At State Department, Some Concerned That Political Appointees Are Jumping the Line to Get COVID-19 Vaccine
Lack of communication over surplus doses has prompted suspicion and anger.
Anti-Balloon Launching Laws Are No Threat to South Korean Democracy
Pundits behave as if only North Korea matters in Seoul’s politics.
The Best Deep Dives of 2020
Essential reads from a Chinese wind farm in Del Rio, Texas, to U.N. headquarters.
Our Top Arguments of 2020
From the pandemic to Black Lives Matter and the U.S. election, five articles from the year that changed everything.
Our Top Stories of 2020
From human rights abuses in Xinjiang to the coronavirus crisis in the United States, here are the stories that most captivated our readers this year.
Is Ethiopia the Next Yugoslavia?
A country that once seemed to hold great promise for peaceful democratization has descended into conflict. Here’s what could happen next.
Boris Johnson’s Year From Hell
Britain’s prime minister promised to take back control. When it comes to the coronavirus, he has lost it.
Macron Wants a French Empire Built on Language
Can France’s president redeem a language of colonialism to project global power today?
What Merkel Really Thinks About China—and the World
Europe’s year-end investment deal with Beijing is a clear window into the German chancellor’s foreign-policy worldview.
The Great Game With China Is 3D Chess
Washington’s new rivalry with Beijing isn’t a reprise of the Cold War. It’s much more complicated.
Checking In on Mexico’s Feminist Foreign Policy
Almost one year in, an ambitious set of norms has had mixed results.
How Press Freedom Came Under Attack in 2020
Citizens hungry for information turned to the media during the pandemic, but governments around the world used the crisis to restrict journalists.
Beijing’s Hong Kong Fables Have Unhappy Endings
Old narratives about the city fell apart this year, but new ones can still be born.
America’s Asian Allies Need Their Own Nukes
Want to cut costs and contain China? Allow friendly nuclear proliferation.
Foreign Policy News Stories That Packed a Punch in 2020
From the tragedy of whistleblowers to imperiled nuclear talks to the State Department's struggle with diversity, here are some of our articles that had an outsized impact this year.
Washington Still Wants China to Be a Responsible Stakeholder
Despite heated language, the U.S. goals haven’t changed.
The Quiet and Dangerous Way U.S. Politics Is Becoming Europeanized
Americans are aware that Democrats and Republicans have become polarized—but they’ve misunderstood how.
East Asia Takes a Cautious Coronavirus Victory Lap
Here are five of our best pieces on how East Asia handled the pandemic.
How China Fought the Pandemic—and Lied About It
A look back at our best essays on the onset of the coronavirus.
Will Virus Mutations Threaten COVID-19 Vaccines?
We don't yet know whether new variants of the coronavirus may impede vaccines’ efficacy. But they shouldn’t change anything about our approach to public health.
It’s Time to Use Eminent Domain on the Coronavirus Vaccines
Respecting drug companies’ intellectual property rights during a pandemic doesn’t make medical, or economic, sense.
10 Conflicts to Watch in 2021
The world in 2021 will be haunted by the legacies of 2020: an ongoing pandemic, an economic crisis, Donald Trump’s divisive presidency—and new threats emanating from wars and climate change.
For Beijing and New Delhi, 2020 Was the Point of No Return
After decades of uneasy ties, China can no longer deny that India is a real threat.
The Best of 2020 to Read, Watch, or Listen To
With much of the world in lockdown again, here are some of this year’s highlights to help you pass the time.
How Trump’s Assault on International Organizations Benefits Beijing
The United States was already fighting with China for influence at global organizations, but the pandemic made everything worse.
Our Top Visual Stories of 2020
From Afghanistan to Mexico, and from Belarus to Cambodia, here’s the best photojournalism from a year that felt like a decade.
7 Reasons Why Silicon Valley Will Have a Tough Time With the Biden Administration
The coziness between Washington and Big Tech is over.
What Spies Really Think About John le Carré
The British novelist didn’t just write about the world of intelligence. He changed it forever.
The Deadly Crash of Europe’s Second Wave
The continent thought it had the coronavirus beat—and had its guard down when it mattered most.
Turkey’s Year of Living Dangerously
Turkey took its expansionist vision to new heights in 2020—but with a battered economy, growing opposition, and now U.S. sanctions, it’s not clear how long that can continue.
The True Meaning of Christmas Movies Is a Cozy American Worldview
In the Christmas movie universe, Europeans are royals, the military is a burden, and home is where the heart is.
