Foreign & Public Diplomacy

Christine Schraner Burgener arrives at Sittwe Airport in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.

The End of Quiet Diplomacy in Myanmar

The U.N. dials up the pressure campaign against Myanmar’s putschists.

Protesters walk on an image of Chinese President Xi Jinping in the Causeway Bay area in Hong Kong on Oct. 1, 2019.

China Has an Image Problem—but Knows How to Fix It

Many in Beijing realize a declining international reputation won’t help the country achieve its goals.

Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benitez (C), flanked by his Foreign Minister Antonio Rivas (L), and Finance Minister Benigno Lopez, delivers a speech during the first Mercosur Summit held via video conference due to the COVID-19 at the Central Bank headquarters in Asuncion, on July 2, 2020.

Latin America’s COVID-19 Fiasco Is Also a Crisis of Regional Integration

A spat at Mercosur’s 30th birthday marked a low point for regional cooperation.

People wait to receive the Sinopharm vaccine in Hungary.

Russia and China Are Exploiting Europe’s Vaccine Shortfalls

Slovakia’s prime minister has resigned over a secret delivery of Moscow’s Sputnik V as Brussels struggles to keep the EU united.

A burnt area of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil.

In Brazil, Vaccine Diplomacy Can Help Save the Climate

Washington should bypass Bolsonaro and open a direct dialogue on Amazon deforestation with local leaders in regions hit hard by COVID-19.

Gabi Ashkenazi gives a statement at the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

Has Israel Pushed Realpolitik to Its Limits?

Two new books examine how an isolated state managed to expand its diplomatic horizons.

Then-Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden

Making Peace With Iran and North Korea Could Be Good for U.S. Workers

Trump tied American jobs to endless wars in the Middle East. Biden should link them to renewed diplomacy.

A woman wearing a face mask holds a sign during a rally to raise awareness of anti-Asian violence near Chinatown in Los Angeles, California, on Feb. 20.

Young People in China Are Losing Faith in the West

And that spells trouble for liberal democracy and Beijing’s relations with Washington.

Peace activists wearing masks pose with mock nuclear missiles.

Will Biden’s Approach to China and Russia Work?

The new administration’s interim national security guidance gets many things right—but it has its shortcomings.

Protesters sit on a barricade in Yangon.

China Finds Itself Under Fire in Myanmar

Attacks on Chinese factories could force Beijing to take a stand on the military coup.

A car fire burns at the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

The Libya Allergy

The 2011 Libyan intervention pitched the region into a decade of chaos and undermined U.S. confidence in the wisdom of using military force to save lives.

ghani saleh afghan doha talks

There’s No Shortcut to Peace in Afghanistan

Washington’s latest idea of a transitional government would be worse than the dysfunctional status quo.

U.S. President George H.W. Bush speaks at a press conference in Munich on July 8, 1992.

Why Iran Keeps Quoting George H.W. Bush

As the past president found out, getting Iran to negotiate is hard—especially when it uses your own words against you.

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