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From left to right, Guyana’s ambassador to Chile, George Talbot; Bolivia’s then-foreign relations vice minister, Carmen Almendra; Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benitez; Colombian President Iván Duque; Argentina’s then-president, Mauricio Macri; Chilean President Sebastián Pinera; Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro; Ecuador’s then-president, Lenín Moreno; Peru’s then-president, Martín Vizcarra; Uruguay’s then-foreign relations vice minister, Ariel Bergamino; and Suriname’s then-ambassador to Chile, Marciano Edgar Armaketo, pose for a picture during the launching of the Prosur regional initiative at La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago, Chile, on March 22, 2019.
From left to right, Guyana’s ambassador to Chile, George Talbot; Bolivia’s then-foreign relations vice minister, Carmen Almendra; Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benitez; Colombian President Iván Duque; Argentina’s then-president, Mauricio Macri; Chilean President Sebastián Pinera; Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro; Ecuador’s then-president, Lenín Moreno; Peru’s then-president, Martín Vizcarra; Uruguay’s then-foreign relations vice minister, Ariel Bergamino; and Suriname’s then-ambassador to Chile, Marciano Edgar Armaketo, pose for a picture during the launching of the Prosur regional initiative at La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago, Chile, on March 22, 2019.

Will 2022 Reboot Latin American Regionalism?

Increased cooperation could spur policy shifts from migration to medical manufacturing.

Local residents are tested for COVID-19 at a free testing site at Farragut Square as coronavirus cases surge in Washington on Dec. 21.
Local residents are tested for COVID-19 at a free testing site at Farragut Square as coronavirus cases surge in Washington on Dec. 21.

What in the World?

A lot happened in 2021. Test your foreign-policy knowledge with our year-end news quiz.

Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani leaves nuclear talks in Vienna on Dec. 3.
Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani leaves nuclear talks in Vienna on Dec. 3.

The Biden Team Knows Its Iran Policy Is Failing

Tehran’s march toward the bomb has been enabled by the administration’s refusal to impose consequences.

The cross for Christianity, the Star of David for Judaism and the crescent moon for Islam
The cross for Christianity, the Star of David for Judaism and the crescent moon for Islam

The Two-State Solution Is Dead—and Liberal Zionists Can’t Save It

The book “Haifa Republic” is a noble effort to salvage a worldview that no longer has anything to offer.

U.S. President Joe Biden listens to a supply chain meeting.
U.S. President Joe Biden listens to a supply chain meeting.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Biden’s First Year

Biden wants a new normal, but Trump’s shadow looms large.

Internally displaced Sudanese hold a banner as they stage a sit-in to protest against the end of the mandate of the United Nations and African Union peacekeeping mission, known as UNAMID, in Nyala, South Darfur, on Dec. 31, 2020.
Internally displaced Sudanese hold a banner as they stage a sit-in to protest against the end of the mandate of the United Nations and African Union peacekeeping mission, known as UNAMID, in Nyala, South Darfur, on Dec. 31, 2020.

How to Stop Darfur’s Descent Into Darkness

The military authorities need to be pushed to protect their own citizens from a staggering rise in violence.

Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov speaks in San Francisco on Nov. 29, 2017.
Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov speaks in San Francisco on Nov. 29, 2017.

“The Situation is Extremely Dangerous”

Antonov: “No one should doubt our determination to defend our security.”

Nuns walk near the entrance of the head office of the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata on Dec. 28.
Nuns walk near the entrance of the head office of the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata on Dec. 28.

India’s Religious Minorities Are Under Attack

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence on a recent spate of hate speech and violence is deafening.

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Elections to Watch in 2022

Next year’s contests are set to bring populist reckonings, parliamentary headaches, and a possible democratic crisis or two.

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The Problem With Sanctions

From the White House to Turtle Bay, sanctions have never been more popular. But why are they so hard to make work?

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with U.S President Joe Biden during their meeting at the 'Villa la Grange' in Geneva, Switzerland in Geneva on June 16, 2021.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with U.S President Joe Biden during their meeting at the 'Villa la Grange' in Geneva, Switzerland in Geneva on June 16, 2021.

Biden Set for Putin Call to Ease Ukraine Standoff

The United States is demanding that Russia roll back more than 100,000 troops on Ukraine’s border.

A Hezbollah flag flutters as tankers carrying Iranian fuel arrive at al-Ain in Hermel, in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, on Sept. 16.
A Hezbollah flag flutters as tankers carrying Iranian fuel arrive at al-Ain in Hermel, in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley, on Sept. 16.

Cutting Off Lebanon Won’t Stem the Captagon Trade

Instead of pushing Beirut to the economic brink, Saudi Arabia should address its own amphetamine addiction.

Supporters of the Honduran opposition and members of the leftist Liberty and Refoundation party celebrate in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on March 30, after Tony Hernández, the brother of the President Juan Orlando Hernández, pictured in the poster, was sentenced to life in prison for drug trafficking offenses in New York.
Supporters of the Honduran opposition and members of the leftist Liberty and Refoundation party celebrate in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on March 30, after Tony Hernández, the brother of the President Juan Orlando Hernández, pictured in the poster, was sentenced to life in prison for drug trafficking offenses in New York.

Will Honduras’s Hernández Face Justice in New York?

Extraditing the outgoing president won’t be easy, but it’s what many citizens want.

U.S. President Joe Biden meets with the NATO secretary-general.
U.S. President Joe Biden meets with the NATO secretary-general.

Biden Doesn’t Know What He Thinks About Sanctions

The United States has committed to combatting corruption—but is hesitating to take on Russia.

A large screen displays video of U.S. President Joe Biden (left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping as people walk by during the evening CCTV news broadcast outside a shopping mall in Beijing on Nov. 16.
A large screen displays video of U.S. President Joe Biden (left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping as people walk by during the evening CCTV news broadcast outside a shopping mall in Beijing on Nov. 16.

U.S.-China Relations Hit a Nadir in 2021

Relations between the world’s two largest economic powers are at historic lows.

The U.S. Capitol building and a "don't walk" traffic signal
The U.S. Capitol building and a "don't walk" traffic signal

Next Year’s Midterms Could Shake Up Biden’s Foreign Policy

Republicans are looking to capitalize on the White House’s perceived missteps in Afghanistan and Ukraine.

A Ukrainian serviceman fires at a drone.
A Ukrainian serviceman fires at a drone.

10 Conflicts to Watch in 2022

Battle deaths may be down, but regional wars continue to rage as great-power confrontations loom, from Ukraine to Taiwan, amid declining U.S. influence.

