so.

Soldiers deployed to the streets of Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, on Nov. 15 as the military appeared to seize control. (AFP/Getty Images)

Zimbabwe’s Military Says There’s Nothing to See Here

Robert Mugabe is under house arrest, and the generals are in charge. But the top brass still insist there hasn’t been a coup.

Senator George Weah greets his supporters during a campaign rally in Monrovia on Oct. 8. (Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images)

A Football God Is About to Become President of Liberia

Former AC Milan striker George Weah is revered in soccer-obsessed West Africa, but can he convince Liberians he’s smart enough for the top job?

People in Riyadh watch a projection depicting a portrait of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman during an event on Sept. 23 commemorating the anniversary of the kingdom's founding. (/AFP/Getty Images)

The Saudis Go for Broke Against Iran

Riyadh and its allies are aiming to use their financial leverage to remake the Arab world — but their strategy could just as easily backfire.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen oversees a military drill on May 25, 2017.
(Sam Yeh/AFP/Getty Images)

Wary of Trump, Taiwan Shies From Spotlight in President’s Asia Trip

Most countries love engagement and attention from the U.S. president. But Taiwan has been burned before.

Saudi women sit in a stadium for the first time to attend an event in the capital Riyadh on Sept. 23, commemorating the anniversary of the founding of the kingdom. (Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images)

Amid a Saudi Purge, Women Face the Test of a Lifetime

As the kingdom experiences momentous change, women are keenly aware that the weight of history is on their shoulders.

Mourners pray for the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej during the procession transferring the relics and his ashes from the Grand Palace to a local temple in Bangkok on Oct. 29. (Ye Aung/AFP/Getty Images)

The King Is Dead, and Thailand’s Storybook Monarchy Might Be Next

As Thailand mourns its revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the public braces for an uncertain future.

Facebook chief executive and founder Mark Zuckerberg speaks during a "town-hall" meeting at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in New Delhi on October 28, 2015. (Money Sharma/AFP/Getty Images)

Facebook Can’t Cope With the World It’s Created

Zuckerberg needs to stop courting Beijing and start paying attention to the countries where Facebook matters.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman and the landscape near the planned city of Neom.
 (Foreign Policy illustration/Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images/NEOM)

Saudi Arabia Is Betting Its Future on a Desert Megacity

Can Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s ambitious plans jumpstart social and economic reform, or are they an expensive miscalculation?

Sayfullo Saipov, the suspected driver who killed eight people in New York on Oct. 31. (St. Charles County Dept. of Corr/AFP/Getty Images)

For Uzbeks, Radicalization Often Begins Abroad

The Islamic State has ramped up its Russian-language recruitment.

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