The U.S. Department of State building in Washington, DC, on July 22, 2019.

The U.S. Foreign Service Isn’t Suited for the 21st Century

FP asked leading global thinkers which foreign-policy issues have been missing from the election campaign. Philip Zelikow writes about rebuilding a broken foreign service.

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Here’s How the 2020 U.S. Elections Resemble Those of Fragile Democracies

A veteran observer of elections in troubled countries describes the undeniable parallels.

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Building a Bridge Into the Future of Work

To fully participate in the current as well as future economy, huge swaths of the population will need to take a bridge across the digital divide.

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U.S. President Donald Trump, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, and moderator, NBC News anchor Kristen Welker, participate in the final presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, on Oct. 22.

Trump and Biden Are Both Touting Foreign-Policy Failures as Achievements

There wasn’t much talk of international affairs in the final debate of the 2020 campaign—and when there was, both candidates defended flawed approaches to North Korea.

Early voters line up outside of the Vienna Community Building to cast their ballots for the Nov. 3 election, in Vienna, West Virginia, on Oct. 21, 2020.

There’s Still Time (Barely) for America to Have a Free and Fair Election

Some hard-won active advice for staging a national vote during a pandemic.

Tibetan flags are displayed as protesters gather in front of the Consulate General of China in Los Angeles on March 10, 2019, to mark the 60th Global Tibetan National Uprising Commemorations.

Beijing’s Human Rights Victims Shouldn’t Support Trump

Tough on China or not, a second term would only spell more misery for Tibetans and other communities victimized by Beijing.

A supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump rallies outside the "Latinos for Trump Roundtable" event at Trump National Doral Miami golf resort in Doral, Florida, on Sept. 25.

In Florida, Many Colombian Americans Fear Biden Is Soft on Socialism

By painting Biden as a far-left sympathizer, Trump is getting a late-election bounce with Florida’s normally Democratic-leaning Colombian community.

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The World’s Election

Trump versus Biden is not just about the United States. The whole world is watching the Nov. 3 election to see how U.S. foreign policy may change in the coming months.

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Postcards From the Wedge

Niche foreign-policy issues could become make-or-break affairs for battleground races, from Cuba for Florida Latinos to the treatment of Somali refugees in Minnesota.

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What We’re Missing

Daily takes by leading global thinkers on the most important foreign-policy issues not being talked about during the campaign.

 

What Joe Biden Wants

Columnist James Traub offers an inside preview of the foreign-policy vision, and instincts, of the potential 46th president of the United States.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

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The Real Hacking Threat

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

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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.

Feeling Like an Outcast

The bestselling book “Caste” brilliantly frames racial hierarchies in the United States but largely ignores the horrors of India’s caste structure.

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.

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In Chile, One Word Defines the Political Revolution

The Chilean term “facho” evokes the image of Chile’s fascist past—but also of present-day tenacity that thumbs its nose at institutional power.

Image: People walk with their hands over their heads as they pass through security checkpoints in Lagos, Nigeria, on Oct. 23.

Nigeria’s Years of Protest

The country has been heading for a reckoning for a while—here’s why anger is boiling over now.

A Turkana woman carries firewood near Lokitaung in northern Kenya, where a drought ravaged the livestock population, on March 21, 2017.

In Northern Kenya, the Climate Crisis Shifts Gender Roles

Drought has disrupted the traditional way of life for pastoralists, pushing many women into business for the first time.

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Surprise! India Is Leaping Ahead in Clean Energy

Long considered climate policy’s problem case, India is exceeding targets and breaking records thanks to fast-advancing technology.

A worker presents a domestically developed chip at the stand of China Electronics Technology Group Corp. during the China International Semiconductor Expo in Shanghai on Oct. 14.

U.S. Plan to Save Semiconductors Misses the Mark, Defense Firms Say

Companies that make microelectronics for the Pentagon argue that the current bill could maintain U.S. defense dependency on China rather than fix it.

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The Game That Ruins Friendships and Shapes Careers

For me, Diplomacy is an addictive quarantine hobby. For my high school frenemy, it was training for the Trump administration.

Senegalese soldiers from the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali, MINUSMA, on July 24, 2019, a day after suicide bombers in a vehicle painted with U.N. markings injured several troops and civilians in an attack on an international peacekeeping base in Mali.

A Marshall Plan Won’t Save Mali

The country needs stronger institutions to bolster public confidence in democracy. The international community can help.

U.S. President Donald Trump, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, and moderator Kristen Welker participate in the final presidential debate at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, on Oct. 22.

Campaign Debates Are Democracy Theater

A once-meaningful event has been hollowed out. Here’s how to fix it.

Members of BTS attend the 2019 Mnet Asian Music Awards at Nagoya Dome in Nagoya, Japan, on Dec. 4, 2019.

China Backs Off From Fight With K-Pop Fans

South Korea’s soft power should be a model for Beijing.

A masked tourist looks out over New York City from the Edge sky deck  as it reopens to the public amid the coronavirus pandemic on Sept. 2.

Moving Beyond a Post-Pandemic World

In a new book, Fareed Zakaria draws some hard but unavoidable conclusions about dealing with future viruses.

South African police officers hold protesters back during the funeral procession for Nathaniel Julies—who was shot by police—in Eldorado Park, near Johannesburg, on Sept. 5.

In South Africa, Police Violence Isn’t Black and White

The killing of a coloured teenager in Johannesburg exposed how the racial hierarchies created by apartheid continue to plague the country.

Voices

Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri arrives to attend a church service for former French President Jacques Chirac at the Saint-Sulpice church in Paris on Sept. 30, 2019.

Same Old Hariri, Newly Traumatized Lebanon

After a year of chaos, a familiar face is returning to the top of a country that desperately wants change.

oe Biden walks to a meeting of bipartisan members of Congress to begin work on a legislative framework for comprehensive deficit reduction at Blair House, across the street from the White House in Washington on May 5, 2011.

The Realist Case for the Non-Realist Biden

Trump's foreign-policy instincts might be more sound—but he has forfeited the chance to lead.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi participates in a committee meeting at the Parliament House in New Delhi on March 3, 2020.

Angst and Denial in India as It’s Now Officially Poorer Than Bangladesh

Bangladesh, once far behind, just surpassed India in GDP per capita. All the more reason for Modi to focus on the right reforms.

Indian Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo before their meeting in Tokyo on Oct. 6.

Team Biden Should Start With an Asia Pivot 2.0

U.S. policy to contain China will require a lot more continuity with Trump than Biden’s backers would like to admit.

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?

People walk down 16th Street in Washington after volunteers painted "Black Lives Matter" on the street near the White House on June 5.

Seeing Race In a Pandemic

How the physical environment affects our experience of difference.

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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.

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A Mapuche Indigenous woman plays a drum as riot police use water cannons to disperse demonstrators during a protest against the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in Santiago, Chile, on Sept. 4. MARTIN BERNETTI/AFP via Getty Images

The Month in World Photos

September brought a devastating fire at a Greek migrant camp and the death of a U.S. Supreme Court icon—plus a mass whale stranding in Australia, fires in California, and protests against police violence around the world.

A migrant mother walks in front of a wall outside the Moria refugee camp in Lesbos, Greece, on Aug. 11, a month before the devastating September fire.

Europe’s Failed Migration Policy Caused Greece’s Latest Refugee Crisis

The burning of the Moria refugee camp in Lesbos has exposed the EU’s short-sighted, inhumane, and ineffective approach to asylum.