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A protester stands in front of a burning barricade holding his hand up with an inscription calling for President Macron to resign on May 1, 2021 in Paris, France.
A protester stands in front of a burning barricade holding his hand up with an inscription calling for President Macron to resign on May 1, 2021 in Paris, France.

Inequality Doesn’t Breed Populism. Social Immobility Does.

The left keeps losing because it has failed to promote equal opportunity rather than equal outcomes.

People with Ukrainian flags attend a rally.
People with Ukrainian flags attend a rally.

There’s Plenty of Blame to Go Around on Ukraine

Focusing on U.S. idealism ignores Russia’s own agency.

An image of Bitcoin and U.S. currency is displayed on a screen in front of silhouettes of people.
An image of Bitcoin and U.S. currency is displayed on a screen in front of silhouettes of people.

Great Protocol Politics

The 21st century doesn’t belong to China, the United States, or Silicon Valley. It belongs to the internet.

King Abdullah of Jordan arrives for his meeting with Austrian chancellor Alexander Schallenberg on Oct. 25 in Vienna, Austria.
King Abdullah of Jordan arrives for his meeting with Austrian chancellor Alexander Schallenberg on Oct. 25 in Vienna, Austria.

Why Jordan Will Not Reannex the West Bank

An FP essay provoked a strong response because it brought international attention to a controversial issue that has historically only been debated internally.

Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi (C) gestures during his swearing in ceremony at the Iranian parliament in Tehran on Aug. 5.
Iran's President Ebrahim Raisi (C) gestures during his swearing in ceremony at the Iranian parliament in Tehran on Aug. 5.

U.S. Policymakers Are Misreading Iran

Ebrahim Raisi needs a deal. Military threats from Washington would derail any remaining hopes of achieving one.

Demonstrators lift flags during a protest to express solidarity with the Palestinian people in Amman, Jordan on May 16.
Demonstrators lift flags during a protest to express solidarity with the Palestinian people in Amman, Jordan on May 16.

Jordan Is Not Palestine

Reannexing the West Bank is an impractical idea that would threaten Jordan’s stability, deny Palestinians the right to self-determination, and reward Israel’s illegal settlements.

Turkey's Defense Minister Hulusi Akar looks on as he arrives for a meeting of NATO defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, on June 26, 2019.
Turkey's Defense Minister Hulusi Akar looks on as he arrives for a meeting of NATO defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, on June 26, 2019.

Erdogan’s Heir Apparent Isn’t a Problem

Turkey’s minister of defense is a staunch nationalist—but that doesn’t mean he’s anti-Western.

A man walks on a bridge decorated with flags of Armenia and the Nagorno-Karabakh region.
A man walks on a bridge decorated with flags of Armenia and the Nagorno-Karabakh region.

Peace on Azerbaijan’s Terms Won’t End the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict

Baku is attempting to assert sovereignty through force and ethnic cleansing while denying Armenians the right to self-determination.

People celebrate ahead of the return of a formerly banned anti-government group, the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on September 14, 2018.
People celebrate ahead of the return of a formerly banned anti-government group, the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF), in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on September 14, 2018.

Ethiopia’s Problems Stem From Internal Colonialism

Robert Kaplan’s selective reading of history bolsters proponents of a centralized state while ignoring the legitimacy of federalists’ demands.

A farmer harvests corn near Burlington, Iowa, on Oct. 22, 2015.
A farmer harvests corn near Burlington, Iowa, on Oct. 22, 2015.

Small Farms, Big Pollution

Don’t abandon big agriculture, make it work (even) better.

Xiamen, China is seen from Taiwan.
Xiamen, China is seen from Taiwan.

Still Waiting for a Serious Debate on Taiwan

It’s easy to be in favor of U.S. troops defending the island if you don’t address the arguments on the other side.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The U.S. Doesn’t Need China’s Collapse to Win

A misguided theory of great-power competition will only lead to grief.

Director Terry George talks to Rwandan President Paul Kagame
Director Terry George talks to Rwandan President Paul Kagame

Paul Kagame Celebrated ‘Hotel Rwanda’—Until Its Hero Criticized Him

Rwanda’s president once welcomed the Hollywood film. His recent attacks on the movie and its protagonist show that his government cannot handle dissent.

Paul Rusesabagina (C) is escorted by police officers at the Kicukiro Primary court in Kigali, Rwanda, on Sept.14, 2020.
Paul Rusesabagina (C) is escorted by police officers at the Kicukiro Primary court in Kigali, Rwanda, on Sept.14, 2020.

When It Comes to Rwanda, Don’t Believe Everything You See in the Movies

Many Rwandans regard the protagonist of a Hollywood film as a terrorist, not a hero.

A MINUSCA soldier
A MINUSCA soldier

Only Central Africans Can Save the Central African Republic

The international community can help rebuild the army and institutions, but its presence cannot be permanent.

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