This photograph taken on Sept. 18, 2019, shows the entrance and logo of the French national cybersecurity agency, ANSSI, at ANSSI headquarters in Paris.

The World Needs a Cyber-WHO to Counter Viruses in Cyberspace

A global body has helped poorer nations counter COVID-19, but less technologically advanced countries need a similar institution to protect against the coming plague of cyberattacks.

Robert Gersony (left) in Dominica in 1979.

The Greatest Humanitarian You’ve Never Heard Of

Bob Gersony was a mostly anonymous U.S. diplomat—and his country’s best model for creating change in the world.

Paul Rusesabagina is escorted by police officers after his pretrial court session at the Kicukiro Primary Court in Kigali, Rwanda, on Sept. 14, 2020.

Rwanda’s Rendition of a Hollywood Hero Confirms the Country’s Descent Into Dictatorship

Paul Rusesabagina is the latest dissident to be caught in the Rwandan ruler’s authoritarian net.

A vintage illustration of a futuristic three-wheeled self-driving ‘“dream car” from 1961.

Our Amazing Clean Energy Future Has Arrived

The evidence of a great green wave is now overwhelming. And it will only get better.

Antony Blinken testifies at his confirmation hearing to become the U.S. secretary of state before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington on Jan. 19.

What Do the Confirmation Hearings Tell Us About Biden’s Foreign Policy?

With Avril Haines and Lloyd Austin confirmed, key officials are starting to offer hints of what’s in store.

A QAnon sticker is seen on the back of a car

QAnon Will Survive Yet Another Apocalyptic Disappointment

The sprawling conspiracy theory’s visions of a hidden world have always been an excuse for failure.

Soldiers with the United Nations stabilization mission in Central African Republic patrol in PK12 district, south of downtown Bangui, Central African Republic, on Jan. 13.

Outside Powers Are Making the Conflict in the Central African Republic Worse

Proxy wars threaten to destabilize the entire region while subjecting Central Africans to more violence and instability.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

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America and the World: How to Build Back Better

Looking back on 50 years of U.S. foreign policy and the lessons they hold for Washington today.

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A New Pivot to Asia

The fuzzy goodwill between Biden and America’s Asian allies will soon be tested by China’s growing power.

Foreign Policy Begins at Home

The best way for Biden to build better partnerships abroad is to get America’s own house in order—that starts with human rights.

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Why Are Moscow and Beijing Happy to Host the U.S. Far-Right Online?

Deplatformed extremist groups are turning to providers in authoritarian states.

Taiwan's chemical corps personnel stand in formation during a demonstration as Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen inspects troops in Tainan, southern Taiwan, on January 15, 2021.

With Trump Gone, Taiwan Seeks Assurances From Biden Administration

But Biden and his team are likely to resist using Taiwan as a cudgel against China the way Trump did.

Then-U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the National Press Club in Washington on Jan. 12.

No Amount of Swagger Can Dress Up Pompeo’s Legacy

The outgoing secretary of state prioritized his political ambitions over America’s interests.

President-elect Joe Biden listens as Secretary of State nominee Antony Blinken speaks at an event to introduce key foreign policy and national security nominees and appointments at the Queen Theatre on November 24, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. 

A Face Lift Can’t Fix the State Department

The Biden administration plans a quick reform of American diplomacy—but fixing the rot requires going much bigger.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks during his New Year's speech at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on Jan. 11.

It’s Time for Justice, Not Healing

The United States needs to follow South Korea’s post-impeachment example.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations nominee Linda Thomas-Greenfield speaks after being introduced by President-elect Joe Biden at the Queen Theatre in Wilmington, Delaware, on Nov. 24, 2020.

More Black Ambassadors Would Highlight America’s Greatest Strengths

An open position in China is an opportunity to show U.S. diversity.

Immigrants listen to the National Anthem

The 1776 Project Is a Desperate Search for the Right Enemies

Identity politics is painted as un-American—but historical patriots thought otherwise.

A view of the U.S. Capitol and police tape ahead of the inaugural ceremony for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in Washington on Jan. 19.

A Democracy Summit Is More Urgent Than Ever

Jan. 6 gave the world’s democracies a glimpse of their own mortality, but it can also be a catalyst for revival.

President-elect Joe Biden announces key climate and energy appointments at the Queen theater in Wilmington, Delaware, on Dec. 19.

America Must Reclaim the Global Lead on Climate Change

Five places to start undoing the Trump administration’s damage and rebuilding U.S. leadership.

Honduran migrants, en route to the border with the United States, walk along a road in Camotan, Guatemala, on Jan. 16.

Biden’s First Steps on Latin America

Only days into his presidency, he’s already changed the game on immigration.

A view shows a private beach as a cargo and a container ship sail across the horizon at Venice Lido, Italy, on Sept. 7, 2020.

Italy’s Mediterranean Belt and Road

Taking a page from Beijing, Rome is positioning itself as the center of trade, energy, and transportation in Southern Europe and beyond.

Voices

Revelers celebrate news of Joe Biden’s election as U.S. president in Washington on Nov. 7, 2020.

Biden’s Bold Gamble on Immigration Is About America’s Future

Failed immigration reform gave rise to Trumpism. Success could finally cool the debate.

The military honor guard arrives during the 59th Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 20, 2021 in Washington.

America Needs Protection. So Does the Regime.

The U.S. military secured Joe Biden’s inauguration. But the new administration also needs to treat the armed forces as a potential threat.

A statue of a woman by Lebanese artist Hayat Nazer, made out of leftover glass, rubble, and a broken clock marking the time (6:08 PM) of the mega explosion at the port of Beirut is placed opposite to the site of the blast in the Lebanese capital's harbour, to mark the one year anniversary of the beginning of the anti-government protest movement across the country, on October 20, 2020.

Syria’s Hidden Hand in Lebanon’s Port Explosion

Signs are adding up that the explosives in Beirut may have been intended for Damascus.

Workers raise a giant Ericsson signboard on top of a building in Beijing on Nov. 25, 1997.

How China Took Western Tech Firms Hostage

And what the United States and Europe can do about it.

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.

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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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The World After the Coronavirus

Twelve leading thinkers on geopolitics after the pandemic.

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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

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

Rising Up in Protest: A Year in Photos

Fists raised and voices lifted, people around the world took to the streets in 2020—to stand up against police brutality, demand democracy, and confront other injustices. A look at some of the photos that captured the year’s most defining movements.

A teacher wearing a biosecurity suit as a preventive measure against the spread of COVID-19 works with a girl at a home in Cali, Colombia, on Aug. 4 as part of a local kindergarten’s “teacher at home” program implemented to help children keep in touch with teachers and reduce the emotional impact of isolation. LUIS ROBAYO/AFP via Getty Images

The Global Pandemic: A Year in Photos

The coronavirus pandemic—the defining event of 2020—left no corner of the world untouched as it closed down countries, upset economies, and took the lives of nearly 2 million people. A look at some of the powerful images from this historic year.