Unrest in the United States

U.S. President Donald Trump leaves the White House to go to St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington, DC, on June 1.

Facing fierce criticism from Mattis and other former senior military officials, Esper insists the Pentagon is not playing politics.

A Moment of National Shame and Peril—and Hope

We may be witnessing the beginning of the end of American democracy, but there is still a way to stop the descent.

Autocrats Love Using the Bible as a Prop. Americans Shouldn’t.

As he posed on a church step, Trump’s false idols were on full display.

An Appeal to the National Security Community to Fight Racial Injustice

Two former U.S. officials argue there is no security abroad without justice at home.

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Essential Coronavirus Reading: Now Free for Everyone

Access these select Foreign Policy articles on the deadly outbreak without a subscription.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks to guests during a campaign stop in West Point, Iowa, on Oct. 23, 2019.

Biden Could End Kleptocracy’s Grip on the United States

A new administration can make the changes needed to break a rotten global system.

Alek Minassian (left), accused of the 2018 Toronto van attack; Elliot Rodger (center), a member of early incel communities who killed six people in California; and Chris Harper-Mercer, who cited Rodger in a manifesto found after he killed nine in Oregon.

Incels Are Radicalized and Dangerous. But Are They Terrorists?

Canada is searching for new frameworks to tackle ideological violence.

Sixteen-year-old Flor Clara Magdalena García Rojas (right) hugs a friend after the funeral of her mother at a public cemetery in Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl on May 17. The mother, who had diabetes, worked as a janitor at a private hospital that treats COVID-19 patients and is suspected to have contracted the virus.

Mourning in Mexico

As the coronavirus death toll mounts, interrupted mourning rituals leave families unmoored.

A banner bearing a portrait of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The U.S. Election Will Determine Assad’s Future

Washington’s approach to Syria won’t change, but divergent approaches to Iran could have an indirect effect on the Syrian economy—and the Assad regime.

Employees eating lunch at a Dongfeng Honda auto plant in Wuhan, China, shortly after returning to work, on March 23.

As Economies Reopen, It’s the Law of the Jungle for Workers

Governments and companies are returning to business at many different speeds. All worry that something might go wrong.

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega (left) and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at a meeting in Managua on July 22, 2019.

Iran Is Working Hard to Revive Anti-U.S. Operations in Latin America

Reactivating old alliances in America’s soft underbelly is not as easy as it seems.

Special insights on the post-pandemic world

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The Future of the State

Ten leading global thinkers on an expansion of government powers.

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Cities in the Future

12 experts on the coming transformations in urban life.

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The Fate of the Economy

Nine economists on a rapidly changing fiscal landscape.

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The Coming World Order

12 leading thinkers on geopolitics after the pandemic.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

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How to Save Global Capitalism From Itself

Decentralizing decision-making can help left-behind regions get back on track.

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Britain’s Post-Brexit Identity Crisis

Boris Johnson has contradictory ideas for his country’s future—and no clear paths for getting there.

The Ugly End of Chimerica

The coronavirus pandemic has turned a conscious uncoupling into a messy breakup.

The 3 Most Polarizing Words in India

“Jai Shri Ram” was meant to be a celebration of a Hindu deity. But the phrase is turning into hate speech—and a dog whistle for attacks on Muslims.

Voices

Coronavirus Travel Bubbles

Welcome to a World of Bubbles

Countries across Europe and Asia are exploring special bilateral arrangements to ease border restrictions. The result could be a globe fractured along epidemiological lines.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the daily briefing of the White House Coronavirus Task Force in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington on April 14.

Trump Scapegoats China and WHO—and Americans Will Suffer

The White House’s official narrative about the pandemic is contradicted by the facts—and creates new obstacles to stopping the virus.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, at a press briefing at the organization's headquarters in Geneva on March 11.

Yes, Blame WHO for Its Disastrous Coronavirus Response

A step-by-step reconstruction of events reveals a long series of mistakes and missteps.

A worker assembles a car at the newly renovated Ford Assembly Plant in Chicago, on June 24, 2019.

No, the Pandemic Will Not Bring Jobs Back From China

The Trump administration says manufacturing jobs are coming home. The facts tell another story.

visual stories

A protester carries an upside-down U.S. flag, a sign of distress, next to a burning building in Minneapolis on May 28. Protests broke out all across the nation—and in many other countries, including New Zealand, France, and Spain—over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in Minneapolis police custody three days earlier. Julio Cortez/The Associated Press

The Week In World Photos

Protests and outrage against police violence across the United States, swarms of locusts in India, and celebrations of Eid al-Fitr worldwide.

De Nicolo walks out of Santo Spirito Hospital on May 5 on her way home after 58 days in the hospital.

Italy’s Next Phase: Returning Home

As the lockdown begins to ease up, coronavirus patients in ICUs across the country are just waking up—and beginning a long road to recovery.