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.
Report: Saudi Crown Prince Approved Khashoggi Operation
A long-awaited intelligence report comes as Biden reassesses the United States’ relationship with Saudi Arabia.
In Kolkata, Only a Few Lions Are Still Dancing
A 2-century-old Indian Chinese community is threatened by tensions between the two countries.
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Is Navalny’s Wife Taking Up His Baton?
No, Yulia Navalnaya’s purported political career seems to be another Kremlin misinformation op.
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.
The Pandemic Is Putting Gangsters in Power
As states struggle, organized crime is rising to new prominence.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Biden Eyes Career Diplomat as Top Envoy for Latin America
Brian Nichols, currently the U.S. ambassador to Zimbabwe, has experience throughout Latin America.
Canada Says the Proud Boys Are a Terrorist Group
The listing of the far-right organization raises serious civil liberties questions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Legalization Advocates Hope to End Mexico’s Drug War
Threats, violence, and clampdowns have failed. Can decriminalization work?
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.