The Arab Spring Changed Everything—in Europe
A decade after Arabs started a regional revolution, it’s the neighboring continent that will never be the same.
In 2020, Putin Raised the Stakes at Home and Abroad
Russia started the year with political uncertainty, then cemented Putin’s future, and ended the year by poisoning the main opposition figure—and future relations with the Biden administration.
What Does the Future of America’s Nuclear Briefcase Look Like?
Biden’s nuclear weapons policies will likely maintain a bipartisan status quo.
Looming Aid Cuts Will Harm Afghan Women’s Health
With violence on the rise and the U.S. military drawing down, international donors are pulling back some assistance to Afghanistan. Women in refugee camps stand to suffer.
Pompeo Weighs Genocide Designation for China
The outgoing U.S. secretary of state orders a review to determine if China’s repression of Uighurs constitutes genocide.
America’s History of Luck Is Running Out
The country’s rise was fueled by fortunate circumstances that seem unlikely to last much longer.
What Hannah Arendt Would Do About Trump’s Former Bureaucrats
Why civil servants and other officials deserve to be held responsible for the outgoing administration’s misdeeds.
Iran: Maximum Pressure, Minimum Gain
In 2020, the Trump administration sought to bury the Iran nuclear deal for good. Biden is poised to breathe new life into the pact.
Tech Giants Are Giving China a Vital Edge in Espionage
U.S. officials say private Chinese firms have been enlisted to process stolen data for their country’s spy agencies.
Forever’s Gonna Stop Tonight
Trump pledged to end America’s “forever wars.” He almost managed to—but left carnage behind.
A Cure for the Brexit Trade Blues
After it leaves the European Union for good, the U.K. will need a new trade bloc. The Commonwealth can help.
The End of the Road for Bibi?
Another Israeli election and a rebellion in the ruling Likud party spell trouble for Netanyahu.
The Inside Story of How Sweden Botched Its Coronavirus Response
Stockholm denies pursuing herd immunity. But internal emails show Swedish officials were resigned to mass infections all along.
Why Biden Needs to Confront Corruption
If the U.S. president-elect is serious about restoring the rule of law and democracy, he needs to first tackle the global menace of graft.
Boris Johnson’s Christmas Coronavirus Nightmare
The British government squandered the chance to contain the virus in hopes of economic recovery.
If Biden Wants Israeli-Palestinian Peace, He Must Break With the Past
The new administration should not simply undo Trump’s toxic legacy and return to the dead-end Oslo peace process. It must pressure Israel to accept the Arab Peace Initiative.
NATO, We Want to Go to War With You
Wargames can provide essential cybersecurity training for soldiers. But they won’t succeed unless the players confront real, independent hackers.
Beijing Ransacked Data as U.S. Sources Went Dark in China
As Xi consolidated power, U.S. officials struggled to read China’s new ruler.
In Yemen, No End in Sight to the World’s Worst Humanitarian Crisis
Five articles from the past year that explain how the quagmire in Yemen sparked fierce political battles in Washington as millions teeter on the brink of starvation.
An Unprecedented Presidential Transition
U.S. President-elect Joe Biden swiftly named his cabinet despite continued resistance from the defeated Donald Trump. Where he’ll go from here is another question.
Post-Trump America Needs the Courts, Not Truth and Reconciliation
The conditions that demanded healing elsewhere don’t apply in the United States.
How to (Finally) Defeat Populism
Rust Belts exist around the world, and integrating them into the larger trans-Atlantic community is key to political stability.
How Biden Can Stop Iran’s Conservatives From Undermining the Nuclear Deal
Insisting that Iran must abandon its missile program could fall into the hardliners’ trap and make a new agreement impossible.
Palestinians Place Their Bets on Biden Undoing Trump’s Snubs
The shifting ground in the Middle East is creating new options for breaking the stalemate.
How Arab Ties With Israel Became the Middle East’s New Normal
Though Israel remains opposed to Palestinian independence, 2020 marked the year of its acceptance in the region.
The New Geopolitics of Energy
Foreign Policy’s five best reads on the dramatic shift in energy policy in 2020.
The Vaccine Has a Serious Side Effect—A Positive One
It could make 2021 the year Americans rediscover science.
China Used Stolen Data to Expose CIA Operatives in Africa and Europe
The discovery of U.S. spy networks in China fueled a decadelong global war over data between Beijing and Washington.
