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.

A face mask hangs in front of the New York Stock Exchange in New York on May 26, 2020.

What Can Insurance Tell Us About the Capitol Mob?

And how Biden can use economic theory to stave off more riots.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Council President Charles Michel, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron, and Chinese President Xi Jinping are seen on a screen during a video conference to approve an investment pact between China and the European Union in Brussels on Dec. 30, 2020.

Europe Is Getting Closer to China, But Biden Can Pull It Back

In negotiations with Beijing over a new investment treaty, Brussels has asserted its autonomy from Washington. A human rights focus could repair the transatlantic rift.

Iraqis lit candles in memory of demonstrators who lost their lives as they mark the one-year anniversary of anti-government protests at Tahrir Square in Baghdad on Oct. 1, 2020.

Iraq’s Disappearance From Biden’s Agenda Is a Big Mistake

Upcoming elections offer an opportunity to turn Iraq around—and contain Iran in the process.

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.

The UNESCO logo is seen at the organization’s headquarters in Paris on Oct. 12, 2017.

Biden Should Rejoin UNESCO—but Not Without Getting Something in Return

If it comes back, the United States can push the organization to focus more on initiatives that further the country’s foreign-policy goals.

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.

People wearing protective face masks hold banners during a protest against draft laws used to threaten abortion-rights protesters in Warsaw, Poland, on Jan. 20.

Trump’s Legacy Is a Global Alliance Against Women’s Rights

U.S. conservatives have forged dangerous ties on abortion with reactionaries abroad.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez watches President Donald Trump's State of the Union address

It Takes More Than a Diverse Cabinet to Advance a Feminist Foreign Policy

The Biden administration must move beyond superficial inclusion and actively promote gender equality globally while seeking to reverse the harm done in the name of forever wars.

Supporters of President Donald Trump hold up their phones with messages referring to the QAnon conspiracy theory at a campaign rally at Las Vegas Convention Center on Feb 21, 2020.

The Internet Is a Crime Scene

How we conceptualize the role social media played in the Capitol siege will set the stage for information governance across the globe.

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.

A Chinese worker looks on as a cargo ship is loaded at a port in Qingdao, in eastern China's Shandong province, on July 13, 2017.

Trade Can Drive a Revived U.S. Strategy in Asia

After years of neglect under Trump, the region needs fresh attention from Biden.

Picture taken in January 1946 in London showing Eleanor Roosevelt attending a United Nations meeting.

After a Century of Lobbying, Women Are Finally Getting Top Jobs in Washington

Instead of talking about “binders full of women,” the new president has appointed several key female leaders in the national security agencies—but the U.S. government is still a long way from gender parity.

Donald Trump and  Boris Johnson arrive for a bilateral meeting during the G-7 summit on Aug. 25, 2019 in Biarritz, France.

Why Boris Johnson Won’t Clash With Joe Biden

Britain’s prime minister has always been a political weathervane, and he knows the wind from across the Atlantic is now blowing in a different direction.

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.

U.S. President-elect Joe

Biden Can Reinvent American Power for a Post-Trump World

The U.S. president-elect promises a humble foreign policy. That can start by coming to terms with America’s diminished capacity to lead the world after Trump.

Candy Boyd, owner of the Boyd Funeral home, speaks during an interview next to an empty casket and cabinets built for expanded storage capacity of embalmed bodies awaiting burial due to the surge of Covid-19 deaths on Jan. 14, 2021 in Los Angeles.

The U.S. Coronavirus Response Might Be a Crime Against Humanity

The Trump administration callously dismissed the deaths of the most vulnerable, including minorities.

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.

A bus stop advertises faces of people wanted for questioning over violent storming of the U.S. Capitol

The United States Doesn’t Need Another Rushed Patriot Act

The tools are already in place to arrest the Jan. 6 attackers.

An illustration picture taken in London on Dec. 18, 2020 shows the logos of Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft displayed on a mobile phone with an EU flag displayed in the background.

2021 Is the Year the Internet Gets Rewritten

As Silicon Valley flails to combat an insurrection at home, Europe is marching ahead with a plan to revise the web’s basic rulebook.

Armin Laschet, North Rhine-Westphalia's State Premier and state chairman of the CDU, speaks in a studio in Cologne, Germany, on Jan. 9, 2021.

Is Armin Laschet Too Gemütlich?

Angela Merkel’s most likely successor is promising continuity with her style of politics—but that may not be up to him.

Security officials wait in front of the gate door of the Saudi Arabian consulate on October 17, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey two weeks after Jamal Khashoggi was assassinated inside the building.

Biden Should Release the CIA Report on Jamal Khashoggi’s Killers

Trump has protected Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman despite the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that he ordered the assassination of a U.S. resident. The new administration should reveal the truth.

A noose is seen on makeshift gallows as supporters of US President Donald Trump gather before the attack on the US Capitol in Washington DC on Jan. 6, 2021.

Political Scientists Turned a Blind Eye to America’s Democratic Failures

A state built on Black repression and local violence was smugly coded as a mature democracy.

A supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump holds a Confederate flag outside the Senate Chamber after breaching the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Washington Must Treat White Supremacist Terrorism as a Transnational Threat

After the Capitol attack, the U.S. government needs to recognize racist extremists as a national security risk and create a high-level counterterrorism czar to disrupt their financing and dismantle their networks.

Police officers detain a woman wearing a T-shirt reading "Freedom to Safronov" in Moscow

Russia’s Security Agencies Are Both Terrifying and Incompetent

The ineptitude of the FSB sends a message about how powerful it is.

A sign showing images of people wanted in connection with the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol

The American Far-Right Is Dangerous but Disorganized

Despite murderous ambitions and abundant guns, the Capitol assault was a failure.

The National Stadium, the main venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Tokyo Wants the Olympics to Happen Even if the Public Doesn’t

The Japanese government is locked into what critics call a misguided project.

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