People hold candles and Ethiopian flags during a memorial service for victims of the Tigray conflict in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Nov. 3.
People hold candles and Ethiopian flags during a memorial service for victims of the Tigray conflict in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Nov. 3.

What’s in Store for Africa in 2022

Ethiopia’s war and other conflicts in the Horn of Africa region will shape the coming year.

Iranian chief nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani attends talks.
Iranian chief nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani attends talks.

A Last-Ditch Effort to Save the Iran Deal

The eighth round of nuclear talks kicks off this week in Vienna, with U.S. officials saying Iran has only weeks to play ball.

Health workers wearing PPE stand next to buses at a cordoned-off section of the international arrivals area, where arriving travelers are to be taken into quarantine, at the international airport in Wuhan on Jan. 14.
Health workers wearing PPE stand next to buses at a cordoned-off section of the international arrivals area, where arriving travelers are to be taken into quarantine, at the international airport in Wuhan on Jan. 14.

China Reckons With Omicron’s Specter

The biggest country to maintain “zero COVID” faces its greatest challenge yet.

U.S. Attorney Andrew E. Lelling announces that Charles Lieber was arrested.
U.S. Attorney Andrew E. Lelling announces that Charles Lieber was arrested.

Fibs About Funding Aren’t Espionage, Even When China Is Involved

The U.S. Justice Department’s China Initiative has become dangerously broad.

U.S. President Joe Biden meets Chinese President Xi Jinping.
U.S. President Joe Biden meets Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Five Major Diplomatic Disputes That Could Spell More Trouble in 2022

From the AUKUS fracas to China’s bullying tactics in Europe, here are some of the top diplomatic spats from the past year that could haunt us in the next.

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech during the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party in Beijing on July 1.
Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech during the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party in Beijing on July 1.

The Chinese Communist Party’s Big Year

China’s government wants the country to have one story, and Xi Jinping is at the center of it.

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What 2021 Meant for the Fight Against Climate Change

Time to avoid climate change’s worse impacts is running out. What did 2021 change?

Quadrilateral Security Dialogue leaders have a virtual meeting.
Quadrilateral Security Dialogue leaders have a virtual meeting.

Why Can’t We Be Friends?

Biden pledged to restore the United States’ alliances. It’s been a bigger headache than he anticipated.

Soldiers from the Ethiopian National Defense Force ride on a truck in Wichale, Ethiopia, on Dec. 13.
Soldiers from the Ethiopian National Defense Force ride on a truck in Wichale, Ethiopia, on Dec. 13.

To End Ethiopia’s War, Biden Needs to Correct Course

A one-sided U.S. approach provided political cover to the TPLF insurgency. Washington now has an opportunity to create the conditions for peace.

U.S. President Joe Biden holds a list of audience members.
U.S. President Joe Biden holds a list of audience members.

Biden’s 2022 Foreign-Policy To-Do List

A preview of the challenges the U.S. president should prepare for in the year ahead.

The Territorial Defense Forces, the military reserve of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, holding replicas of Kalashnikov rifles, take part in a military exercise near Kyiv on Dec. 25.
The Territorial Defense Forces, the military reserve of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, holding replicas of Kalashnikov rifles, take part in a military exercise near Kyiv on Dec. 25.

How Russia Decides When to Invade

Past attacks suggest Moscow probably won’t move on Ukraine.

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu speaks.
South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu speaks.

Without Tutu and Mandela, Is South African Moral Exceptionalism Dead? 

The country could still achieve genuine racial justice after its moral giants have left the stage—but don’t count on the ANC government to lead the way. 

Members of Ethiopia’s Republican March Band stand on guard.
Members of Ethiopia’s Republican March Band stand on guard.

How Ethiopia’s Conflict Deepened in 2021

After more than a year of fighting, is peace on the horizon—or does wider war loom?

Health care workers in Lagos, Nigeria
Health care workers in Lagos, Nigeria

5 Reasons to Be Optimistic About 2022

Start the new year on a bright note: Here are five things to be excited about.

People take photographs of fireworks during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on July 23.
People take photographs of fireworks during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on July 23.

The Inevitably Awkward Tokyo Olympics

Athletes rebuked competitive norms as COVID-19 became the most normal part of the Tokyo Games.

An aerial view shows Beirut in darkness during a power outage on April 3.
An aerial view shows Beirut in darkness during a power outage on April 3.

In 2021, Lebanon Suffered While the World Looked On

Skyrocketing inflation, government corruption, and international apathy defined a country in economic free fall.

Sotheby’s technicians position a silver wine cistern holding bottles of Champagne.
Sotheby’s technicians position a silver wine cistern holding bottles of Champagne.
People stand at the Monument to the Conquerors of Space on top of the National Cosmonautics museum in Moscow on Nov. 17.
People stand at the Monument to the Conquerors of Space on top of the National Cosmonautics museum in Moscow on Nov. 17.

Why Russia Tested Its Anti-Satellite Weapon

If regulation of space weapons is coming, Putin wants to be ahead of the pack.

Israeli ultra-nationalists during a demonstration in Jerusalem on March 16, 2008.
Israeli ultra-nationalists during a demonstration in Jerusalem on March 16, 2008.

Why Israel Hates Gaza

Israel’s leaders have always shown contempt for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip because their past—and ongoing presence—pose a direct challenge to Israel’s founding myth.

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The Best of 2021, to Read and to Watch

From a semi-fictionalized account of the Netanyahus to a meditation on ancient Rome’s stabbiness, here are the best book and film reviews Foreign Policy published this year.

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Angela Merkel

The Year Germany Said Auf Wiedersehen to Angela Merkel

Germany said goodbye to a generational leader—and hello to an entirely new era.

A protester in a helmet and breathing apparatus holds a poster in front of barricades.
A protester in a helmet and breathing apparatus holds a poster in front of barricades.

Myanmar’s Tumultuous Year

A stunning military coup in early 2021 kicked off a year of unprecedented change.

A woman wearing a face mask with the logo of Russian rights group Memorial stands outside Moscow City Court, where the group is on trial, on Nov. 23.
A woman wearing a face mask with the logo of Russian rights group Memorial stands outside Moscow City Court, where the group is on trial, on Nov. 23.

Russia’s Last Political Freedoms Are on the Way Out

The trial to liquidate Russia’s best-known human rights organization is about much more.

Chilean President-elect Gabriel Boric speaks with President of the Constituent Assembly Elisa Loncon on Dec. 21 in Santiago.
Chilean President-elect Gabriel Boric speaks with President of the Constituent Assembly Elisa Loncon on Dec. 21 in Santiago.

