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Mario Mario Draghi speaks at a press conference in Frankfurt.

Mario Draghi Doesn’t Have ‘Whatever It Takes’ Anymore

Whether as Italy’s prime minister or its president, he may not have the solution to Italy’s problems.

A track through a forest delineates the damage from wildfires in Turkey’s Mugla province.

What if Democracy and Climate Mitigation Are Incompatible?

Elected officials work through compromise, but a warming planet waits for no one.

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech after a visit to a factory of manufacturer Valeo in Etaples, near Le Touquet, northern France on May 26, 2020 as part of the launch of a plan to rescue the French car industry. (Photo by Ludovic MARIN / POOL / AFP) (Photo by LUDOVIC MARIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

The Real Philosophy of Emmanuel Macron

The key to reconciling the French president’s many political contradictions is his widely misunderstood philosophical mentor.

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More Power to More People

To protect democracy, we have to first figure out why it’s worth saving.

Koko the gorilla with trainer Penny Patterson

Nature Is Becoming a Person

How to make sense of the new global trend that grants legal rights to animals, plants, and rivers.

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The Tragedy of Stopping Climate Change

The race is on to tell—or sell—the right story about global warming.

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Float, Move, and Fight

How the U.S. Navy lost the shipbuilding race.

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Sea Power Makes Great Powers

History reveals a country’s rise and decline are directly related to the heft of its navy. So why is the United States intent on downsizing?

A military transport plane takes off in Kabul.

The Falling Man of Kabul

Zaki Anwari represented what a free Afghanistan could achieve. His gruesome death is a vivid reminder of the human toll of U.S. abandonment.

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‘Support Is Not Just About Money’

A U.S. veteran of Afghan heritage reflects on a complicated relationship between two far-apart nations.

A soldier holds a European Union flag

Exactly How Helpless Is Europe?

If the United States stops protecting its closest allies, it won’t be a catastrophe. It’ll be exactly what they needed.

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The Most Vital 100 Days Since FDR

Just like Roosevelt, Biden must show that government still works.

Joe Biden at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

How Biden Will—and Won’t—Battle the Pentagon

What the new president really thinks about the military—and what the military really thinks about him.

An illustration combining images of Janet Yellen and Mario Draghi.

Janet Yellen and Mario Draghi Have One Last Job

The U.S. treasury secretary and the Italian prime minister have spent decades shaping this economy. But can they control what comes next?

Early versions of Foreign Policy featured a narrow format and a different logo color for each season—blue for winter, green for spring, burgundy for summer, and yellow or brown for fall.

Consensus Lost

How FP set out to change the world.

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