For Whom the Cell Trolls
A new book argues that modern wars will be won with phones and laptops rather than tanks.
A Summer Vacation in China’s Muslim Gulag
How one university student was almost buried by the "people's war on terror."
Busting North Korea’s Sanctions-Evading Fleet
Washington aims to chase Pyongyang's illicit traders from the seas. It may be too late to matter.
Is China the World Leader in Biomedical Fraud?
Xi Jinping should be promoting evidence-based medicine, not quackery.
Italy’s Election Is a Shipwreck
Italians are rearranging the deck chairs as their country irrevocably sinks.
Senator Raises Alarm Bells on Diversity at U.S. Foreign Aid Agency
New leadership at Millennium Challenge Corporation comes under scrutiny after “disturbing” comments by a senior official and concerns over Trump’s pick to head the agency.
Globalization Has Created a Chinese Monster
Xi Jinping's dictatorship isn't what the end of history was supposed to look like.
Only the Law Can Stop Duterte’s Murderous War on Drugs
Local lawyers are fighting to hold the Philippine government accountable. To win, they need international human rights groups to give them more help.
McMaster Gives a Belated Russian Lesson
It's time for Americans to add a new Russian word to their strategic lexicon.
Foreign Officials See Bush and Obama in Trump
From an international perspective, the 45th president doesn't seem like a bolt from the blue.
Bonus Episode: Susan Glasser Joins The E.R. to Talk Trump, Russia, and All Those Indictments
FP’s former editor in chief makes her first appearance on The E.R.
The World Bank’s Doing Business Indicators Still Work
They are among the institution's most powerful tools — heed not the critics.
5 Myths About Trump’s North Korea Policy
America’s North Korea strategy shouldn’t be a partisan issue, but that hasn't stopped critics from distorting the problem.
Women Write Better Constitutions
If you want to form a more perfect union, in Syria or elsewhere, you can’t rely on men.
Trump Administration Ready to Scrap Envoy to Anti-ISIS Coalition
With the Islamic State on the brink of military defeat, the State Department is poised to eliminate the office charged with coordinating the fight.
A Former Peace Negotiator Muses on Trump and the Future of the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process
More than a year into Donald Trump’s presidency, we’ve seen what appears to be a fundamental shift in U.S. policy toward Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Emmanuel Macron Wants YOU for the French Army
Mandatory military conscription is the French equivalent of Donald Trump’s wall — a pet project that’s become a political albatross.
Make the Papal States Great Again
Italy’s most dangerous populists are the immigrant-hating Catholic fundamentalists of Forza Nuova.
Don’t Make African Nations Borrow Money to Support Refugees
Poor countries have borne the brunt of the refugee crisis. Tanzania’s refusal to bear the cost of a new U.N. program is a warning to the West.
Curb Your Enthusiasm
The Eastern Mediterranean energy patch is hot — unfortunately, in more ways than one.
Trump Administration Turns Away Iranian Christians
Despite White House promises and U.S. legal protections for religious minorities, Washington rejects appeal for asylum from more than 100 Iranian Christians.
U.S. Spies to Partner With Human Rights Groups to Keep an Eye on North Korea
The imagery agency wants its own “CIA World Factbook.”
Trump’s Middle East Strategy Is Totally Boring
There’s a very familiar method to the administration’s apparent regional madness.
At the Munich Security Conference, the United States Lacked Bravery and Leadership
The Trump administration looked small and inconsequential on the international stage.
Spy Chiefs Descend on Munich Confab in Record Numbers
An annual security gathering in Munich has become the new hot spot for top intelligence officials meeting in the shadows of a public event.
Trump’s Attempt to Strike “Ultimate” Middle East Deal Faces New Setback
Mahmoud Abbas challenges American leadership of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process at the United Nations.
Europe’s Sanctions-Blocking Threats Are Empty
When it comes to Iran sanctions, the EU must satisfy Trump’s demands. Access to the U.S. financial system hangs in the balance.
Grand Strategy Isn’t Grand Enough
The world’s best national security minds know to study every aspect of foreign policy. That’s not enough.
Ethiopia’s Great Rift
Will a power struggle within the ruling party lead to reform — or more repression?
The Best International Relations Schools in the World
The latest ranking of the top 50 IR programs for undergraduates, master's, and Ph.D.s.
America’s IR Schools Are Broken
There’s a lot of innovation on the surface, but the rot runs deep. Here’s how to fix it.
It’s Never Been a Better Time to Study IR
Donald Trump has changed the world — and some people will understand it better than others.
Security Brief: U.S. Officials Reassure Allies in Munich; Mueller Indicts 13 Russians
Trump administration officials spent the weekend in Munich telling their European counterparts to please ignore President Donald Trump’s tweets and to focus on their more sober-minded statements.
Tillerson Can’t Fix What Ails U.S. Ties With Turkey
The Trump administration’s not-so-charm offensive may have steered U.S.-Turkey relations away from the brink of collapse. That’s no cause for a victory lap just yet.
