An interpreter speaks with Kurdish villagers.

Iraqi Kurds Keep Faith in U.S. Despite Drawdown

The United States’ longtime partners in northern Iraq are watching Afghanistan go to pieces after the U.S. pullout with “wishful thinking.”

A Tibetan herder and yak on July 4, 2020, as part of a composite satellite illustration of the Tibetan and Bhutanese border region.

China Is Using Tibetans as Agents of Empire in the Himalayas

What life is like for the quarter-million residents of fortress villages in Tibet.

Tunisian security officers hold back supporters of the country's Islamist Ennahdha party during a protest outside the parliament building in the capital of Tunis.

Tunisia’s Democracy Needs Help. Will Biden Step In?

The place where the Arab Spring began is now a test for an administration that pledged to strengthen global democracy.

Leaving Afghanistan

What happens to the country and its people after the forever war ends?

Shadow Government

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

A demonstrator wears a mask with the East Turkestan flag

Calls for Independence May Not Help the Uyghur Cause

Stopping the atrocities in Xinjiang requires reaching the Chinese public.

Local Afghan militia and Afghan Army soldiers consult March 14, 2007 in Kajaki, Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Stop Assuming the Taliban Will Win

With ethnic warlords reviving their militias, the Afghan war—even without the U.S. military—is more balanced than it seems.

A protester lifts a Tunisian national flag during an anti-government rally in front of the parliament in Tunis, Tunisia.

The International Community Must Use Its Leverage in Tunisia

Foreign powers should condemn Kais Saied’s power grab to halt long-term damage to the nascent democracy.

Rafael Grossi, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, speaks to the media about the agency’s monitoring of the Iranian nuclear program in Vienna on May 24.

Is Iran Bluffing About Its Enriched Uranium Stockpile?

Tehran’s numbers don’t add up. They seem to be exaggerated to pressure Biden for sanctions relief.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

Angela Merkel

The Other Side of Angela Merkel

What the world has misunderstood about the German chancellor.

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China Is Building Entire Villages in Another Country’s Territory

Since 2015, a previously unnoticed network of roads, buildings, and military outposts has been constructed deep in a sacred valley in Bhutan.

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.

Age and the Agbayas

One word perfectly captures the clash between Nigeria’s leaders and its booming young population.

An anti-vaccination protester in France

Macron’s Big Vaccination Gamble

The French president is making vaccines mandatory for many—sparking fresh protests ahead of next year’s elections.

A woman displays her iPhone in front of the building housing the Israeli NSO Group in Herzliya, Israel, on Aug. 28, 2016.

Pegasus Lands in Africa

From Morocco to Rwanda, governments and their intelligence services have allegedly used spyware to target everyone including opponents, monarchs, and foreign leaders.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Joe Biden

Ukraine Won’t Stop Fighting the Nord Stream Deal

Kyiv feels let down by supposed allies in Berlin and Washington.

The MV Ever Given container ship sails in the Suez Canal

How the Red Sea Became a Trap

From piracy to the Ever Given, colonialism left hard scars.

U.N. Security Council members

How a Dream Job Became a Bureaucratic Nightmare for a Top U.N. Lawyer

Chief advocate for alleged terrorists sanctioned by the United Nations announces his resignation citing red tape, rule-of-law issues.

The Saudi crown prince meets with the UAE prime minister.

The Rocky New Era of the Saudi-Emirati Relationship

After years of closely cooperating on everything from Iran to oil, the Arab Gulf is entering a moment of wariness.

A security officer walks past a mural showing U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in Kabul on July 31, 2020.

India Resists the Taliban Bandwagon

As Blinken heads to New Delhi, he could find some surprising common ground on Afghanistan.

Fishermen lay their nets on the Mekong River close to the site of an approved dam site near Luang Prabang, Laos, on Feb. 8 2020.

In Laos, a Dubious Dam Threatens Luang Prabang

A hydroelectric project could force UNESCO to delist the spectacular World Heritage Site.

Frodo stands before the Cracks of Doom in Sergei Iukhimov’s cover illustration for Volume I of Vlastelin Kolec, Natalya Grigor’eva and Vladimir Grushetskij’s two-volume 1993 translation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

Comrades of the Ring

How Soviet artists evaded censors to create their own visions of Tolkien.

An art teacher gives finishing touches to a painting of Reuters journalist Danish Siddiqui as a tribute outside an art school in Mumbai on July 16, 2021.

Modi Rejected an Indian Hero

Danish Siddiqui’s death should have been a moment of national unity. The prime minister made it the opposite.

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.

Students march in a racial justice protest

Did America’s Racial Awakening Reach IR Professors?

Nearly half of international relations scholars spent more time in class on race and racial justice—but with key demographic differences.

visual stories

Charkint District Governor Salima Mazari points a gun as she visits  forces in Charkint district of Balkh province on June 29.

With the Militias in Afghanistan

As Afghan forces melt away, local armed groups are left to hold the line against the Taliban.

Exhausted grave diggers in Indonesia

The Month in World Photos

A devastating condominium collapse in the United States, a deadly airstrike in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, and a respite for wild elephants in China.