Gabriel Boric Bookends a Year of Demands for a New Social Contract

This year, voters from Chile to Honduras to Peru elected leftist leaders who promised to ease endemic inequality.

People play video games in a game arcade in Beijing on Sept. 11.
People play video games in a game arcade in Beijing on Sept. 11.

The Geopolitics of Video Games

China has taken an increasing interest in the fast-growing market. That’s bad news for gamers.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

How Narendra Modi Nearly Lost His Way in 2021

India’s farmers’ protests and COVID-19 catastrophe may have slowed the prime minister’s rise.

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FP-Interns-Underpaid-Washington-DC-Government-Matt-Chase

Our Best Long Reads From 2021

Here are some of Foreign Policy’s best deep dives from the past year.

Representatives of the European Union and Iran sit at a long table in front of various flags.
Representatives of the European Union and Iran sit at a long table in front of various flags.

The Iran Nuclear Deal’s Long Year of Negotiations and Uncertainty

2021 saw a change in Iran’s government and on-again, off-again nuclear talks.

U.S. President Richard Nixon gestures while mingling with passengers on a United Air Lines DC-10 commercial airliner enroute from Washington to Los Angeles on Dec. 26, 1973.  The picture was made with an instantmatic camera by passenger 19-year-old passenger Julie Gilkey. AP
U.S. President Richard Nixon gestures while mingling with passengers on a United Air Lines DC-10 commercial airliner enroute from Washington to Los Angeles on Dec. 26, 1973. The picture was made with an instantmatic camera by passenger 19-year-old passenger Julie Gilkey. AP

Richard Nixon’s Last Christmas Trick

In 1973, a presidential flight stunt baffled everyone.

Russian President Vladimir Putin holds his annual press conference at the Manege exhibition hall in central Moscow on Dec. 23.
Russian President Vladimir Putin holds his annual press conference at the Manege exhibition hall in central Moscow on Dec. 23.

Putin Remains Defiant, Threatens Ukraine in Annual Presser

Russia’s year-end telethon ends with the usual bombast about Ukraine, NATO, and Father Frost.

Ukrainian soldiers take part in the Sea Breeze drills at a shooting range in the Kherson region of Ukraine on July 2. Ukraine and the United States launched joint naval exercises in the Black Sea on May 28 in a show of Western cooperation with Kyiv as it faces off with Russia.
Ukrainian soldiers take part in the Sea Breeze drills at a shooting range in the Kherson region of Ukraine on July 2. Ukraine and the United States launched joint naval exercises in the Black Sea on May 28 in a show of Western cooperation with Kyiv as it faces off with Russia.

Ukraine’s Military Has Come a Long Way Since 2014

But so have Russia’s armed forces—making any conflict more of a toss-up than a walkover.

Barack Obama and Joe Biden speak before signing the 21st Century Cures Act.
Barack Obama and Joe Biden speak before signing the 21st Century Cures Act.

Obama’s Democracy Forum Was Better Than Biden’s

If democratic survival is the great issue of our time, Biden’s team has to be more demanding and more ambitious.

Police detain protesters in Moscow
Police detain protesters in Moscow
Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid speaks to the media at the international airport in Kabul on Aug. 31.
Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid speaks to the media at the international airport in Kabul on Aug. 31.

Our Most Read Stories of 2021

China’s rise, the post-Trump world, and the fall of Kabul were of particular interest to FP readers.

Putin inspects military drills
Putin inspects military drills

Use Climate and Trade Policy to Counter Putin’s Playbook

Joint U.S.-EU carbon border fees could be much more damaging to Russia than sanctions.

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CIA headquarters

Washington’s Secrecy Bubble Needs to Be Popped

Too much classification undermines the rule of law. Here’s how to fix a broken system.

Then-Brexit negotiator David Frost leaves EU headquarters.
Then-Brexit negotiator David Frost leaves EU headquarters.

Renegotiation Isn’t Disaster in Northern Ireland

A new deal can be worked out that keeps peace and trade intact.

Dozens of internally displaced Afghan families collect food in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Dozens of internally displaced Afghan families collect food in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Afghanistan’s Aid Infrastructure Is Unraveling

Famine and destitution loom, yet more aid could strengthen the Taliban.

British Secretary of State Liz Truss chairs a call with her G-7 counterparts.
British Secretary of State Liz Truss chairs a call with her G-7 counterparts.

Our Favorite Profiles of the Year

From Belarus’s leader-in-exile to Japan’s newest prime minister, these articles show how personality and policymaking intertwine.

Employees work on a high-voltage transmission tower in China.
Employees work on a high-voltage transmission tower in China.

How the Energy Crisis Made 2021 Feel Like the ’70s

High power prices. Rolling blackouts. Dwindling supplies. And a cascade of economic and political turmoil felt around the world.

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A syringe of the COVID-19 vaccine.
A syringe of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Year Vaccines Changed (Most) of the World

In 2021, the biggest vaccination drive in global history affected everything from public health to diplomacy.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan welcomes Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari during the Third Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit in Istanbul on Dec. 18.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan welcomes Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari during the Third Turkey-Africa Partnership Summit in Istanbul on Dec. 18.

Turkey Deepens Its Footprint in Africa

Expanding security cooperation and friendly rhetoric are strengthening Ankara’s influence on the continent.

Reps. Gregory Meeks and Michael McCaul listen to a House Foreign Affairs hearing.
Reps. Gregory Meeks and Michael McCaul listen to a House Foreign Affairs hearing.

Congressional Probe Over Afghan Withdrawal Turns Partisan

Is Biden stonewalling Congress? It depends whom you ask.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walks to a meeting with then-U.S. President Donald Trump in the Korean Demilitarized Zone on June 30, 2019.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walks to a meeting with then-U.S. President Donald Trump in the Korean Demilitarized Zone on June 30, 2019.

A Decade of the Kim Jong Un Doctrine

The North Korean dictator is just as brutal as his predecessors—but has instrumentalized that brutality to new ends.

From left: French philosophers Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, and Gilles Deleuze.
From left: French philosophers Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, and Gilles Deleuze.

How Leftist Theory Stopped Making Sense

Progressive thinkers tried to explain ever more of the world—and found themselves explaining nothing at all.

Iranian ultraconservative cleric and presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi gives a news conference after voting in the presidential election, at a polling station in the capital Tehran, on June 18, 2021.
Iranian ultraconservative cleric and presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi gives a news conference after voting in the presidential election, at a polling station in the capital Tehran, on June 18, 2021.

Iran Can’t Afford to Delay a Deal

There should be little doubt in Tehran about the urgent necessity of restoring the nuclear agreement.

