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EU member states find commonality in crisis, Afghans accuse donor countries of hypocrisy on corruption, and how Biden’s climate plans could shape energy markets.

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Why Liberal Internationalism Is Still Indispensable—and Fixable

G. John Ikenberry’s new book traces what went wrong. And Biden is listening.

Pakistani laborers work on a building in Lahore on Jan. 21, 2014.

Pakistan Has Its Problems, but It Won’t Perish

A new book offers riveting and memorable reporting, though it falls back on outdated narratives of a country that has moved on.

An oil pumpjack operates near Los Angeles, California on April 21.

How Biden’s Climate Plans Will Shake Up Global Energy Markets

The new administration will use foreign policy tools to promote climate goals, boost clean energy, and punish carbon-intensive production.

Rep. Gregory Meeks speaks during a press conference in Havana, Cuba.

Meeks Makes History as First Black Lawmaker to Chair House Foreign Affairs Committee

The New York congressman fended off a progressive challenge in an unusually public race.

President-elect Joe Biden departs after delivering a Thanksgiving address at the Queen Theatre on Nov. 25 in Wilmington, Delaware. 

Will Biden’s National Security Team Include Members of the Democratic Party’s Progressive Wing?

The president-elect’s picks have deep experience in the Washington establishment. It’s unclear whether the party’s left can make its voice heard in the new administration.

A group of young intellectuals and artists protest in Cuba

Pandemic Crisis Drives Cubans to Rare, Risky Protest

Economic devastation and tightened censorship have made for a bleak 2020.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg leads a conversation on free expression at Georgetown University on Oct. 17, 2019 in Washington.

How to Judge Facebook’s New Judges

The social media company’s search for consistent rules has been long, winding, and entirely self-defeating.

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Europe Needed Borders. Coronavirus Built Them.

The pandemic has the continent increasingly discussing its common boundaries—and common identity.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Pompeo Plans Parties Flouting COVID-19 Guidelines as Death Toll Mounts

The U.S. secretary of state plans massive holiday gatherings, while department catering and event staff mostly lack employer health insurance.

Riot police in Bangkok

Thailand’s Military Is Getting Ready for Another Crackdown

The Biden administration must prepare to stand up for protesters.

Workers walk by the perimeter fence of what is officially known as a vocational skills education center in Dabancheng in Xinjiang, China, on Sept. 4, 2018.

In Rare Unanimity, Biden Could Double Down on Trump’s Uighur Sanctions

A bipartisan crackdown on Chinese forced labor has put Western corporations on notice—and could pave the way for Washington to finally support the International Criminal Court.

U.S. President Barack Obama and President Raúl Castro of Cuba shake hands during a bilateral meeting at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on Sept. 29, 2015.

Biden Shouldn’t Backtrack on Cuba

The lesson of the past four years is clear: Don’t let policy toward the island dominate the U.S. agenda on Latin America.

A sign in a shop in London advertises 5G mobile technology on Jan. 28.

How China Is Buying Up the West’s High-Tech Sector

Chinese acquisitions of Western firms are only part of the problem. Secret venture capital is handing power to Beijing under the radar.

Vice President-elect Kamala Harris speaks at an event in Las Vegas.

Kamala Harris Taps Ex-Diplomat to Be Her National Security Advisor

Nancy McEldowney is one of several former senior foreign service officers expected to join the senior ranks of the new U.S. administration.

Secretary of State nominee Antony Blinken speaks after being introduced by President-elect Joe Biden at the Queen Theatre in Wilmington, Delaware on Nov. 24.

The Ghost of Blinken Past

In 1987, Biden’s pick for secretary of state offered a warning. He should heed it today.

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