A picture taken on March 1, 2018 shows a member of the Russian military police standing guard between the portraits of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (R) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) hanging outside a guard-post at the Wafideen checkpoint on the outskirts of Damascus neighbouring the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta region. (LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images)

The Syrian War Is Over, and America Lost

Bashar al-Assad won. It’s worth thinking about why the United States didn’t.

Pakistani Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa (second from the right), Pakistani Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mahmood Abbasi (center), Pakistani Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan (top-right) and Pakistani Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Zubair Mahmood Hayat (second from left) arrive to receive Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena during the Pakistan Day military parade in Islamabad on March 23. (Aamir Qureshi/AFP/Getty Images)

No Matter Who Wins Pakistan’s Vote, the Nation Loses

The military thinks elections give it a facade to rule from above. But that plan keeps backfiring.

This picture taken on January 24, 2016 shows a worker repainting a large statue of the late president Ho Chi Minh, founder of today's communist Vietnam, at a public park in the southern city of Can (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Vietnam’s Model Would Spell the End of Kim Jong Un

There's no place for individual strongmen in Hanoi's version of communist power.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

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Learning to Work With Robots

AI will change everything. Workers must adapt — or else.

John Tomac illustration for Foreign Policy

Closing the Factory Doors

For two centuries, countries have used low-wage labor to climb out of poverty. What will happen when robots take those jobs?

Then They Came for the Lawyers

Technology has already driven blue-collar workers into the underclass. Professionals may be next.

There’s No Such Thing as a Stable Career

Job insecurity has always been a fact of life. Just ask chimney sweeps, lectors, and telephone operators.

A woman holds the book of Emmanuel Macron, head of "En Marche" political movement and presidential candidate, during a book signing session in a library in Bordeaux, on December 13, 2016. (NICOLAS TUCAT/AFP/Getty Images)

Liberté! Égalité! Overcrowded, Underfunded Universities!

Can Emmanuel Macron save France's higher education system by making it more American?

U.S. President Donald Trump discusses his summit in Helsinki with Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting with House Republicans in the Cabinet Room of the White House on July 17. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

How Much Damage Did Trump Cause in Helsinki?

The president’s disgraceful remarks could have disturbing results.

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Thank You, Jimmy Carter

Restoring the reputation of America’s most underrated foreign-policy president.

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Pride and Prejudice in Tehran

To understand Iran’s foreign policy, you need to learn a little Farsi.

Voices

U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin arrive to attend a joint press conference after a meeting in Helsinki on July 16. (Yuri Kadobnov/AFP/Getty Images)

Why Trump Is Getting Away With Foreign-Policy Insanity

The only people who can stop his sucking up to Russia have lost all their credibility.

Russian President Vladimir Putin hands President Donald Trump a World Cup football during a joint press conference after their summit on July 16, 2018 in Helsinki, Finland. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Trump’s Unrequited Love for Vladimir Putin

When the U.S. president looks at Vladimir Putin, he doesn't see his handler. He sees his dad.

Dr. John Fildes walks with President Donald Trump at University Medical Center, October 4, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Trump’s Battle Against Breastfeeding Is a Small Part of a Wider War

With escalating drug prices and growing vaccine paranoia, American populism is taking down the edifice of global public health.

Podcasts

Masih Alinejad outside her home in New York in May. (Jesse Dittmar for Foreign Policy)

The Woman Who Defied Iran

On the podcast: Masih Alinejad took off her headscarf and started a movement.

Galleries

A visitor tries on a Striker II helmet-mounted display at the BAE Systems showroom during the Farnborough Airshow southwest of London on July 16. (TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images)

A Week in World Photos

An airshow near London, birthday celebrations in Johannesburg, and gymnastics in Colombia.

Afghan pigeon fancier Abdul Ghani feeds his pigeons as they fly from the rooftop of his home in Herat province on June 30. HOSHANG HASHIMI/AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

A pigeon fancier in Afghanistan, migrants in the Mediterranean, and a fire-breathing stuntman in India.