Supporters of Iranian presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi hold posters as they attend an election campaign rally in Tehran, Iran, on June 14.

The Perils of the Iranian Presidency

Most meet unhappy endings. Here’s why Ebrahim Raisi might avoid a similar fate.

Naftali Bennett visits a building that was hit by a rocket, fired from Gaza, during a campaign visit in the city of Rishon Letzion, near Tel Aviv, on Jan. 21, 2013.

Israel’s Big New Shift in Hamas Policy

The Israeli government used to try buying off the group’s compliance. Now it’s intent on using reconstruction money to coerce it.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks with NBC anchor Megyn Kelly at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 1, 2018. U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the Queen Theater in Wilmington, Delaware on Jan. 15.

What Putin Wants From His Summit With Biden

With expectations low in Moscow, the Kremlin is looking for limited deescalation.

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.

Peace activists wear presidential masks.

Putin and Biden Curb Their Enthusiasm

A “cold peace” is the best-case scenario coming out of this week’s summit.

A screen shows Putin speaking.

It’s Russia, Stupid (For Now)

Biden wants to focus on China. That’s a gift to Putin.

Protesters hold photos of detained Belarusian journalists

Forced Confessions Are the Propaganda of Terror

Belarus’s Lukashenko doesn’t want to be believed—he wants to be feared.

A performer on stilts dressed in the colors of the flag of the European Union attends a "March for Europe" gathering to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome, which created the precursor to the European Union, on March 25, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.

Is Europe Any Good at Soft Power?

The increasingly aggressive authoritarianism of Belarus is an acute test of the EU’s diplomatic self-image.

People protest outside of the Turkish consulate on the anniversary of the Armenian genocide in Beverly Hills, California, on April 24.

Turkey Will Never Recognize the Armenian Genocide

It’s time for Yerevan to shift gears and work toward rapprochement with Ankara.

Pedro Castillo of Perú Libre waves to supporters.

Peru’s New President Isn’t as Radical as He Looks

Pedro Castillo ran as an anti-establishment leftist. Here’s why he won’t govern like one.

Street artists paint a mural depicting COVID-19 front-line workers in Nepal.

Nepal’s Vaccine Disaster Has Left Millions Unprotected

Alleged corruption and geopolitical worries have created a deadly shortage.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin sits between Israeli Prime Minster Naftali Bennett (left) and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid as they pose for a group photo in Jerusalem on June 14.

Israel’s New Coalition Government Is More Stable Than It Looks

With all its parties facing disaster by leaving, the coalition has every reason to make it work.

A medical worker closes an ambulance’s doors.

‘War on Disease’ Is a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

The mindset that helped fight the current pandemic is what gets us into situations like this in the first place.

A man carries a girl on his shoulder as she holds a flag of the Syrian opposition during a protest in the village of Atme in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib on March 15.

‘Responsibility to Protect’ Is One More Casualty of the Syrian War

The conflict’s impact on the world’s ability to prevent atrocities will be felt for years to come.

Truck at a roadblock in Democratic Republic of the Congo

It’s the Roads, Stupid

Armed checkpoints along key trade routes are the key to financing rebel groups and insurgencies around the world.

Tom Tugendhat, a member of the British Parliament

Tom Tugendhat Is the British MP China Hates Most

A stalwartly anti-Beijing figure doesn’t quite fit his party’s mold.

Me Too protest in China

The Sneaky Conservatism of China’s Feminist Dramas

As Beijing limits women’s choices, ta shidai television shows soothe without offering real change.

Chilean cyclists participate in a protest against Sebastian Piñera's government in Santiago on Nov. 24, 2019.

Chile Offers a Blueprint for Effectively Channeling Outrage

Too many Latin American countries are stuck in a cycle of protest and reaction.

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

An illustration combining images of Janet Yellen and Mario Draghi.

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.

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.

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.