Visitors line up in front of billboards showing anime characters during the 14th Ani-Com and Games exhibition in Hong Kong on July 27, 2012.  (Philippe Lopez/AFP/GettyImages)

Super-Patriotic Anime Youth Wars!

Can the mighty Communist Party win the hearts of China’s youth, or will the 2D world lure them into Japan's clutches?

A view of the Davos ski resort during the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 26, 2018. (MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

Inside the Strange Bubble World of Davos

Scenes from Switzerland’s annual gathering of the rich and clueless.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs A. Wess Mitchell speaks during a press conference in Pristina, Kosovo, on March 12, 2018. (Armend Nimani/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Administration’s Top Europe Diplomat Resigns

A Russia hawk, A. Wess Mitchell helped reassure U.S. allies worried about the president’s relationship with Putin.

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the G-20 summit in Hangzhou, China, on Sept. 4, 2016. (Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

Europe’s Future Is as China’s Enemy

The continent can save NATO—but only if it takes Washington’s side in its growing struggle with Beijing.

The Dalai Lama (center) greets devotees at the closing ceremony of a teaching session in the sacred Buddhist site of Bodh Gaya, India, on Dec. 31, 2018. (AFP/Getty Images)

The Coming Fight for the Dalai Lama’s Soul

Beijing’s Buddhist diplomacy depends on controlling the Tibetan leader’s next reincarnation.

A man visiting the Hejaz train station near al-Ula, Saudi Arabia, on Jan. 4. (Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images)

The Other Magic Kingdom

Saudi Arabia is making a very risky bet that it can become an international tourist destination.

Former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig (left) and Canadian Michael Spavor. (AP)

Xi Jinping, Release These Men

The detention of Canadian citizens on spurious charges by Beijing sends a dangerous message.

Ukrainian ultra-nationalists burn flares and shout slogans as they march in the center of Lviv on April 28, 2016, to mark the 73rd anniversary of the foundation of the SS Galicia. (Yuriy Dyachshyn/AFP/Getty Images)

Black Is the New Orange

With Soviet-style illiberalism on the rise, what is there to celebrate on the five-year anniversary of Ukraine’s Maidan uprising?

An employee works on a laptop at BuzzFeed headquarters, December 11, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Security Brief: The Mueller Scoop That Wasn’t; McGurk Speaks Out

Special Counsel Robert Mueller issued a rare statement disputing reporting on his investigation, and Trump's former envoy to the anti-Islamic State coalition speaks out.

Riccardo Vecchio Imprints illustration for Foreign Policy

Springtime for Strongmen

The world’s authoritarians are on the march—and the West helped pave the way.

Protesters gather at the Trocadero, facing the Eiffel Tower, during the Women's March in Paris on Jan. 21, 2018. (Owen Franken/Corbis via Getty Images)

#MeToo Goes Global

Here’s where the movement took off in 2018—and where to look for activism in 2019.

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange after the closing bell on Sept. 29, 2008. At the time, the Dow recorded its biggest closing drop in history, falling 777 points.  (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Is the World Prepared for the Next Financial Crisis?

New regulations and reforms have helped, but major threats still loom.

The Fearless Girl statue looks up at Wall Street's Charging Bull sculpture in New York on March 29, 2018.  (Volkan Furuncu/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The End of Economics?

Human beings are rarely rational—so it’s time we all stopped pretending they are.

Jacinda Ardern on Aug. 23, 2017. (David White/Fairfax Media)

The Kindness Quotient

Jacinda Ardern is the world’s anti-Trump.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and IIhan Omar (D-Minn.) during member-elect briefings on Capitol Hill in Washington on Nov. 15, 2018. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

Power to the People

Across the globe, new political players, often from outside the mainstream, are displacing the usual suspects.

Riccardo Vecchio Imprints illustration for Foreign Policy

Iran’s Deadly Puppet Master

Gen. Stanley McChrystal explains exactly why Qassem Suleimani is so dangerous.

Claudia Leisinger for Foreign Policy

Taking on the Kremlin From His Couch

Eliot Higgins and Bellingcat are fighting Vladimir Putin and his ilk, using little more than computers and smartphones.

Firefighters try to control a blaze as it spreads toward the towns of Douglas City and Lewiston in California on July 31, 2018. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

The Coming Climate Crisis

The Little Ice Age could offer a glimpse of our tumultuous future.

Climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe speaks at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, on April 3, 2012. (Nellie Doneva/Abilene Reporter-News via AP)

The Word From a Climate Change Believer

Whatever the main issues of 2019 end up being, climate change will make them worse.

Memphis Meats co-founders Uma Valeti, center, and Nicholas Genovese, right, with chef Derek Sarno during the unveiling of 
cell-based poultry products in March 2017. (Memphis Meats)

Green Eggs and Ham

The co-founders of Memphis Meats on building a more sustainable food system.

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