Israel and Iran Just Showed Us the Future of Cyberwar With Their Unusual Attacks
A shadow war fought largely in secret has reached a new, more open phase.
Esper Orders Some U.S. Troops Deployed for Protests to Leave Washington
Elements of an elite paratrooper unit will leave Washington in a move that could spark tensions between the White House and the Pentagon.
In Afghanistan, the Islamic State Threatens Long-Term Peace
After a bloody Ramadan, the Afghan government and the Taliban called for a three-day truce that mostly continues. But Islamic State terrorists are already conducting more massacres.
Biden Resists Move Left on Foreign Policy
Though he’s eager to accommodate Bernie Sanders’s base on domestic issues, the presumptive Democratic nominee is still seen as a man of the past by progressives.
The Pentagon Distances Itself From Trump
Facing fierce criticism from Mattis and other former senior military officials, Esper insists the Pentagon is not playing politics.
As Economies Reopen, It’s the Law of the Jungle for Workers
Governments and companies are returning to business at many different speeds. All worry that something might go wrong.
Incels Are Radicalized and Dangerous. But Are They Terrorists?
Canada is searching for new frameworks to tackle ideological violence.
Australia Launches Probe Into U.S. Police Violence Against TV Crew
While live on air, a journalist and cameraman were attacked with tear gas along with crowds across from White House.
Trump Pledges Military Response to Protests, Provoking Outrage
Congress pushes back after images of police violence spread over the weekend with a move to limit Pentagon weapons transfers to local authorities.
China Puts the Final Kibosh on Trump’s Trade Deal
By reportedly halting major agricultural purchases, Beijing makes it likely U.S.-China relations will dramatically worsen.
With Scenes of Police Brutality, America’s Beacon to the World Winks Out
U.S. soft power was already dwindling under Trump. But the new wave of police violence and racial injustice may be drying up the reserves.
Leader of Afghan Taliban Said to Be Gravely Ill With the Coronavirus
“Nearly all the Taliban leadership in Doha has the bug,” a senior Afghan official said.
America’s Race Problem Erupts Anew, Layered With Coronavirus Tensions
Rioting in the aftermath of another police-inflicted death—this time in one of the most prosperous U.S. cities—reveals how little progress has been made.
Trump Cuts U.S. Ties With World Health Organization Amid Pandemic
Democrats and NGOs slammed the White House decision, saying the U.S. president was ceding influence to China and further undercutting the coronavirus response.
African Leaders, Joined by U.S. Embassies, Condemn Police Killing in Minneapolis
In highly unusual move, U.S. diplomats in Uganda and Kenya issue public pronouncements expressing distress over the death of George Floyd.
Hong Kong Ensnared in U.S.-China Showdown
The U.S. pronouncement that it no longer considers Hong Kong to be independent from China paves the way for future sanctions, which could hurt the very people the United States means to help.
U.S. Effort to Depart WTO Gathers Momentum
Both political parties are demonizing the world trade body, but many experts warn that such a move could seriously set back U.S. power and prestige.
Pentagon Escalates Rhetoric in Libya as Russian Planes Arrive
U.S. Africa Command calls out Moscow for tipping the scales in a conflict the Trump administration has mostly sought to avoid.
U.S. Falters in Bid to Replace Chinese Rare Earths
Despite new legislation, Washington won’t be delivering critical minerals needed for defense, high tech, and energy.
One Year On, Zelensky Survives Impeachment (Trump’s, That Is) and Blunted Hopes
After a roller-coaster year, the Ukrainian president remains hugely popular.
U.S. Tussles With France, U.N. Over Counterterrorism Efforts in West Africa
The Trump administration seeks to put an American in charge of the U.N. mission in Mali.
Trump Stumbles in Effort to Confront China at WHO
U.S. fails to gain support for an immediate investigation into coronavirus origins and for bringing Taiwan on as observer.
Bowing to Russia, U.N. Halts Funding for Pandemic Relief in Northeastern Syria
With Putin’s help, Assad has constrained the capacity of the United Nations to deliver health supplies in opposition-controlled territory, which faces rising risk of the coronavirus.
Leaked Chinese Virus Database Covers 230 Cities, 640,000 Updates
New information may offer insight into the honesty of China’s coronavirus numbers.
Inspector General Criticizes U.S. Counterterrorism Coordinator
Report finds problems with morale and management that hampered U.S. counterterrorism initiatives in foreign countries.
Despite U.S. Sanctions, Iran Expands Its Nuclear Stockpile
Two years after Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, Tehran has cut in half the time it would need to produce enough weapons-grade fuel for a nuclear bomb.
Pompeo Emerges as Point Man in War of Words With China
His critics say he’s too busy attacking China to coordinate a global response to the pandemic. His supporters say he’s holding Beijing to account.
North Korea Continues to Flout Trump, Advance Nuclear Ambitions
A U.N. panel concludes that the U.S. president’s outreach to Kim Jong Un has changed little in his behavior.
NATO Chief Rebukes China Over Coronavirus Disinformation
Stoltenberg says state-backed disinformation campaigns are making the health crisis worse.
Key Nominees Sit in Limbo as Trump Grapples with Senate
U.S. scrambling to fill major posts addressing the coronavirus pandemic and economic aid.
Outgoing USAID Chief Says Pandemic Underscores Importance of Foreign Aid
In an interview, Mark Green says this is no time to be slashing assistance to the developing world or global health.
Can the United Nations Survive the Coronavirus?
In the absence of U.S. leadership, the U.N. is struggling to carve out a role in the face of what may be the greatest threat since its founding.
Pandemic Stymies Congressional Check on Trump’s Foreign Policy
Public hearings and classified briefings are another political casualty in the age of contagion.