Joe Biden

How Biden Changed His Mind on Afghanistan

After 9/11, Biden embraced the idea that U.S. troops should leave the country better than how they found it. Now, as president, he’s withdrawing them regardless.

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America’s Come-From-Behind Pandemic Victory

China was the global winner of the coronavirus disaster—until the United States beat the odds.

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The Anthropocene Is Overrated

The way we talk about climate change and our effect on the planet is all wrong—and increasingly dangerous.

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Biden Plans Big Pledge on U.S. Emissions Cuts

Washington wants to reclaim climate leadership and get other major countries to ramp up ambitions.

Protesters chant slogans during a rally in Amman, Jordan.

Jordan Has Become a Banana Monarchy

The country is imploding under America’s watch.

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Britain’s Post-Brexit Foreign Policy Can Be a Force for Good

Boris Johnson shouldn’t shy away from global leadership and the morally driven approach that protected Kosovars and Iraqi Kurds in the 1990s.

A donkey stands tied up next to a burnt area of Amazon rainforest reserve, south of Novo Progresso in Para state, on August 16, 2020.

Biden’s Back Channel on the Amazon

Rocky Brazil-U.S. diplomacy on protecting the rainforest approaches a pivotal moment.

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Is Leaving Afghanistan Misguided or Overdue?

Biden’s withdrawal announcement is meant to end a 20-year war, but Washington has been dragged back into conflicts before.

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Yes, the Atrocities in Xinjiang Constitute a Genocide

Beijing’s own words and actions highlight the intent to end the Uyghurs as a people.

A Slovak Armed Forces aircraft unloads doses of the Sputnik V vaccine at the Kosice International Airport in Slovakia, on March 1.

Sputnik V’s Biggest Legacy May Be Political Turmoil

In Eastern European countries that have accepted the Russian vaccine, destabilization has followed.

A view of a ruby star atop one of the Kremlin's towers in downtown Moscow on Dec. 9, 2019.

U.S. Slaps Wide-Ranging Sanctions on Moscow—but Stops Short of Killer Blow

The Biden administration takes a novel, broad-brush approach to Russia’s nefarious activity.

The Royal Navy flag is hoisted during preparations for a commemoration event on the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Arromanches-Les-Bains, France, on June 6, 2019.

The United Kingdom Finally Acknowledges Its Hard-Power Limits

In its new defense and foreign-policy posture, the country is no longer trying to punch above its weight.

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­­A Hashemite Family Reunion Can’t Hide Jordan’s Woes

Making nice after an alleged coup attempt obscures serious challenges, including water scarcity, a refugee crisis, and unhelpful neighbors.

Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks as he meets with Jewish community leaders at the David Posnack Jewish Community Center to discuss the nuclear deal reached with Iran in Davie, Florida, on Sept. 3, 2015.

U.S. Mounts All-Out Effort to Save Iran Nuclear Deal

Chief negotiator Robert Malley begins to forge a compromise with both Iran and hard-liners at home.

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus wears a mask after leaving a ceremony in Geneva on June 11, 2020.

The World Should Treat Pandemics Like It Treats Chemical Weapons

Plans for a global pandemic treaty don’t solve the problem of China’s refusal to cooperate.

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In the Magazine

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America and the World: How to Build Back Better

Looking back on 50 years of U.S. foreign policy and the lessons they hold for Washington today.

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A New Pivot to Asia

The fuzzy goodwill between Biden and America’s Asian allies will soon be tested by China’s growing power.

Foreign Policy Begins at Home

The best way for Biden to build better partnerships abroad is to get America’s own house in order—that starts with human rights.

The paneled roof of Blackfriars Bridge, currently the world’s largest solar-powered bridge, is seen from the south bank of the River Thames in London on July 4, 2017.

The Future of Solar Is Small

Local community projects are already powering parts of London and could pave the way for a green transition.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks during a press conference at the International Conference on the Legal-International Claims of the Holy Defense in the capital Tehran on February 23, 2021.

Nuclear Sabotage Could Be What Iran Needed

This week’s attack on an Iranian enrichment facility has improved the country’s negotiating position.

Two girls stand at the entrance of a tent in an IDP camp in Syria.

Assad Regime Continues Stonewalling U.S. Aid to Syria

Syrian government is using aid deliveries as a weapon, State Department reports.

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India’s Suffering Female Farmers Have the Most to Lose

The country’s rural Dalits are already exploited—and know it can get worse.

King Abdullah II bin Al Hussein of Jordan speaks at the United Nations General Assembly on September 24, 2019 in New York City.

Jordan’s King Is His Own Worst Enemy

There’s much more evidence of the monarch’s poor governance than a foreign conspiracy against him.

Asaduddin Owaisi arrives at Parliament House in New Delhi.

Asaduddin Owaisi’s Bid to Redefine Indian Secularism

Muslims need their own nationwide party, he believes. And he’s going to build it.

Nationalists and Loyalists riot at the Peace Wall gates which divide the two communities on April 7 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

How Brexit Lit the Fuse in Northern Ireland

Loyalist fears that Boris Johnson is abandoning them have sparked a wave of violence that could endanger the Good Friday Agreement.

Pao Ge Vang, 5, waits for the school bus to take him home after his second day in kindergarten at Herndon-Barstow Elementary School in Fresno, California, on Dec. 10, 2004. The Vangs are among thousands of Hmong refugees who fled Laos for Thailand 30 years ago and were part of the current U.S government resettlement program for up to 15,000 Hmong.

The United States Can’t Welcome More Refugees Without Reforming Its Resettlement System

Trump gutted the programs that helped aid and place migrants. Now Biden is left with a mess.

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Angela Merkel (L) speaks with Joe Biden at the start of their meeting at the Chancellery on Feb. 1, 2013 in in Berlin.

Biden’s Refugee Policy Is Anything but Merkel

As immigration becomes a political crisis, the U.S. president has embraced populism over problem-solving.

Joe Biden walks through Arlington National cemetery to honor fallen veterans of the Afghan conflict in Arlington, Virginia on April 14, 2021.

Biden’s War at Home Over Afghanistan Is Just Beginning

After making the right call on withdrawal, the U.S. president better get ready for second-guessing.

Solar panel technicians check a solar panel in the final stage of production in Baoding, Hebei Province.

When Clean Energy Is Powered by Dirty Labor

Most solar panels come from China, and using them to fuel a clean energy transition risks reliance on Uyghur slave labor.

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Yes, You Can Use the T-Word to Describe China

China is governed by a totalitarian regime. Why is that so hard to say?

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.

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When Did Racism Become Solely a Domestic Issue?

International relations theorists once explored racism. What has the field lost by giving that up?

Nelson Mandela visits Hlengiwe School in Johannesburg on May 1, 1993.

Put Racial Justice at Center of the Biden-Harris Transition Plan

The new administration can learn from South Africa’s experience with transitional justice.

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.