This Is What $1.25 Million Dollars a Month Bought the Russians
A birthday card! An all-American trip! Tweets! Stolen American identities!
The Mysterious Origins of a DHS Report Calling for Sunni Muslim Surveillance
FP published a draft government report calling for the screening of Sunni Muslims. How do such reports come to be?
Give ‘Maximum Pressure’ a Chance
Too much engagement with North Korea could derail the White House’s promising approach.
Bibi Is Burning Down the House
Faced with legal threats, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won’t hesitate to sow doubt, chaos, and confusion in order to remain in power.
The Post-Islamic State Marshall Plan That Never Was
The $30 billion pledged toward reconstruction in Iraq was more than some expected, but still short of the total needed to rebuild the country.
The Military’s ‘Readiness’ Scam Worked Again
The Pentagon always complains for more money – and politicians always eventually give in.
All Eyes on North Korea
Intelligence agencies are surging resources to focus on the Korean Peninsula.
Will Pope Francis Surrender to China?
In capitulating on the issue of bishop appointments, the Vatican would lose a 1,000-year struggle.
The Trojan Horse of Russian Gas
Energy resources aren’t just a commodity – they’re a vehicle for Russia’s political ambitions.
Pope Francis Is Playacting Realpolitik
The Vatican’s diplomacy with China, and other authoritarian governments, is based on a century-old fantasy of its worldly power.
The United States and Turkey Should Fix Their Relationship — Before It’s Too Late
McMaster, Mattis, and Tillerson are having tough conversations with Turkish counterparts.
Chinese Government Gave Money to Georgetown Chinese Student Group
Growing party influence on campuses nationwide has cast a pall over academic freedom.
Zuma Has Fallen
South Africa's president weathered scandal after scandal while driving his country’s economy and reputation into the ground. His luck has finally run out.
What Happens When a Major World City Runs Dry?
As Cape Town counts down to Day Zero, South Africans worry about severe unrest and outbreaks of disease.
Iran Is Playing With Fire in Syria
The downing of an Israeli jet won’t fundamentally alter the Middle East’s strategic balance.
Defending America Means Defending Democracy
With China and Russia on the rise, the United States leaves the field uncontested at its peril.
A Year Later, Tillerson Rolls Back ‘Self Inflicted Wound’
The secretary of state’s freeze on hiring diplomats’ family members at understaffed embassies is ending, but it left resentment in its wake.
Trump Has Undercut U.S. Refugee Resettlement. Here’s One Way to Restore It.
Instead of closing resettlement offices and blocking the entry of people from war-ravaged countries, the United States should maintain its historical commitments.
Length Doesn’t Matter
The United States and Europe need to get serious about limiting Iran’s missiles of all ranges — and the Missile Technology Control Regime should guide them.
Former Senior FBI Official Is Leading BuzzFeed’s Effort to Verify Trump Dossier
Anthony Ferrante coordinated the U.S. government’s response to Russian election interference. Now he’s helping a news site defend itself from a Russian billionaire’s lawsuit.
Russia’s Clash With the West Is About Geography, Not Ideology
The Marshall Plan recognized the limits of U.S. power in Europe. To be successful, so must diplomacy with Moscow today.
FP Security Brief: Syrian and Israeli Forces Clash; Israeli F-16 Downed
Israeli and Iranian forces directly clash for the first time since 1982.
State Department, USAID Face Drastic Budget Cut
A budget deal ended a government shutdown, but it could gut funding for America’s diplomacy and development programs.
The Teflon Don
Sex scandals have a long history of taking down politicians — but don't get your hopes up about the current U.S. president.
Top Democrat’s Return Sows Uncertainty for Iran Deal
Iran hawk Bob Menendez’s reinstatement as top Democrat on Senate Foreign Relations Committee could alter politics around the nuclear deal.
Is Mexico Ready for a Populist President?
Andrés Manuel López Obrador's ascension seems like an increasingly good bet.
And the Gold Medal for Vomiting Goes to…
There’s a sudden outbreak of the nasty, fast-spreading norovirus — right near South Korea’s Olympic Village
The Trump Team’s Blinkered Obsession With the Iran Deal Is Poisoning the Well
Opponents of the nuclear agreement have distorted the debate over U.S. policy in the Middle East.
Trump’s Use of Sanctions May Be Unsustainable
The president risks weakening one of America's most formidable policy tools.
How Far is Too Far for Israel’s Targeted Killings?
Ronen Bergman discusses his new book, Rise and Kill First.
Poland’s Holocaust Denialism Will Come Back to Haunt It
Polish leaders thought peddling historical revisionism at home had no consequences; now, it could threaten two crucial alliances.
Japan’s Own Belt and Road
Tokyo is ramping up international partnerships and investments to offer an alternative to Beijing’s signature foreign-policy project.
Trump Needs to Get Serious About Human Rights in North Korea
More than 20 million North Koreans have their human dignity trampled upon daily. The United States should do more for them.
