Members of the Taliban, all men, sit at a fancy table.

Foreign Aid Won’t Moderate the Taliban

International assistance isn’t the political lever many hope it will be.

Then-Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi (R) speaks with other participants at the Iran nuclear talks on Apr. 27, 2021 in Vienna, Austria.

The Threat of War Is the Only Way to Achieve Peace With Iran

Tehran no longer takes Washington seriously. To revive the nuclear deal, the threat of military escalation needs to be on the table.

Workers walk by an Olympic billboard.

Beijing Must Face Olympic Consequences for Human Rights Abuses

Moving the Games offers a rare opportunity to weaken Chinese President Xi Jinping.


Foreign Policy Playlist: Climate Resiliency

CNN climate analyst John Sutter dives deep into stories of those at the grassroots battling the climate crisis. 

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during the parliamentary group meeting of the AK Party at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey in Ankara, on October 27, 2021.

Turkey’s Opposition Can End the Country’s Economic Crisis

A broad, ideologically diverse coalition has the plans and people to turn things around.

A glacier sits above a stream running past cabins in Norway.

Nordic Countries Aren’t Actually Socialist

Denmark, Norway, and Sweden shouldn’t be held up as socialist utopias.

A close up photo of Zalmay Khalilzad's face.

Don’t Blame Khalilzad for the Afghanistan Debacle

Zalmay Khalilzad achieved what he was asked to do: Get the United States out of Afghanistan.

Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr drives a car as he joins anti-government demonstrators gathering in the central holy city of Najaf on October 29, 2019.

Muqtada al-Sadr Is the United States’ Best Hope

The Shiite cleric was once Washington’s bitter enemy in Iraq—and now offers the best chance of securing U.S. interests.

Top Sudanese Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Burhan speaks at a press conference.

Sudanese General Blew Off Final U.S. Effort to Avert Power Grab

Military junta faces widespread international backlash for upending Sudan’s shaky democratic transition.

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias watches as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks after signing the renewal of a defense cooperation agreement at the State Department in Washington on Oct. 14.

Erdogan’s Belligerence Has U.S., Greece Expanding Ties

Growing military cooperation offers Washington a hedge against Ankara and Moscow.

Future of Money - Cryptocurrency Database illustration

Future of Money – Cryptocurrency Database

Regulatory frameworks and approaches analyzed in Part II of this Power Map series have been collected in FPA’s Cryptocurrency Database, a navigable tool developed exclusively for FP Insider.

The Azerbaijani army patrols the streets of Shusha on Sept. 25 under a sign that reads: "Dear Shusha, you are free. Dear Shusha, we are back. Dear Shusha, we will resurrect you. Shusha is ours."

From the Ruins of War, a Tourist Resort Emerges

Shusha was the key to the recent war between Azerbaijan and Armenia. Now Baku wants to turn the fabled fortress town into a resort.

U.S. President Joe Biden disembarks from Air Force One in Geneva prior to a U.S.-Russian summit on June 15.

No More Trans-Atlantic Love Fest as Biden Heads to Europe

Europe and the United States were never going to be the reunited couple in a geopolitical rom-com.

A police officer shows drugs and weapons to French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin

Europe Needs to Name and Shame Its Small Arms Dealers

The spread of weapons is undercutting the European Union’s own security.

US army soldiers arrive at Morocco's Agadir military airport on June 9, 2021 to take part in the "African Lion" military exercise.

Ready to Fight Tonight? Not So Much, Some Army Troops Say

The U.S. military might not be as ready for a war with China or Russia as it lets on.

Zohra Kurji helps new mother Arj Rizvi at the lactation clinic at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan, in October 2020.

The Loneliest Lactation Consultant in the World

Pakistan has 50 million women of childbearing age and only one globally certified person to help them feed their newborns.


The Negotiators: Inside the Grueling Negotiations That Led to the Iran Nuclear Agreement

As the U.S. tries to restore the Iran deal, one of its architects, Wendy Sherman, describes how it came about.

Iran's President's Ebrahim Raisi remotely addresses the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly on September 21, 2021 at U.N. headquarters in New York City.

Iran Turns East

Conservative President Ebrahim Raisi, deeply distrustful of the West, looks to deepen ties with China and Russia.

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