Why China Favors Democracy Over Dictatorship in Myanmar
To secure Beijing’s economic and regional interests, a reliable democratic government is better than an unpredictable and expansionist military junta.
How to Do Diversity Reforms Right
Decades of attempts to remodel the State Department haven’t worked—here’s why and how to do better this time.
What Biden and Putin Can Agree On
Both sides should take the long view if they are ever to reconcile.
In Latin America, U.S. Popularity Is Already Bouncing Back
Trump has been all but forgotten as the region looks to cooperate with Biden.
Why ‘Hostage Diplomacy’ Works
From China to Iran to the United States, arbitrary detention is an immoral—and often effective—pressure tactic.
Biden’s Pick for U.N. Ambassador Will Have to Juggle Containment and Collaboration With China
The administration is moving quickly to reassert U.S. leadership but needs Beijing’s support for major initiatives.
Was George Shultz America’s Best Secretary of State?
Reagan’s top diplomat ended the Cold War and reshaped the world.
George Shultz, Revered U.S. Diplomat, Dies at 100
Shultz helped negotiate the end of the Cold War and was known for his credo: “Trust is the coin of the realm.”
Biden Puts a Kinder, Gentler Spin on ‘America First’
To lead abroad, Joe Biden argued in his first foreign-policy speech as president, America must heal itself.
Gumbo Diplomacy Comes to Turtle Bay
Linda Thomas-Greenfield is set to take center stage at the United Nations.
Let 100 Foreign Services Bloom
Creating new cadres will open doors for underrepresented communities—and for better engagement abroad.
India’s Seat at the Table
The country has long been denied a permanent place on the U.N. Security Council, but it has itself to blame.
The Greatest Humanitarian You’ve Never Heard Of
Bob Gersony was a mostly anonymous U.S. diplomat—and his country’s best model for creating change in the world.
India’s Vaccine Diplomacy
The world’s pharmacy is looking to inoculations to build friendly ties around the world—and compete with China.
The World Is Glad to See Biden Take Office
In major countries, the new U.S. president starts with favorable approval ratings from day one—with the notable exception of Russia.
A Face Lift Can’t Fix the State Department
The Biden administration plans a quick reform of American diplomacy—but fixing the rot requires going much bigger.