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Portraits of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are hung on buildings at a polling station in Douma, near the capital Damascus on May 26, 2021.
Portraits of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are hung on buildings at a polling station in Douma, near the capital Damascus on May 26, 2021.

Something Has to Give in Postwar Syria

Thirteen years of constant crisis is heading toward inevitable breakdown.

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva gestures during a meeting with governors at Planalto Palace in Brasília on Jan. 9, a day after supporters of Brazil’s far-right ex-president, Jair Bolsonaro, invaded the Congress, presidential palace, and Supreme Court.
Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva gestures during a meeting with governors at Planalto Palace in Brasília on Jan. 9, a day after supporters of Brazil’s far-right ex-president, Jair Bolsonaro, invaded the Congress, presidential palace, and Supreme Court.

Can Lula Rein in Brazil’s Military?

The new president has a unique opportunity to address the biggest threat to his country’s democracy.

A mural warns of the dangers of heroin use in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Oct. 17, 2022. Lindsey Kennedy for Foreign Policy
A mural warns of the dangers of heroin use in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Oct. 17, 2022. Lindsey Kennedy for Foreign Policy

How the Taliban’s ‘War on Drugs’ Could Backfire

The purported ban on opium and ephedra devastates poor farmers, enriches the Taliban, and has done nothing to curb addiction.

Asia & the Pacific

A camp houses people displaced by the military coup in Myanmar.
A camp houses people displaced by the military coup in Myanmar.

In Myanmar, Resistance Forces Pursue Home Rule

China

A sign shows the national debt at a bus shelter in Washington.
A sign shows the national debt at a bus shelter in Washington.

China Doesn’t Want a U.S. Debt Default

Middle East & Africa

U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen receives an award from lawyer and Gorée Mayor Augustin Senghor during a visit to Gorée off the coast of Dakar, Senegal, on Jan. 21.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen receives an award from lawyer and Gorée Mayor Augustin Senghor during a visit to Gorée off the coast of Dakar, Senegal, on Jan. 21.

What’s Causing Africa’s Debt Crisis?

Europe

German Economy Minister and Vice-Chancellor Robert Habeck, Norway's Oil and Energy Minister Terje Aasland and Norway's Minister of Trade and Industry Jan Christian Vestre talk with journalists during a visit to the hydrogen company NEL on Herøya, Norway, on Jan. 6, 2023.
German Economy Minister and Vice-Chancellor Robert Habeck, Norway's Oil and Energy Minister Terje Aasland and Norway's Minister of Trade and Industry Jan Christian Vestre talk with journalists during a visit to the hydrogen company NEL on Herøya, Norway, on Jan. 6, 2023.

Norway Is Planning to Profit From Climate Change

Americas

Immigrant families arrive back in Mexico after being expelled from the United States.
Immigrant families arrive back in Mexico after being expelled from the United States.

Biden Can Use a First Fix for a Broken Immigration System

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A man stands in front of a heavily damaged apartment building following a rainstorm in Ukraine.

Lessons for the Next War

David Petraeus, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Lee Hsi-min, and eight other experts on how to avoid a war over Taiwan—or anywhere else.

The Cult of Modi

How India’s prime minister dismantled the world’s largest democratic experiment.

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An illustration shows US President Joe Biden surrounded by the foreign-policy issues he has faced in his first two years in office.
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People arrive to the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 22, 2018. FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images
People arrive to the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 22, 2018. FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images
CARSON, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 22: An aerial view shows Marathon Petroleum Corp's Los Angeles Refinery, the state's largest producer of gasoline, as oil prices have cratered with the spread of the coronavirus pandemic on April 22, 2020 in Carson, California. Crude oil prices dropped into negative territory for the first time on April 20 with millions of barrels going unused after travel restrictions and widespread social distancing measures brought on by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic all but obliterated global energy demand. Today marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the annual celebration of the environmental movement. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 22: An aerial view shows Marathon Petroleum Corp's Los Angeles Refinery, the state's largest producer of gasoline, as oil prices have cratered with the spread of the coronavirus pandemic on April 22, 2020 in Carson, California. Crude oil prices dropped into negative territory for the first time on April 20 with millions of barrels going unused after travel restrictions and widespread social distancing measures brought on by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic all but obliterated global energy demand. Today marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the annual celebration of the environmental movement. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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U.S. President Joe Biden speaks on the DISCLOSE Act.
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks on the DISCLOSE Act.

So You Want to Buy an Ambassadorship

The United States is the only Western government that routinely rewards mega-donors with top diplomatic posts.