Our Top Weekend Reads
Swedes can’t figure out their government’s coronavirus approach, a progressive push on U.S. foreign policy, and an honest assessment of the Arab Spring’s fallout.
How the Western Sahara Became the Key to North Africa
And why Morocco’s apparent victory there will change regional politics.
Why India’s Farmers Won’t Stop Protesting
Agriculture’s importance for the labor market cannot be underestimated—especially amid a historic pandemic.
Is the Cyberattack Big News—or Just a Footnote In a Year Like No Other?
Will 2021 be full of foreign-policy crises and domestic drama or dull compared to 2020?
Trump Leaves Biden Administration a Parting Gift in Currency Wars
The Treasury’s decision to label both Switzerland and Vietnam currency manipulators was unusual—and leaves the Biden administration with some tough choices to make.
Sweden’s Second Wave Is a Failure of Government—and Guidance
The country’s contrarian approach to the COVID-19 pandemic was meant to prove that trust in authorities could avert lockdowns. Instead, mixed messaging and political squabbles have led to an exploding epidemic.
Your Digital Footprint Is Worryingly Easy to Match to Reality
Here’s how to stop bleeding information about yourself online.
Personnel Cuts Leave USAID With Skeleton Crew to Monitor Nearly $1 Billion of Aid Programs in Iraq
After a drawdown of staff at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad earlier this year, the Trump administration ordered another cut in response to threats from Iran.
One Year After Mass Protests, India’s Muslims Still Live in Fear
Modi’s party is expected to further polarize state electorates along religious lines in 2021.
Washington Needs a Cybersecurity Overhaul
When they enter office, Biden and Harris must make up for lost ground.
China Is Gnawing at Democracy’s Roots Worldwide
The Communist Party is putting ideological battles first.
Progressives Try to Sway Biden on Top Foreign-Policy Jobs
A gaggle of progressive groups are trying to line up candidates for top foreign-policy roles in the incoming administration.
Biden Shouldn’t Rush to Restore the Iran Nuclear Deal
Moving quickly to resurrect the JCPOA, as Biden seems set to do, would start his presidency with a hugely divisive controversy.
China Won’t Rescue Iran
Despite reports of a major Chinese-Iranian trade deal, Beijing won’t jeopardize the possibility of better relations with Washington in order to cozy up to Tehran.
The War in Tigray Is a Fight Over Ethiopia’s Past—and Future
The current conflict is the latest battle in a long-running war over the country’s identity as a unitary or federal state. The United States can restore its credibility as an honest broker by helping resolve it.
Betrayed by Their Leaders, Failed by the West, Arabs Still Want Democracy
The Arab world is trapped in a state of permanent revolution.
Bellingcat Can Say What U.S. Intelligence Can’t
Open-source investigations enable officials and lawmakers to discuss Russian skullduggery without exposing sources and methods of U.S. intelligence
Tunisia’s Decade of Democracy
Ten years after the Arab Spring, Tunisians are discovering that political reform alone isn’t enough.
The Arab Spring Let the People Shout, Not Whisper
I was a teenage protester, then a prisoner, now a refugee. We won’t go back to silence.
Refugees Can’t Live in Limbo Forever
Governments and aid organizations think of displaced populations as temporary. But it is time to face reality.
Arab Dignity Is Real. So Is Arab Failure.
Ten years after the start of the Arab Spring, it’s time to accept that the revolution may never return.
Obama’s Brutal Drone Legacy Will Haunt the Biden Administration
In his memoirs, the former U.S. president seems uninterested in a critical appraisal of his drone policies. Considering the human suffering caused by America’s drone wars, Joe Biden should not make the same mistake.
2020 Was the Year of Indigenous Activism in Canada
It’s time for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to become a more ardent defender of Indigenous interests.
Peru’s Presidential Frenzy Is Threatening Hard-Won Coronavirus Victories
Years of chaos at the top have left governance a mess.
Cyberattacks Are on the Decline
But as the Russian hack of the U.S. government shows, they are getting worse.
Lloyd Austin Isn’t Who You Think He Is
The “silent general” has never been very quiet on policy. That’s exactly why Biden picked him as defense secretary—and why Washington’s foreign-policy establishment is wary.
Arctic Competition – Part Two
FP Analytics’ two-part Arctic Competition Power Map provides Insiders with an in-depth breakdown of how melting sea ice is enabling increased commercial activity and geopolitical competition over resources, shipping routes, and territory in the Arctic.
A High Court Decision in Britain Puts Trans People Everywhere at Risk
The so-called gender critical movement is illogical, anti-feminist, and cruel.
