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Philippe Etienne, the French ambassador to the United States, speaks during a reception.
Philippe Etienne, the French ambassador to the United States, speaks during a reception.

France Tries to Get Onside With Washington Ahead of First State Visit

Foreign Policy talked with the French ambassador about energy, the war, and looming trade tensions.

Fiona Frazer speaks next to Markus Potzel in Kabul.
Fiona Frazer speaks next to Markus Potzel in Kabul.
Erdogan and Biden both smile while shaking hands. Biden appears to be laughing.
Erdogan and Biden both smile while shaking hands. Biden appears to be laughing.

How U.S. Support for Syrian Kurds Actually Benefits Erdogan

Washington’s relationship with the YPG is a useful foil for the Turkish president ahead of the 2023 election.

Asia & the Pacific

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare (right) and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang inspect honor guards during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Oct. 9, 2019.
Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare (right) and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang inspect honor guards during a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Oct. 9, 2019.

How to Compete With China in the South Pacific

Middle East & Africa

Mehrdad Minavand of Iran in action during the World Cup first round match against the United States at the Stade Gerland in Lyon, France on June 21, 1998. Iran won the match 2-1.
Mehrdad Minavand of Iran in action during the World Cup first round match against the United States at the Stade Gerland in Lyon, France on June 21, 1998. Iran won the match 2-1.

A U.S.-Iranian Standoff at the World Cup—and Beyond

Europe

A member of Ukraine’s 59th Motorized Brigade walks through the devastation in Posad-Pokrovske in Kherson Oblast.
A member of Ukraine’s 59th Motorized Brigade walks through the devastation in Posad-Pokrovske in Kherson Oblast.

The Ukrainian Village That Sacrificed Itself for Kherson

Americas

An illustration of price tags in the shape of a Thanksgiving turkey.
An illustration of price tags in the shape of a Thanksgiving turkey.

It Wasn’t Always About Eating and Shopping

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Robert Malley, Biden administration special envoy for Iran, testifies about the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations on Capitol Hill May 25, 2022, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
Robert Malley, Biden administration special envoy for Iran, testifies about the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) during a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations on Capitol Hill May 25, 2022, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
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A police officer walks past G-20 signage in Indoesia on July 7. DITA ALANGKARA/POOL/AFP via Getty Images
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Vladimir Putin is seen on a screen set at Red Square as he addresses a rally and a concert marking the annexation of four regions of Ukraine Russian troops occupy - Lugansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, in central Moscow on September 30, 2022.

It’s Time to Debunk Putin’s Existential Fallacy

One key to securing peace in Ukraine will be exposing the faulty argument for the war’s necessity.

Protesters hold up white paper as a symbol against censorship during a protest in Beijing.
Protesters hold up white paper as a symbol against censorship during a protest in Beijing.

Will China’s Protests Survive?

A nationwide movement of this scale has no post-1989 precedent.

Military cadets take part in celebrations marking the Day of Missile Forces and Artillery.
Military cadets take part in celebrations marking the Day of Missile Forces and Artillery.

Russia Is Running Low on Ammo

The United States is wondering if Russia has enough artillery to keep up its war in Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a commission on military-technical cooperation with foreign states in 2017.
Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a commission on military-technical cooperation with foreign states in 2017.

What’s the Harm in Talking to Russia? A Lot, Actually.

Diplomacy is neither intrinsically moral nor always strategically wise.

World Cup Politics

The emblem of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is unveiled.
The emblem of FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is unveiled.

How Qatar Can Save Its World Cup Legacy

Media liberalization would allow journalists to report on the country’s labor reforms from within.

Then-Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping kicks a Gaelic football as he visits Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland, on Feb. 19, 2012.
Then-Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping kicks a Gaelic football as he visits Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland, on Feb. 19, 2012.

Xi Jinping Is the World’s Most Powerful Soccer Coach

China's team is a national embarrassment — but the party chairman has big plans for the game.

Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan plays soccer during an exhibition match at the Basaksehir stadium in Istanbul on July 26, 2014.
Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan plays soccer during an exhibition match at the Basaksehir stadium in Istanbul on July 26, 2014.

Captain Erdogan Can’t Help the Turkish Soccer Team

With so much political, social, and financial capital invested in its national squad, why can’t Turkey qualify for a World Cup?

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Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

How Soccer Defeated Apartheid

As South Africa prepares to hosts the World Cup, it is also coming face to face with its own history.

Long Reads

An encounter with the local authorities in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.
An encounter with the local authorities in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

Russia’s Great Reverse Migration

Central Asians used to flee the Soviet empire’s periphery for Moscow. Russia’s mobilization has sent escaping Muscovites in the other direction.

Saharawi festivalgoers gather to watch a nighttime FiSahara screening at Auserd refugee camp in the Western Sahara.
Saharawi festivalgoers gather to watch a nighttime FiSahara screening at Auserd refugee camp in the Western Sahara.

The World’s Most Remote Film Festival

Deep in the Algerian desert, a Sahrawi-run event puts Western Sahara’s struggle for liberation on the big screen.

Afghan money changers calculate at the currency exchange Sarayee Shahzada market in Kabul on June 29, 2015.
Afghan money changers calculate at the currency exchange Sarayee Shahzada market in Kabul on June 29, 2015.

Don’t Release Foreign Reserves to the Taliban

Unfreezing billions of dollars while huge revenues flow to Kabul risks legitimizing an extremist regime.

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Two men in suit sit side-by-side. One is pointing past the camera.

Argentina’s Junta Trial Was About More Than a Few Good Men

Relying on Hollywood clichés, “Argentina, 1985” offers a pat, sentimentalized view of history.

visual stories

A stuffed toy sits in the remains of a playground in the heavily damaged Saltivka suburb of Kharkiv, Ukraine.
A stuffed toy sits in the remains of a playground in the heavily damaged Saltivka suburb of Kharkiv, Ukraine.

Ukrainians Returning to Liberated Towns Find Utter Destruction

For many coming home to Ukraine’s east, their prewar lives are a distant dream.

Jordanian Gendarmerie forces arrest a protester in the Jordan Valley.
Jordanian Gendarmerie forces arrest a protester in the Jordan Valley.

Awash in U.S. Aid, Jordan Escalates Repression

A street vendor’s plight highlights violations that Washington would prefer to ignore.

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BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - JULY 15: EU Commissioner for European Green Deal - First Vice President and Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans talks to to media in the Berlaymont building, the EU Commission headquarter on July 15, 2021 in Brussels, Belgium. EU Commissioners talked about making transport greener. (Photo by Thierry Monasse/Getty Images)
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Europe’s Top Climate Negotiator on the Road After COP27

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