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Medical staff members arrive with a patient at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital.

The Wuhan Virus: How to Stay Safe

As China’s epidemic continues to spread, things may seem scary. Here are ten simple precautions that can protect you from contracting the coronavirus.

Brian Hook, the U.S. special representative on Iran

Pentagon Steps Up Cruise Missile Defenses as Iranian Threat Grows

U.S. to expand network of spy satellites to better detect and track cruise missiles, drones, and hypersonic weapons.

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Impeachment Trials and Conspiracy Theories: A Match Made in Hell

Does Russia get too much or too little credit in fueling the Ukraine scandal? As with everything these days, it’s too hard to tell.

U.S. President Donald Trump

Europe Is the New Front in Trump’s Trade War

Savoring his partial China deal and passage of the new NAFTA, the U.S. president turns his sights on America’s closest allies. But he may have less success there.

A view of the damage at Ain al-Assad military air base

More U.S. Troops Treated for Concussion Symptoms as Trump Downplays ‘Headaches’

Veterans criticize president for dismissing possibility that U.S. personnel suffered traumatic brain injuries in Iran missile strike.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky

Republican Lawmakers Questioned Trump’s Withholding of Ukraine Aid, Documents Show

Newly released emails and other documents show that some of those now sitting as jurors in Trump’s impeachment trial were also unhappy about his move to freeze aid last year.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

Senators Battle Over Rules as Trump Impeachment Trial Begins

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell presses for a swift acquittal of the U.S. president.

A general view of the Blue Nile as it passes through the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which has been a flash point for tensions between Egypt and Ethiopia, on Dec. 26, 2019.

Egypt and Ethiopia Said to Be Close to Accord on Renaissance Dam

But talks in Washington haven’t yet solved the trickiest questions still looming over the dam’s impact on countries downstream.

The six leading Democratic candidates at the presidential primary debate at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 14.

In the Latest Democratic Debate, Finally, Some Foreign Policy 

With a trimmed-down field, Democratic hopefuls sparred over Iraq, Iran, military deployments, and the threat from climate change.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Mikhail Mishustin

‘Russia’s Political Transition Has Arrived Ahead of Schedule’

The entire Russian government has resigned as Putin charts his country’s political future—one that will certainly still include a leading role for him.

Lev Parnas

Giuliani Associates May Have Surveilled U.S. Ambassador, New Evidence Shows

The latest batch of House evidence before Trump’s impeachment trial begins includes explosive evidence linking the president’s lawyer and associates to the campaign to bully Ukraine to investigate Trump’s rivals.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman

Nervous U.S. Allies Brace for Iran Fallout

Gulf and European countries are eyeing Trump with trepidation as they fear more reprisals from Iran.

Iranian students at Amirkabir University in Tehran protest

A Public Relations Disaster Overtakes Iran

With protests raging in the streets, the Islamic Republic finds itself on the defensive at home and overseas over its misrepresentations.

Supporters of Hezbollah hold placards calling for revenge for the killing of Qassem Suleimani in Beirut, Lebanon.

Iran’s Proxy Threat Is the Real Problem Now

Iran may call it a day after its token strike at U.S. forces in Iraq—but will its proxy forces?

Then-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn speaks during the beginning of the New York International Auto Show's press day in New York.

Big in Japan, ‘Le Cost Killer’ Comes Home

Carlos Ghosn’s mysterious return to Beirut is met with mixed reactions from a country in protest and peril.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif speaks at an international conference.

Who’s Afraid of Mohammad Javad Zarif?

The United States killed Qassem Suleimani. Why can’t it silence his defenders?

Rescue teams near the site of a Ukrainian plane crash.

Western Officials Believe Iran Shot Down Ukrainian Airliner

Officials indicate the disaster might have been a mistake made at the height of tensions with the United States after Iran’s missile launch at Iraqi bases.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper listens as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks

Trump’s Defense Secretary Finds His Voice in Iran Crisis

Overshadowed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo until now, the relative newcomer Mark Esper has played a central role in the U.S. response.

Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald sits alongside deputy leader Michelle O’Neill, North Belfast MP John Finucane and Fermanagh and South Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew.

