A masked tourist looks out over New York City from the Edge sky deck  as it reopens to the public amid the coronavirus pandemic on Sept. 2.

Moving Beyond a Post-Pandemic World

In a new book, Fareed Zakaria draws some hard but unavoidable conclusions about dealing with future viruses.

South African police officers hold protesters back during the funeral procession for Nathaniel Julies—who was shot by police—in Eldorado Park, near Johannesburg, on Sept. 5.

In South Africa, Police Violence Isn’t Black and White

The killing of a coloured teenager in Johannesburg exposed the fraught state of race relations in South Africa—and how the racial hierarchies created by apartheid continue to plague the country.

U.S. forces patrol the area of the town of Tel Tamer, in Syria's northeastern Hasakah province on Aug. 17.

The United States Can Counter Putin and Assad With a Light Footprint in Syria

Washington can reduce Moscow’s influence and support Kurdish allies without a large troop presence in the region.

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Lebanese, Palestinian, and Iraqi Americans form a human chain during an Arab unity rally in front of Dearborn City Hall in Dearborn, Michigan, on June 6, 2007.

‘Tired of the Game’: Palestinian Americans Want Trump Out but Have Issues With Biden

In a crucial state like Michigan, Joe Biden will have to convince skeptical Palestinians that he won’t leave them in the lurch—again.

Voters line-up to cast their ballots at a polling station set up at Noonday Baptist Church for the mid-term elections on November 6, 2018 in Marietta, Georgia.

Americans Are Officially Giving Up on Democracy

New polling shows that a growing share of U.S. citizens want leaders who wouldn’t “bother with” elections.

A demonstrator holds up a placard reading “Fake News: Trump Tested Positive” in Konstanz, Germany, on Oct. 3, 2020.

The Case Against Big Tech’s Election Strategies

Misinformation is hyperlocal. Attempts to counter it should be, too.

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses the U.N. General Assembly.

Trump’s Foreign-Policy Adventures Haven’t All Flopped

For all the chaos, the Trump administration has notched some notable victories abroad. The question is whether they outweigh everything else Trump brought to Washington—and the world.

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The World’s Election

Trump versus Biden is not just about the United States. The whole world is watching the Nov. 3 election to see how U.S. foreign policy may change in the coming months.

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Postcards From the Wedge

Niche foreign-policy issues could become make-or-break affairs for battleground races, from Cuba for Florida Latinos to the treatment of Somali refugees in Minnesota.

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What We’re Missing

Daily takes by leading global thinkers on the most important foreign-policy issues not being talked about during the campaign.

 

What Joe Biden Wants

Columnist James Traub offers an inside preview of the foreign-policy vision, and instincts, of the potential 46th president of the United States.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

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The Real Hacking Threat

It doesn’t matter if Russia actually sways the vote. What matters is whether Americans think it did.

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A Perilous Presidential Handoff

The presidential transition of power has long been a weakness of the U.S. political system. But never more so than now.

Feeling Like an Outcast

The bestselling book “Caste” brilliantly frames racial hierarchies in the United States but largely ignores the horrors of India’s caste structure.

Emerging Stronger From the Great Lockdown

The managing director and the chief economist of the International Monetary Fund lay out a strategy for sustained recovery.

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Pursuing an End to Hunger

As the pandemic causes increasing numbers of people to experience food insecurity, China has begun using Big Data to chase the goal of zero hunger.

Then-Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland speaks at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 31, 2018.

The Canadian Women Who Changed Trump’s Mind on Tariffs

Chrystia Freeland, Mary Ng, and Kirsten Hillman got the White House to do something rare: back down.

Lebanese demonstrators protest against the government's handling of a collapsing economy, with Lebanon burdened by debt of nearly $90 billion, on Feb. 11, 2020 in Beirut.

Start Preparing for the Coming Debt Crisis

FP asked leading global thinkers which foreign-policy issues have been missing from the election campaign. Dambisa Moyo writes about the ticking global debt bomb.

A man holds his child inside a malnutrition ward supported by the World Food Programme at Al-Sabeen hospital in Sanaa, Yemen, on Oct. 10.

A U.N. Agency Lauded for Its Work Faces a Funding Shortage

The World Food Program will need more than a Nobel Prize to feed the millions who are newly food-insecure.

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The Victims Femicide Leaves Behind

Italy is one of the only countries with a law to provide for those orphaned by femicide—and it could serve as a model for the rest of Europe.

