The Year in Review

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers a speech outside 10 Downing Street in London, United Kingdom, on Dec. 13, 2019, following his Conservative Party's general election victory.

Will Boris Get Brexit Done?

The British prime minister won an electoral triumph. But can he cut the Gordian Knot of leaving the EU?

A high-security facility in Xinjiang, China

Xinjiang’s Descent Into Darkness

The suffering of Uighurs caught global attention this year—but the Chinese authorities weren’t moved.

An Iraqi protester clad with the national flag takes part in anti-government demonstrations at Tahrir square in the capital Baghdad, on Dec. 30.

Governments Can Kill Protesters—but Not Protest

The people want more democracy, even if their leaders want less.

Turkish-backed Syrian fighters evacuate a wounded comrade near the Syrian border.

Our Top Stories of 2019

From turmoil in northeastern Syria to censorship in China, here are the stories that caught our readers’ attention this year.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Vice President Mike Pence applaud U.S. President Donald Trump at his State of the Union address in Washington on Feb. 5.

The Most Overhyped and Underrated Stories of 2019

A look at the stories the major media overreported—or paid too little attention to—in the past year.

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.

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The Best Deep Dives in 2019

Essential reads from the Arctic Circle to Xinjiang.

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Our Top 5 Debunkers of 2019

Russian expansionism is overhyped and Huawei isn’t the untouchable behemoth we think it is. Here are our top Debunkers of 2019.

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The Words That Explained the World in 2019

A look at terms from India and El Salvador to South Korea and Ukraine.

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.

Students attend a rally at Edinburgh Place in Hong Kong on Aug. 22.

2019: A Year of Global Protest

Even as right-wing forces took hold in many places around the world, grassroots democracy proved itself alive and well.

Chinese Vice Premier Liu He presents U.S. President Donald Trump with a letter from Chinese President Xi Jinping after the two discussed a U.S.-China trade agreement.

Trump Turns Global Trade Upside Down

With precious few victories to show for it, Washington keeps starting new trade wars.

View of Tehran shops that were destroyed after nationwide demonstrations broke out in protest of fuel price hikes and led to widespread destruction of property, on Nov. 20.

Iran’s Year Is a Rorschach Test

2019 proved the Trump administration’s Iran policy is either a catastrophic failure—or on the verge of success.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to the troops

The Afghanistan Problem That Won’t Go Away

Even now, 18 years in, there is no clear way out for the United States. 

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