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A close up photo of Zalmay Khalilzad's face.

Don’t Blame Khalilzad for the Afghanistan Debacle

Zalmay Khalilzad achieved what he was asked to do: Get the United States out of Afghanistan.

Iraqi Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr drives a car as he joins anti-government demonstrators gathering in the central holy city of Najaf on October 29, 2019.

Muqtada al-Sadr Is the United States’ Best Hope

The Shiite cleric was once Washington’s bitter enemy in Iraq—and now offers the best chance of securing U.S. interests.

Workers walk by an Olympic billboard.

Beijing Must Face Olympic Consequences for Human Rights Abuses

Moving the Games offers a rare opportunity to weaken Chinese President Xi Jinping.

A glacier sits above a stream running past cabins in Norway.

Nordic Countries Aren’t Actually Socialist

Denmark, Norway, and Sweden shouldn’t be held up as socialist utopias.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during the parliamentary group meeting of the AK Party at the Grand National Assembly of Turkey in Ankara, on October 27, 2021.

Turkey’s Opposition Can End the Country’s Economic Crisis

A broad, ideologically diverse coalition has the plans and people to turn things around.

Then-Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi (R) speaks with other participants at the Iran nuclear talks on Apr. 27, 2021 in Vienna, Austria.

The Threat of War Is the Only Way to Achieve Peace With Iran

Tehran no longer takes Washington seriously. To revive the nuclear deal, the threat of military escalation needs to be on the table.

Members of the Taliban, all men, sit at a fancy table.

Foreign Aid Won’t Moderate the Taliban

International assistance isn’t the political lever many hope it will be.

Iran's President's Ebrahim Raisi remotely addresses the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly on September 21, 2021 at U.N. headquarters in New York City.

Iran Turns East

Conservative President Ebrahim Raisi, deeply distrustful of the West, looks to deepen ties with China and Russia.

Libyans inspect the site of a car bomb attack.

Libya’s Chaos Is a Warning to the World

Ten years after Qaddafi’s death, Libya is a harbinger of the enduring global disorder to come.

Protesters shout slogans as they hold flyers in Hong Kong on October 15, 2019, during a rally in support of NBA basketball Rockets general manager Daryl Morey.

Chinese Censorship Is Going Global

Beijing is not content to stop stifling free speech at the water’s edge. Western companies and institutions must put liberty before profits.

Zohra Kurji helps new mother Arj Rizvi at the lactation clinic at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan, in October 2020.

The Loneliest Lactation Consultant in the World

Pakistan has 50 million women of childbearing age and only one globally certified person to help them feed their newborns.

U.S. President Joe Biden disembarks from Air Force One in Geneva prior to a U.S.-Russian summit on June 15.

No More Trans-Atlantic Love Fest as Biden Heads to Europe

Europe and the United States were never going to be the reunited couple in a geopolitical rom-com.

A police officer shows drugs and weapons to French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin

Europe Needs to Name and Shame Its Small Arms Dealers

The spread of weapons is undercutting the European Union’s own security.

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias watches as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks after signing the renewal of a defense cooperation agreement at the State Department in Washington on Oct. 14.

Erdogan’s Belligerence Has U.S., Greece Expanding Ties

Growing military cooperation offers Washington a hedge against Ankara and Moscow.

Future of Money - Cryptocurrency Database illustration

Future of Money – Cryptocurrency Database

Regulatory frameworks and approaches analyzed in Part II of this Power Map series have been collected in FPA’s Cryptocurrency Database, a navigable tool developed exclusively for FP Insider.

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