‘It Was Like Having the Chinese Government in the Room With Us’
China’s method for blocking sanctions regimes.
Sunset for U.N. Sanctions?
How the world came to depend on U.N. punitive measures and why the enforcement system is under threat—the first in an FP series.
After Spike in Ransomware Attacks, U.S. Looks to Go on the Offensive
The Biden administration is circling the wagons to address growing cyberthreats.
School’s Out in the Taliban’s Afghanistan
The Taliban say modern education is of no use as the country heads toward economic meltdown and starvation.
Democrats See Broken Promises in Biden’s Haiti Policies
After high-profile resignations, Biden diplomats scramble to shore up stability in Haiti and stem migration.
Polish Court Ruling Sets Stage for ‘Polexit’
Brussels is scrambling to stamp down a frontal challenge from a Polish court that threatens to undermine the entire European project.
Biden Team Fears North Korean Sanctions Aren’t Biting
U.S. sanctions are in tatters, and China doesn’t want the United Nations imposing more.
Georgia Holds Fraught Elections Amid a COVID-19 Disaster
Dozens of people are dying a day, and the country’s future may be on the line.
Those Left Behind in Afghanistan
A month after the U.S. withdrawal, Afghans who worked for the U.S. war effort are in hiding. Few see a way out.
U.S. Military Concedes It’s Unready to Fight Terrorism From ‘Over the Horizon’
Centcom will be flying blind for years in Afghanistan—and likely missing terrorists while killing innocents, experts say.
Pentagon Leaders Contradict Biden Over Troops in Afghanistan
Lawmakers raked Gen. Milley, Gen. McKenzie, and Defense Secretary Austin over the coals for the chaotic end to the war in Afghanistan.
Brexit Fallout Could ‘Collapse’ the Good Friday Agreement
Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney warns about the ongoing border disputes, but he stresses that violence is unlikely.
Afghan Resistance Mulls Formation of Government in Exile
Fighters, politicians, and generals will try to ape the Taliban’s playbook while the extremists sleepwalk into civil war.
Who Blessed the Vlads Down in Africa?
Russia’s Wagner Group has its eyes on Mali. It fits a pattern of Russian interference in Africa.
Europe Is Fighting Over Its Fiscal Future
France and Italy want to fend off the frugals and make COVID-19-era budget flexibility a feature, not a bug.
Turkey Capitalizes on Afghanistan Distraction to Attack Kurdish Forces in Syria
Turkish airstrikes in Syria have escalated over the last month as the world concentrates on a different crisis.
Moscow Expands Its Military Footprint on NATO’s Borders
Russia has been wargaming with Belarus. Sometimes, that’s a prelude.
U.S. Seeking Basing in Australia After Submarine Deal
The Biden administration is hoping to rotate fighters and bombers to the land Down Under.
Russia’s Crazy Sham Election
To retain control in this weekend’s Duma elections, the Kremlin has reached very deep into its bag of tricks.