Taiwan Showed How to Prosecute an Ex-President
The trial of Chen Shui-bian strengthened democracy, despite fears of division.
The Pathological Obsession With Moving the Olympics
Having a single host site would be a simple—and entirely traditional—fix for what ails the Games.
As COVID-19 Spikes, Thailand Goes After the Press
The pandemic has become an excuse for expanding authoritarianism.
Edi Rama Is Building Bridges to Europe—or Nowhere
As an artist, he made connections with the West. As prime minister, he’s struggling to do the same.
Xi Jinping Is Using Party Outreach to Build an Anti-U.S. Bloc
An overlooked summit shows the scale of the Chinese Communist Party’s ambitions.
No Matter What Biden Calls U.S. Troops in Iraq, Iran Is Gunning for Them
Relabeling U.S. soldiers as “noncombat” won’t spare them from militia attacks.
To Improve Women’s Access to Capital in Africa, Look to California
Development finance institutions should follow California’s highly effective gender-equitable standards.
What Biden Can Learn From Europe’s Industrial Policy
It’s not about the size of a spending package but about sharing brainpower and creating networks.
The IOC Should Stop Lying to Itself About the Beijing Olympics
Allowing the Games to happen alongside an ongoing genocide would be a disaster.
In Alaa al-Aswany’s New Novel, Dictatorship Keeps Winning
“Republic of False Truths” defers any happy ending to the Arab Spring.
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.
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.
Afghanistan’s War Splinters as Southern Tribes Fight for Spoils
Key cities including Herat and Kandahar could be the next to fall as Afghanistan’s nightmare continues.
Don’t Let Cuba’s Protest Momentum Evaporate
U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration should listen to activists on the ground.
The Science Says Everyone Needs a COVID-19 Booster Shot—and Soon
The biology of the delta variant has made mass revaccination an urgent necessity.
How the U.S. Learned to Stop Worrying About the Pacific and Love the ‘Indo-Pacific’
The United States has a new lens for its rivalry with China.
Top Counterterrorism Envoy Could Be First U.S. Ambassador to Sudan in Decades
Experts said Washington needs an envoy to help shepherd Sudan’s tenuous transition to democracy.
Beijing’s Attempts to Intimidate Taiwan Have Backfired
Chinese coercion has strengthened democratic resolve.
How Latin American Women Governed During the Pandemic
Female leaders saved more lives in Brazil and reinvented stimulus policy in Argentina.
The China Model Will Never Work in Iran
Tehran thinks it can have Chinese-style authoritarian prosperity—but Iranian leaders will never abandon revolution or offer citizens rising living standards in exchange for acquiescence.
The Pandemic’s Legacy Will Spur New Protests in Latin America
Increased economic inequality has only added to widespread discontent.
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.
Venezuela Is Without a Vaccination Plan
Maduro’s abject failure is consequential for the nation, the region, and the world.
Japan Wasted a Golden Chance for Olympic Reconciliation
Tokyo-Seoul relations remain mired in bad history and petty insults.
You Shouldn’t Have to Pay for That IR Master’s
Institutions like the State Department need to scrap credentialism.
Biden Isn’t Selling Out on Nord Stream 2. He’s Protecting U.S. Firms.
If Washington can sanction any company for legal activity it doesn’t like, China and others could do the same to U.S. businesses—making them uninsurable.
Even a Short War Over Taiwan or the Baltics Would Be Devastating
Scenarios and war games rarely take full account of civilian losses.
Israel and Jordan’s Relationship Is Better Than It Looks
For both countries, national interests continue to trump personality-based politics.
Will Abbas Get Tripped Up by the Palestinian Diaspora?
Palestinians abroad are looking beyond the aging leader.
Tunisia’s Democracy Needs Help. Will Biden Step In?
The place where the Arab Spring began is now a test for an administration that pledged to strengthen global democracy.
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.
Congress Fears U.S. Intelligence Leaks in Saudi Case
The ongoing detention of the children of a key U.S. counterterrorism partner is just the latest irritant in U.S.-Saudi relations.
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.
A Taliban Victory Would Be ‘The Return of a Dark Age for Afghanistan’
Shukria Barakzai, a prominent women’s rights advocate and former politician, shares her thoughts on the U.S. withdrawal and Afghanistan’s uncertain future.
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.”
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.
Is Iran Bluffing About Its Enriched Uranium Stockpile?
