Russian President Vladimir Putin stands with U.S. ambassador to Russia John Sullivan in Moscow.

Under Putin’s Rules, U.S. Mission in Russia Left With Skeleton Crew

So far, Biden hasn’t signaled whether there will be any retaliation.

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.

People protest the Brazilian president.

The Pandemic’s Legacy Will Spur New Protests in Latin America

Increased economic inequality has only added to widespread discontent.

South Korean athlete runs bases at Tokyo Olympic Games.

Japan Wasted a Golden Chance for Olympic Reconciliation

Tokyo-Seoul relations remain mired in bad history and petty insults.

The Dead Sea shoreline is receding.

Can Enemies Become Allies in the Fight Against Climate Change?

There are many incentives for cross-border military cooperation—even among adversaries—as climate change worsens.

Afghan militia fighters keep a watch at an outpost against Taliban insurgents in Charkint, Balkh province, Afghanistan, on July 15.

Can India Make a Play in Afghanistan?

Antony Blinken’s visit to New Delhi underscores a new regional “Great Game.”

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.

Then-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets Jordanian King Abdullah II during a visit to Amman on Jan. 16, 2014.

Israel and Jordan’s Relationship Is Better Than It Looks

For both countries, national interests continue to trump personality-based politics.

Advocates for student debt cancellation in front of the White House

You Shouldn’t Have to Pay for That IR Master’s

Institutions like the State Department need to scrap credentialism.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Joe Biden stand in the White House with a view of the Washington Monument on July 15.

Biden Isn’t Selling Out on Nord Stream 2. He’s Protecting U.S. Firms.

If Washington can sanction any company for legal activity it doesn’t like, China and others could do the same to U.S. businesses—making them uninsurable.

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.

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 woman waits to see a doctor in Afghanistan.

A Taliban Victory Would Be ‘The Return of a Dark Age for Afghanistan’

Shukria Barakzai, a prominent women’s rights advocate and former politician, shares her thoughts on the U.S. withdrawal and Afghanistan’s uncertain future.

Cubans protest outside Havana’s capitol.

Cuba Needs a Free Internet

The United States can play a key role in supporting online liberty.

KMT supporters rally in Taipei

Even a Short War Over Taiwan or the Baltics Would Be Devastating

Scenarios and war games rarely take full account of civilian losses.

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 demonstrator holds a banner decrying China's human rights abuses against Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang province during a protest in Washington on April 6, 2019.

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.

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.

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.