People watch a television screen showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

There’s No Choice but Negotiation With North Korea

Moon Jae-in’s White House visit is a good chance to step up talks again.

Visitors discuss a 5G display at the India Mobile Congress in New Delhi on Oct. 25, 2018.

India Draws a Line in the 5G Sand

After last summer’s clashes with China, New Delhi may finally be ready to leave ambiguity behind—and side with the West.

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.

Somalia's President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, commonly known by his nickname of Farmajo, attends the special assembly for abandoning the two-year extension of his presidential term at Villa Hargeisa in Mogadishu on May 1.

Don’t Blame Me for Delaying Somalia’s Elections

Somalia’s president says entrenched elites are blocking the path toward universal suffrage and insisting on an indirect electoral system that maintains their power.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the G-7 summit in Biarritz, France, on Aug. 25, 2019.

India Gives Up Its Anti-Colonial Obsessions and Embraces Europe

In response to China’s rise, New Delhi casts off anti-Western baggage.

A television news program reporting on the U.S. presidential election shows images of then-U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at a railway station in Seoul on Nov. 9, 2020.

South Korea Isn’t a Junior Partner for America

Biden needs to show that Washington treats the alliance seriously when Moon visits.

Yevgeny Prigozhin shows Vladimir Putin his school lunch factory.

Putin’s Shadow Warriors Stake Claim to Syria’s Oil

Companies linked to the Wagner group are snapping up oil and gas leases—with an eye to pumping influence, not oil.

An Israeli army officer opens a gate in the border fence to allow a column of tanks and armored bulldozers to advance into the Gaza Strip to operate against Palestinian militants October 19, 2006 near the southern Israeli Kibbutz of Mefalsim.

Israel Is Bluffing About Ever Invading Gaza

Talk about sending ground troops to definitively defeat Hamas is nothing more than an idle threat.

Microphones are set up before the arrival of then-White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders outside the West Wing in Washington on May 2, 2019.

Bad News Bearers

New reports detail just how imperiled the global news media is—and the dangers to democracy along with it.

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In the Magazine


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.

Then-European Parliament Vice President Isabelle Durant

Why Aren’t There More Women Economists at the United Nations?

Female economists are rising to the top—everywhere but the U.N.

Members of Congress of South African Trade Unions march to the National Treasury during their strike against corruption and unemployment in Pretoria on Oct. 7, 2020.

U.S. Tax Policy Can Help Africa’s Fight Against Illicit Financial Flows

The Biden administration can stop multinational companies, criminals, and kleptocrats from siphoning off Africa’s wealth.

A worker checks a robot in China.

China’s Overseas Tech Talent Is Torn Over Going Home

The possibilities are great, but the politics are risky.

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Before Jihadi John, There Was George Blake

The British KGB double agent was a forerunner of today’s radicalized Western jihadis.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket takes off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 30, 2020.

The Crisis in Space

Rocket debris, ‘space junk,’ and resource competition require new space diplomacy.

U.S. President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga walk along the Rose Garden Colonnade as they arrive for a news conference at the White House in Washington on April 16.

Biden’s National Security Strategy Is Starry-Eyed About U.S. Allies

Managing rifts in alliances should be built into strategic planning.


A gasoline pump is out of service near Charlotte, North Carolina following a ransomware attack that shut down the Colonial Pipeline, on May 11.

The Colonial Pipeline Crisis Is a Taste of Things to Come

Biden must act now to protect the energy system from the rising threat of cyberattacks and natural disasters.

Joe Biden waves alongside Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas prior to their meeting on March 10, 2010 in Ramallah, West Bank.

What Biden Is—and Isn’t—Willing to Do for Palestinians

The new U.S. president wants to help, but he may not be prepared to pay the price.

Israeli soldiers looks on during clashes with Palestinian youth in the city center of the occupied West Bank town of Hebron on April 24, 2021.

Israel’s War Will Never End

For Israelis and Palestinians, ethnic violence isn't a temporary problem. It’s a lasting identity.

Palestinians throw stones at Israeli soldiers.

No Peace Process Means No Peace

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



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.

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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.