Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden wears an "I Voted" sticker as he speaks to reporters outside the Delaware State Building after casting his ballot for the general election on October 28, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware.

What Biden Really Thinks About Democracy Promotion

The new U.S president has crafted a novel approach to human rights that’s marked both by idealism and humility.

Leaving Afghanistan

What happens to the country and its people after the forever war ends?

Shadow Government

A front-row seat to the Republicans’ debate over foreign policy, including their critique of the Biden administration.

Russian President Vladimir Putin stands with U.S. ambassador to Russia John Sullivan in Moscow.

Under Putin’s Rules, U.S. Mission in Russia Left With Skeleton Crew

So far, Biden hasn’t signaled whether there will be any retaliation.

People protest the Brazilian president.

The Pandemic’s Legacy Will Spur New Protests in Latin America

Increased economic inequality has only added to widespread discontent.

Signs for mask-wearing guidance at the White House

What in the World?

This week in FP’s international news quiz: a presidential power grab, new COVID-19 restrictions, and diplomatic visits to China.

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In the Magazine

Angela Merkel

The Other Side of Angela Merkel

What the world has misunderstood about the German chancellor.

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The Bidenomics Revolution

If he succeeds, the president will cast 40 years of economic doctrine on history’s ash heap. But that’s a big if.

Age and the Agbayas

One word perfectly captures the clash between Nigeria’s leaders and its booming young population.

An opposition activist holds a banner that reads “vaccination now” during a protest to demand the government generally vaccinate the population in Caracas, Venezuela, on May 28.

Venezuela Is Without a Vaccination Plan

Maduro’s abject failure is consequential for the nation, the region, and the world.

South Korean athlete runs bases at Tokyo Olympic Games.

Japan Wasted a Golden Chance for Olympic Reconciliation

Tokyo-Seoul relations remain mired in bad history and petty insults.

A Tibetan herder and yak on July 4, 2020, as part of a composite satellite illustration of the Tibetan and Bhutanese border region.

China Is Using Tibetans as Agents of Empire in the Himalayas

What life is like for the quarter-million residents of fortress villages in Tibet.

An interpreter speaks with Kurdish villagers.

Iraqi Kurds Keep Faith in U.S. Despite Drawdown

The United States’ longtime partners in northern Iraq are watching Afghanistan go to pieces after the U.S. pullout with “wishful thinking.”

Advocates for student debt cancellation in front of the White House

You Shouldn’t Have to Pay for That IR Master’s

Institutions like the State Department need to scrap credentialism.

Then-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets Jordanian King Abdullah II during a visit to Amman on Jan. 16, 2014.

Israel and Jordan’s Relationship Is Better Than It Looks

For both countries, national interests continue to trump personality-based politics.

The Dead Sea shoreline is receding.

Can Enemies Become Allies in the Fight Against Climate Change?

There are many incentives for cross-border military cooperation—even among adversaries—as climate change worsens.

An anti-vaccination protester in France

Macron’s Big Vaccination Gamble

The French president is making vaccines mandatory for many—sparking fresh protests ahead of next year’s elections.

A demonstrator holds a banner decrying China's human rights abuses against Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang province during a protest in Washington on April 6, 2019.

Calls for Independence May Not Help the Uyghur Cause

Stopping the atrocities in Xinjiang requires reaching the Chinese public.

Local Afghan militia and Afghan Army soldiers consult March 14, 2007 in Kajaki, Helmand province, Afghanistan.

Stop Assuming the Taliban Will Win

With ethnic warlords reviving their militias, the Afghan war—even without the U.S. military—is more balanced than it seems.

The MV Ever Given container ship sails in the Suez Canal

How the Red Sea Became a Trap

From piracy to the Ever Given, colonialism left hard scars.

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.

Black Lives Matter Protest London

When Did Racism Become Solely a Domestic Issue?

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

People protest against anti-Asian violence.

We Don’t Have the Words to Fight Anti-Asian Racism

Tangled questions of Asian identity need answers that aren’t defined by U.S. terminology alone.

Students march in a racial justice protest

Did America’s Racial Awakening Reach IR Professors?

Nearly half of international relations scholars spent more time in class on race and racial justice—but with key demographic differences.

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Rescuers look for people in landslide in Japan

The Month in World Photos

Ravaging floods in Europe and Asia, a wave of unrest in South Africa, and a young speller’s triumph in the United States.

An Afghan woman and her cousin are interviewed in Bamiyan province

As Taliban Expand Control, Concerns About Forced Marriage and Sex Slavery Rise

In some Afghan towns, women are fleeing ahead of insurgent takeovers.