Britain Shouldn’t Put Its Money on a Post-Brexit Rapprochement With Africa
Boris Johnson is looking to old U.K. colonies for trade deals, but his government can’t compete with China and won’t get far until it abandons its neocolonial attitudes.
Who’s to Blame for Stalling U.S.-Iran Negotiations?
Biden was expected to revive the nuclear deal quickly—but as pro-Iran militias attack U.S. forces in Iraq and Washington strikes back in Syria, direct talks aren’t on the horizon.
Biden Can Engage Southeast Asia Without Compromising U.S. Values
To counter China in the region, the United States should fight corruption and abuses while increasing investment and security cooperation.
Confidence, Humility, and the United States’ New Direction in the World
A transcript of Antony Blinken’s remarks on U.S. foreign policy.
Oh God, Not Another Long Telegram About China
U.S. strategists love grand proclamations—but ignore domestic political realities.
The U.S. Doesn’t Have to Make Sacrifices to Get China’s Climate Cooperation
Beijing is sincere about fighting climate change—for its own best interests.
Biden Can’t Bring Peace to Yemen While Iran Keeps Sending Weapons
The latest round of U.S. diplomacy will fail without additional leverage.
Lukashenko’s Brutal Crackdown Has Lethal Help From Moscow
An investigation into the suppression of protests discovered the widespread use of Russian weapons.
The West Needs Champions
With China strongly backing its big national firms, the West should consider doing the same.
To Get to the Negotiating Table, India and Pakistan Had Help
Outside parties may have pushed the two sides toward a cease-fire. To keep the peace, they’ll need continued support.
The Missing Realism of Biden’s Pro-LGBTQ Foreign Policy
The new administration has committed to far-reaching human rights goals that could easily backfire.
Biden Gives Turkey the Silent Treatment
If U.S.-Turkey relations were already strained under Trump, Biden’s pressure on Ankara raises questions about the relationship with a longtime NATO ally.
The Mice Who Caught the Cat—and Rattled the Kremlin
“We Are Bellingcat” charts the rise of the digital sleuths who have used open-source investigations to foil Russia’s intelligence agencies.
El Salvador’s Homicide Rate Hit a Historic Low in 2020
But the reasons behind the drop are unclear, and broader security and economic reforms are urgently needed.
From Pariah to Kingmaker
Eritrea’s Isaias Afwerki is fueling bloodshed in Tigray—and offering other regional leaders lessons in authoritarianism.