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Local students hold a sign that reads “Save Lamu Women's Movement” in Swahili at a poetry competition in Lamu Town to raise awareness about the effects of coal on the environment on Nov. 29, 2017.

When Coal Comes to Paradise

As China pushes clean energy policies at home, it is exporting its high-pollution coal industry to pristine places like Kenya’s Lamu Island—with Nairobi’s seal of approval. Local residents fear it will destroy the environment they depend on.

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The Real Origins of the U.S.-China Cold War

The only way to win the next superpower showdown is to understand what exactly caused it.

An Atlas 5 rocket carrying the U.S. Navy's second Mobile User Objective System satellite launches at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on July 19, 2013.

The New Space Race

The latest front in a return to Cold War rivalry is the effort to build an all-American rocket for military launches.

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How to Win America’s Next War

The United States faces great-power enemies. It needs a military focused on fighting them.

Members of Charles Company from the 1st Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment, deployed on Operation Nanook-Nunalivut, take part in austere runway training near Resolute Bay, Nunavut, on March 28.

Vanguards of the Thawing Arctic

After two decades of war in the desert, Canadian troops must relearn how to operate in the frozen north.

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The Manufacturer’s Dilemma

To secure itself, the West needs to figure out where all its gadgets are coming from. Here’s why that’s so difficult.

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The Spies Who Came In From the Continent

How Brexit could spell the end of Britain’s famed advantage in intelligence.

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The Spycraft Revolution

Changes in technology, politics, and business are all transforming espionage. Intelligence agencies must adapt—or risk irrelevance.

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The Oldest Game

The very long history of industrial espionage.

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All the Legal Trouble in Trumpworld

Robert Mueller has finished his investigation, but that may be the least of the U.S. president’s worries.

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All the Presidents’ Meals

America’s laden tables used to wow queens and premiers. But is state dinner diplomacy as outdated as lobster aspic?

A female mechanized infantry recruit guides her crew as they learn how to repair broken vehicle tracks in Boden, Sweden, on Sept. 12, 2018. (Teresa Fazio for Foreign Policy)

Stand at Attention and Bite the Bullet

The Swedish military had a #MeToo problem. They decided to do something about it.

What’s Next for Venezuela?

Opposition leader Juan Guaidó has declared himself president. But even if he succeeds in restoring democracy, the hard part is just beginning.

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The War-Torn Web

A once-unified online world has broken into new warring states.

No, Not All Politics Are Local

A guide to the U.S. midterms for foreign-policy wonks.

A photo of Vanessa García when she was 16 with her 27-year-old boyfriend, who used the alias Darío Lulo, during their time with the FARC. Vanessa became pregnant and says she was forced to abort his child. (Erika Piñeros for Foreign Policy)

The Women Abandoned by Peace

Victims of sexual violence and forced abortion during Colombia’s long years of conflict have yet to see justice.

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Mapped: The Absent Ambassadors

Khashoggi ordeal spotlights staffing gap at embassies around the world.

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Why the Military Must Learn to Love Silicon Valley

The U.S. Defense Department and big tech need each other—but getting along won’t be easy

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