2021

Taiwan's former President Chen Shui-bian arrives at the High Court in Taipei on July 19, 2010.

Taiwan Showed How to Prosecute an Ex-President

The trial of Chen Shui-bian strengthened democracy, despite fears of division.

Actress Katerina Lechou lights the Olympic flame at the Temple of Hera in Olympia, the sanctuary where the Olympic Games were born in 776 BC, on October 24, 2017 during the lighting ceremony of the Olympic flame for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

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.

A protester scolds riot police in Thailand.

As COVID-19 Spikes, Thailand Goes After the Press

The pandemic has become an excuse for expanding authoritarianism.

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama flashes a victory sing as casts his ballot at a polling station in the village of Surrel, near Tirana, during a parliamentary election on June 25, 2017.

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.

The CCP’s 100th anniversary is celebrated.

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.

U.S. soldiers in Bradley tanks near the Iraq-Syria border

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.

Tony Elumelu, the founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation; Nigeria’s Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Tony Elumelu Foundation trustee Awele Elumelu; Mali’s first lady Keita Aminata Maiga; and Guinea’s first lady Djene Kaba Condé attend the Tony Elumelu Foundation’s African entrepreneurship forum in Abuja, Nigeria, on July 27, 2019.

To Improve Women’s Access to Capital in Africa, Look to California

Development finance institutions should follow California’s highly effective gender-equitable standards.

Industrial robots prepare to attach doors to the body of an ID.3 electric car at a Volkswagen factory in Zwickau, Germany, on Feb. 25, 2020.

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.

A Tibetan activist holds a placard and a Tibetan flag during a protest against Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics in front of the Olympics Museum in Lausanne on June 23.

The IOC Should Stop Lying to Itself About the Beijing Olympics

Allowing the Games to happen alongside an ongoing genocide would be a disaster.

Egyptian demonstrators tear down a poster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak

In Alaa al-Aswany’s New Novel, Dictatorship Keeps Winning

“Republic of False Truths” defers any happy ending to the Arab Spring.

Presidential nominee Joe Biden wears voting sticker.

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.

Schoolchildren and their teacher peer out from under their desks during a Cold War air raid drill

Be Wary of China Threat Inflation

Look at what happened with the Soviet threat in the Cold War.

Signs for mask-wearing guidance at the White House

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.

Afghan militia in Herat, Afghanistan

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.

Cuban activists and supporters rally outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington on July 27.

Don’t Let Cuba’s Protest Momentum Evaporate

U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration should listen to activists on the ground.

A nurse takes Moderna COVID-19 vaccines ready to be administered at a vaccination site in Los Angeles on Feb. 16.

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.

Sudan’s prime minister and Sovereign Council chief attend an economic conference.

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.

A woman wearing a face mask reads inside a subway in São Paulo on May 7, 2020.

How Latin American Women Governed During the Pandemic

Female leaders saved more lives in Brazil and reinvented stimulus policy in Argentina.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei meets with then-Chinese President Jiang Zemin in Tehran on April 21, 2002.

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.

People protest the Brazilian president.

The Pandemic’s Legacy Will Spur New Protests in Latin America

Increased economic inequality has only added to widespread discontent.

Russian President Vladimir Putin stands with U.S. ambassador to Russia John Sullivan in Moscow.

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.

An opposition activist holds a banner that reads “vaccination now” during a protest to demand the government generally vaccinate the population in Caracas, Venezuela, on May 28.

Venezuela Is Without a Vaccination Plan

Maduro’s abject failure is consequential for the nation, the region, and the world.

South Korean athlete runs bases at Tokyo Olympic Games.

Japan Wasted a Golden Chance for Olympic Reconciliation

Tokyo-Seoul relations remain mired in bad history and petty insults.

Advocates for student debt cancellation in front of the White House

You Shouldn’t Have to Pay for That IR Master’s

Institutions like the State Department need to scrap credentialism.

Cubans protest outside Havana’s capitol.

Cuba Needs a Free Internet

The United States can play a key role in supporting online liberty.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Joe Biden stand in the White House with a view of the Washington Monument on July 15.

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.

KMT supporters rally in Taipei

Even a Short War Over Taiwan or the Baltics Would Be Devastating

Scenarios and war games rarely take full account of civilian losses.

