What the new president really thinks about the military—and what the military really thinks about him.
Career diplomat Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley will be tasked with reversing the department’s record of big promises and little results.
It’s more likely to inflame nationalist sentiments than change anything on the ground.
A rich and strong nation can pay for its own military.
Islamophobia has spread far beyond the persecuted Uyghur minority.
Jake Sullivan, Biden’s “once-in-a-generation intellect,” is facing a once-in-a-generation challenge.
Let India buy its weapons from Moscow. The real strategic threat is Beijing.
Tangled questions of Asian identity need answers that aren’t defined by U.S. terminology alone.
The United Kingdom needs to prepare for future climate migrants rather than obsessing over asylum-seekers.
Elections in May will be the first since 2006—a remarkable but risky gambit.
A survivor of regime atrocities explains why the international community must act.
Looking back on 50 years of U.S. foreign policy and the lessons they hold for Washington today.
The fuzzy goodwill between Biden and America’s Asian allies will soon be tested by China’s growing power.
The best way for Biden to build better partnerships abroad is to get America’s own house in order—that starts with human rights.
The dollar is dead. Long live the dollar.
The country says it wants to pivot from hard power to economic power, but its economy begs to differ.
Letting culture wars drive debate about “laïcité” obscures similarities between France and the United States.
Claims that the rivalry is purely geopolitical don’t hold water.
In both the U.S. and EU, antitrust and regulatory efforts against Facebook, Google, and Amazon are gaining traction. But no one’s about to break them up.
A middle path, with a greater role for India, is still possible—and preferable to either extreme.
To save its approval ratings, the Kremlin might be better focusing its energy elsewhere.
China is governed by a totalitarian regime. Why is that so hard to say?
It’s been a difficult and dizzying few months for Turkey—which is just the way the president likes it.
Peter Dutton stopped the refugee boats. His next job is stopping Beijing’s maritime militia.
Ignoring the central role of race and colonialism in world affairs precludes an accurate understanding of the modern state system.
International relations theorists once explored racism. What has the field lost by giving that up?
The new administration can learn from South Africa’s experience with transitional justice.
March brought a new wave of migrants at the U.S. border—plus the pope’s historic visit to Iraq, continued bloodshed in Myanmar, and a colossal logjam in the Suez Canal.
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.