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Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the American Freedom Tour at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas, on May 14.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the American Freedom Tour at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas, on May 14.

Trump’s Poison Pills Are Still Toxic

Whether it’s Iran, China, Cuba, or immigration, U.S. President Joe Biden often finds himself stymied by his predecessor’s foreign policy.

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid speaks to the media at the international airport in Kabul on Aug. 31.
Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid speaks to the media at the international airport in Kabul on Aug. 31.

Our Most Read Stories of 2021

China’s rise, the post-Trump world, and the fall of Kabul were of particular interest to FP readers.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Donald Trump are seen in the White House.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and President Donald Trump are seen in the White House.

Watchdog Reports Shed New Light on Trump-Era Mismanagement at State

Career diplomats are concerned that the State Department won’t institute changes to address bullying or mismanagement in the future.

Venture capitalist and author JD Vance (2nd from R) shakes hands with Tim Cook (R), chief executive officer of Apple, on the third day of the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference, July 13, 2017 in Sun Valley, Idaho.
Venture capitalist and author JD Vance (2nd from R) shakes hands with Tim Cook (R), chief executive officer of Apple, on the third day of the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference, July 13, 2017 in Sun Valley, Idaho.

Trump-Branded China Hawks Look to Take Over Congress

Former Trump officials are grooming a new generation of Senate candidates to make the hard-line approach to China the GOP’s default.

Abraham Accords signing ceremony at the White House
Abraham Accords signing ceremony at the White House
Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid arrives at the first press conference in Kabul following the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan on Aug. 18.
Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid arrives at the first press conference in Kabul following the Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan on Aug. 18.

Facebook’s Taliban Ban Will Prove Costly for Afghans

Why the tech giant is on the wrong side of history yet again.

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un
Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un

The Real Lessons of the Trump-Kim Love Letters

What the 27 mostly unpublished missives tell us about the future of U.S.-North Korean diplomacy.

A container ship sails on the Mediterranean Sea during a thunderstorm about 20 nautical miles from Malta on Sept. 24, 2017.
A container ship sails on the Mediterranean Sea during a thunderstorm about 20 nautical miles from Malta on Sept. 24, 2017.

Free Trade Is Dead. Risky ‘Managed Trade’ Is Here.

The old trade order has gone out the window at breathtaking speed. What comes next is very slippery.

Tattered American Flag After Hurricane Sandy
Tattered American Flag After Hurricane Sandy

America, Indicted

Yes, the United States is deeply divided and probably undeserving of global leadership, as two new books argue. But who else is there?

Supporters of former U.S. President Donald Trump gather outside of Trump Tower.
Supporters of former U.S. President Donald Trump gather outside of Trump Tower.

Those Who Don’t Investigate the Past Are Doomed to Repeat It

The U.S. government has rejected the chance to study this year’s insurrection. They’ll soon regret the decision.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro gestures at an anti-Trump demonstration.
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro gestures at an anti-Trump demonstration.

How Maduro Beat Sanctions

Trump’s “maximum pressure” policy only made Maduro stronger. Now, Biden has to chart a new course.

U.S. President Joe Biden walks through Arlington National Cemetery.
U.S. President Joe Biden walks through Arlington National Cemetery.

The Military Revolt Against Joe Biden

An open letter by former officers calling the president a “Marxist” dictator is a greater threat to U.S. democracy than the ouster of Liz Cheney.

Facebook extends Trump ban
Facebook extends Trump ban

Extending the Trump Ban Won’t Heal Facebook’s Deeper Sickness

Apple cutting the social media giant off from iPhone user data could force a healthy change.

The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, holds a press conference.
The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, holds a press conference.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with U.S. President Donald Trump.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with U.S. President Donald Trump.

How Do You Say ‘Stop the Steal’ in Hebrew?

As another Israeli election nears, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s surrogates take a page from Trump’s playbook.

A person wears a QAnon sweatshirt during a pro-Trump rally
A person wears a QAnon sweatshirt during a pro-Trump rally

America’s Conspiratorial Delusions Weren’t Born Under Trump

False realities have been part of the U.S. political scene for decades.

Pro-Uighur protesters demonstrate outside the White House in Washington, on Aug. 14, 2020.
Pro-Uighur protesters demonstrate outside the White House in Washington, on Aug. 14, 2020.

State Department Lawyers Concluded Insufficient Evidence to Prove Genocide in China

Despite the Trump administration’s declaration of a genocide in Xinjiang, upheld by the Biden administration, some legal experts suspect China’s behavior may fall short of actual genocide.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel deliberates with then-U.S. President Donald Trump at the G-7 summit Charlevoix, Canada, on June 9, 2018.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel deliberates with then-U.S. President Donald Trump at the G-7 summit Charlevoix, Canada, on June 9, 2018.

America Is Back. But Can Allies Ever Trust It Again?

Fears of another Trump make it even more urgent that allies work with Biden now.

An airport worker walks along Daxing International Airport in Beijing on Feb. 8.
An airport worker walks along Daxing International Airport in Beijing on Feb. 8.

China’s Potemkin Aviation Can’t Survive Without Washington’s Help

Biden has a hard choice to make regarding Trump’s limits on airliner tech.

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