Then-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets Jordanian King Abdullah II during a visit to Amman on Jan. 16, 2014.

Israel and Jordan’s Relationship Is Better Than It Looks

For both countries, national interests continue to trump personality-based politics.

Tunisian security officers hold back supporters of the country's Islamist Ennahdha party during a protest outside the parliament building in the capital of Tunis.

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.

The Dead Sea shoreline is receding.

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.

Sen. Marco Rubio

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.

Local Afghan militia and Afghan Army soldiers consult March 14, 2007 in Kajaki, Helmand province, Afghanistan.

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 woman waits to see a doctor in Afghanistan.

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.

An interpreter speaks with Kurdish villagers.

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.”

A Tibetan herder and yak on July 4, 2020, as part of a composite satellite illustration of the Tibetan and Bhutanese border region.

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.

Rafael Grossi, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, speaks to the media about the agency’s monitoring of the Iranian nuclear program in Vienna on May 24.

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.

A woman displays her iPhone in front of the building housing the Israeli NSO Group in Herzliya, Israel, on Aug. 28, 2016.

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.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Joe Biden

Ukraine Won’t Stop Fighting the Nord Stream Deal

Kyiv feels let down by supposed allies in Berlin and Washington.

A demonstrator holds a banner decrying China's human rights abuses against Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang province during a protest in Washington on April 6, 2019.

Calls for Independence May Not Help the Uyghur Cause

Stopping the atrocities in Xinjiang requires reaching the Chinese public.

People celebrate in the streets of Tunis after Tunisian President Kais Saied announced the suspension of parliament and the dismissal of the prime minister on July 25, 2021, after a day of nationwide protests.

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.

A protester lifts a Tunisian national flag during an anti-government rally in front of the parliament in Tunis, Tunisia.

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.

A U.S. Cobra helicopter participates in a military exercise.

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.

U.N. Security Council members

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.

An anti-vaccination protester in France

Macron’s Big Vaccination Gamble

The French president is making vaccines mandatory for many—sparking fresh protests ahead of next year’s elections.

The Saudi crown prince meets with the UAE prime minister.

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.

The MV Ever Given container ship sails in the Suez Canal

How the Red Sea Became a Trap

From piracy to the Ever Given, colonialism left hard scars.

Merkel and Biden at the White House

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.

A security officer walks past a mural showing U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in Kabul on July 31, 2020.

India Resists the Taliban Bandwagon

As Blinken heads to New Delhi, he could find some surprising common ground on Afghanistan.

Afghan security forces escort suspected Taliban fighters

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.

Fishermen lay their nets on the Mekong River close to the site of an approved dam site near Luang Prabang, Laos, on Feb. 8 2020.

In Laos, a Dubious Dam Threatens Luang Prabang

A hydroelectric project could force UNESCO to delist the spectacular World Heritage Site.

Portrait taken on May 12, 1982 of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

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.

Frodo stands before the Cracks of Doom in Sergei Iukhimov’s cover illustration for Volume I of Vlastelin Kolec, Natalya Grigor’eva and Vladimir Grushetskij’s two-volume 1993 translation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings.

Comrades of the Ring

How Soviet artists evaded censors to create their own visions of Tolkien.

An art teacher gives finishing touches to a painting of Reuters journalist Danish Siddiqui as a tribute outside an art school in Mumbai on July 16, 2021.

Modi Rejected an Indian Hero

Danish Siddiqui’s death should have been a moment of national unity. The prime minister made it the opposite.

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

What in the World?

This week in FP’s international news quiz: Olympics obstacles, a spyware scandal, and a bold quarantine escape attempt.

A man takes a selfie in Iceland.

Why Is Everyone Going to Iceland?

How Reykjavik successfully managed the pandemic and brought tourism back.

A medical worker administers a COVID-19 vaccine.

Vaccines Are Japan’s New Tool to Counter China

Despite its worsening pandemic, Tokyo’s vaccine diplomacy has gained traction.

biden-nixon-70s-inflation-economy-foreign-policy-illustration2

Are We in a Rerun of ‘That ’70s Show’?

Some economists warn inflation is a ticking time bomb.

Iraqi prime minister speaks in Berlin.

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.

Simone Biles competes on the balance beam during the 2019 U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Kansas City, Missouri, on August 09, 2019.