Taliban fighters on a pickup truck in Kabul.
Taliban fighters on a pickup truck in Kabul.

The Year Kabul Fell Again

A stunning Taliban takeover left Afghanistan—and the world—transformed.

KKK protesters in Charlottesville
KKK protesters in Charlottesville

America Drops the Ball on White Supremacist Terrorist Groups

Other countries are taking the lead in cracking down on U.S.-based groups.

Customs officials inspect a huge quantity of narcotics seized in Peshawar, Pakistan bound for Saudi Arabia on June 19, 2003.
Customs officials inspect a huge quantity of narcotics seized in Peshawar, Pakistan bound for Saudi Arabia on June 19, 2003.

Saudi Arabia Is the Middle East’s Drug Capital

Despite draconian laws, the region’s biggest economy is hooked on amphetamines.

Display of Stalin's funeral at the Gulag Museum in Moscow.
Display of Stalin's funeral at the Gulag Museum in Moscow.

In Putin’s Russia, the Past Is Never Past

Memorial is the latest victim of Russia’s history wars.

Peter Marki-Zay speaks at a campaign rally.
Peter Marki-Zay speaks at a campaign rally.

Hungary’s Opposition Struggles to Take the Fight to Fidesz

What looked like the first and best chance to unseat Orban is bogged down by infighting and inertia.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris participate in virtual grassroots fundraiser.
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris participate in virtual grassroots fundraiser.

Biden Taps Billionaire Campaign Donors for Ambassador Posts

Progressive Democrats lambasted Trump over the practice.

Israel's controversial separation wall runs between the Israeli settlement of Pisgat Zeev (left), built in a suburb of East Jerusalem, and the Palestinian Shuafat refugee camp (right) on Feb. 11.
Israel's controversial separation wall runs between the Israeli settlement of Pisgat Zeev (left), built in a suburb of East Jerusalem, and the Palestinian Shuafat refugee camp (right) on Feb. 11.

After a Dramatic Year, What’s Next for Israelis and Palestinians?

War in Gaza, intercommunal violence, and a new government have not led to any breakthroughs when it comes to peace.

Girls attend classes at Zarghona high school in Kabul on Sept. 15. Stefanie Glinski for Foriegn Policy
Girls attend classes at Zarghona high school in Kabul on Sept. 15. Stefanie Glinski for Foriegn Policy

The FP Stories That Changed Things in 2021

From the U.N.’s diversity problem to the pipeline that turned into a lightning rod, here are our most impactful reads.

oe Biden addresses U.S. Air Force personnel.
oe Biden addresses U.S. Air Force personnel.

The United States Can’t Afford Another Vague National Security Strategy

Americans need the government to level with them about the need to stand up to rivals like Russia and China—and the costs of failure.

Finnish troops wear gas masks in 1939.
Finnish troops wear gas masks in 1939.

What Ukraine Can Learn From Finland

In December 1939, a small country with a small military held off the vastly superior Soviet Red Army and avoided occupation by its larger neighbor.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence in “Don't Look Up”
Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence in “Don't Look Up”

‘Don’t Look Up’ Peddles Climate Catastrophism as a Morality Tale

Adam McKay’s allegory of climate change revels in a misguided understanding of science.

Protesters hold signs during an anti-vaccination rally at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco on Nov. 11.
Protesters hold signs during an anti-vaccination rally at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco on Nov. 11.

Why People Reject Vaccination—and How to Change Their Minds

Anti-vaccination beliefs are highly dependent on cultural and social context. Here’s what worked in two United States-based studies.

Protesters carry signs with anti-AFSPA slogans.
Protesters carry signs with anti-AFSPA slogans.

Army Killings in India’s Nagaland Reignite Debate Over Controversial Law

Civilian killings by the Indian Army in Nagaland state have revived debate about the controversial Armed Forces Special Powers Act.

A monitor displays a virtual meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden, Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi
A monitor displays a virtual meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden, Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi

The Quad Should Speak Out Against Russia’s Aggression Toward Ukraine

It’s time for the Indo-Pacific democracies to address the crisis.

Presidential candidates Gabriel Boric of the Social Convergence party and José Antonio Kast of the Republican Party pose before a presidential debate in Santiago, Chile, on Dec. 13.
Presidential candidates Gabriel Boric of the Social Convergence party and José Antonio Kast of the Republican Party pose before a presidential debate in Santiago, Chile, on Dec. 13.

In Chile’s Presidential Race, Kast and Boric Are Not Equally Dangerous Extremes

Far-right candidate José Antonio Kast threatens to politicize the country’s constitutional rewrite.

Representatives of different Ukrainian political parties and movements stage a protest outside the Constitutional Court building in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Oct. 30, 2020.
Representatives of different Ukrainian political parties and movements stage a protest outside the Constitutional Court building in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Oct. 30, 2020.

Why Ukraine’s Fight Against Corruption Scares Russia

The country’s democratization and ongoing efforts to fight entrenched graft and cronyism are a threat to Putin’s model of governance.

Supporters of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador take part in a protest march after their leaders met with Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso at the Carondelet Palace in Quito, Ecuador, on Oct. 4.
Supporters of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador take part in a protest march after their leaders met with Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso at the Carondelet Palace in Quito, Ecuador, on Oct. 4.

Meet the Indigenous Leaders Reshaping Ecuador’s Politics

They have slowly but steadily attained political power. What will they do with it?

The Israeli Iron Dome missile defense system (left) intercepts rockets fired by the Hamas movement toward southern Israel from Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip on May 14.
The Israeli Iron Dome missile defense system (left) intercepts rockets fired by the Hamas movement toward southern Israel from Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip on May 14.

Will 2022 Bring More War and Chaos?

2021 has been a lesson in the limits of U.S. foreign policy.

Kerry at COP26 in Glasgow
Kerry at COP26 in Glasgow

Biden’s Climate Diplomacy Is a Gift to China

The administration is paying for vain hopes with dangerous concessions.

A person looks at a Google Earth map of the Middle East at an event at New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art.
A person looks at a Google Earth map of the Middle East at an event at New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art.

Iranian Ransomware Is Coming for the United States

After a year of attacks on Israel, Iran’s hackers have another target.

Committee Chair Rep. Maxine Waters (center) speaks as ranking member Rep. Patrick McHenry (left) listens during a hearing before House Financial Services Committee on Dec. 8 in Washington, DC. The committee held a hearing on "Digital Assets and the Future of Finance: Understanding the Challenges and Benefits of Financial Innovation in the United States.
Committee Chair Rep. Maxine Waters (center) speaks as ranking member Rep. Patrick McHenry (left) listens during a hearing before House Financial Services Committee on Dec. 8 in Washington, DC. The committee held a hearing on "Digital Assets and the Future of Finance: Understanding the Challenges and Benefits of Financial Innovation in the United States.

