A police officer removes tires set by protesters during a demonstration in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, on Jan. 14. (Zinyange Auntony/AFP/Getty Images)

Zimbabwe Crackdown Saps Hopes of Reform

The violence is a blow to Zimbabweans who hoped for greater freedom of expression in the post-Mugabe era.

Russian soldiers load an Iskander-M missile launcher during a military exercise at a firing range in Ussuriysk, Russia on Nov. 17, 2016. (Yuri Smityuk/TASS/Getty Images)

Russia’s Conventional Weapons Are Deadlier Than Its Nukes

Withdrawing from the INF treaty would take the United States one step forward and many steps back on international security.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg (from left) with U.S. President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May at NATO headquarters in Brussels on July 11, 2018. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Trump Can’t Do That. Can He?

On NATO withdrawal and other issues, it turns out presidential powers are constrained by norms but not laws.

A decade of Global Thinkers

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A participant holds a banner with photos of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in front of the presidential palace during a demonstration on Dec. 21, 2018.

Defenders of Human Rights Are Making a Comeback

With larger powers in retreat, small countries and civil society groups have stepped up—and they have won some significant victories.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (left) shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the welcome ceremony for the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on May 15, 2017. (Kenzaburo Fukuhara-Pool/Getty Images)

The Belt and Road Initiative Is a Corruption Bonanza

Despots and crooks are using China’s infrastructure project to stay in power—with Beijing's help.

A Venezuelan family at the Simon Bolivar International Bridge in the Colombian border city of Cucuta on January 10. (Schneyder Mendoza/AFP/Getty Images)

Here’s Why Colombia Opened Its Arms to Venezuelan Migrants—Until Now

For years, Colombians fleeing violence left for Venezuela. Now mass migration flows the other way.

An AFP collaborator uses the Chinese app TikTok on Dec. 14, 2018 in Paris. (-/AFP/Getty Images)

ByteDance Can’t Outrun Beijing’s Shadow

The Chinese social media firm is the most valued start-up in the world—but it’s going to hit political walls.

Voices

Druze men at the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights flash the V for victory sign as they look out across the southwestern Syrian province of Quneitra on July 7, 2018. (Jalaa Marey/AFP/Getty Images)

The Golan Heights Should Stay Israeli Forever

At least one of Israel’s occupations will be permanent, whether anyone else likes it or not.

A member of the medical staff of the Ebola Treatment Unit at the Bwera General Hospital in western Uganda on Dec. 12, 2018. (Isaac Kasmani/AFP/Getty Images)

Ebola Has Gotten So Bad, It’s Normal

Africa isn’t just dealing with an outbreak anymore—and that’s bad news for everyone.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez talks to fellow members of Congress during the first session of the 116th Congress at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 03, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Welcome to Congress. Here’s How to Run the World.

A crash course in international affairs for Washington’s newest arrivals.

Senator Elizabeth Warren attends a news conference to discuss immediate humanitarian needs in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands on Nov. 28, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Trump’s Foreign Policy Is Here to Stay

Democrats have the upper hand to take the White House—but whoever wins may have to adopt the current occupant's worldview.

Galleries

A Vietnamese woman collects incense sticks in the village of Quang Phu Cau on the outskirts of Hanoi on Jan. 3. In Vietnam's “incense village,” hundreds of workers dye, dry, and whittle down bamboo bark to make the fragrant sticks ahead of the busy lunar new year holiday. MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Preparation for the Lunar New Year in Vietnam, the election in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Epiphany celebrations around the world.

A boat carrying migrants is stranded in the Strait of Gibraltar before being rescued by the Spanish Guardia Civil and the Salvamento Maritimo sea search and rescue agency on Sept. 8. MARCOS MORENO/AFP/Getty Images

A Top-Down View of 2018

Climate change, migration, disasters, agriculture, and industry—a look at the past year from above.

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A cruise ship near the harbor of Ilulissat off the west coast of Greenland, north of the Arctic Circle, in August 2012. (Education Images/UIG via Getty Images)

Stretched Thin on Thin Ice

With the Arctic melting and northern coast guards struggling to keep up, the next disaster is a matter of when, not if.

Matt Chase illustration for Foreign Policy

Food Fight

Why the next big battle may not be fought over treasure or territory—but for fish.

The Taliban’s Fight for Hearts and Minds

The militants’ new strategy is to out-govern the U.S.-backed administration in Kabul—and it’s working.

Point and Nuke

Remembering the era of portable atomic bombs.

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