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South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Panmunjom, South Korea, on April 27. (Korea Summit Press Pool/AFP/Getty Images)

How to Haggle With a Dictator

Bill Richardson has made eight missions to North Korea to negotiate the release of American captives. He sat down with Foreign Policy to explain how it’s done.

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Sexpat Journalists Are Ruining Asia Coverage

Newsroom predators in foreign bureaus hurt their colleagues — and their stories.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the West Lake State Guest House on Sept. 4, 2016 in Hangzhou, China. (Wang Zhou - Pool/Getty Images)

China Has Decided Russia Is Too Risky an Investment

The economics of a major oil deal seemed to make sense. But when energy companies are arms of the state, economics aren't the only factor.

Security guards walk past a billboard for the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing on May 13, 2017. (Wang
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On China’s New Silk Road, Democracy Pays A Toll

China's vast foreign investment program comes at a sharp cost to human rights and good governance

David Beasley, the executive director of the World Food Program, briefs reporters in Seoul, South Korea, on May 15 on his visit to North Korea. (Jung Yeon-je/AFP/Getty Images)

White House Rebuffs U.N. Appeal to Expand North Korea Food Aid

The United States sees private investment in Pyongyang, not aid, as the nuclear deal’s prize.

South Korean President Moon Jae-In and U.S. President Donald Trump    at the presidential Blue House on November 7, 2017 in Seoul, South Korea.

Trump Is Following, Not Leading

The United States has outsourced its foreign policy to regional allies. In South Korea, it might lead to peace — in Israel, it’s more likely leading to war.

Siamak Namazi, an Iranian-American imprisoned in Iran since 2015, on a visit to San Francisco in 2006. (Free Siamak and Baquer Namazi Facebook)

Families of Americans Held in Iran Urge Trump: Keep Your Promise

U.S. exit from nuclear deal could jeopardize prospects for imprisoned Americans.

Jordan’s Chinese CH-4 drone on display at this year’s SOFEX arms show.
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China Has Already Won the Drone Wars

Chinese companies are proving that America is not first in the UAV export market. Can Trump roll that back?

China's President Xi Jinping greets UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres at Belt and Road Forum, in Yanqi Lake, north of Beijing, on May 15, 2017.        (Roman Pilipey/AFP/Getty Images).

China Enlists U.N. to Promote Its Belt and Road Project

Top United Nations officials are helping sell Xi Jinping’s signature foreign-policy initiative.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in pose for photographs during the Inter-Korean Summit at the Peace House on April 27, 2018 in Panmunjom, South Korea. (Photo by Korea Summit Press Pool/Getty Images)

The Stars of North Korea Talks Revolve Around Moon

For all Trump’s talk of fire and fury, the North Koreans wouldn’t have come to the negotiating table without South Korea’s pragmatic president.

A Tibetan demonstrator flashes a V-Sign as he denounces the Olympic Games in Beijing on August 06, 2008 during a demonstration held in front of the Chinese embassy in Brussels. (John Thys/AFP/Getty Images)

How China Managed to Play Censor at a Conference on U.S. Soil

The Beijing-backed Confucius Institute offers much-needed money to American universities — but with strings attached.

An Iranian woman walks past a mural on the wall of the former U.S. Embassy in Tehran on May 8. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

Fresh U.S. Sanctions Not Likely to Strangle Iran’s Oil Market

Trump walks away from the nuclear deal, but big Asian buyers are likely to keep snapping up Iranian crude.

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani oversees an April 18 ceremony marking National Army Day in Tehran.

The North Korean Playbook Won’t Work With Iran

Hard-liners in Tehran and Washington are both drawing the wrong lessons from diplomacy with Pyongyang — and that could lead to war.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, speaks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, left, at the Peace House in Panmunjom, South Korea, on April 27. (Korea Summit Press Pool/Getty Images)

Don’t Overestimate the Power of Historic Summits

The potential for progress on the Korean Peninsula is real, but the pitfalls are plentiful.

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio at Capitol Hill on July 20, 2017 in Washington, DC.  (Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for Kelly Craft)

Rubio Questions D.C. Panel on China Influence

It’s a sign of growing concern over Chinese influence operations in the United States.

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