Athletes Are Post-National Now

Decades of sex abuse turned American gymnasts away from their federation. Will other sports follow suit?

Former Swiss foreign minister meets with OSCE Minsk Group members.

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.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Brazilian Chief of Staff General Braga Netto talk during the launch of a new campaign against domestic violence during the coronavirus pandemic at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia on May 15, 2020.

Bolsonaro’s Teflon Wears Off

The unpopular Brazilian president suggests he could challenge the results of next year’s election.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach waves the Olympic flag during the Closing Ceremony of Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre on August 28, 2014 in Nanjing, China.

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.

bezos rocket

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.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrives to deliver a speech on June 24, 2018 in Istanbul.

Cracks Are Growing in the Erdogan Regime

Turkey is more politically unstable today than at any other point in recent years.

A security guard walks through the headquarters of the International Monetary Fund in Washington on April 5.

The World Bank Is Missing U.S. Leadership

Biden’s sacking of Trump appointees at international financial institutions has left a vacuum.

Then-Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs David Helvey

Biden Loses Top Pentagon Asia Hand

Yet more turnover at the Pentagon for the administration.

John Demers (left), the U.S. assistant attorney general for national security, and FBI Director Christopher Wray participate in a virtual news conference at the U.S. Justice Department in Washington on Oct. 28, 2020.

Time to End the U.S. Justice Department’s China Initiative

A misguided effort at countering espionage needs a serious rethink.

A Red Hacker Alliance member uses his computer in China.

The Hacking War Is an Unequal Contest

U.S. companies are resisting public-private partnerships against cyber-hacking attacks facilitated by foreign governments.

A woman walks in front of a crypto art exhibit.

The U.S.-China Data Fight Is Only Getting Started

Beijing is looking to build a unified legal and security system.

Protesters gather in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood to show their support for Cuba's protesters.

Get Ready for a Spike in Global Unrest

COVID-19 threatens to accelerate longer-term rebellion, violence, and political upheaval.

Soldiers in Afghanistan's Bamiyan province

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.

A boy holds a Djiboutian national flag in front of a Chinese national flag at the launching ceremony of new housing construction project in Djibouti on July 4, 2018.

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?

People celebrate ahead of the return of a formerly banned anti-government group, the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on September 14, 2018.

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.

A boy stands by a dried riverbed in Kenya.

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.

Joe Biden views an honour guard during a welcoming ceremony inside the Great Hall of the People on Aug. 18, 2011 in Beijing.

Biden’s Dangerous Doctrine

The administration’s core foreign policy is all about confronting China—and far riskier than Washington seems to realize.

John Bass attends a press conference.

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.

Workers protest Indian government’s spyware operation.

India’s Watergate Moment

A journalist hacked by Pegasus says he will survive, but Indian democracy may not.

A protest against continued Chinese intrusions in Philippine waters

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.

The Taliban delegation leaves the hotel after meeting with representatives of Russia, China, the United States, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Qatar in Moscow on March 19.

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.

Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid chat.

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.

Ousted Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu attends a memorial service at the Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem on June 20.

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.

Armed people gather around a fire to keep warm at a road block set up to prevent looters from reaching the community in Phoenix Township, North Durban, South Africa, on July 15.

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.

Ben and Jerry’s announces new flavor.

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.

A container ship sails on the Mediterranean Sea during a thunderstorm about 20 nautical miles from Malta on Sept. 24, 2017.

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.

Taiwan's former President Chen Shui-bian arrives at the High Court in Taipei on July 19, 2010.

Leaving Afghanistan

What happens to the country after the forever war ends?

Members of the South African Police Service line up to receive their dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine during the vaccination drive at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto.

South Africa’s Twin Crises Are Feeding Each Other

Political chaos is worsening the third wave of the coronavirus.

Trainee soldiers attend a reconciliation program in South Sudan.

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.

Sens. Bernie Sanders, Mike Lee, and Chris Murphy speak on war powers legislation on Capitol Hill.

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.

U.S. Secretary of State meets with Egyptian president.

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 Nayib Bukele

El Salvador’s President Is Pioneering Hustle Bro Populism

Nayib Bukele has turned Bitcoin and Twitter into political tools.

Iranian supertanker Grace 1 is seen from a boat off the coast of Gibraltar on Aug. 15, 2019.