Congress Takes on Crypto

Key Takeaways from the House Financial Services and Senate Banking Committees’ Cryptocurrency Hearings

Ghulam Isaczai speaks during a U.N. Security Council meeting.
Ghulam Isaczai speaks during a U.N. Security Council meeting.

Afghanistan’s U.N. Envoy Heads for the Exit

“He thought there [was] no government in Afghanistan for him to represent at the U.N.,” one Afghan diplomat said.

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FP-Interns-Underpaid-Washington-DC-Government-Matt-Chase-16x9

Washington Runs on Interns

So why are most of them not paid enough—and some not paid at all?

Antony Blinken delivers remarks in Indonesia.
Antony Blinken delivers remarks in Indonesia.

Biden Needs a Southeast Asia Policy to Counter China’s Pull

Despite a welcome flurry of diplomacy, Washington still has no clear strategy for the region.

Saleh al-Armouti speaks before protesters.
Saleh al-Armouti speaks before protesters.

Water-for-Energy Is Better Than Land-for-Peace

A new deal between Israel and Jordan represents a big step forward from the Abraham Accords.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

Bashar al-Assad’s Unlikely Comeback

Regional governments that once shunned Damascus are mending fences with a murderous regime—showing human rights abusers everywhere how to commit atrocities with impunity.

Indian Army soldiers near the Line of Actual Control
Indian Army soldiers near the Line of Actual Control

Pentagon Worries About Chinese Buildup Near India

China’s new airports and highways near the border have put officials on edge.

A man in a suit with a Chinese Communist Party lapel pin looks down at his smartphone.
A man in a suit with a Chinese Communist Party lapel pin looks down at his smartphone.

China’s Fake Twitter Accounts Are Tweeting Into the Void

China’s state-linked influence operations get very little engagement on Twitter.

The Frontex logo is seen in Warsaw, Poland.
The Frontex logo is seen in Warsaw, Poland.

Europe Accidentally Built an ‘Amnesty International With Guns’

The EU’s border and coast guard agency is expanding fast—but member states find it too soft to rely on.

Military officials stand by signs with names of Burkinabe soldiers killed in the attack on a gendarmerie camp at Inata, Burkina Faso, at Gounghin Cemetery in Ouagadougou on Nov. 23.
Military officials stand by signs with names of Burkinabe soldiers killed in the attack on a gendarmerie camp at Inata, Burkina Faso, at Gounghin Cemetery in Ouagadougou on Nov. 23.

Violence Spreads in the Sahel

Burkina Faso’s government resigns amid protests and the military’s failure to counter Islamists.

U.S. President Joe Biden
U.S. President Joe Biden

Biden Takes Aim at Kleptocrats

The United States is finally taking big steps to close the loopholes that make America a money laundering haven.

Pro-democracy protest in Seoul
Pro-democracy protest in Seoul

Biden’s Democracy Summit Success Now Depends on Allies

In Asia, the door is wide open to new partnerships bolstering democratic norms.

A man stands in front of a line of parked trucks near a sign that reads "Welcome to Gwadar Port."
A man stands in front of a line of parked trucks near a sign that reads "Welcome to Gwadar Port."
Boris Johnson poses next to Clifford's Tower in York, England, on May 23, 2016.
Boris Johnson poses next to Clifford's Tower in York, England, on May 23, 2016.

From ‘Partygate’ to a Possible Leadership Challenge for Boris Johnson

The British prime minister’s shining political star seems to be dimming—and with it, perhaps, Conservative prospects.

A woman walks as children play at the Dzaleka refugee camp in Dowa, Malawi.
A woman walks as children play at the Dzaleka refugee camp in Dowa, Malawi.

Malawi Is No Longer Safe for Refugees

The government’s plan to relocate thousands of refugees to a congested camp could have catastrophic consequences.

Female German politicians celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s voting rights in Germany.
Female German politicians celebrate the 100th anniversary of women’s voting rights in Germany.

Did Angela Merkel Matter for Women?

The ambiguous feminist legacy of the world’s most powerful woman.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives at at Cologne's airport, on September 29, 2018 in Cologne, where he is to inaugurate the Central Mosque, one of Europe's largest.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives at at Cologne's airport, on September 29, 2018 in Cologne, where he is to inaugurate the Central Mosque, one of Europe's largest.

Why One Man Can Ruin Turkey’s Economy

Did Erdogan break Turkish politics by empowering the presidency—or was it broken already?

A Ukrainian soldier patrols at the checkpoint.
A Ukrainian soldier patrols at the checkpoint.

The West Must Deter Russia or Accept Defeat

Putin hasn’t set his sights on just Ukraine. Further destabilization of Georgia is next on his agenda.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh

In Asia, China’s Long Game Beats America’s Short Game

Beijing’s focus on economic ties will outlast Washington’s on military alliances.

An inflatable craft carrying migrant men, women, and children crosses the shipping lane in the English Channel on July 22.
An inflatable craft carrying migrant men, women, and children crosses the shipping lane in the English Channel on July 22.

The Channel Is Now a Charnel House

When at least 27 migrants, mostly Kurds, drowned last month, it was the culmination of a century-long Anglo-French tragedy.

An image of Bitcoin and U.S. currency is displayed on a screen in front of silhouettes of people.
An image of Bitcoin and U.S. currency is displayed on a screen in front of silhouettes of people.

Great Protocol Politics

The 21st century doesn’t belong to China, the United States, or Silicon Valley. It belongs to the internet.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defends the rights of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender people from around the world in a speech during International Human Rights Day at the United Nations in Geneva on Dec. 6, 2011.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defends the rights of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender people from around the world in a speech during International Human Rights Day at the United Nations in Geneva on Dec. 6, 2011.

What Biden Can Learn From Hillary Clinton’s Landmark LGBT Speech

When tackling big, global problems, expect pushback—but keep going.

Ressa holds up the Nobel Peace Prize diploma and medal.
Ressa holds up the Nobel Peace Prize diploma and medal.

How Biden Can Aid Maria Ressa’s Fight for Justice

The Nobel Peace Prize winner’s cause is about more than just press freedom.

Soldiers from the Polish Armed Forces rest.
Soldiers from the Polish Armed Forces rest.

The European Union Owes Poland a Thank You

Brussels likes to ostracize the Polish government, but Warsaw has just done the entire continent a favor.

