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President Joe Biden walks toward reporters at the White House.

Biden’s Syria Strikes Fuel New Debate on War Powers

Democrats in Congress signaled they were uneasy with the move and are demanding answers from the White House.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives for a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May (not pictured) in number 10 Downing Street on March 7, 2018 in London, England.

Report: Saudi Crown Prince Approved Khashoggi Operation

A long-awaited intelligence report comes as Biden reassesses the United States’ relationship with Saudi Arabia.

A lion dancer moves down the street outside the Chinese Kali temple in Tangra, Kolkata, on Feb. 11, the eve of Lunar New Year.

In Kolkata, Only a Few Lions Are Still Dancing

A 2-century-old Indian Chinese community is threatened by tensions between the two countries.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un walks in front of the USS Pueblo

A Half-Century Later, Pueblo’s Crew Gets Their Day in Court

A U.S. judge awards $2.3 billion to the crew of the spy ship seized by North Korea and their families.

CIA Director-designate William Burns testifies during his Senate Select Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 24.

Biden’s Pick for CIA Director Singles Out China as ‘Biggest Geopolitical Test’

Bill Burns, a veteran diplomat, will helm the spy agency in an era of renewed great-power competition.

Photographers, including Jawad Jalali, take shelter as a new explosion is heard while photographing an attack in Kabul in this archival photo.

‘This is the Darkest Moment’: Afghans Flee a Crumbling Country

The educated middle classes that were meant to be the foundation of a new Afghanistan are tired of terror, insecurity, and the return of the Taliban.

Then-U.S. President Donald Trump speaks on the Islamic State terror group.

State Department Floats Plans to Reshuffle Counter-Islamic State Envoy Office

The proposed move has sparked internal debates over the future of U.S. counterterrorism efforts.

Supporters of the Georgian opposition party United National Movement are seen in the party's headquarters as the police raided the building in Tbilisi on Feb. 23.

Arrest of Georgia’s Opposition Leader Prompts Call for Sanctions

A police raid on the opposition headquarters is a watershed moment for the region’s only democracy.

Gas pipes at a German port

Russian Pipeline Project Tests Biden’s Relations With Russia, Germany—and Congress

Torn between mending ties with Germany or Republicans in Congress, the Biden administration takes a softer line on Nord Stream 2 than some lawmakers expected.

A Palestinian man and his wife ride a donkey cart past street art showing doctors wearing masks due to the COVID-19  pandemic in the Nuseirat refugee camp in Gaza Strip, on Nov. 16, 2020.

Countries Are Ramping Up Vaccinations. What About Refugees?

With millions stranded in camps with limited access to shots, there’s a big problem looming in the world’s quest to quash COVID-19.

Members of the National Guard at the U.S. Capitol

Washington Is Under Siege. American Democracy Isn’t.

The enhanced security measures in the U.S. capital have triggered a debate over openness, security, and democracy. But the country’s democracy isn’t dead yet.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken attends his confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in Washington, on Jan. 19.

Signaling a New Willingness to Talk, Biden Scrambles to Save Iran Nuclear Deal

The new administration is looking for an interim road map—but insists it won’t be pressured by Tehran’s deadline to halt inspections next week.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny's wife Yulia Navalnaya

Is Navalny’s Wife Taking Up His Baton?

No, Yulia Navalnaya’s purported political career seems to be another Kremlin misinformation op.

U.S. President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken speak at the State Department.

Biden Mulls Special Envoy for Horn of Africa

The post, if created, would bring more diplomatic firepower to the brewing crisis in Ethiopia as members of Biden’s cabinet and other senior State Department nominees await confirmation.

Participants pose to show their traditional Japanese tattoos (Irezumi), associated with the yakuza, during the annual Sanja Matsuri festival in the Asakusa district of Tokyo on May 20, 2018.

The Pandemic Is Putting Gangsters in Power

As states struggle, organized crime is rising to new prominence.

French troops in Algiers during the Algerian War

France Still Struggles With the Shadow of the ‘War Without a Name’

The brutal Algerian War killed hundreds of thousands of people—and deeply marks French politics and society to this day.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield

Biden’s Pick for U.N. Ambassador Will Have to Juggle Containment and Collaboration With China

The administration is moving quickly to reassert U.S. leadership but needs Beijing’s support for major initiatives.

