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.

Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan performs.

Modi’s Growing Crackdown on Bollywood

India’s film industry is under growing pressure to bend its knee to Hindu nationalists.

An Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) soldier sits by a pile of weapons confiscated from Ethiopian army soldiers at the Addis Ababa racetrack on May 29, 1991.

Ethiopia’s Breakup Doesn’t Have to Be Violent

A confederation of states must choose whether to follow the bloody path of the former Yugoslavia or the prosperous model of the European Union.

Honduran migrants who are part of a caravan heading to the United States get on a truck in southern Mexico.

Will Honduras’s Election Lead to Mass Migration?

Repressive rule, and the utter despair that follows, has already had a significant impact on people fleeing to the United States.


5 Games That Explain The World

From the Islamic Revolution in Tehran to fuzzy animals playing counterinsurgents, these board and video games are inspired by foreign relations.


The Best Books We Read in 2021

A roundup of some of our favorite reads this year.


How the Belarus Crisis Boosted Poland’s Ruling Party

By focusing on an external enemy, the Law and Justice Party is trying to transform its image in Brussels and beyond.

A street vendor hawks yams.

In Nigeria, Yam Prices Soar, and Culture Suffers

Yams mean wealth, power, and the holidays—if you can afford them.

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.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed salutes.

U.S. Envoy Warns Ethiopia Conflict Could Spiral Amid Military Escalation

The State Department repeats calls for U.S. citizens to leave the country as soon as possible.

Supporters of Honduran presidential candidate for the LIBRE Party Xiomara Castro take part in the campaign’s closing event in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on Nov. 21.

Honduras’s Pivotal Election

The country’s opposition finally has a shot at ousting the party that has ruled since a 2009 coup—if voting isn’t rigged.

The exterior of the U.S. Capitol building is seen at sunrise in Washington.

Biden Aims to Quash Nord Stream 2 Sanctions in Defense Bill

The move comes amid a European energy crunch and Russian troops massing on the border with Ukraine.


Foreign Policy Playlist: A Judoka Breaks Barriers

Each week, host Ibtihaj Muhammad tells heroing stories of courage and conviction, both on and off the court. 


Climate Migrants: Destination Duluth

How one woman and her family made the difficult decision to move.

Koko the gorilla with trainer Penny Patterson

Nature Is Becoming a Person

How to make sense of the new global trend that grants legal rights to animals, plants, and rivers.

Christian Lindner addresses a press conference.

Are Germany’s Capitalists Cool Now?

The pro-business Free Democratic Party is about to wield power in Berlin, thanks to the country’s youngest voters—but doesn’t yet know what it wants.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (center) takes a group photo on a visit to the Institut Pasteur de Dakar in Dakar, Senegal, on Nov. 20.

Why Can’t Africa Get More Vaccines?

Blinken pledges “Africa is the future,” but vaccine apartheid persists.

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