A composite image of U.S. President Joe Biden at the Democracy Summit in Washington on Dec. 9 and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Dec. 10, 2018.
A composite image of U.S. President Joe Biden at the Democracy Summit in Washington on Dec. 9 and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Dec. 10, 2018.
U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin
U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin

Kicking Russia Off of SWIFT Might Not Be the Nuclear Option

But additional economic sanctions under study could be more devastating to Moscow than the last ones were.

Women wait for staff members from Doctors Without Borders at a camp for internally displaced people on the outskirts of Herat, Afghanistan, on Nov. 22.
Women wait for staff members from Doctors Without Borders at a camp for internally displaced people on the outskirts of Herat, Afghanistan, on Nov. 22.

U.N., World Bank Under Pressure to Offer Aid to Afghanistan

The existing sanctions regime on Taliban leaders makes it hard for the world to help the Afghan people.

Xiomara Castro, presidential candidate of the Libertad y Refundación (Libre) party, speaks at a press conference in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on Nov. 28.
Xiomara Castro, presidential candidate of the Libertad y Refundación (Libre) party, speaks at a press conference in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on Nov. 28.

Honduras-U.S. Relations Get a Reset

If incoming President Xiomara Castro lives up to her promises, there’s a chance to address the root causes of forced migration.

Passengers queue to board a U.S. Air Force flight.
Passengers queue to board a U.S. Air Force flight.

State Department Launches Review of Afghan Withdrawal

U.S. ambassador Daniel Smith is tapped to lead a review to understand the lessons of U.S. involvement.

A soldier walks along a street in India.
A soldier walks along a street in India.

Does India Want to Solve Its Pollution Problem?

The country has the most polluted cities in the world—but so far is doing very little in response.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi attends the Forum of China and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States virtually from Beijing on Dec. 3.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi attends the Forum of China and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States virtually from Beijing on Dec. 3.

Latin America Could Profit From U.S.-China Competition

“Active nonalignment” is on display in a busy week of summits with both Beijing and Washington.

Nurses draw vaccine doses from a vial in Maryland.
Nurses draw vaccine doses from a vial in Maryland.

Stop Treating Vaccine Hesitancy Like an Afterthought

Although current headlines are focused on South Africa, this is very much a challenge facing the global north.

A Ukrainian serviceman patrols.
A Ukrainian serviceman patrols.

Biden Must Choose Between Appeasement and Deterrence in Ukraine

Russia’s threat on the Ukrainian border is not a bluff, but forceful U.S. financial sanctions could stop Putin from another land grab.

U.S. President Joe Biden meets with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky in the Oval Office of the White House, on September 1, 2021, in Washington, DC.
U.S. President Joe Biden meets with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky in the Oval Office of the White House, on September 1, 2021, in Washington, DC.

Ukraine Ready to Fight to ‘Last Drop’

But Biden’s talk of accommodating Russia has Congress worried.

A member of the Human Rights Council of Pakistan places an earthen oil lamp to pay tribute to late Sri Lankan factory manager Priyantha Kumara in Karachi, Pakistan, on Dec. 5.
A member of the Human Rights Council of Pakistan places an earthen oil lamp to pay tribute to late Sri Lankan factory manager Priyantha Kumara in Karachi, Pakistan, on Dec. 5.

How Islamist Fundamentalists Get Away With Murder in Pakistan

If Imran Khan cares about foreign investment and economic growth, he must abolish the country’s blasphemy law.

U.S. President Joe Biden addresses U.S. Air Force personnel in England.
U.S. President Joe Biden addresses U.S. Air Force personnel in England.

Democracy Renewal Begins With Accountability

To show the world the United States is back as a democratic leader, Biden should hold the U.S. military and its allies accountable in warfare.

International Criminal Court Prosecutor Karim Khan delivers a statement at the Special Jurisdiction for Peace offices in Bogotá, Colombia, on Oct. 27.
International Criminal Court Prosecutor Karim Khan delivers a statement at the Special Jurisdiction for Peace offices in Bogotá, Colombia, on Oct. 27.

The ICC Doesn’t Look So Interventionist After All

Serious domestic efforts at justice in Colombia have led the court to suspend its longest-running examination to date.

A Somali mother and child walk through the Kobe refugee camp near the Ethiopian-Somali border on July 19, 2011.
A Somali mother and child walk through the Kobe refugee camp near the Ethiopian-Somali border on July 19, 2011.

Climate Threats Are Multiplying in the Horn of Africa

In a long overdue step, the U.N. Security Council may finally address climate security.

Eric Zemmour is photographed in Paris on April 22.
Eric Zemmour is photographed in Paris on April 22.

France’s New Far-Right Firebrand

Professional provocateur Éric Zemmour makes Marine Le Pen look like a moderate.

Joe Biden attends the Rainbow PUSH Coalition convention.
Joe Biden attends the Rainbow PUSH Coalition convention.

Biden’s Democracy Summit Could Backfire

There are dangers to hosting diplomatic meetings without a clear purpose.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is pictured on a big screen during an evening news program broadcasting his keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the eighth Forum on China-Africa Cooperation at a mall in Beijing on Nov. 30.
Chinese President Xi Jinping is pictured on a big screen during an evening news program broadcasting his keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the eighth Forum on China-Africa Cooperation at a mall in Beijing on Nov. 30.

What Is China’s Future in Africa?

Beijing is scaling back its investments across the continent, but it still has greater economic influence than the United States.

The full moon rises behind the Statue of Liberty in New York City on May 18, 2019.
The full moon rises behind the Statue of Liberty in New York City on May 18, 2019.

When Promoting Democracy, Less Is More

Biden’s Summit for Democracy requires a humbler approach to succeed.

Maxine Waters, chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services
Maxine Waters, chairwoman of the House Committee on Financial Services

Why Congress Should Regulate Cryptocurrency Now

The United States has a chance to become a standard-bearer as digital currencies expand.

A man exchanges Nigeria’s currency, the naira, for U.S. dollars in Lagos, Nigeria, on April 19.
A man exchanges Nigeria’s currency, the naira, for U.S. dollars in Lagos, Nigeria, on April 19.

Nigeria’s eNaira Is Not an Economic Panacea

After trying to ban cryptocurrencies, the country’s Central Bank has launched its own digital currency—but it won’t end the country’s foreign exchange volatility or shore up its reserves.

People protest France’s vaccination law.
People protest France’s vaccination law.

For Europe’s Far-Right, Vaccine Skepticism Is a Trap

Playing to the anti-vaccine base hasn’t led to electoral gains—yet.

A smiling Putin and Modi shake hands.
A smiling Putin and Modi shake hands.