Protesters walk past a burning barricade as opponents of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse demonstrate on Jan. 15 in Port-au-Prince to demand his departure from power.

Political Crisis in Haiti Poses Challenge for Biden’s Democracy Push

The State Department sides with President Jovenel Moïse on when his term should end.

Former U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter is greeted by then-Saudi Arabian Assistant Minister of Defense Mohammad Al-Ayesh, center, and then-U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Tim Lenderking, left, as he arrives on a E4-B military aircraft at King Abdulaziz International Airport on July 22, 2015 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Biden Envoy in Saudi Arabia to Push for Quick End to Yemen War

Timothy Lenderking will also meet with U.N. officials in the region.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer walks with Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 9.

Historic Second Impeachment of Trump Gets Underway

While a conviction seems unlikely, Democratic lawmakers seek accountability for the former president’s instigation of the mob that stormed the Capitol.

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Postcards From the End of the Pandemic

In China, workers go first. At a Moscow clinic, every time slot is available. And some New Zealanders think they could do without. A regular check-in on the state of the world’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

Brian Nichols, then ambassador to Peru, speaks at an event.

Biden Eyes Career Diplomat as Top Envoy for Latin America

Brian Nichols, currently the U.S. ambassador to Zimbabwe, has experience throughout Latin America.

Members of the Proud Boys

Canada Says the Proud Boys Are a Terrorist Group

The listing of the far-right organization raises serious civil liberties questions.

Rob Malley, former U.S. negotiator during the Iran nuclear program negotiations and current president and CEO of the International Crisis Group

Biden Taps Obama Administration Diplomat as New Iran Envoy

Robert Malley, who has faced sharp criticisms from Republican lawmakers, will be tasked with trying to get Iran back to the negotiating table on its nuclear program.

Linda Thomas-Greenfield, President Joe Biden's pick to serve as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations

Biden’s U.N. Pick Assembles Team of Foreign-Policy Veterans

Linda Thomas-Greenfield is staffing her New York and Washington offices with a range of career and political foreign-policy hands with extensive experience in U.N. affairs. 

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on a stage in Delaware.

What to Expect in Biden’s First 100 Days in Foreign Policy

From climate change to China to ending the forever wars, here are 10 of the biggest challenges facing the Biden foreign-policy team as it takes office.

A protester is seen in demonstrations denouncing China's treatment of its ethnic Uighur population.

Pompeo Declares China’s Crackdown on Uighurs ‘Genocide’

The Trump administration’s final parting shot at Beijing poses a diplomatic challenge for Biden on his first day in office.

U.S. President Donald Trump

Trump Mounts Last-Minute Attempt to Starve Funding for Foreign Aid, Global Vaccine Efforts

But congressional sources say it’s highly unlikely lawmakers will cut billions of dollars of already appropriated funding.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi walks to House chambers as Congress considers impeachment against Trump.

Trump Impeached—Again

The U.S. president was impeached on charges of “incitement of insurrection” in a vote that laid bare deep divisions within the Republican Party over its post-Trump future.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Donald Trump speak at the White House.

Trump Team Makes Last-Minute Moves to Box In Biden on Foreign Policy

On Taiwan, Yemen, and Cuba, the Trump administration is laying political land mines for Biden on its way out the door.

Rep. Gregory Meeks in 2017

New House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Vows Pompeo Investigations Will Continue

Rep. Gregory Meeks, who took the gavel this week, also urged the State Department to reverse its decision to close the last two U.S. consulates in Russia.

A fighter in Yemen walks past a burning oil tanker.

In Yemen, No End in Sight to the World’s Worst Humanitarian Crisis

Five articles from the past year that explain how the quagmire in Yemen sparked fierce political battles in Washington as millions teeter on the brink of starvation.

Members of the Guerrero Community Police

Legalization Advocates Hope to End Mexico’s Drug War

Threats, violence, and clampdowns have failed. Can decriminalization work?

A U.S. MQ-9 Reaper drone, the type of drone that could be sold to the United Arab Emirates, is seen at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico on April 25, 2013.

Senate Effort to Stop Trump Arms Sales to UAE Fails

But the vote laid down a marker for the incoming Biden administration on Democrats’ opposition to Middle Eastern arms sales and U.S. involvement in the conflict in Yemen.

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