The pro-democracy lawmaker Wu Chi-wai is removed by security during a scuffle with pro-Beijing lawmakers at the House Committee's election of vice chairpersons, presided by pro-Beijing lawmaker Starry Lee Wai-king at the Legislative Council  in Hong Kong on May 22.

Beijing Has Lit Hong Kong’s Funeral Pyre

Hong Kongers will fight the imposition of mainland security measures fiercely but alone.

An Indian soldier communicates with colleagues on a walkie talkie at Nathula Gate, leading to the Nathu La border crossing between India and China.

Could India and China Go to War?

Three decades ago, the two countries reached an understanding not to fight. But Beijing is now a much stronger power.

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Goodbye, Government. Hello, Mafia.

From insurgent groups to charities, a range of nongovernmental organizations are stepping in to respond to the coronavirus crisis.

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Essential Coronavirus Reading: Now Free for Everyone

Access these select Foreign Policy articles on the deadly outbreak without a subscription.

An aerial view shows flooded houses after a dam broke when Cyclone Amphan made landfall in Shyamnagar, Bangladesh, on May 21.

First the Pandemic. Then a Killer Cyclone.

India and Bangladesh reel after Cyclone Amphan kills dozens and displaces thousands, creating conditions for the coronavirus to renew its spread.

Coronavirus Misinformation Arrests in Indonesia

Coronavirus ‘Fake News’ Arrests Are Quieting Critics

In Southeast Asia, the coronavirus pandemic has provided a handy excuse for a clampdown on free speech.

The U.S. Capitol at dusk in Washington on Feb. 6, 2018.

Congress Has Been AWOL on U.S. Coronavirus Diplomacy

The invisibility and silence of Congress is another reason for America’s shocking abdication of global leadership.

Lebanese protesters ride horses past burning tires in front of the house of former youth and sports minister Faisal Karami, during a protest against dire economic conditions in the coastal city of Tripoli on Oct. 18, 2019.

The Death of Lebanon’s Middle Class

A country with a proud history of trade and commerce is starting to crumble into permanent poverty.

A MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft is parked in an aircraft shelter at Creech Air Force Base in Indian Springs, Nevada, on Nov. 17, 2015.

Trump Inherited the Drone War but Ditched Accountability

Only a single formal check remains on U.S. killings worldwide.

A worker feeds the piglets in a hog pen in China

China’s Farms Are Petri Dishes of Antibiotic Resistance

Poorly enforced regulation is causing a slow-moving pandemic.

A statue of the ancient Greek goddess Athena is illuminated under a full moon in central Athens on July 27, 2018.

Strategists Have Forgotten the Power of Stories

The arts are invaluable to national security policymakers facing an ever-changing future.

Special insights on the post-pandemic world

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The Future of the State

Ten leading global thinkers on an expansion of government powers.

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Cities in the Future

12 experts on the coming transformations in urban life.

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The Fate of the Economy

Nine economists on a rapidly changing fiscal landscape.

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The Coming World Order

12 leading thinkers on geopolitics after the pandemic.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

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How to Save Global Capitalism From Itself

Decentralizing decision-making can help left-behind regions get back on track.

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Britain’s Post-Brexit Identity Crisis

Boris Johnson has contradictory ideas for his country’s future—and no clear paths for getting there.

The Ugly End of Chimerica

The coronavirus pandemic has turned a conscious uncoupling into a messy breakup.

The 3 Most Polarizing Words in India

“Jai Shri Ram” was meant to be a celebration of a Hindu deity. But the phrase is turning into hate speech—and a dog whistle for attacks on Muslims.

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U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He at the signing ceremony for the U.S.-Chinese trade agreement at the White House in Washington on Jan. 15.

Trump’s China Trade Deal Is as Dead as Can Be

His much-touted trade victory has crashed and burned with the coronavirus pandemic.

Workers move molten iron at a furnace in the production area of the Zhongtian Steel Group Corp. in Changzhou, China, on May 13, 2016.

Don’t Let China Steal Your Steel Industry

Beijing is rapidly becoming the dominant player in an industry vital to defense and technology companies. If the United States and Europe aren’t careful, they will become dependent.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden sits with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before a dinner at the prime minister's residence in Jerusalem on March 9, 2010.

How to End the Special Relationship With Israel

The peace process died of natural causes. Washington’s most extraordinary alliance should too.

The bronze sculpture "Depression Bread Line" by George Segal—seen here on March 7, 2009, at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington—shows five men waiting in line near a door during the Great Depression and the inactivity and troubles of everyday citizens then.

Will a Global Depression Trigger Another World War?

The coronavirus pandemic has already devastated the international economy. Its military fallout remains to be seen.

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Newborn Bibi Amena receives treatment for a gunshot wound in her leg at the French Medical Institute for Children in Kabul on May 15 after losing her mother during an attack on a maternity hospital earlier in the week. WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP via Getty Images

The Week in World Photos

A massacre in an Afghan maternity ward, a typhoon’s torrential rains in the Philippines, and a return—for some—to the classroom.

De Nicolo walks out of Santo Spirito Hospital on May 5 on her way home after 58 days in the hospital.

Italy’s Next Phase: Returning Home

As the lockdown begins to ease up, coronavirus patients in ICUs across the country are just waking up—and beginning a long road to recovery.