A Taliban commander ahead of an interview with AFP.

The Taliban Are Winning the War of Words in Afghanistan

The government’s radio silence is handing a propaganda victory to the insurgents.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian strongman Aleksandr Lukashenko pose on a boat.

Putin, Lukashenko Are Reluctant Authoritarian Bros

The rift with the European Union has left Belarus at the mercy of Moscow.

Protesters in Honduras hold banners.

Want to Counter Authoritarianism in Central America? Follow the Money.

The United States lacks reliable partners in the region. Here’s how to hold them accountable.

The Biden Agenda

A sortable guide to the administration’s policies—and the people putting them into practice.

Shadow Government

A front-row seat to the Republicans’ debate over foreign policy, including their critique of the Biden administration.

A boy salutes in front of a tank in Azerbaijan

Gaza and Nagorno-Karabakh Were Glimpses of the Future of Conflict

Some technological claims panned out in recent wars, but others flopped.

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ASEAN’s Future Will Be Decided in Myanmar

The prospect of an open-ended mission to restore democracy in Myanmar is making the Southeast Asian bloc’s leaders uneasy.

U.S. President Joe Biden meets Russian President Vladimir Putin.

How the U.S.-Russia Relationship Got So Bad

And why its problems will outlast both presidents.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan gives a speech.

Armenia Opts for Pashinyan, Democracy Despite Defeat in War

A surprisingly resounding win for Armenia’s incumbent suggests a focus on domestic policy.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi attend a session meeting during the 10th BRICS summit in Johannesburg on July 27, 2018.

Is India the New China in Africa?

Promising a more inclusive and transparent development model, New Delhi is looking to become the region’s biggest partner.

Benjamin Netanyahu with an unidentified friend at the entrance to his family home in Jerusalem in 1967, and his father, Benzion Netanyahu, when he was a professor at the University of Denver in 1968.

How the Netanyahus Explain the World

A new novel offers a family history of Israel’s former prime minister—and insight into the dangers of any form of nationalism.

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America Doesn’t Need Heroes

Why Germany’s concept of Zivilcourage is one for the Biden era.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson chairs the weekly cabinet meeting at the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office in London on Nov. 3.

The First Draft Account of the U.K.’s COVID-19 Catastrophe Is Damning

A new book gives the backstory of a dysfunctional early response.

Pedro Castillo of Perú Libre waves to supporters.

Peru’s New President Isn’t as Radical as He Looks

Pedro Castillo ran as an anti-establishment leftist. Here’s why he won’t govern like one.

Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman gives a press conference in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Sept. 17, 2019.

Climate Policies Could Hand Power and Profits Back to OPEC

The Western rush to replace oil has Gulf producers laughing all the way to the bank.

Biden tours Pfizer manufacturing plant

Bidenomics Is ‘America First’ With a Brain

Trump’s economic revolution is alive and well—and continuing in abler hands.

An illustration picture taken in London on December 18, 2020 shows the logos of Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft displayed on a mobile phone with an EU flag displayed in the background.

Biden’s Plan to Cooperate With Europe on Tech

The United States urgently wants to persuade its allies to turn away from digital autonomy.

A man carries a girl on his shoulder as she holds a flag of the Syrian opposition during a protest in the village of Atme in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib on March 15.

‘Responsibility to Protect’ Is One More Casualty of the Syrian War

The conflict’s impact on the world’s ability to prevent atrocities will be felt for years to come.

Truck at a roadblock in Democratic Republic of the Congo

It’s the Roads, Stupid

Armed checkpoints along key trade routes are the key to financing rebel groups and insurgencies around the world.

Tom Tugendhat, a member of the British Parliament

Tom Tugendhat Is the British MP China Hates Most

A stalwartly anti-Beijing figure doesn’t quite fit his party’s mold.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

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The Biden 100-Day Progress Report

We asked 25 experts to grade the administration’s start on foreign policy

An illustration combining images of Janet Yellen and Mario Draghi.

Janet Yellen and Mario Draghi Have One Last Job

The U.S. treasury secretary and the Italian prime minister have spent decades shaping this economy. But can they control what comes next?

How Biden Will—and Won’t—Battle the Pentagon

What the new president really thinks about the military—and what the military really thinks about him.

The Most Vital 100 Days Since FDR

Just like Roosevelt, Biden must show that government still works.

A FOCUS ON RACE AND FOREIGN POLICY

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Why Is Mainstream International Relations Blind to Racism?

Ignoring the central role of race and colonialism in world affairs precludes an accurate understanding of the modern state system.

Black Lives Matter Protest London

When Did Racism Become Solely a Domestic Issue?

International relations theorists once explored racism. What has the field lost by giving that up?

People protest against anti-Asian violence.

We Don’t Have the Words to Fight Anti-Asian Racism

Tangled questions of Asian identity need answers that aren’t defined by U.S. terminology alone.

George Floyd mural unveiled in Brooklyn.

As America Seeks Racial Justice, It Can Learn From Abroad

Other countries offer good lessons for acknowledging and redressing past wrongs.

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The Month in World Photos

May brought an explosion of violence in Israel and Gaza—plus volcanic eruptions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, “sea snot” in Turkey, and the delivery of COVID vaccines around the world.

Above and below: Health workers Safina Bibi and Zubaria Mukhtar from a clinic supported by Greenstar Social Marketing visit women in a settlement for Afghan refugees in the suburbs of Islamabad on April 1.

The Global Gag Rule’s Long Shadow in Pakistan

Biden repealed major restrictions on U.S. foreign assistance, but anti-abortion ideology still limits crucial reproductive care in the places that need it most.