Tehran’s numbers don’t add up. They seem to be exaggerated to pressure Biden for sanctions relief.
Pegasus Lands in Africa
From Morocco to Rwanda, governments and their intelligence services have allegedly used spyware to target everyone including opponents, monarchs, and foreign leaders.
Ukraine Won’t Stop Fighting the Nord Stream Deal
Kyiv feels let down by supposed allies in Berlin and Washington.
Calls for Independence May Not Help the Uyghur Cause
Stopping the atrocities in Xinjiang requires reaching the Chinese public.
How the West Misunderstood Tunisia
If Westerners are shocked at political developments in Tunisia, it’s because they described it as a straightforward success for too long.
The International Community Must Use Its Leverage in Tunisia
Foreign powers should condemn Kais Saied’s power grab to halt long-term damage to the nascent democracy.
U.S. Lawmakers Hold Up Major Proposed Arms Sale to Nigeria
Senators quietly press U.S. President Joe Biden to reassess U.S.-Nigeria relations amid human rights concerns.
How a Dream Job Became a Bureaucratic Nightmare for a Top U.N. Lawyer
Chief advocate for alleged terrorists sanctioned by the United Nations announces his resignation citing red tape, rule-of-law issues.
Macron’s Big Vaccination Gamble
The French president is making vaccines mandatory for many—sparking fresh protests ahead of next year’s elections.
The Rocky New Era of the Saudi-Emirati Relationship
After years of closely cooperating on everything from Iran to oil, the Arab Gulf is entering a moment of wariness.
Hong Kong Has Gotten Seriously Risky for International Business
The national security law is a direct threat to foreign firms.
Biden’s Surrender to Merkel on Nord Stream 2
His support for the pipeline abandoned a bipartisan consensus, got nothing in return, and made the world less secure.
India Resists the Taliban Bandwagon
As Blinken heads to New Delhi, he could find some surprising common ground on Afghanistan.
U.S. Officials Make Last-Minute Push to Get Afghan Spies Out Before Withdrawal
Intelligence assets who worked for the CIA now face deadly reprisals.
In Laos, a Dubious Dam Threatens Luang Prabang
A hydroelectric project could force UNESCO to delist the spectacular World Heritage Site.
Postmodern America Didn’t Deserve Jimmy Carter
A new biography paints a portrait of a president who made vast progress on policy—and failed at smoke-and-mirrors PR.
Modi Rejected an Indian Hero
Danish Siddiqui’s death should have been a moment of national unity. The prime minister made it the opposite.
As Taliban Expand Control, Concerns About Forced Marriage and Sex Slavery Rise
In some Afghan towns, women are fleeing ahead of insurgent takeovers.
The Russian Pipeline That Turned Into a Lightning Rod
How Nord Stream 2 made everyone in Washington mad at one another.
What in the World?
This week in FP’s international news quiz: Olympics obstacles, a spyware scandal, and a bold quarantine escape attempt.
Why Is Everyone Going to Iceland?
How Reykjavik successfully managed the pandemic and brought tourism back.
Vaccines Are Japan’s New Tool to Counter China
Despite its worsening pandemic, Tokyo’s vaccine diplomacy has gained traction.
Will Biden and Kadhimi Produce Platitudes on Iraq?
At the White House on Monday, the Iraqi leader needs a guarantee that Biden won’t use Iraq’s independence as a pawn in negotiations with Iran.
Athletes Are Post-National Now
Decades of sex abuse turned American gymnasts away from their federation. Will other sports follow suit?
The Minsk Group Is Meaningless
The OSCE’s peace effort in Nagorno-Karabakh is outdated and unhelpful. Laying it to rest can pave the way for real reconciliation and reconstruction.
Biden at Six Months: How Successful Is His Foreign Policy?
Foreign Policy asked nine global experts for their takes on the administration’s agenda.
Bolsonaro’s Teflon Wears Off
The unpopular Brazilian president suggests he could challenge the results of next year’s election.
The Long and Infuriating History of Bad Olympic Bosses
Thomas Bach has joined a long line of IOC chiefs who have been hated by everyone associated with the Games.
Can the World Avoid War in Cyberspace—and in Space?
Billionaire rocket launches and ongoing cyberattacks reveal that, without norms governing conflict, there could be chaos.
Cracks Are Growing in the Erdogan Regime
Turkey is more politically unstable today than at any other point in recent years.