With Parliament Voting for Brexit, Is Irish Unification Inevitable?

Republican sentiment is rising over fears that Brexit will tank the economy, but Northern Ireland’s unionists won’t go quietly.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks about the situation with Iran

Flanked by Military Brass, Trump Backs Off War Footing

President announces he’s imposing new sanctions in response to Iranian missile strike.

Russian President Vladimir Putin shaking hands with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani.

Putin Moves to Heighten Russia’s Role After Suleimani Killing

The Kremlin is expected to leap at a chance to further undermine U.S. credibility in the Middle East.

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meet in the Demilitarized Zone separating the two Koreas on June 30, 2019.

Entangled by Iran, Trump Avoids North Korea

Though his approach to Pyongyang is failing, the U.S. president doesn’t want another major global crisis. Kim Jong Un may have different ideas.

Syrian civilians flee villages amid fighting in the countryside of Tal Abyad

Articles That Had an Impact

From the State Department to the U.N. to Turkey, India, and Pakistan, Foreign Policy’s reporting helped make a difference.

A protester walks past barricades in Haiti.

10 Important Stories You Might Have Missed in 2019

China’s designs in space, a drought crisis in southern Africa, and other stories you may have missed during this year’s chaotic and nonstop news cycle.

President Donald Trump speaks alongside U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo at the White House.

A Rocky Year for U.S. Diplomacy

Whether it was confrontations with Iran and China or the never-ending Ukraine imbroglio, 2019 was a tumultuous year for American foreign policy.

Dubai commemorates hosting the 2020 World Expo.

Will Anyone Pay for Uncle Sam’s World Expo Pavilion?

A last-ditch scramble by Trump’s chief diplomat reveals frictions with Congress over how the State Department spends its money.

U.S. President Donald Trump at the United Nations General Assembly

World Leaders Stood Behind Bill Clinton When He Was Impeached. Not So Trump.

The allies Trump has snubbed are shrugging off his impeachment—or just laughing.

U.S. Ambassador to Denmark Carla Sands attends a reception in Denmark.

Trump Administration Blocks Another Critic from Speaking Abroad

The Denmark incident reveals how skittish the U.S. State Department has become when engaging with experts who have criticized the president’s policies.

Rafael Grossi, the new director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, on Sept. 20.

Rafael Grossi Isn’t America’s—or Iran’s, or North Korea’s—Man

The new head of the IAEA was the United States’ preferred candidate. But, as global tensions rise, he quickly needs to prove his independence.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to reporters.

State Clamps Down on Officials Joining Pompeo’s Calls

A Democratic lawmaker says the lack of transparency and record-keeping will keep the public in the dark.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg

Despite Acrimony Among Leaders, NATO Is Making Strides at 70

Trump’s bullying prompted NATO Chief Stoltenberg to praise the U.S. president for his “leadership on defense spending,” and the alliance is bolstering itself against Russia.

Customs officers destroy counterfeit products

China Bids to Lead World Agency Protecting Intellectual Property 

“Why would you want to put the fox in charge of the henhouse?” says one American expert.

Marie Yovanovitch testifies in the House impeachment inquiry.

State Department Misled Congress on Ouster of Ukraine Ambassador

A new trove of State Department emails sheds fresh light on events surrounding the impeachment inquiry.

Trump's EU ambassador Gordon Sondland testifies in the impeachment inquiry.

U.S. Diplomacy’s ‘Gordon Problem’ Goes Way Beyond Gordon Sondland

With the ambassador’s headline-making testimony, the Ukraine impeachment inquiry shed unprecedented light on the difference between political appointees and career diplomats.

Mike Pompeo at the State Department

Pompeo Thrust Into Impeachment Spotlight

The secretary of state takes flak from both chambers on Capitol Hill as his nominee for deputy gets grilled as well.

A Palestinian boy sits on a chair as Israeli authorities demolish and relocate a school site

Trump Crushes Palestinian Hopes Again

The U.S. Middle East peace plan may be in a coma. But that hasn’t stopped Washington from handing major diplomatic victories to Israel.

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