Members of the environmental group Greenpeace hold up a sign calling for Australia to allow refugee children to stay in the country in Sydney on February 14, 2016, after a hospital in Brisbane refused to send an asylum-seeker baby back to detention on Nauru.

Australia’s Draconian Refugee Policy Comes Home to Roost

The government has gone to great lengths to keep asylum-seekers from its shores. Now it might have to accept some of them after all.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping leave an event at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov. 9, 2017. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images)

China Is in Denial on Trade

With few good options for responding to a trade war, Xi is banking on simply outlasting Trump.

Demonstrators hold flags and chant slogans during a protest in front of the Istanbul courthouse in support of Turkish-German journalist Adil Demirci during his trial on Nov. 20. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)

The West Has Abandoned Liberals Like Me

As the United States and Europe debate the demise of global order, people in forgotten corners of the world are still risking their lives for freedom.

Copies of ballots and campaign posters for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party in Tel Aviv on March 18, 2015. (Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

In Israel, a Coalition of the Barely Willing

Netanyahu outmaneuvers rivals, heads off early election.

Activists use yellow umbrellas during a gathering outside the government headquarters to mark the fourth anniversary of mass pro-democracy rallies, known as the Umbrella Movement, in Hong Kong on September 28, 2018. ( ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images)

Last Call for Hong Kong’s Rule of Law

Trying protest leaders fairly would show the city still has a fair justice system.

Chinese actress Gong Li attends the opening night gala during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 11, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pool/Getty Images)

Taiwanese Filmmakers Can’t Escape Beijing’s Grip

The market's in the mainland, but the freedom to create is in Taiwan.

A Palestinian girl fills up a bottle with water from a cistern in the southern Gaza Strip on Oct. 24. (Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images)

Israel’s About-Face on Gaza

Netanyahu may be changing his mind about war. If he does, it will be thanks to an environmental and health disaster that threatens to cross the border.

Voices

U.S. President Donald Trump waves after pardoning a turkey in a ceremony at the White House in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 21, 2017. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)

10 Things in the World to Be Thankful for in 2018

From Angela Merkel to America’s civil servants, a list of some bright spots in the world’s darkening sky.

U.S. President Donald Trump takes part in a ceremony commemorating the 100th anniversary of the armistice ending World War I at the Suresnes American Cemetery outside Paris on Nov. 11. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Problem in Europe Isn’t Optics

The president’s latest trip was a disaster—but not because he acted like a boorish bully.

Omani Leader Sultan Qaboos bin Said addresses the annual session of the Council of Oman in Muscat on Nov. 12, 2012. (Mohammed Mahjoud/AFP/Getty Images)

Oman Just Bought Israeli Insurance

Why is Sultan Qaboos cozying up to Benjamin Netanyahu? The answer is in Washington.

Former President Barack Obama, former Vice President Al Gore, former President George W. Bush, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrive at the memorial service for Sen. John McCain at the Washington National Cathedral on Sept. 1. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

The Foreign-Policy Establishment Reeks of Desperation

After years of failure, elites have only name-calling left.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

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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