A U.S.-made helicopter takes off from a frigate.

Taiwan Needs a Maoist Military

Beijing can always outspend Taipei. It’s time to think small and mean.

An election campaign poster for President Bashar al-Assad.

Assad Is Now Syria’s Best-Case Scenario

The ruthless Syrian dictator is guilty of countless war crimes—and regrettably represents his country’s least bad remaining option.

Turkish-backed Syrian fighters drive into northern Syria.

Fighting Continues in Syria Despite Cease-Fire Agreement

The tentative agreement negotiated by the United States was seen as a major victory for Ankara.

Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan speaks at a press conference.

Trump’s Next Envoy to Russia Has a Mountain to Climb

First John Sullivan must get through Congress, which wants to question him about Ukraine. Then he must deal with a hostile Moscow.

Kurdish female troops from the Syrian Democratic Forces overlook the front line.

Why is Turkey Fighting Syria’s Kurds?

Turkey’s president says Syrian Kurdish fighters are terrorists—but he’s a very unreliable narrator.

Protesters demonstrate against proposed changes to Indonesia's criminal code.

Indonesia’s Activists Are Ready to Fight Together

Coalitions are forming in the face of threats to democracy and pluralism.

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Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a press conference in Belgrade, Serbia, on Oct. 7.

Pence and Pompeo Meet Erdogan

The negotiations over Turkey’s incursion into Syria could be undermined by Trump’s recent comments.

This picture taken on October 17, 2019 from the Turkish side of the border with Syria in the Ceylanpinar district city of Sanliurfa shows smoke and fire rising from the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain during the Turkish offensive against Kurdish groups in northeastern Syria.

U.S. Troops in Syria Beat a Hasty Exit

American forces are abandoning outposts across the region as Russia and Syria moves in.

Chinese Vice Premier Liu presents U.S. President Donald Trump with a letter from Chinese President Xi Jinping after Trump announced a partial trade agreement with China on Oct. 11 in Washington.

Will the United States and China Ever Reach a Trade Deal?

Both sides face domestic pressure over the trade war, but they won’t make an agreement without mutual trust.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

Lower Manhattan in New York City on Oct. 30, 2012, after Hurricane Sandy. Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

Why Central Banks Need to Step Up on Global Warming

A decade after the world bailed out finance, it’s time for finance to bail out the world.

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Space Research Can Save the Planet—Again

The solutions to climate change lie far, far away.

Democracy Is the Planet’s Biggest Enemy

Young people care a lot about climate change—but most of them can’t vote. Here’s how governments can adapt to accommodate them.

Can ‘Supercharged’ Plants Solve the Climate Crisis?

Crops already suck up a lot of carbon dioxide. One scientist thinks they can do much more.

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A Peshmerga soldier places a Kurdish flag near the front line with the Islamic State in Iraq.

There’s Always a Next Time to Betray the Kurds

The Kurds have no choice but to always trust the United States—and to suffer the inevitable consequences.

U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House.

Welcome to Trump’s Impeachment Foreign Policy

His administration’s decisions will be erratic, ill-considered, and ineffective. In other words, business as usual.

Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren attend a news conference in Washington on July 24, 2018.

A Foreign-Policy Cheat Sheet for the Democratic Debates

We know what the candidates want to talk about. Here's what journalists should be asking.

A man receives a vaccine against Ebola from a nurse outside the Afia Himbi Health Center in Goma on July 15.

The World Bank Has the Money to Fight Ebola but Won’t Use It

In Congo, thousands of people have died due to a misguided finance-driven approach to fighting pandemics that puts investors before victims.

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A Week in World Photos

Migrants in Greece, an election in Kosovo, and protests in Iraq, Ecuador, and Hong Kong.

A woman carries posters of presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah, Afghanistan's current chief executive officer, ahead of the presidential elections in Herat, Afghanistan on Sept. 23. HOSHANG HASHIMI/AFP/Getty Images

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