Trump Is All Talk On Iran
The president has wooed Saudi Arabia and Israel with promises to roll back Iranian influence — but he has so far failed to match those words with action.
Cuba Is Making the Crisis in Venezuela Worse
Putting pressure on Caracas means holding Havana accountable.
Serving Under Trump Is Not a Crime
Officials in both parties urgently need to assure diplomats that working for the Trump administration won’t derail their future careers.
General Erdogan’s First War
Turkey’s Islamist president is the first civilian with control over his country’s military – and you can tell by the results.
Vladimir Putin’s ‘Mission Accomplished’ Moment
Russia's highly-touted peace conference to end the war in Syria was an utter debacle.
The Trouble Before the Storm
The past year gives no indication that Trump is ready for a military crisis in the Middle East.
What’s Good for Russian Gas Is Good for America
Washington's opposition to a gas pipeline connecting Russia and Germany has never made sense.
The World Doesn’t Need Any More Nuclear Strategies
The Trump administration’s Nuclear Posture Review answers questions nobody should be asking.
Qatar’s Ramped-Up Lobbying Efforts Find Success in Washington
But strategic dialogues don’t come cheap.
Here’s Where Advocates and Critics of the Iran Nuke Deal Can Agree
Supporters and detractors alike should see an opportunity in Trump's threats to the accord.
Draft DHS Report Called for Long-Term Surveillance of Sunni Muslim Immigrants
Those fitting broad “at-risk” profiles would be targeted for continuous vetting.
The Dangers (and Opportunities) of 2018: Views From the Democratic Sideline
Foreign-policy veterans on what to hope for and fear in Trump's second year.
SitRep: Russian Jet Shot Down Over Syria; Israeli Targeted Killings
A new case of MANPAD usage in Syria; Ronen Bergman provides a new history of Israeli targeted killings.
Hungary and Poland Aren’t Democratic. They’re Authoritarian.
Central Europe’s populist revolt against the EU isn’t about safeguarding the West. It’s about rolling back freedoms and cozying up to Russia.
What Would Happen if Terrorists Attacked the Super Bowl With Drones?
Small unmanned aircraft are a threat to high-profile events, but taking them down safely is almost impossible.
How Israel Won a War but Paid a High Moral Price
A decade of targeted assassinations has pushed the boundaries of Israel's laws and military ethics — and harmed its image across the globe.
It’s Time to Audit America’s Secrets
Declassification should be determined by the American people, not partisan politicians.
GOP Memo Raises Unlikely Claims About Surveillance Warrant
Could a Trump aide have been targeted based on the famous dossier?
The Unintended Consequences of Trump’s Palestinian Budget Cuts
By cutting aid to Palestinian refugees, the United States is undermining stability in the entire region.
The Korea Hawk Who Wasn’t Hawkish Enough
Victor Cha is experienced, informed — and no peacenik. None of that mattered for the Trump administration.
The Olympics on the E.R.: Olympic Figure Skater Sasha Cohen Weighs in on the 2018 Games
In part two of our Olympics series, print editor Sarah Wildman and FP reporter Emily Tamkin chat with Olympic silver medalist Sasha Cohen ahead of the games in Pyeongchang.
Tillerson Praises Monroe Doctrine, Warns Latin America of ‘Imperial’ Chinese Ambitions
The secretary of state kicks off his multicountry tour trying to get the region to rally behind Trump.
Does Trump Want a Nuclear Arms Race Because Obama Didn’t?
The New START treaty is the only part of the U.S.-Russia relationship that still works — and it might soon lapse.
Why Is China Buying Up Europe’s Ports?
State-owned port operators are the aggressive leading edge of Beijing’s massive Belt and Road project.
There’s No Happy Ending for Rex Tillerson
The secretary of state has held on for a year, but it’s too late for his tenure to end well.
The Olympics on The E.R.: What Can We Learn From Past Games Ahead of Pyeongchang?
In part one of our two-part Olympics series, print editor Sarah Wildman calls up two historians to ask what we can learn from past games ahead of the kick off in South Korea on February 9.
Trump Didn’t Understand His Own State of the Union Guest
Ji Seong-ho is a symbol of how North Korea’s perfidy extends far beyond its nuclear program.
How the Spies Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Fitbit
The debate over whether fitness trackers should be allowed in sensitive areas has dragged on for years.
Are Americans as ‘Ugly’ as Ever?
"The Ugly American" remains relevant, 60 years after it changed the way the United States saw itself in the world.
China’s Middle Class Is Pulling Up the Ladder Behind Itself
The rural poor are increasingly unwelcome in China’s big cities.
The Fight Against European Populism Is Far From Over
Czech President Milos Zeman’s re-election sends a clear message.
Why is This Man Still on Twitter?
Banned by law from other US social media, Ramzan Kadyrov is still tweeting
12 Depressing Previews of America’s Next War
Here’s hoping past performance isn’t an indicator of future success.
ISIS’s War on Families Never Ended
The Islamic State's campaign for the hearts and minds of Syrian children may have laid the groundwork for its resurgence.