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Rohingya refugees gather behind a barbed wire fence in a temporary settlement set up in the border zone between Myanmar and Bangladesh on April 25, 2018.
Rohingya refugees gather behind a barbed wire fence in a temporary settlement set up in the border zone between Myanmar and Bangladesh on April 25, 2018.

The World Needs a New Refugee Convention

For 30 years, right-wing parties and nativist leaders have whittled away refugees’ rights. In the wake of a global pandemic, seeking asylum will be nearly impossible unless the international community revises and modernizes its approach to people fleeing war.

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The World Is Winning—and Losing—the Vaccine Race

Immunization to COVID-19 is supposed to solve our problems—but it's starting to trigger even bigger ones.

A soldier runs for cover in Libya.
A soldier runs for cover in Libya.

The End of Hope in the Middle East

The region has always had problems—but it’s now almost past the point of recovery.

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The Sociologist Who Could Save Us From Coronavirus

Ulrich Beck was a prophet of uncertainty—and the most important intellectual for the pandemic and its aftermath.

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China-superpower-two-paths-xi-jinping-foreign-policy-illustration_sized

China Has Two Paths to Global Domination

And a lot is riding on whether Washington can figure out which strategy Beijing has chosen.

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Carter_Doctrine-Trump-Mike-McQuade_illustration-1

RIP the Carter Doctrine, 1980-2019

Donald Trump has torn up a foundation of U.S. foreign policy, and is causing irreparable damage to the Middle East—and world order—in the process.

Foreign Policy illustration/Panayiotis Tzamaros/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Foreign Policy illustration/Panayiotis Tzamaros/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Economists on the Run

Paul Krugman and other mainstream trade experts are now admitting that they were wrong about globalization: It hurt American workers far more than they thought it would. Did America’s free market economists help put a protectionist demagogue in the White House?

U.S. President George W. Bush after meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao in Beijing.
U.S. President George W. Bush after meeting with Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao in Beijing.

The Untold Story of How George W. Bush Lost China

The U.S.-China relationship started veering wildly off track 15 years ago—but Washington stumbled badly in its response.

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BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - JULY 15: EU Commissioner for European Green Deal - First Vice President and Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans talks to to media in the Berlaymont building, the EU Commission headquarter on July 15, 2021 in Brussels, Belgium. EU Commissioners talked about making transport greener. (Photo by Thierry Monasse/Getty Images)
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Europe’s Top Climate Negotiator on the Road After COP27

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