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar chairs a meeting in Ankara, Turkey on Nov. 21, 2022.
Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar chairs a meeting in Ankara, Turkey on Nov. 21, 2022.

Turkey’s Problem Isn’t Sweden. It’s the U.S.

Erdogan has focused on Stockholm’s stance toward Kurdish exile groups, but Ankara’s real demand is the end of U.S. support for Kurds in Syria.

An image of Alexander the Great on horseback fighting the Battle of Issus.
An image of Alexander the Great on horseback fighting the Battle of Issus.

What China Can Learn From Japan—and Alexander the Great

It’s time for Beijing to reexamine its long-standing sense of purpose.

U.S. Army M1 Abrams tanks pictured at Mockava railway station in Lithuania.
U.S. Army M1 Abrams tanks pictured at Mockava railway station in Lithuania.

The M1 Abrams Is the Right Tank for the Job in Ukraine

Sending American tanks now helps guarantee a safer world tomorrow.

Long Reads

The author stands on the nuclear bombing test fields in Kazakhstan.
The author stands on the nuclear bombing test fields in Kazakhstan.

Can Kazakhstan Bury Its Nuclear Past?

Forgetting the site where Russia became a nuclear power comes with its own risks.

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How India’s New Bridge to Kashmir Divided a Region

Kashmiris fear an expensive infrastructure project will mean more military domination and demographic change.

Protestor standing in front of a river, holding a sign against the Amazon River Club Development.
Protestor standing in front of a river, holding a sign against the Amazon River Club Development.

Amazon’s New Africa HQ Pits Indigenous South Africans Against Each Other

The planned development will bring jobs, but raises questions about who speaks for Khoi and San peoples, what is sacred, and how to commemorate injustice.

People sit near the Golden Horn in Istanbul.
People sit near the Golden Horn in Istanbul.

Erdogan’s Turkey Faces a Growing Exodus Ahead of Elections

Fed up with the economy and a political crackdown, young Turks are increasingly looking abroad to find their futures.

The Future of Cities

An aerial view of the citizen service center of the Xiongan New Area in China.
An aerial view of the citizen service center of the Xiongan New Area in China.

China’s Futuristic City Is a Test of Its Planning Power

Xiongan is a window into Xi Jinping’s ambitions.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, left, and Zhihang Chi, Air China's vice president for North America, at Los Angeles International Airport on Feb. 19, 2015. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, left, and Zhihang Chi, Air China's vice president for North America, at Los Angeles International Airport on Feb. 19, 2015. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

Cities Will Determine the Future of Diplomacy

Urban centers are taking international relations into their own hands.

Farmers harvest wheat in a field in Tabuk in April 2016. The province has been tapped for the location of a high-tech megacity called Neom.
Farmers harvest wheat in a field in Tabuk in April 2016. The province has been tapped for the location of a high-tech megacity called Neom.

Mohammed bin Salman’s Bloody Dream City of Neom

Saudi Arabia’s $500 billion planned high-tech city involves forced evictions and vague promises of compensation.

A woman walks upstairs in Jardim Peri, one of the poorest neighborhoods in the city of São Paulo on June 12, 2018.
A woman walks upstairs in Jardim Peri, one of the poorest neighborhoods in the city of São Paulo on June 12, 2018.

The Future of Development Is Local

To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, the world will have to shift its thinking from the national toward the urban.

visual stories

A stuffed toy sits in the remains of a playground in the heavily damaged Saltivka suburb of Kharkiv, Ukraine.
A stuffed toy sits in the remains of a playground in the heavily damaged Saltivka suburb of Kharkiv, Ukraine.

Ukrainians Returning to Liberated Towns Find Utter Destruction

For many coming home to Ukraine’s east, their prewar lives are a distant dream.

Jordanian Gendarmerie forces arrest a protester in the Jordan Valley.
Jordanian Gendarmerie forces arrest a protester in the Jordan Valley.

Awash in U.S. Aid, Jordan Escalates Repression

A street vendor’s plight highlights violations that Washington would prefer to ignore.

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A Russian flag at the Embassy of Russia is seen through a bus stop post in Washington, DC on April 15, 2021. - The US announced sanctions against Russia on April 15, 2021, and the expulsion of 10 diplomats in retaliation for what Washington says is the Kremlin's US election interference, a massive cyber attack and other hostile activity. President Joe Biden ordered a widening of restrictions on US banks trading in Russian government debt, expelled 10 diplomats who include alleged spies, and sanctioned 32 individuals alleged to have tried to meddle in the 2020 presidential election, the White House said. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
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