Members of BTS attend the 2019 Mnet Asian Music Awards at Nagoya Dome in Nagoya, Japan, on Dec. 4, 2019.

China Backs Off From Fight With K-Pop Fans

South Korea’s soft power should be a model for Beijing.

Internally displaced people with their belongings flee from Nadali district to Lashkar Gah during the ongoing clashes between Taliban fighters and Afghan security forces in Helmand province on October 14, 2020.

The U.S. Once Surged into Helmand Province. Now the Taliban Is, Too.

As Afghanistan peace talks drag on, with Washington sending mixed signals on troop withdrawals, the Taliban make a violent bid for a key province.

Pope Francis prays as he addresses the crowd from the window of the apostolic palace overlooking St. Peter's Square during his Angelus prayer at the Vatican on Oct. 18.

The Pope’s Latest Encyclical Is Beautiful—and Hypocritical

“Fratelli Tutti” lays out a set of principles that the Vatican doesn’t apply to its own China deals.

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan (C) listens to a representative at the Russian pavilion during a visit to the Dubai Airshow on Nov. 17, 2019.

The UAE Is Turning Into the World Capital for Weapons Makers

Years of quiet development are finally paying off, and Abu Dhabi’s defense industry can largely stand on its own feet.

A journalist looks at a map showing the route of a missile apparently mistakenly launched from Taiwan during a press conference in Taipei on July 1, 2016.

China Keeps Inching Closer to Taiwan

The United States needs to get serious about defending the island nation—here’s how.

President Donald Trump speaks alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence.

Trump to Remove Sudan From Terrorist List, Following Behind-the-Scenes Pressure on Israel

The announcement could end Sudan’s three decades as an international pariah. But it comes at a cost.

U.S. President Richard Nixon shakes hands with CIA Director Richard Helms

Document of the Week: When Ordering the Assassination of a World Leader Required Secrecy

Unlike Trump, former U.S. President Richard Nixon went to great lengths to cover up plans to assassinate or topple foreign leaders.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi participates in a committee meeting at the Parliament House in New Delhi on March 3, 2020.

Angst and Denial in India as It’s Now Officially Poorer Than Bangladesh

Once dirt-poor Bangladesh just surpassed India in GDP per capita. All the more reason for Modi to focus on the right reforms.

Indian Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo before their meeting in Tokyo on Oct. 6.

Team Biden Should Start With an Asia Pivot 2.0

U.S. policy to contain China will require a lot more continuity with Trump than Biden’s backers would like to admit.

A man walks along a street near India Gate amid heavily polluted conditions in New Delhi on Dec. 6, 2019.

Welcome to the Final Battle for the Climate

The great powers have taken big steps to fight global warming. Now attention turns to the rest of the world.

Joint plaintiffs are seen at the courtroom prior to the start of a trial against two Syrian defendants accused of state-sponsored torture in Syria, on April 23, 2020 in Koblenz, Germany.

Assad’s Horrible War Crimes Are Finally Coming to Light Under Oath

A German court is exposing Syria’s systemic atrocities—and ending any hopes of international reconciliation with the regime.

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?

People walk down 16th Street in Washington after volunteers painted "Black Lives Matter" on the street near the White House on June 5.

Seeing Race In a Pandemic

How the physical environment affects our experience of difference.

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Why Race Matters in International Relations

Western dominance and white privilege permeate the field. It’s time to change that.

Special insights on the post-pandemic world

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Culture Shock

Eight voices on the future of entertainment, culture, and sports.

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The Future of Travel

Seven predictions for how tourism will change.

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Will Schools and Universities Ever Return to Normal?

Nine experts on the future of education after the pandemic.

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The Future of the State

Ten leading global thinkers on government after the pandemic.

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Cecil Airport in Jacksonville, Florida, on Sept. 24. Tom Brenner/REUTERS

The Month in World Photos

September brought a devastating fire at a Greek migrant camp and the death of a U.S. Supreme Court icon—plus a mass whale stranding in Australia, fires in California, and protests against police violence around the world.

A migrant mother walks in front of a wall outside the Moria refugee camp in Lesbos, Greece, on Aug. 11, a month before the devastating September fire.

Europe’s Failed Migration Policy Caused Greece’s Latest Refugee Crisis

The burning of the Moria refugee camp in Lesbos has exposed the EU’s short-sighted, inhumane, and ineffective approach to asylum.