The Curious Case of ‘Russian Lives Matter’
In Moscow, the Kremlin attacks U.S. racism while the liberal opposition ignores it, or worse.
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Britain is becoming like America, the Egyptian government is facing pressure on social media, and sending international students home could undermine U.S. soft power.
Russia, With an Eye on the Syrian Prize, Blocks Humanitarian Aid
A Russian-Chinese veto threatens lifesaving aid to starving Syrians—but Moscow doesn’t care what anyone thinks anymore.
Journalism Has a Class Problem, Too
The increasingly narrow backgrounds of reporters distort coverage at home and abroad.
After Signing Anti-Terrorism Law, Duterte Names His Targets
A supposed national security law in the Philippines is being used to silence dissenting voices.
ICE Restrictions on International Students a ‘Self-Inflicted Wound’
More than a million scholars face an uncertain future as the Trump administration cracks down on immigrants of any stripe.
Trapped on the Wrong Side of the India-China Border
From a pandemic to geopolitics, for families and businesspeople caught by border closings, things are going from bad to worse.
Does ‘Hamilton’ Have All the Answers for U.S. Foreign Policy?
The Broadway musical offers lessons on everything from regime change to balancing ideals and interests.
Xu Zhangrun Was China’s Loyal Opposition. Now, He’s In Jail.
One of the few remaining scholars openly standing against Xi Jinping is a reformist, not a revolutionary.
Trump Promotes Senior Diplomats, Including Star Impeachment Witness
George Kent, promoted to a new rank in the senior foreign service, has avoided the grim fate of other impeachment witnesses.
The Turkish Government Closed a University Because It Fears Free Speech
Ankara shut an institution founded by religious conservatives and attacks tech companies in order to stop young Turks from accessing a free academic and media environment.
Guilt by Location
Around the world, security forces use forced displacement as a means of sorting populations. To fix the global displacement crisis, it’s critical to understand how and why they do it.
The Foreign-Policy Blob Is Structurally Racist
A social revolution could transform domestic policy—but it won’t change the way policy is conducted abroad.
The Post-Pandemic Economy Could Be Green and Clean—but Not With These Plans
Well-meaning green stimulus plans fall far short of what’s needed for the climate and the economy.
U.S. Carriers Send a Message to Beijing Over South China Sea
“China is just pushing on all fronts,” a former defense official told Foreign Policy. “I’m worried at some point that the dam is going to break somewhere.”
Erdogan Is Libya’s Man Without a Plan
Turkey is standing in the wreckage of a foreign-policy adventure with no discernible strategy.
Decolonize the State Department
As U.S. policymakers grapple with systemic racism, it’s time to start tapping the expertise of diasporas.