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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.

A group of orphaned Afghan girls

‘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.

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.

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