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MARCH 31: US and Philippine soldiers take part in a joint live fire exercise as part of the annual 'Balikatan' (shoulder-to-shoulder) US-Philippines war exercises, on March 31 in Crow Valley, Tarlac, Philippines.
MARCH 31: US and Philippine soldiers take part in a joint live fire exercise as part of the annual 'Balikatan' (shoulder-to-shoulder) US-Philippines war exercises, on March 31 in Crow Valley, Tarlac, Philippines.
A man's silhouette is seen in front of a light blue screen that reads INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND.
A man's silhouette is seen in front of a light blue screen that reads INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND.

Can the IMF Help the Global South?

As debt burdens worsen, all eyes are on the IMF.

A woman walks past the Taliban.
A woman walks past the Taliban.

One Year Later, Afghanistan Is a Land of Shrugs and Sadness

The return of the Taliban may have ended the fighting. The suffering goes on.

A man looks into a banjiha where South Koreans died in the floods
A man looks into a banjiha where South Koreans died in the floods

South Korea’s Unequal Flood Disaster

The record downpours highlight not only the challenges of climate change, but also a housing crisis without end.

Crosses, flowers, and photographs mark the graves of victims of the battles for Irpin and Bucha at the cemetery of Irpin, Ukraine, on May 16.
Crosses, flowers, and photographs mark the graves of victims of the battles for Irpin and Bucha at the cemetery of Irpin, Ukraine, on May 16.

Russia’s Brutal Honesty Has Destroyed the West’s Appeasers

Yet plenty of Western intellectuals and politicians still ignore what Moscow is saying loud and clear.

The Israeli Iron Dome missile defense system intercepts rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel on May 14, 2021.
The Israeli Iron Dome missile defense system intercepts rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel on May 14, 2021.

Russia and Iran Threats Put Missile Defense Back on the Agenda

In Europe and the Middle East, plans for missile defense are a mixed blessing.

A police officer oversees the exhumation of three bodies.
A police officer oversees the exhumation of three bodies.

How to Prosecute Russia’s War Crimes

A new initiative centers justice in Ukraine itself.

Rising smoke can be seen from the beach at Saky after explosions were heard from the direction of a Russian military airbase in Crimea.
Rising smoke can be seen from the beach at Saky after explosions were heard from the direction of a Russian military airbase in Crimea.
The U.S. dollar over the globe..
The U.S. dollar over the globe..
A Kenyan electoral commission official counts votes
A Kenyan electoral commission official counts votes

What in the World?

Men in colorful outfits stand around on a sandy road.
Men in colorful outfits stand around on a sandy road.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to supporters.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to supporters.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz arrives for the first weekly cabinet meeting since the summer break.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz arrives for the first weekly cabinet meeting since the summer break.
Supporters of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr gather outside the Iraqi parliament in the Green Zone in Baghdad, on the seventh day of protests against the nomination of a rival Shiite faction for the position of prime minister on Aug. 5, 2022.
Supporters of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr gather outside the Iraqi parliament in the Green Zone in Baghdad, on the seventh day of protests against the nomination of a rival Shiite faction for the position of prime minister on Aug. 5, 2022.
A Marshall Islands-flagged carrier transits the Bosphorus.
A Marshall Islands-flagged carrier transits the Bosphorus.
An aircraft flies above white snowy mountains.
An aircraft flies above white snowy mountains.
Clouds of dust rise as damaged grain silos collapse near shipping containers and cars.
Clouds of dust rise as damaged grain silos collapse near shipping containers and cars.
A general view shows the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant
A general view shows the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant
Boats sit in waters near Dadeng Island, China, on Aug. 10.
Boats sit in waters near Dadeng Island, China, on Aug. 10.

Galleries

Protesters—many of them armed—try to enter the Michigan House of Representatives chamber and are stopped by state police during a protest April 30 demanding that businesses be reopened. An “American Patriot Rally” organized by Michigan United for Liberty was held earlier in the day on the steps of the state Capitol in Lansing. JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images
Protesters—many of them armed—try to enter the Michigan House of Representatives chamber and are stopped by state police during a protest April 30 demanding that businesses be reopened. An “American Patriot Rally” organized by Michigan United for Liberty was held earlier in the day on the steps of the state Capitol in Lansing. JEFF KOWALSKY/AFP via Getty Images

The Week in World Photos

Global protests against government-imposed lockdowns, gang violence in El Salvador, and hat tips to medical staff.

Muslims offer prayers on April 23, the first night of Ramadan, in Bireuen, Indonesia. AMANDA JUFRIAN/AFP via Getty Images
Muslims offer prayers on April 23, the first night of Ramadan, in Bireuen, Indonesia. AMANDA JUFRIAN/AFP via Getty Images

The Week in World Photos

A prayerful start to Ramadan, medical workers on the front lines of a pandemic, and the annual Lyrids meteor shower.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

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foreign-policy-magazine-cover-coronavirus-globalization-spring-2020
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deglobalization-localization-lego-globe-ben-fearnley

How to Save Global Capitalism From Itself

Decentralizing decision-making can help left-behind regions get back on track.

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brexit-deglobalization-brian-stauffer-illustration

Britain’s Post-Brexit Identity Crisis

Boris Johnson has contradictory ideas for his country’s future—and no clear paths for getting there.

The Ugly End of Chimerica

The coronavirus pandemic has turned a conscious uncoupling into a messy breakup.

The 3 Most Polarizing Words in India

“Jai Shri Ram” was meant to be a celebration of a Hindu deity. But the phrase is turning into hate speech—and a dog whistle for attacks on Muslims.

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