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A woman is silhouetted as she walks down stairs past a communist-era stained glass panel in Berlin on April 26, 2019. The early-1960s work depicts images of industry, technology, agriculture, the military, youth, family, and the working class common in socialist art of the communist bloc.
A woman is silhouetted as she walks down stairs past a communist-era stained glass panel in Berlin on April 26, 2019. The early-1960s work depicts images of industry, technology, agriculture, the military, youth, family, and the working class common in socialist art of the communist bloc.

A Tale of Two Germanies

Thirty-three years after reunification, the country’s wounds are rawer than many would like to admit.

U.S. President Joe Biden reacts during a meeting on the "Build Back Better World" during the World Leaders Summit of the COP26 U.N. climate change conference in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 2, 2021.
U.S. President Joe Biden reacts during a meeting on the "Build Back Better World" during the World Leaders Summit of the COP26 U.N. climate change conference in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 2, 2021.

Biden’s Signature Achievement Needs to Go Global

The Inflation Reduction Act is Washington’s boldest climate policy ever—but still woefully insufficient.

Markus Soeder, Governor of Bavaria and lead candidate of the Bavarian Social Union (CSU), attends the annual gathering of politicians in beer tents at the Gillamoos folk fest on September 3, 2018 in Abensberg, Germany.
Markus Soeder, Governor of Bavaria and lead candidate of the Bavarian Social Union (CSU), attends the annual gathering of politicians in beer tents at the Gillamoos folk fest on September 3, 2018 in Abensberg, Germany.

The Land of Lederhosen, Beer, and Political Chaos

Bavaria is Germany’s stereotypical idyll—and now a herald of its future turmoil.

Middle East & Africa

Children play at the Adre refugee camp, where around 200,000 people (including many displaced by the conflict in Sudan) are currently taking refuge, in Chad on Sept. 19. Photo by Abdulmonam Eassa/Getty Images
Children play at the Adre refugee camp, where around 200,000 people (including many displaced by the conflict in Sudan) are currently taking refuge, in Chad on Sept. 19. Photo by Abdulmonam Eassa/Getty Images

U.S. Fears Sudan’s War Will Worsen Humanitarian Crisis

Americas

Hand-painted wooden nesting dolls stand on a table. Two are painted with an image of U.S. President Joe Biden, shown from the torso upward, wearing a black suit and smiling against an American flag background. Next to these is a doll painted with the image of Chinese President Xi Jinping, who smiles against a Chinese flag background.
Hand-painted wooden nesting dolls stand on a table. Two are painted with an image of U.S. President Joe Biden, shown from the torso upward, wearing a black suit and smiling against an American flag background. Next to these is a doll painted with the image of Chinese President Xi Jinping, who smiles against a Chinese flag background.

The U.S. Cannot Afford to Lose a Soft-Power Race With China

Subscribers’ Picks

A photo collage illustration shows U.S. political figures plotted on a foreign-policy spectrum from most assertive to least. From left: Dick Cheney, Nikki Haley, Joe Biden, George H.W. Bush, Ron Desantis, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Vivek Ramaswamy, and Bernie Sanders.
A photo collage illustration shows U.S. political figures plotted on a foreign-policy spectrum from most assertive to least. From left: Dick Cheney, Nikki Haley, Joe Biden, George H.W. Bush, Ron Desantis, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Vivek Ramaswamy, and Bernie Sanders.

The Scrambled Spectrum of U.S. Foreign-Policy Thinking

Presidents, officials, and candidates tend to fall into six camps that don’t follow party lines.

A girl touches a photograph of her relative on the Memory Wall of Fallen Defenders of Ukraine in the Russian-Ukrainian war in Kyiv.
A girl touches a photograph of her relative on the Memory Wall of Fallen Defenders of Ukraine in the Russian-Ukrainian war in Kyiv.

What Does Victory Look Like in Ukraine?

Ukrainians differ on what would keep their nation safe from Russia.

A man is seen in profile standing several yards away from a prison.
A man is seen in profile standing several yards away from a prison.

The Biden Administration Is Dangerously Downplaying the Global Terrorism Threat

Today, there are more terror groups in existence, in more countries around the world, and with more territory under their control than ever before.

Then-Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez arrives for a closed-door briefing by intelligence officials at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.
Then-Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez arrives for a closed-door briefing by intelligence officials at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

Blue Hawk Down

Sen. Bob Menendez’s indictment will shape the future of Congress’s foreign policy.

in the magazine

The cover of Foreign Policy's fall 2023 print magazine shows a jack made up of joined hands lifting up the world. Cover text reads: The Alliances That Matter Now: Multilateralism is at a dead end, but powerful blocs are getting things done."
An illustration shows the Statue of Liberty holding a torch with other hands alongside hers as she lifts the flame, also resembling laurel, into place on the edge of the United Nations laurel logo.
An illustration shows the Statue of Liberty holding a torch with other hands alongside hers as she lifts the flame, also resembling laurel, into place on the edge of the United Nations laurel logo.

A New Multilateralism

How the United States can rejuvenate the global institutions it created.

NATO’s Remarkable Revival

But the bloc’s future could look very different from its past.

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El Hardi kneels next to his dog Rock, amid tangled piles of rubble, water, and some intact buildings, during their search in Derna, Libya.
El Hardi kneels next to his dog Rock, amid tangled piles of rubble, water, and some intact buildings, during their search in Derna, Libya.

‘We’ll Start Digging Here’

Unusually virulent weather and poor infrastructure have brought hell to eastern Libya.

Charmante Kapinga sits on a chair holding her young son as a nurse prepares to weigh him before a routine vaccination at the Mervedi medical center outside Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Charmante Kapinga sits on a chair holding her young son as a nurse prepares to weigh him before a routine vaccination at the Mervedi medical center outside Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Shadow of the Next Pandemic Looms in a Virus Hotspot

Low vaccination coverage in the Democratic Republic of the Congo raises the risk of diseases spreading and adapting undetected.

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