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Honor guards carry the coffin of Rustam Zarifulin, a Kyrgyz soldier who died fighting for Russia in Ukraine, in Kara-Balta, Kyrgyzstan, on March 27.
Honor guards carry the coffin of Rustam Zarifulin, a Kyrgyz soldier who died fighting for Russia in Ukraine, in Kara-Balta, Kyrgyzstan, on March 27.

Restive Caucasus Sees Signs of Discontent with Putin’s War

But with power increasingly centralized in the Kremlin, don’t look for Moscow’s empire to fracture anytime soon.

Supporters of interim Malian President Assimi Goïta wave Russian flags during a pro-junta and pro-Russia rally in Bamako, Mali, on May 13.
Supporters of interim Malian President Assimi Goïta wave Russian flags during a pro-junta and pro-Russia rally in Bamako, Mali, on May 13.

How the West Lost Africa

Scolding and paternalism are not winning over African leaders when it comes to ties with Russia.

An airport vehicle pulls a portion of a shipment of weapons that include Javelin anti-tank missiles and other military hardware delivered on a National Airlines plane by the United States military at Boryspil Airport near Kyiv on January 25, 2022 in Boryspil, Ukraine.
An airport vehicle pulls a portion of a shipment of weapons that include Javelin anti-tank missiles and other military hardware delivered on a National Airlines plane by the United States military at Boryspil Airport near Kyiv on January 25, 2022 in Boryspil, Ukraine.

Inside a Major Nerve Center for Shipping Military Aid to Ukraine

In just a few weeks, U.S. and British officials have turned an ad hoc operation into a pipeline.

Asia

University students take part in a demonstration demanding the resignation of Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa over the country’s massive economic crisis in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on May 19.
University students take part in a demonstration demanding the resignation of Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa over the country’s massive economic crisis in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on May 19.

Sri Lanka Is an Omen

China

Security personnel stand guard at the entrance to the Forbidden City near an image of Chinese President Xi Jinping as the closing session of the National People's Congress takes place in Beijing on March 11.
Security personnel stand guard at the entrance to the Forbidden City near an image of Chinese President Xi Jinping as the closing session of the National People's Congress takes place in Beijing on March 11.

Expanding State Power Still Tops Xi’s Agenda

Middle East & Africa

A view of Givat Zeev, an Israeli settlement near the Palestinian city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, on Nov. 19, 2019.
A view of Givat Zeev, an Israeli settlement near the Palestinian city of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank, on Nov. 19, 2019.

Blasting Israeli Settlement Construction Will Get Biden Nowhere

Europe

Foreign Policy's editor in chief Ravi Agrawal moderating a panel called "The Return to War" with four top thinkers at the World Economic Forum.
Foreign Policy's editor in chief Ravi Agrawal moderating a panel called "The Return to War" with four top thinkers at the World Economic Forum.

Watch FP at Davos on the Return to War

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What Exactly Is America’s China Policy?

The United States needs to right-size the China threat to know how to counter it.

How Beijing Sees Biden

For decades, Chinese leaders thought they knew the man who would become America’s 46th president. But he was changing all along.

Ukraine Crisis: What to Read

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A black and white image shows men and women seated around a U-shaped conference table.
A black and white image shows men and women seated around a U-shaped conference table.

Why the World Isn’t Really United Against Russia

Global institutions have long relegated much of the world to second-class status.

Putin and Guterres sit facing each other across an exceptionally long table.
Putin and Guterres sit facing each other across an exceptionally long table.

The West vs. the Rest

Welcome to the 21st-century Cold War.

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin

The Intellectual Catastrophe of Vladimir Putin

The meaning of Russia’s war in Ukraine is its own national weakness.

Long Reads

The Pillar of Shame is displayed at the campus of the University of Hong Kong.
The Pillar of Shame is displayed at the campus of the University of Hong Kong.

In Hong Kong, a Once Liberal University Feels Beijing’s Weight

With protesters crushed and memorials removed, there’s no room for campus dissent.

An immigrant holds a “Nobody Is Illegal” placard at a demonstration in Praça do Comércio in Lisbon on July 11, 2021.
An immigrant holds a “Nobody Is Illegal” placard at a demonstration in Praça do Comércio in Lisbon on July 11, 2021.

How Portugal Quietly Became a Migration Hub

The country has a hot labor market and offers a path to EU citizenship for undocumented workers.

A supporter of Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. holds pictures of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda Marcos, at a campaign rally
A supporter of Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. holds pictures of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda Marcos, at a campaign rally

The Echoes of America’s Hypocrisy Abroad

Decades of Western support for dictators have caused a crisis of democracy.

Police and soldiers stand outside a bar in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, minutes after an execution occurred inside on April 18, 2009.
Police and soldiers stand outside a bar in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, minutes after an execution occurred inside on April 18, 2009.

In the Americas, Homicide Is the Other Killer Epidemic

The good news: Lockdowns reduced crime almost everywhere else, and we know how to stop lethal violence.

Oil and Russia's War

Oil rig silhouettes are seen before a bright orange and yellow sky.
Oil rig silhouettes are seen before a bright orange and yellow sky.
A motorcycle passes in front of an oil-themed mural in Caracas, Venezuela
A motorcycle passes in front of an oil-themed mural in Caracas, Venezuela

Democracy Is Not a Commodity

The United States shouldn’t bargain away Venezuela’s future for oil.

Working pumpjacks are seen in the Montebello Oil Field in Montebello, California, on February 23, 2022.
Working pumpjacks are seen in the Montebello Oil Field in Montebello, California, on February 23, 2022.

How to Stop Oil Companies From Propping Up Kleptocrats

Energy giants could do more to avoid bolstering corrupt and repressive regimes.

A worker directs motorists lining up at a gas station just before a huge jump in the price of petroleum products went into effect in Quezon City, Phiippines, on March 7.
A worker directs motorists lining up at a gas station just before a huge jump in the price of petroleum products went into effect in Quezon City, Phiippines, on March 7.

How Rising Oil Prices Will Change the World as We Know It

FP columnist Adam Tooze on the implications for inflation and climate change.

visual stories

Holocaust survivor Edward Mosberg and Polish President Andrzej Duda hold hands as they walk in front of the “Death Wall” during the annual International March of the Living through the grounds of the former Auschwitz death camp in Oswiecim, Poland, on April 28. Kacper Pempel/Reuters
Holocaust survivor Edward Mosberg and Polish President Andrzej Duda hold hands as they walk in front of the “Death Wall” during the annual International March of the Living through the grounds of the former Auschwitz death camp in Oswiecim, Poland, on April 28. Kacper Pempel/Reuters

The Month in World Photos

Shocking civilian casualties in Ukraine, a Holocaust survivor’s march in Poland, and a swan’s unusual nest in Serbia. This was April 2022.

Ukrainian refugees at a relative's house in Moldova.
Ukrainian refugees at a relative's house in Moldova.

Moldova Welcomes Ukrainian Refugees but Fears for Its Own Future

The country has offered solidarity to neighbors fleeing Russia’s war. Will it get more support from the EU?

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