Modi’s Delicate Balancing Act

Modi’s twin diplomatic meetings this week underscore how Russia remains a source of discord between the United States and India.

A man sells fruits and vegetables on a street in Havana as Cuba faces food shortages.
A man sells fruits and vegetables on a street in Havana as Cuba faces food shortages.

How Cheap Chicken Stopped Protests in Cuba

Food is power in a country where only a small portion of people are allowed to enter supermarkets.

An illustration of people's fist replacing columns in building representing people's democracy.
An illustration of people's fist replacing columns in building representing people's democracy.

More Power to More People

To protect democracy, we have to first figure out why it’s worth saving.

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the White House in Washington on Dec. 6.
U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the White House in Washington on Dec. 6.

The Democrat’s Playbook

Biden’s Summit for Democracy must go on the offensive.

Two Taliban fighters stand on a sidewalk dressed in tactical gear.
Two Taliban fighters stand on a sidewalk dressed in tactical gear.

Why the Taliban Still Love Suicide Bombing

The group is normalizing death and despair in the Islamic Emirate.

Sen. Bob Dole, Sen. Joseph Lieberman; Sven Alkalaj, Bosnian ambassador to the United States, and Sen. John Warner all put their hands together in the center in a gesture demonstrating team success.
Sen. Bob Dole, Sen. Joseph Lieberman; Sven Alkalaj, Bosnian ambassador to the United States, and Sen. John Warner all put their hands together in the center in a gesture demonstrating team success.

How Bob Dole Saved Bosnia on Capitol Hill

Dole’s Bosnia advocacy throughout the 1992-1995 war made him the most consequential Bosnia hawk in Congress.

Members of the Munduruku Indigenous tribe prepare to protest against a dam in Brazil's Amazon.
Members of the Munduruku Indigenous tribe prepare to protest against a dam in Brazil's Amazon.

Will a Billion-Dollar Indigenous Climate Pledge Pay Off?

The money is unprecedented, but Indigenous communities are bracing for disappointment.

A Lebanese protester lifts a national flag.
A Lebanese protester lifts a national flag.

Lebanon’s Reformers Trade the Street for the Ballot Box

After 40 years of stasis, some new faces sense a glimmer of hope to change Lebanon’s poisoned politics.

Yemeni army reinforcements arrive.
Yemeni army reinforcements arrive.

Congress Must Halt Biden’s Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

The U.S. president is reneging on his campaign promises in an effort to appease Riyadh. A bipartisan team of lawmakers can stop him.

India's most marginalized Dalit community members shout slogans during a protest in New Delhi on Aug. 9, 2018.
India's most marginalized Dalit community members shout slogans during a protest in New Delhi on Aug. 9, 2018.

Modi’s Farm Bills and Their Repeal Will Do Nothing for This Group

Bonded laborers, many of whom belong to the Dalit community, are owned by their landlords and work for little or no pay.

Horn of Africa special envoy Jeffrey Feltman leaves Sudan.
Horn of Africa special envoy Jeffrey Feltman leaves Sudan.

Foggy Bottom Bristles at Proliferation of Special Envoys

The State Department’s Africa chief addresses concerns that special envoys shut out other diplomats from policymaking.

Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele gestures in front of a huge screen that reads "Bitcoin City."
Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele gestures in front of a huge screen that reads "Bitcoin City."

Bitcoin Failed in El Salvador. The President Says the Answer Is More Bitcoin.

Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele is spinning new projects as fast as he can.

A U.S. soldier prepares Ukrainian soldiers for an exercise in ambush tactics at the Yavoriv Combat Training Center in Starychi, Ukraine, on July 26. The advisors from Task Force Raven are working to improve Ukraine's defense capabilities against a potential military threat from Russia.
A U.S. soldier prepares Ukrainian soldiers for an exercise in ambush tactics at the Yavoriv Combat Training Center in Starychi, Ukraine, on July 26. The advisors from Task Force Raven are working to improve Ukraine's defense capabilities against a potential military threat from Russia.

Biden Is Running Out of Time to Help Ukraine Fend Off Russia

Kyiv’s pleas for more U.S. guns to hold off Moscow have prompted a political knife fight in Washington.

Biden sits at a desk next to a TV monitor showing Xi Jinping also seated at a desk.
Biden sits at a desk next to a TV monitor showing Xi Jinping also seated at a desk.

The U.S.-China Relationship Has Entered a New Phase

Diplomacy post-Biden-Xi summit is a test of intentions.

Yazidi survivor Layleh Shemmo displays a tattoo.
Yazidi survivor Layleh Shemmo displays a tattoo.

Leaving Gender Out of Genocide Obscures Its Horror

As the 1948 Genocide Convention makes clear, killing isn’t the only crime.

A boy holds a toy gun.
A boy holds a toy gun.

Lockdowns Produced a New Generation of Child Soldiers

In Colombia, armed groups have treated the pandemic as a recruitment opportunity.

A young Nigerian refugee wears a small portable solar panel.
A young Nigerian refugee wears a small portable solar panel.

Why the Climate Panic About Africa Is Wrong

Once again, the rich world sees Africans as a threat to the planet.

A 700-year-old standing statue of the Buddha, returned to Nepal from New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art
A 700-year-old standing statue of the Buddha, returned to Nepal from New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art

It Doesn’t Belong in a Museum

Stolen Nepali art is a key test for Western institutions.

Troops are seen in German South West Africa.
Troops are seen in German South West Africa.

Germany’s First Genocide Looked a Lot Like China’s

The killing of the Herero has disturbing parallels with the treatment of Uyghurs.

An honor guard from the U.S. Army 1st Cavalry Division stands along the top of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
An honor guard from the U.S. Army 1st Cavalry Division stands along the top of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial
An illegal diamond dealer from Zimbabwe displays diamonds for sale in Manica, Mozambique, near the border with Zimbabwe on Sept. 19, 2010.
An illegal diamond dealer from Zimbabwe displays diamonds for sale in Manica, Mozambique, near the border with Zimbabwe on Sept. 19, 2010.

Zimbabwe’s Chance to Shine

Its ascent to a leadership role in international diamond accreditation is an opportunity for the industry to clean up its act.

Sudanese protesters block roads and burn tires.
Sudanese protesters block roads and burn tires.

The Battle for Khartoum Exposes Waning U.S. Influence

If any outside power could help Sudan chart a path to democracy, it should have been the United States.

Personnel at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center
Personnel at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center

Beijing’s Strategic Blueprint Is Changing as Tensions Grow

China is trying to free itself from dependence on imported technology.

A Palestinian woman and a member of the Israeli security forces take photos of each other
A Palestinian woman and a member of the Israeli security forces take photos of each other

How to End Israel’s Digital Occupation

Silicon Valley executives should recognize Palestinian statehood in line with U.N. norms.

