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A damaged surveillance camera is seen at Tai Koo MTR station in Hong Kong on Oct. 3.

China’s Surveillance State Has Tens of Millions of New Targets

So-called key individuals, from drug addicts to religious believers, are singled out in police databases.

Lebanese demonstrators stand by a fire near a makeshift barricade during clashes with security forces at a mass protest in Beirut on Oct. 18.

Lebanon’s Year of Fire

From self-immolations to forest blazes, the country’s conflagrations are igniting pan-sectarian protests.

An artistic rendition of Sauron, Dark Lord of Mordor, circa Third Age 3019.

Why Mordor Failed

Sauron’s hegemonic collapse holds potent lessons for the Trump administration.

The Austrian writer Peter Handke poses in Chaville, in the suburbs of Paris, on Oct. 10, after he was awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in literature.

Why Trolling Can Win You a Nobel Prize for Literature

Peter Handke’s greatest aesthetic strength is his biggest intellectual weakness: the absence of all political and psychological depth.

Sébastien Thibault illustration for Foreign Policy

Let a Thousand Parties Bloom

The only way to prevent America’s two-party system from succumbing to extremism is to scrap it altogether.

Sébastien Thibault illustration for Foreign Policy

Why Trade Wars Are Inevitable

Trump’s trade wars aren’t just about him or China—but global economic imbalances that the next U.S. administration will still have to address.

Fake News Democracy WikiTribune Journalism Model

The Internet Broke the News Industry—and Can Fix It, Too

The only way to save journalism is to make readers direct participants in making, and paying for, the media.

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The Upside of Populism

The same impulse that brought Trump to power could save U.S. democracy.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as he arrives at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth in Texas on Oct. 17.

America’s Syria Debacle Is Not Trump’s Alone

By going along with the myth that the president is pulling out of the Middle East, his critics are helping make U.S. wars there worse.

Turkish soldiers secure a road before army tanks start moving toward the Syrian border in Ceylanpinar, Turkey, on Oct. 18.

Trump Can Forget Burden Sharing Now

By abandoning the Kurds in Syria, Trump has undermined one of his central foreign policies.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with his Lithuanian counterpart, Saulius Skvernelis.

Lithuania Is Forming a New Relationship With Its Past—and With Israel

As political ties flourish, the country is taking tenuous steps to confront its Holocaust history. But it hasn’t gone far enough.

A park in Xinjiang.

Xinjiang Backlash Is Hitting Chinese Firms Hard

The United States has slapped sanctions on companies tied to Chinese repression. That may be just the start.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani speaks as U.S. President Donald Trump listens before a meeting at the Palace Hotel during the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York on Sept. 21, 2017.

What the United States Gets Wrong About Peace Talks

Even when the country wants a deal, at least four largely psychological impediments get in the way.

A U.S.-made helicopter takes off from a frigate.

Taiwan Needs a Maoist Military

Beijing can always outspend Taipei. It’s time to think small and mean.

A man looks at his phone near a giant image of the Chinese national flag on the side of a building in Beijing on Oct. 23, 2017.

China’s Record on Intellectual Property Rights Is Getting Better and Better

The country is making the transition from net importer of ideas to net innovator, and as it does, it is finding that good patent laws matter.

Protesters demonstrate against proposed changes to Indonesia's criminal code.

Indonesia’s Activists Are Ready to Fight Together

Coalitions are forming in the face of threats to democracy and pluralism.

A line of U.S. military vehicles in Syria's northern city of Manbij on Dec. 30, 2018 after U.S. President Donald Trump first announced in  that U.S. troops would depart Syria.

Kobani Today, Krakow Tomorrow 

Washington has abandoned the Kurds. If Europe doesn’t bolster its defenses, the Poles, Lithuanians, and Latvians could be next. 

The chairwoman of the Norwegian Nobel Peace Prize Committee, Berit Reiss-Andersen, poses with a picture of Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed in the Nobel Institute in Oslo on October 11, 2019.

Will Abiy Ahmed’s Nobel Prize Tilt Ethiopia’s Election?

Western leaders long saw the authoritarian Meles Zenawi as an indispensable ally. Now, they’ve found a new hero in Abiy Ahmed. But is the Nobel Prize an effort to make amends or influence Ethiopia’s political future?

U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., the head of U.S. Central Command, and Lt. Gen. Fahd bin Turki bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the commander of the Saudi-led coalition forces in Yemen, are shown reportedly Iranian weapons seized by Saudi forces in central Saudi Arabia on July 18.

Trump Is Sending More Troops to Saudi Arabia

They won’t make up for backing out of Syria and failing to stand up to Iran.

Women wave a Lebanese national flag and Lebanese Shiite movement flags in front of portraits of Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah.

Iran’s Proxies Are More Powerful Than Ever

The Trump administration’s maximum pressure strategy is working—just not in the way that matters most.

Then-Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping unveils the plaque at the opening of Australia's first Chinese Medicine Confucius Institute.

Chinese Propaganda Has No Place on Campus

Universities can’t handle Confucius Institutes responsibly. The state should step in.

U.S. President Donald Trump (from left), Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and China's President Xi Jinping attend a meeting at the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan.

Trump Is Beijing’s Best Asset

Chinese officials want the U.S. president reelected—because he’s so weak.

Members of the German military wait to have their suits decontaminated after a search for dead birds in northern Germany, where swans infected with bird flu were found, on Feb. 22, 2006.

The Presidential Candidates Are Ignoring One of the World’s Biggest Looming Threats

Whoever sits in the White House come 2021 will likely have to confront a pandemic of some kind. He or she should start preparing now.

The United Nations emblem is seen in front of the United Nations Office in Geneva on June 8, 2008.

The End of Latin American Solidarity

The region once acted as a bloc in world affairs. But as Costa Rica’s bid to join the U.N. Human Rights Council shows, Venezuela’s ongoing disintegration is ripping it apart.

Yemeni supporters of the Houthi movement rally in Sanaa.

How to End the War in Yemen

Since the September attack on Saudi oil facilities, Riyadh and the Houthis have taken a step back from all-out war. All parties, including the United States, should seize this rare opportunity to resolve the conflict.

A Syrian woman walks with a boy past a banner showing Russian President Vladimir Putin shaking hands with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, after arriving in a convoy carrying displaced people into government-controlled territory at Abu al-Zuhur checkpoint in the western countryside of Idlib province, on June 1, 2018.

The United States Still Needs a Syria Strategy

Leaving the refugee crisis unresolved while legitimizing the brutal Assad regime will only do further harm to U.S. interests in the Middle East.

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