Biden Stonewalls U.N. Concern Over Israeli-Palestinian Clashes

The United States, formerly the “honest broker,” must navigate political landmines at home and abroad to respond.

Israel Mulls Gaza Ground Invasion

Sectarian violence engulfed towns across Israel on Wednesday as a U.S. envoy was dispatched to the region.

Biden’s Old Playbook Won’t End Israeli-Palestinian Violence

Further conflict is inevitable unless Washington ends Israel's impunity and includes Palestinians in its global democracy agenda.

The Biden Agenda

A sortable guide to the administration’s policies—and the people putting them into practice.

Shadow Government

A front-row seat to the Republicans' debate over foreign policy, including their critique of the Biden administration.

A man holds up an Indian flag at a rally featuring. U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at NRG Stadium in Houston on Sept. 22, 2019.

The Power of Indians Abroad

In a time of crisis, the diaspora shows its strength.

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Green-Lined Vision Is Blurring Reality in Israel-Palestine

Policymakers can no longer rely on an imaginary border that supposedly divides two states as a one-state reality takes shape on the ground.

Palestinians throw stones at Israeli soldiers during an anti-Israel protest over tension in Jerusalem, at the Qalandiya checkpoint between Ramallah and Jerusalem, in the occupied West Bank, on May 11, 2021.

No Peace Process Means No Peace

If Palestinians have no hope of a capital in East Jerusalem, Israelis will have little hope of normality.

U.S. President Joe Biden walks through Arlington National Cemetery.

The Military Revolt Against Joe Biden

An open letter by former officers calling the president a “Marxist” dictator is a greater threat to U.S. democracy than the ouster of Liz Cheney.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon supply ship lifts off from the launch pad on a resupply mission to the International Space Station, on September 21, 2014 in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Russian-Founded Space Start-Up Faces National Security Pressure

Momentus is raising eyebrows in Washington for its ties to Russia.

Newly appointed attorney general Rodolfo Delgado is sworn in during the first plenary session of the Legislative Assembly in San Salvador, on May 2.

In Central America, Rule of Law Is Under Attack. El Salvador Is the Latest Victim.

El Salvador’s populist president is following the playbook of corrupt elites in Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Honduras when it comes to top courts.

Venezuelan migrants stay at the Divina Providencia migrant shelter in Cucuta, Colombia, on the border with Venezuela, on February 7, 2019.

Refugee-Run Organizations Deserve More Money

Governments tend to fund large humanitarian agencies, but small groups run by refugees are a better investment.

Demonstrators hold a Chilean flag that reads 'Constituent Assembly to recover sovereignty' during the sixth day of protests on Oct. 23, 2019 in Santiago, Chile.

Meet the Candidates Who Might Write Chile’s New Constitution

Many Chileans are hopeful that the upcoming constitutional drafting process can address long-standing issues.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

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The Biden 100-Day Progress Report

We asked 25 experts to grade the administration’s start on foreign policy

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Janet Yellen and Mario Draghi Have One Last Job

The U.S. treasury secretary and the Italian prime minister have spent decades shaping this economy. But can they control what comes next?

How Biden Will—and Won’t—Battle the Pentagon

What the new president really thinks about the military—and what the military really thinks about him.

The Most Vital 100 Days Since FDR

Just like Roosevelt, Biden must show that government still works.

The Sydney Opera House at dawn.

Australia Is the New Hermit Kingdom

Closed borders have shut out a diverse citizenry.

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Biden’s ‘America First’ Policies Are Spreading Global Pain

Like its blatant vaccine nationalism, the administration’s unchecked stimulus policies are hurting the world—especially the global poor.

Modi campaigns in West Bengal

India’s Pandemic Disaster Has Finally Slowed Modi’s Unstoppable Rise

The populist leader is blaming everyone but himself. Voters aren’t buying it.

Anti-nuclear activists protest in Berlin.

Biden Must Be Clear About What Nuclear Weapons Are For

The U.S. president can clarify his belief in “sole purpose” through a new review process.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is launched.

Tulipmania in Space

SPACs are creating a space bubble that will eventually come crashing back to Earth along with cosmic junk launched during the current frenzy.

Taiwanese soldiers operate U.S.-made guns.

Unified Threats Need Decentralized Deterrence

The United States can’t afford to contain its allies anymore.

U.N. Special Envoy for Yemen Martin Griffiths speaks during a press conference.

Britain Retains Monopoly on U.N. Relief Post

U.N.’s Yemen envoy, Martin Griffiths, is to become the U.N. humanitarian relief czar.

People watch from the shore as the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier leaves Portsmouth Naval Base in southeastern England on May 1.

The United Kingdom Dispatches HMS Queen Elizabeth to Confront China

Are U.S. allies finally rallying around Washington’s more aggressive stance toward Beijing?

Voices

Thierry Breton puts a sticker with the European Union flag on a box containing Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 vaccines in Puurs, Belgium on Feb. 22, 2021.

Industrial Policy Saved Europe’s Vaccine Drive

The EU got its act together not by banning exports but through classic cooperation with industry.

Demonstrators call on the U.S. government to commit to a global coronavirus vaccination plan.

Big Pharma’s Patent Defeat Shows Corporate America Losing Power

The unloved industry could try to fight Biden—or get behind the global drive to vaccinate.

Frontline COVID-19 coronavirus warriors such as health workers, patients ambulance drivers, crematorium workers, wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) suits hold Indian national flags as part of the Independence Day celebrations in Kolkata on August 15, 2020.

COVID-19 Is India’s Great Leveler

The coronavirus pandemic has flattened the country’s social order and turned its political divisions upside down.

An Indian soldier watches a British Royal Air Force Chinook helicopter at the United Nations' headquarters in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on May 9, 2000.

How Wars End

The shifting nature of war has made peacemaking more difficult. A new kind of back-channel diplomacy can help.

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 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.

George Floyd mural unveiled in Brooklyn.

As America Seeks Racial Justice, It Can Learn From Abroad

Other countries offer good lessons for acknowledging and redressing past wrongs.

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A man prays for a relative who died from COVID-19 at a crematorium in New Delhi on April 20. Anindito Mukherjee/Getty Images

The Month in World Photos

April brought a devastating COVID surge in India—plus the death of a royal in England, a raging fire in Northern Ireland, and a closely watched verdict in the United States.

Jane Tomushana, whose husband was killed by an elephant while collecting firewood from inside the park, stands outside her home in Kyambura on Feb. 6, 2020.

When Nature Conservation Goes Wrong

Environmentalists’ intent on saving the planet by protecting natural habitats are creating human disasters of their own.