Supporters of Honduras’s Liberty and Refoundation party celebrate
Supporters of Honduras’s Liberty and Refoundation party celebrate

What in the World?

This week in FP’s international news quiz: A new COVID-19 variant spreads, women take power, and farmers notch a big win.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian attends a news conference in Tehran on Oct. 27.
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian attends a news conference in Tehran on Oct. 27.

Iran’s New Asia-Focused Foreign Policy Is a Fantasy

The country lacks both the wherewithal and resources to recalibrate its standing in Asia.

A passenger arriving from South Africa is tested for COVID-19 at Schiphol airport on Dec. 2 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
A passenger arriving from South Africa is tested for COVID-19 at Schiphol airport on Dec. 2 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The World Is Starting to Doubt Biden’s Promise That ‘America Is Back’

From omicron restrictions to the Iran deal and the democracy summit, Washington is making questionable calls that don’t inspire confidence in U.S. leadership.

French President Emmanuel Macron (C) meets with Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah (R) and head of the Presidential Council of Libya Mohamed al-Manfi (L) during the International conference on Libya  in Paris on Nov. 12.
French President Emmanuel Macron (C) meets with Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah (R) and head of the Presidential Council of Libya Mohamed al-Manfi (L) during the International conference on Libya in Paris on Nov. 12.

Rushed Elections in Libya Won’t Bring Peace

The U.N.’s obsession with process is making conflict and instability more likely.

Barbadian Prime Minister Mia Mottley, former cricketer Garfield Sobers, Barbadian President Sandra Mason, singer Rihanna, and Prince Charles stand during the presidential inauguration ceremony at National Heroes Square in Bridgetown, Barbados, on Nov. 30.
Barbadian Prime Minister Mia Mottley, former cricketer Garfield Sobers, Barbadian President Sandra Mason, singer Rihanna, and Prince Charles stand during the presidential inauguration ceremony at National Heroes Square in Bridgetown, Barbados, on Nov. 30.

Barbados Steps Out From Under the Queen’s Umbrella

From Rihanna to climate finance, the small island nation has big foreign-policy goals.

A steel mill is seen outside Pittsburgh.
A steel mill is seen outside Pittsburgh.

Fossil Fuel’s Downfall Could Be America’s Too

How U.S. polluters might drag the country’s economy down with them.

Cameroonian army soldiers at a polling station in Lysoka, near Buea, southwestern Cameroon, on October 7, 2018.
Cameroonian army soldiers at a polling station in Lysoka, near Buea, southwestern Cameroon, on October 7, 2018.

Cameroon’s Forgotten Civil War Is Getting Worse

Infighting among Anglophone separatists and denial by the Cameroonian government are escalating the ongoing conflict.

Afghan girls carry water jugs through a dirt graveyard.
Afghan girls carry water jugs through a dirt graveyard.
Protesters in Myanmar
Protesters in Myanmar

Myanmar’s Military Must Be Shown It Can’t Win

Negotiations are far off, but they are the only way out of a catastrophic conflict.

Taiwan's national flag hangs from a long cable beneath a helicopter.
Taiwan's national flag hangs from a long cable beneath a helicopter.

The Case for Defending the Little Guy

Sticking up for smaller powers and Westphalian principles is worth it.

A Ukrainian serviceman in Donetsk
A Ukrainian serviceman in Donetsk

Russians Believe Ukrainians Want to Be ‘Liberated’

Delusions about Moscow’s “little brother” are common and dangerous.

Paramedics assess a COVID-19 patient in Johannesburg
Paramedics assess a COVID-19 patient in Johannesburg

How HIV and COVID-19 Variants Are Connected

It’s a matter of time until an even more dangerous coronavirus variant emerges if we fail to vaccinate the world’s most vulnerable populations.

A member of the Alawite community pastes pictures of Rifaat al-Assad on a wall in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Dec. 6, 2007.
A member of the Alawite community pastes pictures of Rifaat al-Assad on a wall in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Dec. 6, 2007.

Assad’s Family Reunion Could Be a Final Victory

By reconciling with an estranged uncle, Syria’s dictator may have definitively reestablished his power.

From left to right, Guyana’s ambassador to Chile, George Talbot; Bolivia’s then-foreign relations vice minister, Carmen Almendra; Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benitez; Colombian President Iván Duque; Argentina’s then-president, Mauricio Macri; Chilean President Sebastián Pinera; Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro; Ecuador’s then-president, Lenín Moreno; Peru’s then-president, Martín Vizcarra; Uruguay’s then-foreign relations vice minister, Ariel Bergamino; and Suriname’s then-ambassador to Chile, Marciano Edgar Armaketo, pose for a picture during the launching of the Prosur regional initiative at La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago, Chile, on March 22, 2019.
From left to right, Guyana’s ambassador to Chile, George Talbot; Bolivia’s then-foreign relations vice minister, Carmen Almendra; Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benitez; Colombian President Iván Duque; Argentina’s then-president, Mauricio Macri; Chilean President Sebastián Pinera; Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro; Ecuador’s then-president, Lenín Moreno; Peru’s then-president, Martín Vizcarra; Uruguay’s then-foreign relations vice minister, Ariel Bergamino; and Suriname’s then-ambassador to Chile, Marciano Edgar Armaketo, pose for a picture during the launching of the Prosur regional initiative at La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago, Chile, on March 22, 2019.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks.

Russia Blocks Brit From U.N. Libya Envoy Role

Diplomatic spats could undermine U.N. position ahead of key national elections.

A hand gesticulates next to a Polish and European Union flag.
A hand gesticulates next to a Polish and European Union flag.

Poland’s Twin Crises

Warsaw is challenging Brussels on the rule of law but using an immigration crisis to soften any pushback.

A general view shows the Dhaka River Port on the banks of the Buriganga River in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on June 23, 2019.
A general view shows the Dhaka River Port on the banks of the Buriganga River in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on June 23, 2019.

America Should Bet on Bangladesh

Bangladesh has major geopolitical value on its own merits, separate from India or any other country.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban steps on the podium to give a speech during an economic forum attended by 15 central and eastern European leaders as well as the Chinese Premier as a guest on November 27, 2017 in Budapest.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban steps on the podium to give a speech during an economic forum attended by 15 central and eastern European leaders as well as the Chinese Premier as a guest on November 27, 2017 in Budapest.

Hungary’s Strongman Is Running Scared

A unified democratic alliance finally has the chance to beat Viktor Orban and his Fidesz party in elections early next year.

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