Argentinian soccer star Diego Armando Maradona talks to then-Cuban President Fidel Castro in October 2005.

Maradona, Soccer’s Brilliant, Troubled Superstar, Dead at 60

The Argentine legend is remembered both for his on-field prowess and his off-field political activism, especially in Latin America.

U.S. President Donald Trump and then-Defense Secretary Jim Mattis

Pentagon Purges Leading Advisors From Defense Policy Board

It’s unclear why the Trump administration waited until its final months to shake up the influential group of outside experts advising top Pentagon leaders.

Saudi and foreign media representatives listen to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman remotely addressing a press conference, at the G20 summit's Media Center in the capital Riyadh, on November 22, 2020.

Mohammed bin Salman’s Human Rights Mirage

Saudi Arabia’s recent social reforms are more about earning international attention than improving the lives of its citizens at home.

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The Biden Transition

All the new hires and plans in one place. Click to read FP’s coverage on a fraught transfer of power.

International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda

Biden Likely to Lift Sanctions on ICC Chief Prosecutor

But it’s unlikely the next U.S. administration will be able to fully embrace the International Criminal Court as the shadow of American prosecutions still lingers.

A Russian peacekeeper in Nagorno-Karabakh

Russian Troops in Nagorno-Karabakh ‘Clearly a Win for Moscow’

The Russian-brokered cease-fire that ended six weeks of fighting means soldiers on the ground—either as peacekeepers or as a vanguard of Putin’s latest garrison state.

Secretary of State-designate Antony Blinken

Antony Blinken’s Wonk Rock Is Everything a D.C. Dad Could Dream Of

What hidden messages are there in these sultry hits from the likely next U.S. secretary of state?

Vice-President Joe Biden looks on during a bilateral meeting between President Obama and President Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine in the Oval Office of the White House September 18, 2014 in Washington.

Biden Has the Team Obama Always Wanted

The next U.S. administration will feature the most cohesive group of foreign-policy hands in at least a generation.

Firefighters set a backfire to protect homes in California

Indian and Californian Politics Are Both Playing With Fire

Environmental crisis has become caught up in petty struggles.

Democratic vice presidential candidate U.S. Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) reads an article from "USA Today" during a rally at Morrell Park October 17, 2008 in Henderson, Nevada.

The Transition Has Started. Release the Op-Eds!

Every four years, Washington’s ideas industry indulges in its favorite ritual: trying—and mostly failing—to influence the next U.S. president.

A group of Nigerians repatriated from South Africa

‘Put South Africa First’ Breeds Hate Toward Other Africans

Anti-foreigner sentiments are growing against Nigerians like me.

US President Donald Trump speaks to members of the US military following a meeting at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, July 20, 2017.

Trump’s Pentagon Now Vetting Nonpolitical Experts

Political-style vetting is now being applied to special government employees and other hard-to-find outside experts.

People walk in front of Ethiopian flags marking the new Ethiopian Millennium on Sept. 10, 2007 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Ethiopia’s Government and the TPLF Leadership Are Not Morally Equivalent

The leaders of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front are seeking to manipulate the international community into backing a power-sharing deal.

View of the Peace Monument outside the headquarters of Venezuelan state-owned oil company PDVSA in Caracas on April 22.

Is OPEC Over?

After 60 years, the organization is struggling to weather the pandemic and peak oil—but there is a way forward.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

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The Most Important Election. Ever.

Why the fate of the American republic—and the world—could depend on what happens Nov. 3.

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A Perilous Presidential Handoff

The presidential transition of power has long been a weakness of the U.S. political system. But never more so than now.

The Real Hacking Threat

It doesn’t matter if Russia actually sways the vote. What matters is whether Americans think it did.

Emerging Stronger From the Great Lockdown

The managing director and the chief economist of the International Monetary Fund lay out a strategy for sustained recovery.

Veterans and service men and women hold a press conference outside the U.S. capitol to demand justice for Vanessa Guillen, who was killed by a fellow soldier stationed in Texas, in Washington, DC on July 21.

Can Biden Make the Military Safe for Those Who Serve?

