A Chinese flag flies over a local mosque closed by authorities as an ethnic Uighur woman sells bread at her bakery in Kashgar, Xinjiang province, China, on June 28, 2017. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

China Has Chosen Cultural Genocide in Xinjiang—For Now

It’s expensive to destroy a people without killing them, but Beijing is willing to pay the price.

A gas flare burns on Norway's Sleipner gas platform on May 15, 2008. (Daniel Sannum-Lauten/AFP/Getty Images)

Norway’s Green Delusions

The country may seem a haven for clean energy, but that’s because it exports its pollution.

Trucks stand ready to haul shipping containers at the Port of Los Angeles, the nation's busiest container port, on Sept. 18. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Trucking Is the Security Crisis You Never Noticed

Everything from food to oil depends on underpaid and overworked drivers.

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White and Male: Trump’s Ambassadors Don’t Look Like the Rest of America

The diversity problem predates this administration, but some State Department officials fear it’s getting worse.

A mosque, in Damascus, in the 1930s. (STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)

Once Upon a Time, America Needed Syria

Americans have forgotten that their long history of intervention in the Middle East started in Damascus. Now it might end there.

Syrians chant slogans and wave opposition flags as they protest against the Syrian government during a demonstration in Binnish in the rebel-held northern Idlib province late on Sept. 17. (Omar Haj Kadour/AFP/Getty Images)

How Putin’s Syrian War Is Humbling Trump

The Kremlin is filling the vacuum created by the U.S. retreat from the Middle East—now, with a buffer zone in Idlib.

(JM Lopez/AFP/Getty Images/iStockphoto/Foreign Policy illustration)

Time for Peace Talks With ISIS and Al Qaeda?

With options limited for fighting terrorists, negotiations may be the best remaining alternative.

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In the Magazine

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In Cyberwar, There are No Rules

Why the world desperately needs digital Geneva Conventions.

Matt Chase illustration for Foreign Policy.

A Million Mistakes a Second 

Ultrafast computing is critical to modern warfare. But it also ensures a lot could go very wrong, very quickly. 

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.

The End of the Fighting General 

America’s top brass should abandon dreams of battlefield glory—and focus on paperwork instead.

Voices

A satellite photo from September 16, 2004 depicting what South Korean officials described as "mushroom-shaped clouds" over North Korea's remote northeastern region. (LEE JONG-CHUL/AFP/Getty Images)

‘Your Mission Is to Keep All This From Collapsing Into Nuclear Hellfire’

An open letter to Donald Trump's new North Korea envoy on how to avoid Armageddon.

A man dressed as Pinocchio holds a sign during a protest march against the US president and the Belgian Prime Minister in the city center of Brussels on May 24, 2017. (BRUNO FAHY/AFP/Getty Images)

Does It Matter That Trump Is a Liar?

World leaders have never really trusted each other—but the president's behavior undermines American foreign policy anyway.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (L) arrive at the presidential palace in the UAE capital on July 20, 2018. (KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)

The Middle East Doesn’t Take China Seriously

There are some parts of the world where economic strength isn’t enough to qualify as a great power.

Podcasts

Afghan residents walk near destroyed houses after a Taliban attack in Ghazni on August 16 (ZAKERIA HASHIMI / AFP)

Talking to the Taliban

American journalist Ashley Jackson wanted to learn more about Taliban leaders. So she donned a burqa and knocked on their doors.

Galleries

Protesters clash with police during a demonstration against the agreement reached by Greece and Macedonia to resolve a dispute over the former Yugoslav republic's nam during the opening of the 83rd Thessaloniki International Fair in Thessaloniki on Sept. 8. ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Protests in Greece, a propaganda extravaganza in North Korea, and a giant pumpkin in England.

Indian Hindu devotees take a vow before forming a human pyramid in a bid to reach and break a dahi handi (curd pot) suspended in the air during celebrations for the Janmashtami festival, which marks the birth of Hindu God Lord Krishna, in Mumbai on Sept. 3. INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Gay rights in India, face paint in Kosovo, and camel races in Kenya.

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