Essay

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.

Janine di Giovanni in Helmand province, Afghanistan, in January 2010.

The First Draft of History

Why the decline of foreign reporting makes for worse foreign policy.

A photo proof from the Toronto Star archives of John Kenneth Galbraith 
on Dec. 29, 1972.

America Abandoned Its Economic Prophet. The World Embraced Him.

John Kenneth Galbraith was an intellectual celebrity 50 years ago—and it would be a mistake to ignore him today.

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The Return of Containment

What the Cold War policy means for our current moment.

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How to Restore U.S. Credibility in Africa

By standing up for democracy and free trade, the United States can outflank China and Russia, its authoritarian rivals on the continent.

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A New Pivot to Asia

The fuzzy goodwill between Biden and America’s Asian allies will soon be tested by China’s growing power.

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When U.S. Foreign Policy Went Wrong

How to spot a bad concept when you see it.

President Donald Trump departs after speaking in Washington on April 17, 2019.

A Conservative Foreign Policy for the Future

Continuity, not revolution, should guide the United States.

Joe Biden in Washington on Dec. 14., 2017.

Inside Joe Biden’s Foreign-Policy Worldview

The next U.S. president doesn’t belong to a single school of thought—and that’s a good thing.

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Wonks Gone Wild

In FP’s 50 years, its writers’ forecasts have ranged from prescient to spectacularly wrong. That’s because the field of international relations rewards catastrophic thinking.

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Foreign Policy Begins at Home

The best way for Biden and Harris to build better partnerships abroad is to get America’s own house in order—and that begins with human rights.

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The Case for a Middle Path in U.S. Foreign Policy

Neither pure isolationism nor unchecked internationalism has served the United States well. It’s time for a third option.

The author’s essay in the Winter 1970-71 inaugural issue of Foreign Policy.

Grave New World

Why Biden’s job will be so much harder than his predecessors’.

Tourists wearing protective face masks visit the Louvre in Paris on Aug. 6 after the lifting of some coronavirus  restrictions.

Why Europe Wins

Everyone writes off the European Union as dull and prone to fracture. But the last decade shows that Brussels is smarter than Beijing, London, Moscow, and Washington.

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