Drug Cartels Are All Over Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok
Latin American criminal gangs have embraced social media and messaging platforms to spread narco culture and sell drugs.
Biden Must Reverse Course on Western Sahara
Trump’s recognition of Moroccan sovereignty dangerously undermines decades of carefully crafted U.S. policy.
Blinken Is Good Enough
What it takes to make a truly great secretary of state—and why the United States may not need one now.
Iraq’s Economic Collapse Could Be Biden’s First Foreign-Policy Headache
If the Iraqi government fails to pay state workers’ salaries in January, it could lead to widespread instability and violence. The United States and the international community must shore up Baghdad’s finances before it’s too late.
Cracks Appear Among Lukashenko’s Security Forces
Signs that the Belarusian dictator’s days in power might be numbered have emerged in his security apparatus.
China’s Drive to Make Semiconductor Chips Is Failing
The stunning success of U.S. efforts to hobble Huawei shows the fragility of Beijing’s highly centralized tech sector.
The United States Has Failed Cameroonian Asylum-Seekers
Fleeing a civil war shaped by the West, Cameroonians have been met on American shores with hostility, high-risk conditions, and now unconscionable deportation.
Our Top Weekend Reads
Why Biden could lose the left, the peril of persuasion in the Big Tech age, and old rivals join forces in Kashmir.
Legalization Advocates Hope to End Mexico’s Drug War
Threats, violence, and clampdowns have failed. Can decriminalization work?
Why the World Should Root for the EU in Brexit Talks
If Brussels folds, it will mark the end of the last, best hope for stopping a race to the bottom.
Numbers Aren’t Reality, but You Can’t Govern Without Them
Picking the right statistics has been critical to handling—or botching—the coronavirus pandemic.
Lebanon’s Concrete Cartel
How business interests prevent Lebanon from rebuilding its infrastructure, government, and economy.
Trump Ally Nunes Seeks to Derail Key Bill Funding Intelligence Community
The spy agencies will still get money, but Trump’s House allies are trying to hobble much-needed reforms.
The Peril of Persuasion in the Big Tech Age
Persuasion is essential to society and democracy, but we need new rules governing how companies can harness it.
Where Is Biden’s Cabinet Heading?
The incoming U.S. president’s team doesn’t point in any clear direction, and progressives are worried.
The Pitiful Endgame of Saudi Arabia’s Qatar Blockade
As the Trump administration winds down, Riyadh is trying—and failing—to cut its losses on a failed regional policy.
Why Biden Will Lose the Left—and How That Could Help Him
The Democratic coalition is already fracturing. But losing his erstwhile allies could actually make it easier to govern—and boost his standing.
Biden Sees the A-Team. I See the Blob.
There’s plenty of reason to be skeptical of the president-elect’s national-security choices—but here’s hoping he proves history wrong.
Old Rivals in Kashmir Are Joining Forces Against Modi
India’s attack on Kashmiri autonomy has united two parties that were once sworn enemies. The newly formed Gupkar Alliance could reshape the disputed region’s politics and cause problems for the BJP.
U.S. Set to Finally Sanction Turkey for Buying Russian Arms
Trump has long refused to penalize Ankara for acquiring advanced Russian air defense systems, but Congress is forcing his hand.
2021 Could Be the Year of Free Trade
The Free Trade Area of the Americas has spent years on the back burner, but Biden could revive it when he takes office.
Biden’s First Foreign-Policy Crisis Is Already Here
China’s threats against Australia cannot go unanswered by the United States.
The Kafkaesque World of Sudanese Refugees in Israel
Aid organizations fear that Israel is about to deport thousands of asylum-seekers to Sudan now that the two countries have made peace.
The United States Needs More Wine to Stand Up to Chinese Bullying
Strategic economic reserves can allow Washington to bolster smaller countries like Australia.
How to Kick-Start a New Trans-Atlantic Era
The European Union’s foreign minister explains his vision for a new U.S.-Europe partnership for the next four years.
Senate Effort to Stop Trump Arms Sales to UAE Fails
But the vote laid down a marker for the incoming Biden administration on Democrats’ opposition to Middle Eastern arms sales and U.S. involvement in the conflict in Yemen.
Biden Defends Choice of Austin for Defense Secretary
Some lawmakers and many national security experts are wary of another general atop the Pentagon, but Lloyd Austin has the president-elect’s ear—and backing.