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.

An Afghan security member pours gasoline over a pile of seized drugs and alcoholic drinks

The Taliban Are Breaking Bad

Meth is even more profitable than heroin—and is turbocharging the insurgency.

David Morales stands near a mural on the side of his building he had painted to honor Jeff Bezos as the billionaire plans to launch his Blue Origin rocket from a launchpad in West Texas in Van Horn, Texas, on July 19.

Billionaires’ Ego-Driven Space Adventures Help Everyone

Progress doesn’t happen unless the ambitious get it off the ground.

California sign says nuclear-free zone

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.

Christian followers of the American evangelical pastor John Hagee cheer in Israel

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.

Family members mourn assassinated Prime Minister Rafik Hariri

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.

People hold Cuban and U.S. flags during a protest showing support for Cubans demonstrating against their government, in Hialeah, Florida, July 15.

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.

Soccer player Robert Sanchez wears a protest T-shirt “Football is for the fans”

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.

Rivka Ravitz visits Qasr al-Yahud

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.

A 5G sign at an event.

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.

Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon

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?

19th-century Chinese rebel Hong Xiuquan and social media influencer Addison Rae.

America’s Collapsing Meritocracy Is a Recipe for Revolt

Chinese history shows what happens when an old system loses its force.

The 2020 Olympics beach volleyball stadium

What in the World?

This week in FP’s international news quiz: Olympics preparations, diplomatic visits, and the rise of TV presidents.

A shepherd shows where she sheltered ultramarathoners in China's Gansu province.

China’s Ultramarathon Tragedy Was a Fad Gone Bad

Inexperienced companies rushing into badly regulated new sectors is a recipe for disaster.

Viktor Orban delivers a campaign speech.

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.

Saad Hariri outside the Lebanon Tribunal on August 18, 2020 in The Hague, Netherlands.

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.

A group of people protest  outside the United Arab Emirates' embassy calling for the speedy extradition of the Guptas on June 10, in Pretoria, South Africa.

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.

Workers unload vaccine shipments in Cote d’Ivoire.

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.

People take part in a demonstration against the government of Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel in Havana on July 11.

Cuba’s Shockwave From the Street

Unprecedented nationwide protests are the product of economic strain—and newfound digital connectivity.

Travelers take out their passports before checking in at San Diego International Airport January 8, 2006 in San Diego, California.

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.

A pedestrian walks over a bridge in Belgrade as heavy fog and air pollution dominate the sky over the Serbian capital Belgrade on Jan. 16, 2020.

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.

Chinese President Xi Jinping

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.

Pedro Castillo arrives for a press conference.

Peru’s Democracy Is at a Breaking Point

Pedro Castillo, who takes office this month, will likely face a renewed governability crisis as president.

Iranian President-elect Ebrahim Raisi smiles as he greets media representatives during his first press conference in Tehran.

Iran Nuclear Talks Stalled While U.S. Waits for Raisi

Hopes for a fast deal—or any deal at all—are fading.

Sen. James Risch talks to Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Robert Menendez

Congress Aims to Nix the Forever War

It’s still unclear if the Senate bill can garner enough Republican votes to pass.

Biden and Merkel speak to the media.

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.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel grimaces on stage during a campaign rally on September 26, 2009 at the Treptow Arena in Berlin.

The Undeniable Pessimism of Angela Merkel

Hovering over Germany’s China policy is a cloud of gloom and fear.

Soldiers in the South Sudan People’s Defence Forces guard the John Garang Mausoleum during the country’s 10th anniversary independence celebrations in Juba on July 9.

South Sudan’s Lost Decade

Ten years after independence, Africa’s youngest country remains mired in conflict and poverty.

Afghan refugees arrive in Greece.

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.

Singaporean, Chinese, and French naval vessels sail near Changi Naval Base in Singapore on May 15, 2017.

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.

Former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic awaits the final verdict on the appeal against his genocide conviction over the 1995 Srebrenica massacre at a tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, on June 8.

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.

Supporters of assassinated Haitian president protest.

U.S. Intervention in Haiti Would Be a Disaster—Again

The nation’s poverty and chaos has been shaped by Washington for decades.

