Investigation

Boxes that, according to a U.N. report, were thought to contain assets of former Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi pictured at CIPDH's office in Accra, Ghana. Erik Goaied, a Tunisian businessman who was searching for Qaddafi's assets, claimed the boxes had been labeled with the logo of the International Committee of the Red Cross so as not to attract attention when they were transported out of Libya.

The Aid Organization That Wasn’t

Meet the Russian-led fake human rights group implicated in an international criminal caper.

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Tech Giants Are Giving China a Vital Edge in Espionage

U.S. officials say private Chinese firms have been enlisted to process stolen data for their country’s spy agencies.

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Beijing Ransacked Data as U.S. Sources Went Dark in China

As Xi consolidated power, U.S. officials struggled to read China’s new ruler.

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China Used Stolen Data to Expose CIA Operatives in Africa and Europe

The discovery of U.S. spy networks in China fueled a decadelong global war over data between Beijing and Washington.

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Death of a Whistleblower

Questions raised by a Pentagon investigator went unanswered following his workplace suicide.

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Greed and Graft at U.N. Climate Program

Whistleblowers and experts allege corruption at a United Nations Development Program project for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Russia, according to a Foreign Policy investigation.

Guatemala's Ixil people at burial of victims of Guatemala's 1982 civil war massacre, in the Quiche village of Nebaj on July 30, 2014.

Guatemala Declares War on History

Looking for help on immigration, the Trump administration is silent in the face of Guatemala’s effort to seal its dirty war archive.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales at a press conference with U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley in Guatemala City on Feb. 28, 2018. (Johan Ordoñez/AFP/Getty Images)

Corrupt Guatemalans’ GOP Lifeline

U.S. Republicans are weakening a U.N. anti-corruption investigation into President Jimmy Morales. What are they getting in exchange?

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How Russian Money Helped Save Trump’s Business

After his financial disasters two decades ago, no U.S. bank would touch him. Then foreign money began flowing in.

Zaida Catalán and Michael Sharp were United Nations experts working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (Family photos/Foreign Policy illustration)

Congolese Cover-Up

The U.N. concluded two of its investigators, an American and a Swede, were killed in a random ambush in Congo. But evidence suggests they may have walked into a government trap.

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The United States Used Depleted Uranium in Syria

The airstrikes on oil trucks in Islamic State-controlled areas employed the toxic material, which has been accused of causing cancer and birth defects.

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When Wall Street Went to Africa

A New York tycoon won a sweetheart deal to build a massive "sustainable" palm oil plantation in Cameroon. What followed were accusations of intimidation, corruption, bribery, and deceit. 

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The Corleones of the Caspian

How Azerbaijan's dictator woos the United States and Europe.

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Unarmed Guards, Bogus Terror Drills, and 96 Tons of Plutonium

Three years after Fukushima, Japanese officials insist their nuclear facilities are safe. They're not.

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Gag Order

Why is the U.N. censoring its own Syria news?

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