India’s Congress Party Needs to Ditch the Nehru-Gandhi Family
Once an asset, the clan has become an electoral liability.
Italy’s Economy Is Under Pressure as Pandemic Continues
The government is walking on a tightrope as the coronavirus crisis grinds on.
The East Timor Model Offers a Way out for Western Sahara and Morocco
Western Sahara’s fate lies in the hands of the U.N. Security Council.
Democracies Need a United Strategy Against China
“America first” doesn’t work against a global opponent.
Western Europe Is Losing Its Immigrants
Eastern Europeans are returning home in droves. Here’s what that means for Eastern Europe’s economies—and the European Union.
Germany Could Have Delivered Justice for Civilian Drone Strike Victims. It Failed.
Missiles remotely fired with the assistance of a U.S. base on German soil killed my family in Yemen, but neither German nor U.S. courts are willing to hold anyone accountable.
The Virtual Transition
Biden’s landing teams are steering clear of an administration that has often served as a COVID-19 superspreader event.
What Is Europe’s ‘Once-in-a-Generation’ Offer to America?
The EU vows to seize the opportunity posed by the new U.S. administration—but muddled strategy still stands in the way.
The Trump State Department’s Swan Song? A Strange, Flawed China Paper.
The U.S.-China conflict may be the defining 21st-century challenge, but the recommendations stand out by what they fail to address.
Biden to Name Former General as Defense Secretary
Lloyd Austin would be the first Black person to serve in the job.
How to Buy Time on the Korean Peninsula After Trump’s Theatrics
There’s a right man for the job of a careful review.
Document of the Week: Aid Donors Blast UNDP for Resisting Appeals to Fight Corruption
A dozen wealthy donor states press the United Nations Development Program to investigate allegations that funds were misappropriated from a Russia climate program it managed.
China Is Both Weak and Dangerous
“The China Nightmare” lays out the risks of a surprisingly fragile state.
Forget Greenland, There’s a New Strategic Gateway to the Arctic
The Faroe Islands have a history of trading with everyone who will buy their fish. With growing tensions in the Arctic region, the islands are now receiving more attention from superpowers.
Biden Thinks He’s Tough on China. He’s Just Complacent.
The United States—from a combination of arrogance and ignorance—is preparing to tie its own hands on China policy.
Report Sheds Light on How Biden’s Future NSC Chief Wants to Reshape U.S. Foreign Policy
Jake Sullivan spent several years working on a less ambitious approach to U.S. global interests that could disappoint both internationalists and progressives.
Biden Can’t Ostracize Riyadh
Branding Saudi Arabia a pariah state would be counterproductive to regional stability.
U.S. Diplomats and Spies Likely Targeted by Radio Frequency Energy, Long-Withheld Report Determines
A scientific study that was long kept under wraps by the State Department finally provides some—though not all—of the answers to mysterious health problems of American officials.
America’s Diplomats Should Look Like America
The country can no longer afford a State Department that is “pale, male, and Yale.”
Our Top Weekend Reads
EU member states find commonality in crisis, Afghans accuse donor countries of hypocrisy on corruption, and how Biden’s climate plans could shape energy markets.
Why Liberal Internationalism Is Still Indispensable—and Fixable
G. John Ikenberry’s new book traces what went wrong. And Biden is listening.
Pakistan Has Its Problems, but It Won’t Perish
A new book offers riveting and memorable reporting, though it falls back on outdated narratives of a country that has moved on.
Congress Isn’t Leading on Human Rights in China
The Biden team needs to step up and push new initiatives
How Biden’s Climate Plans Will Shake Up Global Energy Markets
The new administration will use foreign policy tools to promote climate goals, boost clean energy, and punish carbon-intensive production.
Meeks Makes History as First Black Lawmaker to Chair House Foreign Affairs Committee
The New York congressman fended off a progressive challenge in an unusually public race.
Will Biden’s National Security Team Include Members of the Democratic Party’s Progressive Wing?
The president-elect’s picks have deep experience in the Washington establishment. It’s unclear whether the party’s left can make its voice heard in the new administration.
The United States Can Negotiate With a China Driven More by Power Than Ideology
It may be possible to find a framework for stable coexistence.
Pandemic Crisis Drives Cubans to Rare, Risky Protest
Economic devastation and tightened censorship have made for a bleak 2020.
How to Judge Facebook’s New Judges
The social media company’s search for consistent rules has been long, winding, and entirely self-defeating.
Europe Needed Borders. The Coronavirus Built Them.
The pandemic has the continent increasingly discussing its common boundaries—and common identity.