The World Bank Is Missing U.S. Leadership
Biden’s sacking of Trump appointees at international financial institutions has left a vacuum.
Time to End the U.S. Justice Department’s China Initiative
A misguided effort at countering espionage needs a serious rethink.
The Hacking War Is an Unequal Contest
U.S. companies are resisting public-private partnerships against cyber-hacking attacks facilitated by foreign governments.
The U.S.-China Data Fight Is Only Getting Started
Beijing is looking to build a unified legal and security system.
Get Ready for a Spike in Global Unrest
COVID-19 threatens to accelerate longer-term rebellion, violence, and political upheaval.
A ‘Life and Death Fight’ Against the Taliban in Central Afghanistan
Bamiyan, home to the Taliban-wrecked Buddhas, might be the start of Afghanistan’s pushback against the insurgents.
To Win Friends and Influence People, America Should Learn From the CCP
Beijing’s development projects are flashy, fast, and relevant. Why aren’t Washington’s?
Ethiopia’s Problems Stem From Internal Colonialism
Robert Kaplan’s selective reading of history bolsters proponents of a centralized state while ignoring the legitimacy of federalists’ demands.
The Racial Violence of Climate Change
It’s time to speak plainly about the deadly effects of global warming—and their unjust impact across racial lines.
Biden’s Dangerous Doctrine
The administration’s core foreign policy is all about confronting China—and far riskier than Washington seems to realize.
Biden to Tap Career Diplomat to Senior State Department Management Post
John Bass has served in some of the most difficult diplomatic assignments abroad, including Turkey and Afghanistan.
India’s Watergate Moment
A journalist hacked by Pegasus says he will survive, but Indian democracy may not.
After 25 Years, There’s Still No South China Sea Code of Conduct
China’s reluctance has stifled diplomatic efforts—but they haven’t been futile.
China and the Taliban Begin Their Romance
Beijing has its eyes set on using Afghanistan as a strategic corridor once U.S. troops are out of the way.
Will Bennett Ditch Netanyahu’s Approach to the Iran Deal?
The Israeli prime minister seems to be charting a new course aimed at reducing tensions with the Biden administration in advance of a White House visit.
Benjamin Netanyahu Is Fading Away
Unlike Trump, Israel’s former leader never built a personality cult—and doesn’t have enough diehard fans to keep his election fraud myth alive.
Is South Africa’s Unrest an Insurrection?
President Cyril Ramaphosa believes the violence is politically motivated, but it looks more like an uprising of the poor and unemployed.
Israel Goes to War Again, This Time Against Ben & Jerry’s
Israeli leaders press for legal measures after the ice cream company announced it would halt sales in Jewish settlements.
Free Trade Is Dead. Risky ‘Managed Trade’ Is Here.
The old trade order has gone out the window at breathtaking speed. What comes next is very slippery.
South Africa’s Twin Crises Are Feeding Each Other
Political chaos is worsening the third wave of the coronavirus.
U.S. Quietly Gives Up on South Sudan War Crimes Court
Six years after Washington gave $5 million to set up a war crimes court, nothing has happened.
Lawmakers Gear Up to Wrest Back War Powers From the White House
They say the effort seeks to reverse decades of encroachment by the executive branch.
It’s Time for Biden to Get Tough on Sisi
Washington should refuse a security waiver and block $300 million in military assistance to Egypt until Cairo cleans up its act on human rights.
El Salvador’s President Is Pioneering Hustle Bro Populism
Nayib Bukele has turned Bitcoin and Twitter into political tools.
Iran and Israel’s Naval War Is Expanding
The collapse of Lebanon is intensifying a conflict in the Mediterranean that has mostly taken place in the shadows.
The Taliban Are Breaking Bad
Meth is even more profitable than heroin—and is turbocharging the insurgency.
Billionaires’ Ego-Driven Space Adventures Help Everyone
Progress doesn’t happen unless the ambitious get it off the ground.
The Global Networks Working to Abolish Nuclear Weapons
A web of treaties, agreements, and nonprofits is dedicated to curbing nukes. Some hope to get rid of them altogether.
What’s Next for Christian Zionists?
The backbone of Israel’s support in the United States is a group of evangelical Christians, but their power is threatened by the changing of the political guard.
In Lebanon, the Wheels of Justice Do Not Grind
The Hariri tribunal hasn’t led to a single arrest. Biden should let it expire and help Lebanon in better ways.
