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Before Jihadi John, There Was George Blake

The British KGB double agent was a forerunner of today’s radicalized Western jihadis.

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.

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Can Biden Pivot to Asia While Israel and Gaza Burn?

Violence between Israelis and Palestinians is dragging the United States back into a conflict it hoped to avoid as it refocuses attention away from the Middle East.

Demonstrators hold a Chilean flag that reads 'Constituent Assembly to recover sovereignty' during the sixth day of protests on Oct. 23, 2019 in Santiago, Chile.

Meet the Candidates Who Might Write Chile’s New Constitution

Many Chileans are hopeful that the upcoming constitutional drafting process can address long-standing issues.

Joe Biden waves alongside Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas prior to their meeting on March 10, 2010 in Ramallah, West Bank.

What Biden Is—and Isn’t—Willing to Do for Palestinians

The new U.S. president wants to help, but he may not be prepared to pay the price.

Children sail on a raft in the polluted waters of Lake Maracaibo in Zulia state, Venezuela, on June 13, 2019.

Venezuela’s Maduro Should Be Tried for Ecocide

His government’s blatant disregard for the environment is defining a new international crime.

U.S. President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga walk along the Rose Garden Colonnade as they arrive for a news conference at the White House in Washington on April 16.

Biden’s National Security Strategy Is Starry-Eyed About U.S. Allies

Managing rifts in alliances should be built into strategic planning.

Israeli soldiers looks on during clashes with Palestinian youth in the city center of the occupied West Bank town of Hebron on April 24, 2021.

Israel’s War Will Never End

For Israelis and Palestinians, ethnic violence isn't a temporary problem. It’s a lasting identity.

A woman walks past electoral posters ahead of this weekend’s elections in Santiago, on May 12.

Chile’s New Founding Mothers

Chile prepares to elect constitutional authors with 50 percent being women, a global milestone.

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Biden Must End Mandatory Expulsion on the Border

Title 42’s public health rules are cruel and unnecessary.

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

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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 man wrapped in a Guatemalan flag takes part in a march.

Biden’s Top Priority in Central America Is Fighting Corruption. That’s an Uphill Battle.

In the last few years, as politicians, judges, and other campaigners were stymied, the political will to fight graft has eroded.

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Green-Lined Vision Is Blurring Reality in Israel-Palestine

Policymakers can no longer rely on an imaginary border that supposedly divides two states as a one-state reality takes shape on the ground.

Chadian soldiers carry the coffin of late Chadian President Idriss Déby during his funeral.

Biden Defaults to ‘War on Terror Approach’ to Chad

The U.S. president outlined big promises on human rights reforms. Critics say he’s already breaking them in Africa.

Arab and Jewish citizens clash in Israel.

How War With the Palestinians Triggered Ethnic Violence in Israel

In mixed towns across the country, Arab and Jewish citizens turn on one another.

A man holds up an Indian flag at a rally featuring. U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at NRG Stadium in Houston on Sept. 22, 2019.

The Power of Indians Abroad

In a time of crisis, the diaspora shows its strength.

Workers pick up leaves from cannabis plants inside a greenhouse in Lesotho on Aug. 6, 2019.

Africa Needs Cannabis to Spark Economic Growth

Decriminalization of marijuana would create jobs and boost tax revenue across the continent.

A man receives the coronavirus vaccine in Pakistan.

India’s COVID-19 Surge Terrifies Pakistan

A dangerous third wave is threatening an unvaccinated nation.

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Biden’s Old Playbook Won’t End Israeli-Palestinian Violence

Further conflict is inevitable unless Washington ends Israel's impunity and includes Palestinians in its global democracy agenda.

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No Peace Process Means No Peace

If Palestinians have no hope of a capital in East Jerusalem, Israelis will have little hope of normality.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is launched.

Tulipmania in Space

SPACs are creating a space bubble that will eventually come crashing back to Earth along with cosmic junk launched during the current frenzy.

Thierry Breton puts a sticker with the European Union flag on a box containing Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 vaccines in Puurs, Belgium on Feb. 22, 2021.

Industrial Policy Saved Europe’s Vaccine Drive

The EU got its act together not by banning exports but through classic cooperation with industry.

Demonstrators call on the U.S. government to commit to a global coronavirus vaccination plan.

Big Pharma’s Patent Defeat Shows Corporate America Losing Power

The unloved industry could try to fight Biden—or get behind the global drive to vaccinate.

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?

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.