FP Guide

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All the World’s a Game

From Diplomacy to “Sex With Stalin,” board and video games have long drawn from the wild world of international politics.

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Nigeria’s Years of Protest

The country has been heading for a reckoning for a while—here’s why anger is boiling over now.

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QAnon’s Sound and Fury

Where the conspiracy came from and what it means for politics at home—and abroad.


Can Mali Escape Its Past?

Politics in the country have followed familiar cycles of violence and collapse.


A Biden-Harris Ticket—and What It Means for the United States in November

Picking Kamala Harris as his running mate underscores that Joe Biden is not looking for extra heft on foreign policy—but he’s reaching out with several firsts.

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Meltdown in Minsk

Massive violence in the wake of Sunday’s sham election has thrown a spotlight on Belarus and the growing backlash to a quarter century of one-man rule.


Kashmir, One Year Later

Twelve months since the Modi government announced the repeal of India’s Article 370, communications are still slow, arrests are routine, and the pandemic rages on.


Najib’s Dirty Money

Is the guilty verdict in the prime minister’s corruption trial a sign of hope or business as usual?


The Blue Nile Is Dammed

Geopolitics, water security, and health will keep the dispute over the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam alive.


Goodbye, Government. Hello, Mafia.

From insurgent groups to charities, a range of nongovernmental organizations are stepping in to respond to the coronavirus crisis.

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The Coronavirus Threatens Some More Than Others

Refugees, migrant laborers, and the global poor are especially susceptible to the pandemic. There’s little time to bridge the gap between haves and have-nots.


The Countries That Are Succeeding at Flattening the Curve

Lessons from Taiwan, Canada, South Korea, Georgia, and Iceland show that the coronavirus can be stopped.

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Lebanon’s Protests Will Rage On

Despite Hariri’s resignation, public anger won’t be easy to soothe.

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For Uighur Muslims in China, Life Keeps Getting Harder

Concentration camps, surveillance, and spies keep the community under tight control.

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Will Trudeau Survive Canada’s Next Vote?

The prime minister’s rise, fall, and possible rebirth.

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