Biden’s Missed Opportunity in Cuba
The U.S. president’s hard-line rhetoric belies the island’s humanitarian crisis and cedes an opportunity to shape what comes next.
Europe’s Super League Is Dead, but UEFA Needs Reform
European soccer administrators have stifled the beautiful game. It’s time to rein them in.
Will Rivka Ravitz Break the Glass Ceiling of Ultra-Orthodox Politics in Israel?
One of the country’s most powerful women has remained rooted in a traditional community. But religious parties still won’t let her run for office.
China Knows the Power of 5G. Why Doesn’t the U.S.?
New infrastructure technology will tip the scales in favor of authoritarianism or democracy worldwide.
Central Asia Braces for Fallout of U.S. Pullout From Afghanistan
Since the war began, America has had one lens for Central Asia. What happens now?
America’s Collapsing Meritocracy Is a Recipe for Revolt
Chinese history shows what happens when an old system loses its force.
What in the World?
This week in FP’s international news quiz: Olympics preparations, diplomatic visits, and the rise of TV presidents.
China’s Ultramarathon Tragedy Was a Fad Gone Bad
Inexperienced companies rushing into badly regulated new sectors is a recipe for disaster.
Hungary’s Opposition Smells Blood in the Water
After three straight electoral victories by Viktor Orban, an unlikely coalition senses a chance to halt the country’s slide into authoritarianism.
No Prime Minister—and No More Hope—for Lebanon
The resignation of Saad Hariri is forcing the country to reckon with just how bad things have gotten.
South Africa Needs the UAE’s Help to Fight Corruption
The Emirati government should extradite the Gupta brothers. Sheltering them risks damaging its diplomatic and financial reputation.
Biden to Ship Millions of Vaccines to Africa
The United States will donate 25 million doses as African countries reel from a third wave of COVID-19.
Cuba’s Shockwave From the Street
Unprecedented nationwide protests are the product of economic strain—and newfound digital connectivity.
Oligarchs’ Favorite U.S. Visa Might Not Last
Calls are growing louder to fix the “golden visa” program that has flooded the United States with dubious foreign money.
How Serbia Became China’s Dirty-Energy Dumping Ground
Belgrade is vital to Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative. But as China takes over old industrial sites, Serbian citizens are suffering the environmental consequences.
Could the United States Still Lead the World if It Wanted to?
The answer is yes—but more depressing than you think.
Poll: China’s Influence Is Not Inevitable
A new survey shows Beijing’s foreign aid footprint has grown, but it falls short in other areas.
Peru’s Democracy Is at a Breaking Point
Pedro Castillo, who takes office this month, will likely face a renewed governability crisis as president.
Iran Nuclear Talks Stalled While U.S. Waits for Raisi
Hopes for a fast deal—or any deal at all—are fading.
Congress Aims to Nix the Forever War
It’s still unclear if the Senate bill can garner enough Republican votes to pass.
The United States Can’t Afford the Brutal Price of Chinese Solar Panels
Americans need a national green tech strategy.
New Survey Shows Many Indians Preach Respect but Don’t Practice It
Social equality needs to be more than a coat of paint.
Will the United States and Europe Break Up Over China?
Biden and Merkel will make all the right noises at their meeting this week. But deep transatlantic tensions persist.
The Undeniable Pessimism of Angela Merkel
Hovering over Germany’s China policy is a cloud of gloom and fear.
South Sudan’s Lost Decade
Ten years after independence, Africa’s youngest country remains mired in conflict and poverty.
Biden’s Afghan Withdrawal Will Spark the Next Refugee Crisis
The European allies that fought alongside the United States will face the fallout as thousands of refugees flee the Taliban, giving fodder to far-right parties.
Chinese-U.S. Split Is Forcing Singapore to Choose Sides
There is no sweet spot to keep both Beijing and Washington happy, but that hasn’t kept Singapore from trying.
In Bosnia, Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied
The terrible truth is decades after the Bosnian War, the world has become too accustomed to war crimes.
U.S. Intervention in Haiti Would Be a Disaster—Again
The nation’s poverty and chaos has been shaped by Washington for decades.
Palestinians Find New Unity After War With Israel
The 11-day conflict between Israel and Hamas has unified disparate Palestinian enclaves.
The Dangerous Farce of Late-Stage Orbanism
Lashing out at vulnerable minorities is the hallmark of a weak bully who fears losing power.
