This was a great week for America. But the country’s system is broken in ways even Biden is unlikely to fix.
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.
Bob Gersony was a mostly anonymous U.S. diplomat—and his country’s best model for creating change in the world.
The evidence of a great green wave is now overwhelming. And it will only get better.
With Avril Haines and Lloyd Austin confirmed, key officials are starting to offer hints of what’s in store.
The sprawling conspiracy theory’s visions of a hidden world have always been an excuse for failure.
Looking back on 50 years of U.S. foreign policy and the lessons they hold for Washington today.
The fuzzy goodwill between Biden and America’s Asian allies will soon be tested by China’s growing power.
The best way for Biden to build better partnerships abroad is to get America’s own house in order—that starts with human rights.
The dollar is dead. Long live the dollar.
Deplatformed extremist groups are turning to providers in authoritarian states.
But Biden and his team are likely to resist using Taiwan as a cudgel against China the way Trump did.
The outgoing secretary of state prioritized his political ambitions over America’s interests.
The United States needs to follow South Korea’s post-impeachment example.
An open position in China is an opportunity to show U.S. diversity.
Identity politics is painted as un-American—but historical patriots thought otherwise.
Five places to start undoing the Trump administration’s damage and rebuilding U.S. leadership.
Beijing’s actions demand a rethinking of failed engagement.
Only days into his presidency, he’s already changed the game on immigration.
Failed immigration reform gave rise to Trumpism. Success could finally cool the debate.
The U.S. military secured Joe Biden’s inauguration. But the new administration also needs to treat the armed forces as a potential threat.
Signs are adding up that the explosives in Beirut may have been intended for Damascus.
Ignoring the central role of race and colonialism in world affairs precludes an accurate understanding of the modern state system.
International relations theorists once explored racism. What has the field lost by giving that up?
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.
Nine experts on the future of education after the pandemic.
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.
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.