Female and LGBTQ soldiers may face more danger from their colleagues than their enemies. Here’s what the president-elect can do.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi waits for the arrival of Nepalese Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli for a ceremonial reception at the Indian presidential house in New Delhi on April 7, 2018.

Why India Refused to Join the World’s Biggest Trading Bloc

New Delhi chose protectionism over the RCEP. History suggests it made the wrong call.

Micah Cohen, Nate Silver, and Harry Enten

Polling Has a 98 Percent Chance of Being Bad for You

It’s not the accuracy of the polls that matters, it’s their ubiquity.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Secret Flight Shows Netanyahu and Mohammed bin Salman Joining to Face Biden

One thing is clear: The two leaders are bracing for an ill wind emanating from the new White House.

Voices

A French Rafale fighter jet prepares to land on the aircraft carrier "Charles de Gaulle" during a joint Indo-French naval exercise off Goa, India, on May 9, 2019.

The Quad’s Malabar Exercises Point the Way to an Asian NATO

India, Japan, Australia, and the United States have a good model if they want to keep the peace without threatening China.

A copy of former President George Washington's personal copy of the Constitution and Bill of Rights is viewed at Christie's auction house on June 15, 2012 in New York City.

This Is How a Constitution Dies

The United States’ stalled presidential transition may seem like a farce—but it’s still the biggest constitutional crisis since the Civil War.

President Donald Trump walks with Jerome Powell at the White House in Washington on Nov. 2, 2017.

The West’s Constitutional Crises Threaten the Economy’s Last Best Hope

Central banks have kept their economies afloat this year—but political dysfunction is pushing them past the breaking point.

Security cameras with artificial intelligence facial recognition technology at the China International Exhibition on Public Safety and Security in Beijing on Oct. 24, 2018.

Note to Biden: Forget Trade, the Real War With China Is Over Tech

Just like Trump, Biden is stuck in the last century if he believes globalization is about trade and rust-belt manufacturing jobs.

A FOCUS ON RACE AND FOREIGN POLICY

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Why Is Mainstream International Relations Blind to Racism?

Ignoring the central role of race and colonialism in world affairs precludes an accurate understanding of the modern state system.

Black Lives Matter Protest London

When Did Racism Become Solely a Domestic Issue?

International relations theorists once explored racism. What has the field lost by giving that up?

Then-Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi (R) speaks with presidents Jacob Zuma of South Africa (L) and Denis Sassou Nguesso of Republic of Congo (C) in Tripoli on April 10, 2011 during a meeting with a high-ranking African Union delegation trying to negotiate a truce between Qaddafi's forces and rebels seeking to oust him.

By Ignoring African Leaders, the West Paved the Way for Chaos in Libya

A race-based colonial mindset that views the continent as Europe’s playground and dismisses the concerns of Africans continues to fuel death and destruction.

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Why Race Matters in International Relations

Western dominance and white privilege permeate the field. It’s time to change that.

Special insights on the post-pandemic world

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Culture Shock

Eight voices on the future of entertainment, culture, and sports.

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The Future of Travel

Seven predictions for how tourism will change.

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Will Schools and Universities Ever Return to Normal?

Nine experts on the future of education after the pandemic.

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The Future of the State

Ten leading global thinkers on government after the pandemic.

visual stories

Former vice president and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden delivers remarks in the pouring rain during a drive-in event in Tampa, Florida, on Oct. 29. JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images

The Month in World Photos

October brought the U.S. president’s coronavirus diagnosis and continued fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan—plus the shooting of peaceful protesters in Nigeria, a busy election season on both sides of the world, and massive flooding in Vietnam.

Dionicio Ortega, 55, and Juana Maldonado, 50, the parents of Claudio Ortega Maldonado, a Mexican immigrant who died of COVID-19 while living in New York City on April 22, look out over the village of Tlapa de Comonfort, Mexico, on Aug. 29.

The Coronavirus Is Now Another Risk of U.S. Migration

At least 2,500 Mexicans in the United States, many of them essential workers, have died from COVID-19. Back home in Mexico, their grieving families are left without support.