Pompeo Plans Parties Flouting COVID-19 Guidelines as Death Toll Mounts
The U.S. secretary of state plans massive holiday gatherings, while department catering and event staff mostly lack employer health insurance.
Thailand’s Military Is Getting Ready for Another Crackdown
The Biden administration must prepare to stand up for protesters.
In Rare Unanimity, Biden Could Double Down on Trump’s Uighur Sanctions
A bipartisan crackdown on Chinese forced labor has put Western corporations on notice—and could pave the way for Washington to finally support the International Criminal Court.
Biden Shouldn’t Backtrack on Cuba
The lesson of the past four years is clear: Don’t let policy toward the island dominate the U.S. agenda on Latin America.
How China Is Buying Up the West’s High-Tech Sector
Chinese acquisitions of Western firms are only part of the problem. Secret venture capital is handing power to Beijing under the radar.
Kamala Harris Taps Ex-Diplomat to Be Her National Security Advisor
Nancy McEldowney is one of several former senior foreign service officers expected to join the senior ranks of the new U.S. administration.
The Ghost of Blinken Past
In 1987, Biden’s pick for secretary of state offered a warning. He should heed it today.
Don’t Count on China’s Help With a Coronavirus Inquiry
Beijing’s COVID-19 response has been a success story, and the Communist Party wants to keep it that way.
Biden Expected to Put the World’s Kleptocrats on Notice
The U.S. president-elect and his top advisors have made the fight against dirty money one of their early priorities.
Where Do Things Stand With the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout?
The U.K.’s quick approval of the Pfizer vaccine means some Britons will get shots starting next week—but in the rest of the world, it’s going to take a while for regular people to get inoculated.
Jerry Rawlings Is Dead, but He Still Looms Large in Ghanaian Politics
The former leader’s blend of anti-corruption rhetoric and strongman rule still holds great appeal for a generation disappointed by contemporary politicians.
Ethiopia Needs the United States to Act as an Honest Broker in the Nile Dam Dispute
As East Africa faces a triple crisis from COVID-19, floods, and locusts, cutting U.S. aid to the Ethiopian government is not the solution. Neutral mediation to resolve the GERD dispute can result in a win-win situation.
Biden Needs to Move Fast if He Wants a New Deal With Iran
Moderates will lose the June 2021 presidential election in Iran unless there is a new agreement and sanctions relief—and the United States can forget diplomacy if hardliners win.
Why Is Trump Threatening America’s Defense Budget?
The president is pushing against a law that digital rights groups say protect social media firms.
Afghans, Under Fire for Corruption, Accuse Donors of Hypocrisy
Much of the donor money to Afghanistan is lost to fraud and abuse, in part by Western companies.
Election Déjà Vu for Israelis
A move to dissolve parliament could mean a fourth ballot in less than two years.
Honduras and Nicaragua Have Been Hit By Some of the Worst Natural Disasters in Decades
If Biden gets the response right, he could put the region on better footing for years to come.
Assad’s Syria Is Starting to Starve Like Saddam’s Iraq
How sanctions against the Syrian regime are forcing the country into famine.
U.S. Fears Syria’s Assad Meddling in Fragile Lebanon
A State Department assessment warned the Syrian regime is worsening Lebanon’s economic collapse.
Showdown in House Foreign Affairs Chair Race Reflects Rifts in Democratic Party
The battle between centrists and progressives over U.S. foreign policy that is dogging Biden’s transition is also playing out in a crucial committee.
Foreign Governments Are Aiding Nigeria’s Violence Against Protesters
The suppression of protests against police brutality wouldn’t have been possible without arms and training from abroad.
Afghanistan Needs Truth Before It Can Have Reconciliation
Politicians and warlords have benefited from decades of violence. The victims of the country’s endless wars could provide the key to a lasting peace.
Biden Faces Troubled Eastern Mediterranean Waters
Greeks and Greek Cypriots are hoping for stronger U.S. support in their disputes with Turkey. But that may not be the president-elect’s greatest priority.
Cutting Through the Hype on Asia’s New Trade Deal
The RCEP truly is a China-style trade agreement: platitudinous and ineffective.
What Iran’s Leaders Really Think About Biden
The killing of a top nuclear scientist has unsettled Tehran, but it’s still talking about a new deal with the United States.
Peru Needs a New Constitution
The country went through three presidents in a week in November—and it might soon have another if it doesn’t pursue a constitutional referendum like neighboring Chile.