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.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Joe Biden

Ukraine Won’t Stop Fighting the Nord Stream Deal

Kyiv feels let down by supposed allies in Berlin and Washington.

A demonstrator wears a mask with the East Turkestan flag

Calls for Independence May Not Help the Uyghur Cause

Stopping the atrocities in Xinjiang requires reaching the Chinese public.

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.

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How a Dream Job Became a Bureaucratic Nightmare for a Top U.N. Lawyer

Chief advocate for alleged terrorists sanctioned by the United Nations announces his resignation citing red tape, rule-of-law issues.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman talks with Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum during the Future Investment Initiative FII conference in the Saudi capital Riyadh on October 24, 2018.

The Rocky New Era of the Saudi-Emirati Relationship

After years of closely cooperating on everything from Iran to oil, the Arab Gulf is entering a moment of wariness.

Fishermen lay their nets on the Mekong River close to the site of an approved dam site near Luang Prabang, Laos, on Feb. 8 2020.

In Laos, a Dubious Dam Threatens Luang Prabang

A hydroelectric project could force UNESCO to delist the spectacular World Heritage Site.

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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.

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 protester lifts a Tunisian national flag during an anti-government rally in front of the parliament in Tunis, Tunisia.

The International Community Must Use Its Leverage in Tunisia

Foreign powers should condemn Kais Saied’s power grab to halt long-term damage to the nascent democracy.

Merkel and Biden at the White House

Biden’s Surrender to Merkel on Nord Stream 2

His support for the pipeline abandoned a bipartisan consensus, got nothing in return, and made the world less secure.

A security officer walks past a mural showing U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in Kabul on July 31, 2020.

India Resists the Taliban Bandwagon

As Blinken heads to New Delhi, he could find some surprising common ground on Afghanistan.

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Biden at Six Months: How Successful Is His Foreign Policy?

Foreign Policy asked nine global experts for their takes on the administration’s agenda.

An art teacher gives finishing touches to a painting of Reuters journalist Danish Siddiqui as a tribute outside an art school in Mumbai on July 16, 2021.

Modi Rejected an Indian Hero

Danish Siddiqui’s death should have been a moment of national unity. The prime minister made it the opposite.

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Are We in a Rerun of ‘That ’70s Show’?

Some economists warn inflation is a ticking time bomb.

Simone Biles competes on the balance beam during the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Kansas City, Missouri, on August 09, 2019.

Athletes Are Post-National Now

Decades of sex abuse turned American gymnasts away from their federation. Will other sports follow suit?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives to deliver a speech on June 24, 2018 in Istanbul.

Cracks Are Growing in the Erdogan Regime

Turkey is more politically unstable today than at any other point in recent years.

Portrait taken on May 12, 1982 of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

Postmodern America Didn’t Deserve Jimmy Carter

A new biography paints a portrait of a president who made vast progress on policy—and failed at smoke-and-mirrors PR.

A U.S. Cobra helicopter participates in a military exercise.

U.S. Lawmakers Hold Up Major Proposed Arms Sale to Nigeria

Senators quietly press U.S. President Joe Biden to reassess U.S.-Nigeria relations amid human rights concerns.

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.