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People take part in a protest against the government's motion to increase taxes in order to reach a credit agreement with the International Monetary Fund in San José, Costa Rica, on Sept. 30, 2020.
People take part in a protest against the government's motion to increase taxes in order to reach a credit agreement with the International Monetary Fund in San José, Costa Rica, on Sept. 30, 2020.

The International Monetary Fund: Holy Grail or Poisoned Chalice?

As the global south struggles to grapple with its debt pandemic, experts question the efficacy of the IMF’s conditional lending.

A man wearing a nuclear biological protection suit
A man wearing a nuclear biological protection suit

Why You Shouldn’t Use Conditioner After a Nuclear Attack

Individuals can only do so much if the worst happens—but the government’s response is a mystery by design.

U.S. President Bill Clinton shakes hands with his Russian counterpart Boris Yeltsin
U.S. President Bill Clinton shakes hands with his Russian counterpart Boris Yeltsin

The NATO-Russia Founding Act Is Hanging by a Thread

Moscow has torn up the rulebook, but Western officials are paying lip service to the 1990s-era deal.

Residents of Johannesburg’s Soweto township protest.
Residents of Johannesburg’s Soweto township protest.

Why South Africa Is in the Dark, Again

Winter is here. And the country is facing its worst-ever energy crisis.

A Russian soldier testifies against Vadim Shishimarin.
A Russian soldier testifies against Vadim Shishimarin.

Can There Be Real Justice in Ukraine?

Past tribunals offer valuable lessons for how war crimes and genocide could be prosecuted in Ukraine.

People walk near a large white mosque with green domes in the evening.
People walk near a large white mosque with green domes in the evening.

Uzbekistan’s Unrest, Explained

Violent protests over proposed changes to its status have swept the autonomous region of Karakalpakstan.

Gustavo Petro, Colombian presidential candidate for the Historic Pact coalition, gestures at the presidential candidate for the Team for Colombia coalition, Federico Gutiérrez, during a presidential debate at the headquarters of El Tiempo in Bogotá, Colombia, on May 23.
Gustavo Petro, Colombian presidential candidate for the Historic Pact coalition, gestures at the presidential candidate for the Team for Colombia coalition, Federico Gutiérrez, during a presidential debate at the headquarters of El Tiempo in Bogotá, Colombia, on May 23.

Is Colombia Ready for a Leftist President?

Election front-runner Gustavo Petro is a former left-wing guerrilla.

People protest in Jamaica.
People protest in Jamaica.

Why Do Caribbean Countries Want to Leave the Monarchy Now?

Of the 14 countries beyond the United Kingdom that retain Queen Elizabeth II as head of state, at least six in the Caribbean want out.

A Russian soldier patrols at a theater in Ukraine.
A Russian soldier patrols at a theater in Ukraine.

What the Fall of Mariupol Would Mean for the War

A propaganda win for Russia, a big battlefield boost, and a way to hide evidence of war crimes.

Rohingya refugees gather behind a barbed wire fence.
Rohingya refugees gather behind a barbed wire fence.

The U.S. Has Recognized Myanmar’s Genocide. But Is That Enough?

Rohingya activists and human rights defenders plead for more action against Myanmar’s military junta government.

People look at damage after a missile strike in Kyiv, Ukraine.
People look at damage after a missile strike in Kyiv, Ukraine.

6 Questions About Russia’s War in Ukraine, Answered

Your guide to Foreign Policy’s coverage of the war so far.

The U.N. General Assembly Hall
The U.N. General Assembly Hall

The U.N. Treaty That Could Be the Oceans’ Last Great Hope

With a big push from a coalition of nearly 50 countries, can the landmark agreement pass?

A woman holds a placard reading “International Criminal Court in The Hague” above the portraits of both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko during a demonstration in support of Ukraine in front of Russia’s embassy in Rome on Feb. 24.
A woman holds a placard reading “International Criminal Court in The Hague” above the portraits of both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko during a demonstration in support of Ukraine in front of Russia’s embassy in Rome on Feb. 24.

Could Putin Actually Face Accountability at the ICC?

The International Criminal Court has opened an investigation into Ukraine. Here’s what you need to know.

European leaders gather in Minsk, Belarus, to discuss ending the war in Ukraine.
European leaders gather in Minsk, Belarus, to discuss ending the war in Ukraine.

Eastern Ukraine’s Problematic Peace Plan

The 2015 Minsk agreement is flawed—but it’s all there is.

A Confederate flag with a truck painted on top of it is shown in front of Canada's Parliament near a sign that says "WE the FRINGE."
A Confederate flag with a truck painted on top of it is shown in front of Canada's Parliament near a sign that says "WE the FRINGE."

Why Are Canadian Protesters Flying Confederate Flags?

How the Canadian trucker protests became a big-tent rally of Canada’s growing far-right.

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