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How Putin Learned to Hold Deadly Grudges

Russia’s president has been shaped by decades of bitterness and revenge.

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The Last Days of the Afghan Embassy

The Biden administration shut down a touchpoint for thousands of refugees from Afghanistan—and left its diplomats in agonizing limbo.

U.S. President Richard Nixon in China in 1972; Harned Hoose in Beijing in the early 1970s.
U.S. President Richard Nixon in China in 1972; Harned Hoose in Beijing in the early 1970s.

‘I Can Think as the Chinese Do’

Harned Hoose played both sides of the U.S.-China relationship—including during Nixon’s famous trip.

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A Halo Trust member lifts a tarp covering explosive debris.

In Iraq, the Bitter Legacy of War Still Lies Hidden Underground

Baghdad can’t rebuild its infrastructure and agricultural sector when its land remains littered with thousands of explosive devices.

Chinese dredging vessels at work at the Colombo Port City under construction in Colombo, Sri Lanka on May 14, 2018. Xinhua/CHEC via Getty Images
Chinese dredging vessels at work at the Colombo Port City under construction in Colombo, Sri Lanka on May 14, 2018. Xinhua/CHEC via Getty Images

The Great Sand Grab

Modern civilizations are forged with sand, but soaring extraction has come at an alarming price.

A report card is superimposed over U.S. President Joe Biden.
A report card is superimposed over U.S. President Joe Biden.

Is Biden’s Foreign Policy Grade A Material?

More than 30 experts grade the U.S. president’s first year of foreign policy.

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Afghanistan’s Diplomats Refuse to Represent a Terrorist Group

Some are working on resistance. Others, consular services. And all of them must figure out how to keep their embassy’s lights on.

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2022-elections-france-macron-brazil-bolsanaro-hungary-1500x1000

Elections to Watch in 2022

Next year’s contests are set to bring populist reckonings, parliamentary headaches, and a possible democratic crisis or two.

A Ukrainian serviceman fires at a drone.
A Ukrainian serviceman fires at a drone.

10 Conflicts to Watch in 2022

Battle deaths may be down, but regional wars continue to rage as great-power confrontations loom, from Ukraine to Taiwan, amid declining U.S. influence.

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FP-Interns-Underpaid-Washington-DC-Government-Matt-Chase-16x9

Washington Runs on Interns

So why are most of them not paid enough—and some not paid at all?

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An illustration of a captain's hat with a 1980s era Pepsi logo and USSR and U.S. flag pins.

The Doomed Voyage of Pepsi’s Soviet Navy

A three-decade dream of communist markets ended in the scrapyard.

Xi Zhongxun from a postage stamp commemorating the Chinese military leader.
Xi Zhongxun from a postage stamp commemorating the Chinese military leader.

A Squabble About History Almost Killed Xi Jinping’s Father

Fights about the party’s past are serious business in Beijing.

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Miles Thompson plays lacrosse

Gaming the State System

Can the Haudenosaunee Confederacy become the first Indigenous nation to secure an Olympic berth?

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Peacekeepers go on patrol

In Central Africa, Russia Won the War—but It’s Losing the Peace

Putin’s pursuit of influence, arms sales, and mercenary meddling in the Central African Republic has left Moscow mired in a quagmire.

CIA black site prison near Kabul and Ahmed Rabbani
CIA black site prison near Kabul and Ahmed Rabbani

Nothing but Pitch Black Darkness

Ahmed Rabbani’s journey through the U.S. dark prison system to Guantánamo.

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