People commute during the morning rush hour on a polluted day in Beijing's financial district on March 4.

The U.S. Doesn’t Have to Make Sacrifices to Get China’s Climate Cooperation

Beijing is sincere about fighting climate change—for its own best interests.

A Pakistan army soldier stands guard on the Line of Control in Abdullah Pur, Pakistani-administered Kashmir on Feb. 5.

Can India and Pakistan Capitalize on Their Border Cease-Fire?

The truce won’t bring peace, but it does offer new opportunities for cooperation.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivers remarks about priorities for the Biden administration at the State Department in Washington on March 3.

Confidence, Humility, and the United States’ New Direction in the World

A transcript of Antony Blinken’s remarks on U.S. foreign policy.

Thai pro-democracy protesters

Biden Can Engage Southeast Asia Without Compromising U.S. Values

To counter China in the region, the United States should invest in fighting corruption.

People wave a rainbow flag as they celebrate the victory of Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election in West Hollywood, California, on Nov. 7, 2020.

The Missing Realism of Biden’s Pro-LGBTQ Foreign Policy

The new administration has committed to far-reaching human rights goals that could easily backfire.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Biden Gives Turkey the Silent Treatment

If U.S.-Turkey relations were already strained under Trump, Biden’s pressure on Ankara raises questions about the relationship with a longtime NATO ally.

A Pakistani girl holds a candle during a vigil for peace in Lahore, Pakistan, on March 3, 2019.

To Get to the Negotiating Table, India and Pakistan Had Help

Outside parties may have pushed the two sides toward a cease-fire. To keep the peace, they’ll need continued support.

Members of Congress wear white to honor the women’s suffrage movement and support women’s rights as U.S. President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Feb. 28, 2017.

Representation Isn’t Enough

The number of women in elected office is on the rise, but that hasn’t necessarily translated into more power.

Eritrean soldiers wait in line to cross the border to attend a reopening ceremony with Ethiopia in Serha, Eritrea, on Sept. 11, 2018.

From Pariah to Kingmaker

Eritrea’s Isaias Afwerki is fueling bloodshed in Tigray—and offering other regional leaders lessons in authoritarianism.

Eliot Higgins, the founder and executive director of Bellingcat, speaks during the world’s biggest tech festival, Campus Party, in Utrecht, the Netherlands, on May 27, 2016.

The Mice Who Caught the Cat—and Rattled the Kremlin

“We Are Bellingcat” charts the rise of the digital sleuths who have used open-source investigations to foil Russia’s intelligence agencies.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

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America and the World: How to Build Back Better

Looking back on 50 years of U.S. foreign policy and the lessons they hold for Washington today.

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A New Pivot to Asia

The fuzzy goodwill between Biden and America’s Asian allies will soon be tested by China’s growing power.

Foreign Policy Begins at Home

The best way for Biden to build better partnerships abroad is to get America’s own house in order—that starts with human rights.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C), Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (R) attend a joint press conference in Ankara on Sept. 16, 2019.

The Middle East’s Next Conflicts Won’t Be Between Arab States and Iran

The Arab moment has passed. Competition between non-Arab powers—Turkey, Iran, and Israel—will shape the region’s future.

A man walks past a billboard for the construction of an oil refinery and storage facility in the port city of Hambantota, Sri Lanka, on March 24, 2019.

Chinese Belt and Road Investment Isn’t All Bad—or Good

As Sri Lanka shows, when it comes to Chinese debt, small states have agency and great powers have responsibilities.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a televised press conference at 10 Downing Street on Feb. 22 in London.

British Prime Minister Is a Broken Job

Why Boris Johnson’s failures in the pandemic are partly the product of the office he holds.

Protesters chant slogans and hold up flags in support of China’s Uyghur minority in Istanbul, on July 12, 2009.

Why Erdogan Has Abandoned the Uyghurs

As Ankara grows more economically dependent on Beijing, the Turkish government is no longer offering a safe haven or defending Uyghur rights.

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s book, translated into foreign languages, is on display during the opening ceremony of a high-level meeting held by the Chinese Communist Party at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, on Dec. 1, 2017.

The One-Sided War of Ideas With China

As Washington ramps up to defend democracy, Beijing is still motivated mostly by geography.

Policemen inspect the facilities at a coal mine in Changji in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Feb. 21.

Meet Today’s Masters of the Universe

“The World for Sale” peels back the cover on the secretive—and sometimes shady—people who make the modern world go around.

Indian soldiers patrol along a barbed-wire fence near Baras Post on the Line of Control on Dec. 4, 2003.

War Is Over Between India and Pakistan—for Now

A new cease-fire at the Line of Control must avoid problems that have derailed past attempts at peace.

Workers pack syringes at the Hindustan Syringes and Medical Devices factory in Faridabad, India, on Sept. 2, 2020.

To Democratize Vaccine Access, Democratize Production

U.S. and European COVID-19 shots aren’t enough. It is time to tap into Africa, Asia, and Latin America’s enormous production capacity.

Voices

A Chinese People’s Armed Police Force member conducts tactical training in Guiyang, China, on July 28, 2020.

China Is Losing Influence—and That Makes It Dangerous

The best thing Biden can do is lighten up on China and let gravity take its toll.

A temporary fence surrounds the U.S. Capitol

America’s Forever Wars Have Come Back Home

It’s no coincidence that, after years of fighting abroad, the United States is beset with paranoia, loss of trust, and increasingly bitter divisions.

U.S. President Joe Biden steps off Air Force One upon arrival at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on March 1.

Can Biden Finally Put the Middle East in Check and Pivot Already?

The new administration, like previous ones, has a Middle East quagmire. But it’s trying some nuanced moves to break free.

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Biden’s Plan to Lead From Alongside

The new U.S. president believes in the legitimacy of American power. Does the rest of the world?

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.

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When Did Racism Become Solely a Domestic Issue?

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

Nelson Mandela visits Hlengiwe School in Johannesburg on May 1, 1993.

Put Racial Justice at Center of the Biden-Harris Transition Plan

The new administration can learn from South Africa’s experience with transitional justice.

Economic Freedom Fighters supporters gather in front of the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria, on June 8 in solidarity with the global Black Lives Matter movement.

The Legacy of American Racism

Domestic racism has long impacted U.S. foreign policy. It’s time to open up about it.

Special insights on the post-pandemic world

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The World After the Coronavirus

Twelve leading thinkers on geopolitics after the pandemic.

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The Future of Travel

Seven predictions for how tourism will change.

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Will Schools and Universities Ever Return to Normal?

Nine experts on the future of education after the pandemic.

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The Future of the State

Ten leading global thinkers on government after the pandemic.

visual stories

A pro-democracy protester is detained by riot police officers during a rally against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, on Feb. 27. Stringer/REUTERS

The Month in World Photos

February brought unrest in Myanmar after a military coup—plus a spectacular volcanic show in Italy, a reopened border for asylum seekers in the United States, and a celebrated landing on Mars.

A protester embraces a member of the Belarusian Interior Ministry troops who was standing guard during a demonstration against police violence and rejecting the presidential election results in Minsk, Belarus, on Aug. 14. Vasily Fedosenko/REUTERS

Rising Up in Protest: A Year in Photos

Fists raised and voices lifted, people around the world took to the streets in 2020—to stand up against police brutality, demand democracy, and confront other injustices. A look at some of the photos that captured the year’s most defining movements.