People on Gaza Beach

Palestinians Find New Unity After War With Israel

The 11-day conflict between Israel and Hamas has unified disparate Palestinian enclaves.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban takes part in a press conference at the Visegrad Summit in Lublin, Poland, on Sept. 11, 2020.

The Dangerous Farce of Late-Stage Orbanism

Lashing out at vulnerable minorities is the hallmark of a weak bully who fears losing power.

Members of the Non Una Di Meno feminist group stage a protest.

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.

People protest in Cuba.

Cuba Doesn’t Know How to Handle the New Protests

The island hasn’t seen anything like this for decades.

A poster of Mustafa Hayrullahoglu, late member of the Socialist Workers Party of Turkey, in the Bakirkoy district of Istanbul as part of a May Day rally on May 1, 2017.

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.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives ahead of the inauguration of the Salma Hydroelectric Dam in Herat, Afghanistan on June 4, 2016.

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.

Firm Zero-Emission Power

Firm Zero-Emission Power

The challenge for deep decarbonization of the grid

Firefighters monitor a wildfire in California

The American West’s Climate Hellscape Is Just a Preview

Droughts, heat waves, and floods are the new normal—unless policymakers get serious.

Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso

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.

People help police arrest those accused of assassinating the Haitian president.

How to End Haiti’s Terminal Despair 

What Haiti needs is state building, not another round of misbegotten aid.

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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.

A wildlife keeper checks a pangolin enclosure.

Endangered Species Are Paying the Price of COVID-19

Diminishing tourism has created new incentives for the illegal wildlife trade.

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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.

Speechwriter Ben Rhodes attends press briefing.

Generation X’s Short Arc of History

Ben Rhodes’s new book about global politics reveals the limits of the Obama administration’s worldview.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, speaks to the press at the U.N. headquarters in New York on March 1.

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.

Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc addresses counterparts at the ASEAN-U.S. summit, held via videoconference due to the coronavirus pandemic, from Hanoi on Nov. 14, 2020.

Biden Must Change the Narrative of Neglect for Southeast Asia

The United States needs to act fast to strengthen ties and reassure partners.

Military personnel offload COVID-19 doses.

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.

Afghan militia gather with their weapons to support Afghanistan security forces.

‘It Will Not Be Just a Civil War’

Afghanistan’s foreign minister on what may await his country after the U.S. withdrawal.

Chinese pedestrians watch the news.

U.S.-China Competition Can Still Produce Climate Wins

Progressive groups warning Biden against a tougher stand on China are reading the risks wrong.

Central African and Russian political figures meet in Bangui, Central African Republic

Russian Mercenaries in Africa Aren’t Just There for the Money

Moscow’s geopolitical moves are driving murderous private actors.

The CIA helps Vietnamese evacuees.

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.

Men suspected in the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse in a police car

What in the World?

This week in FP’s international news quiz: presidential condemnations, coronations, and assassinations.

Performers dressed as soldiers dance in front of a screen showing rockets being launched during a mass gala marking the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party on June 28 at the Olympic Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing, China.

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.

López Obrador speaks in Mexico City

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.

Biden leaves after discussing situation in Afghanistan.

The Top Five Debriefing Questions About Afghanistan

How to make sense of Washington’s longest war ever.

Fort Detrick Army Lab in Maryland

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.

A young person stands below an Ethiopian national flag during a blood donation rally organized by the city administration of Addis Ababa, in Addis Ababa, on Nov. 12, 2020.

Ethiopia’s Problems Aren’t Postcolonial

The country seems on the verge of falling apart. Here’s why it won’t.

Angela Merkel

The Other Side of Angela Merkel

What the world has misunderstood about the German chancellor.

Members of the Haitian police and forensics look for evidence outside of the presidential residence in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on July 7.

The Hit on Haiti’s President

International observers have stood by as Haiti’s political crisis escalated.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez

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-prison

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.

A U.S. Army advisor for the Afghan Air Force

U.S. to Prop Up Afghan Air Force

Afghanistan will get an injection of contractor support and planes for its beleaguered Air Force.

Refugees and displaced Syrian women living in al-Hol camp, which houses relatives of Islamic State group members, queue to receive goods in northeastern Syria on March 28, 2019.

Inside the Digital Lives of the Women of the Islamic State

On Telegram, pet care, gardening, and corruption scandals have replaced religious fervor.

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