Workers install a solar panel system on the roof of a home in Palmetto Bay, Florida, on Jan. 23, 2018.

The Post-Pandemic Economy Could Be Green and Clean—but Not With These Plans

Well-meaning green stimulus plans fall far short of what’s needed for the climate and the economy.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Libya's interim leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil wave as they attend Friday prayers in Tripoli on Sept. 16, 2011.

Erdogan Is Libya’s Man Without a Plan

Turkey is standing in the wreckage of a foreign-policy adventure with no discernable strategy.

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Decolonize the State Department

As U.S. policymakers grapple with systemic racism, it’s time to start tapping the expertise of diasporas.

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In the Magazine

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Crises Only Sometimes Lead to Change. Here’s Why.

The coronavirus pandemic won’t automatically lead to reforms. Great upheavals only bring systemic change when reformers have a plan—and the power to implement it.

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Welcome to the Post-Leader World

The United States has abdicated its dominant role. Here’s how to fill the gap.

Margrethe Vestager Is Still Coming for Big Tech

The coronavirus pandemic has made the world more reliant on technology. The EU’s competition commissioner says that makes her fight more urgent.

Welcome Back to Kissinger’s World

Neoconservatism has died, and liberal internationalism is discredited. Perhaps it’s time to return to the ideas of one of the last century’s greatest realists.

U.S. President Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the demilitarized zone separating South and North Korea on July 30, 2019.

North Korea Talks Stall Despite Trump Overtures on New Summit

When it comes to meeting with Kim Jong Un, the administration is still sending mixed messages.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden puts on his mask as he prepares to leave after speaking about the coronavirus pandemic and the economy in Wilmington, Delaware, on June 30.

Not So Fast: How Biden Could Still Lose

To win in November, Democrats must avoid being lured into Trump’s culture war.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and his Belarusian counterpart Aleksandr Lukashenko attend a session of the Supreme State Council of the Union State at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 3, 2015.

Lukashenko Is Putin’s Future

The Russian president may seem invincible, but the descent of his Belarusian comrade may hint at what’s to come.

Protesters chant slogans and gesture during a rally against China's new national security law in Hong Kong on July 1, 2020.

Is This the Beginning of the End for Western Tech in China?

Western firms say they won’t comply with the new national security law in Hong Kong.

Chinese Ambassador to Lebanon Wang Kejian R presents a gift to Lebanese Culture Minister Abbas Mortada during a ceremony at the Lebanese Culture Ministry in Beirut, Lebanon, on May 27.

China Wants to Be Lebanon’s Savior

One of the Middle East’s most westernized outposts is falling apart—and looking east for a soft landing.

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In Pakistan, the Army Tightens Its Grip

As military expenditure soars in Pakistan despite an unprecedented economic catastrophe, Khan’s power looks to be waning.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) welcomes Russian President Vladimir Putin prior to their meeting in New Delhi on Oct. 5, 2018. During the visit, India signed a $5 billion deal to buy Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile systems despite a U.S. law ordering sanctions on any country trading with Russia’s defense and intelligence sectors.

Why India and Russia Are Going to Stay Friends

Conventional wisdom holds that New Delhi will turn to Washington as it increases competition with Beijing. But Moscow’s importance cannot be ignored.

Crowds of travelers walk through a hall at a railway station in Hangzhou in China's eastern Zhejiang province on the last day of the Spring Festival holiday on Feb. 10, 2019.

Don’t Give Up on Chinese Democracy

Times are dark, but civil society is quietly growing.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel wears a face mask with the logo of Germany’s EU presidency as she leaves the German Federal Council after a speech in Berlin on July 3.

Angela Merkel Is Back

As Germany takes over the EU presidency, the country’s chancellor has an opportunity to tackle some unfinished business.

The USNS Comfort medical ship moves up the Hudson River past the Statue of Liberty as it arrives on March 30 in New York.

The Pandemic Should Kill Regime Change Forever

If the United States can’t stop a virus at home, there’s no reason to think it should ever try running another country.

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China Is NATO’s New Problem

The alliance has been so focused on Moscow that it has missed Beijing’s growing clout across Europe.

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 walk down 16th Street in Washington after volunteers painted "Black Lives Matter" on the street near the White House on June 5.

Seeing Race In a Pandemic

How the physical environment affects our experience of difference.

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Why Race Matters in International Relations

Western dominance and white privilege permeate the field. It’s time to change that.

Special insights on the post-pandemic world

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The Future of Travel

Seven predictions for how tourism will change.

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Cities in the Future

12 experts on the coming transformations in urban life.

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The Fate of the Economy

Nine economists on a rapidly changing fiscal landscape.

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The Future of the State

Ten leading global thinkers on government after the pandemic.

Voices

Legal professionals march to the Central Government Offices in Hong Kong to protest against the government's plan to approve extraditions to mainland China, on June 6, 2019.

Countries Are Opening Their Doors for Hong Kong’s Exodus

Britain, Taiwan, and many other countries are welcoming Hong Kongers as they scramble to leave before Beijing cracks down.

Chinese soldiers march during a military parade on Oct. 1, 2019 in Beijing.

China’s Superpower Dreams Are Running Out of Money

When the coronavirus crisis is over, China will be forced to embrace a less ambitious future.

President Donald Trump and Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrive for a bilateral meeting during the G7 summit on Aug. 25, 2019 in Biarritz, France.

The Pandemic Is the World’s Long Overdue Reality Check

Populists came to power peddling political fantasies—but the coronavirus has broken the fever.

Flags of the United States and China are placed ahead of a meeting between U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and his Chinese counterpart, Han Changfu, at the Ministry of Agriculture in Beijing on June 30, 2017.

Everyone Misunderstands the Reason for the U.S.-China Cold War

The left says it’s U.S. arrogance. The right says it’s Chinese malevolence. Both are wrong.