The Pandemic Hasn’t Stopped the Rise of the Women’s Movement
Digital tools have multiplied collective power around the world. Leaders must invest in sustaining it.
Cuba Doesn’t Know How to Handle the New Protests
The island hasn’t seen anything like this for decades.
Turkey’s Left-Wing ‘Squad’ Is Coming for Erdogan
A new party is betting that unabashed leftist politics is the only way to defeat the president.
India Is Scrambling to Get on the Taliban’s Good Side
After decades of supporting the Afghan government, New Delhi is planning for its potential fall.
The American West’s Climate Hellscape Is Just a Preview
Droughts, heat waves, and floods are the new normal—unless policymakers get serious.
Kazakhstan’s Alternative Media Is Thriving—and in Danger
A vibrant society is under threat from the authoritarian government.
Taro Aso’s Taiwan Slip Was Likely Deliberate
The gaffe-prone Japanese politician was the perfect vehicle for plausible deniability when signaling support for Taipei.
How to End Haiti’s Terminal Despair
What Haiti needs is state building, not another round of misbegotten aid.
How the Danish Left Adopted a Far-Right Immigration Policy
In an effort to outflank the populist right, the ruling Social Democrats have adopted one of the harshest refugee policies in the world.
‘One Last Monster’ Is a Loving, Messy Parable Rooted in Korean History
A charming animation turns turtle ships into giant monsters.
Endangered Species Are Paying the Price of COVID-19
Diminishing tourism has created new incentives for the illegal wildlife trade.
The Real-Life Risks of Our Digital World
Our reliance on data and devices has made us extremely vulnerable. The first step is knowing where everything is.
Generation X’s Short Arc of History
Ben Rhodes’s new book about global politics reveals the limits of the Obama administration’s worldview.
Russia Thwarts U.S. Bid to Expand Syrian Aid Corridors
But the rival powers strike a compromise that prevents catastrophic shut-off of lifesaving aid to Syrians.
Biden Must Change the Narrative of Neglect for Southeast Asia
The United States needs to act fast to strengthen ties and reassure partners.
U.S. Blunts China’s Vaccine Diplomacy in Latin America
The Biden administration ships millions of vaccines to the region as its public health crisis worsens.
‘It Will Not Be Just a Civil War’
Afghanistan’s foreign minister on what may await his country after the U.S. withdrawal.
U.S.-China Competition Can Still Produce Climate Wins
Progressive groups warning Biden against a tougher stand on China are reading the risks wrong.
Russian Mercenaries in Africa Aren’t Just There for the Money
Moscow’s geopolitical moves are driving murderous private actors.
Is Biden Haunted by Vietnam? Should He Be?
The president said this withdrawal will be nothing like what happened in 1975, but there are some striking parallels.
What in the World?
This week in FP’s international news quiz: presidential condemnations, coronations, and assassinations.
Fuzzynomics and 12 Other Attempts to Name Our New Era
We asked leading economists and thinkers to define the post-pandemic age.
Does Beijing’s Belligerent Birthday Party Herald a New Arms Race?
The Chinese Communist Party’s anniversary celebration is taking place amid a nuclear buildup.
Mexico’s López Obrador Is Pulling an Erdogan on Biden
By reducing U.S.-Mexican relations to migration, Biden is letting himself be played—and ignoring a crisis south of the border.
The Top Five Debriefing Questions About Afghanistan
How to make sense of Washington’s longest war ever.
China Fires Back at Biden with Conspiracy Theories About Maryland Lab
Since Washington launched the Wuhan lab leak investigation, Beijing has been pushing bizarre narratives.
Ethiopia’s Problems Aren’t Postcolonial
The country seems on the verge of falling apart. Here’s why it won’t.
The Hit on Haiti’s President
International observers have stood by as Haiti’s political crisis escalated.
Spain’s Prime Minister Can’t Win When It Comes to Catalonia
Pedro Sánchez’s pardons represent a balanced response to a divisive issue—but both sides have denounced him.
Zuma’s Arrest Is a Victory for the Rule of Law in South Africa
By imprisoning a former president, the country has set an example for constitutional democracies across the world.
U.S. to Prop Up Afghan Air Force
Afghanistan will get an injection of contractor support and planes for its beleaguered Air Force.
Inside the Digital Lives of the Women of the Islamic State
On Telegram, pet care, gardening, and corruption scandals have replaced religious fervor.