A boy walks with jugs of water in a poor neighborhood with a high concentration of Syrian refugees on June 27, 2013 in Beirut, Lebanon.

Beirut Is a Shambles, and Only Refugees Are Helping

The country’s government is AWOL, international donors are wary—but the country’s most reviled residents are making all the difference.

A supporter uses a mobile phone to take a picture during a rally for U.S. President Donald Trump on Oct. 23, 2020 in Pensacola, Florida.

In Fight for Florida’s Young Latinos, Social Media Becomes the Battleground

Young Cuban Americans have turned the internet into a political battlefield in this must-win swing state, but the Cuban American vote is even more pro-Trump now than in 2016.

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Building a Bridge Into the Future of Work

To fully participate in the current as well as future economy, huge swaths of the population will need to take a bridge across the digital divide.

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Mexican then-President Enrique Pena Nieto, U.S. President Donald Trump, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sign a revised trade agreement on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, on Nov. 30, 2018.

Threats and Border Walls Are Destroying the United States’ Biggest Strategic Advantage

FP asked leading global thinkers which foreign-policy issues have been missing from the campaign. Kori Schake writes about the lowest-hanging fruit in U.S. policy.

Members of the Solidarity Party of Afghanistan protest against the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan ahead of its 16th anniversary in Kabul on Oct. 6, 2017.

Afghans See No Good Choices in the U.S. Election

Regardless of who wins next week, Afghans feel neither Trump nor Biden will do anything for Afghanistan—they just hope the next president completes the U.S. withdrawal.

Supporters cheer as Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi speaks at NRG Stadium on September 22, 2019 in Houston, Texas.

Indian Americans Stir Blue Wave in Deep Red Texas

Trump’s touted his rallies with India’s leader, but the Indian American community is leaning left—and nowhere like in Texas.

Voters wait in line outside Philadelphia City Hall to cast early voting ballots on Oct. 27.

How Does it Feel for 2020 to Be Your Generation’s Defining Year?

Young Americans will be voting in huge numbers. They are also the most globally minded generation since the 1970s.

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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.

A supporter of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro takes part in a demonstration in Rio de Janeiro on Oct. 28, 2018.

How Brazil Was ‘Ukrainized’

After an obscure—and confusing—term burst into politics, the country’s far-right may be forever changed.

This photo taken on September 14, 2020 shows employees work on a car assembly line at a Dongfeng factory in Wuhan on Sept. 14.

China Has the V-Shaped Recovery of Which Trump Can Only Dream

But the structure of its comeback may create problems at home—and abroad.

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The U.S. Finally Has a Sputnik Moment With China

Fear of Beijing’s technological prowess is driving deep policy shifts.

Protesters try to enter the Michigan House of Representatives chamber and are kept out by State Police at the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan on April 30.

Election Violence in the United States Is a Clear and Present Danger

Americans expect election-related instability in faraway countries. Here’s how it could happen at home.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks as Secretary of Defense Mark Esper watches during a joint press briefing in the lawns of Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Oct. 27, 2020.

Trump’s Indo-Pacific Strategy Could Outlast Him

With the president on the campaign trail, administration officials are crossing the region to counter China’s rise—moves that a Biden administration might embrace.

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Taiwan Is More Than a Pawn to Be Sacrificed to China

Here are all the reasons why the country and its people matter.

A group supporting Ivory Coast's political opposition protest against a third term for President Alassane Ouattara in Abidjan on Oct. 15.

Ivory Coast’s Election Could Do Lasting Harm to Democratic Norms in West Africa

While France and the United States turn a blind eye, Alassane Ouattara is rolling back the region’s democratic gains and legitimizing authoritarian rule.

A partially-masked man walks in Pfarrkirchen, a town in Bavaria, on Oct. 27 after a local lockdown was imposed.

They Conquered COVID-19. Now They’re Struggling.

From the Czech Republic and Germany to the Indian state of Kerala, governments that dealt decisively with the first wave of the coronavirus are drowning in the second wave.

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Let’s Be Honest About Religion and the Courts

As Amy Coney Barrett wrote herself, religious convictions are real and influential on judges.

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon (right) greets fugitive Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui

Guo Wengui Is Sending Mobs After Chinese Dissidents

Steve Bannon’s billionaire funder claims to be a foe of the Chinese Communist Party, but his targets are fellow exiles.

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Pompeo Courts the Maldives in Latest Bid to Check China’s Influence

A U.S. Embassy and defense agreements are meant to keep the island nation from falling into Beijing’s orbit.

A protester poses with a banner reading “End SARS” at the Lekki Toll Plaza in Lagos, Nigeria, on Oct. 18.

Nigeria’s Next-Generation Protest Movement

Demonstrations against police brutality—organized on social media and powered by artists and musicians—have shown Nigeria’s youth that they have the power to change society.

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President Donald Trump with Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, and Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi pose for a group photo with other leaders of the Muslim world during the inauguration of the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology in Riyadh on May 21, 2017.

Trump’s Middle East Legacy Is Failure

The president has had a handful of successes—but never anything approaching a strategy.

Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrives to attend a church service for former French President Jacques Chirac at the Saint-Sulpice church in Paris on Sept. 30, 2019.

Same Old Hariri, Newly Traumatized Lebanon

After a year of chaos, a familiar face is returning to the top of a country that desperately wants change.

oe Biden walks to a meeting of bipartisan members of Congress to begin work on a legislative framework for comprehensive deficit reduction at Blair House, across the street from the White House in Washington on May 5, 2011.

The Realist Case for the Non-Realist Biden

Trump's foreign-policy instincts might be more sound—but he has forfeited the chance to lead.

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

Bangladesh, once far behind, just surpassed India in GDP per capita. All the more reason for Modi to focus on the right reforms.

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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A Mapuche Indigenous woman plays a drum as riot police use water cannons to disperse demonstrators during a protest against the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in Santiago, Chile, on Sept. 4. MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP via Getty Images

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 protester poses with a banner reading “End SARS” at the Lekki Toll Plaza in Lagos, Nigeria, on Oct. 18.

Nigeria’s Next-Generation Protest Movement

Demonstrations against police brutality—organized on social media and powered by artists and musicians—have shown Nigeria’s youth that they have the power to change society.