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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Indonesian President Joko Widodo take part in the leadership handover ceremony during the G-20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, on Nov. 16.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Indonesian President Joko Widodo take part in the leadership handover ceremony during the G-20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, on Nov. 16.

India’s G-20 Presidency Is a Golden Opportunity

New Delhi has the chance to shape the global agenda and advocate for its vision of multilateralism.

Vladimir Putin is seen on a screen set at Red Square as he addresses a rally and a concert marking the annexation of four regions of Ukraine Russian troops occupy - Lugansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, in central Moscow on September 30, 2022.
Vladimir Putin is seen on a screen set at Red Square as he addresses a rally and a concert marking the annexation of four regions of Ukraine Russian troops occupy - Lugansk, Donetsk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, in central Moscow on September 30, 2022.

It’s Time to Debunk Putin’s Existential Fallacy

One key to securing peace in Ukraine will be exposing the faulty argument for the war’s necessity.

Chinese President Xi Jinping welcomes German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov. 4.
Chinese President Xi Jinping welcomes German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Nov. 4.

Olaf Scholz Is Undermining Western Unity on China

The German chancellor’s go-it-alone approach has alienated domestic, EU, and international partners.

Major Gen. Jeff Nyagah, the East African Community (EAC) force commander, talks to reporters upon his arrival at EAC headquarters during a press conference in Goma, in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, on Nov. 16.
Major Gen. Jeff Nyagah, the East African Community (EAC) force commander, talks to reporters upon his arrival at EAC headquarters during a press conference in Goma, in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, on Nov. 16.

Can African-Led Diplomacy Bring Peace in Congo?

After a surprise peace deal in Ethiopia, there is hope for progress in talks between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda.

Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a commission on military-technical cooperation with foreign states in 2017.
Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a commission on military-technical cooperation with foreign states in 2017.

What’s the Harm in Talking to Russia? A Lot, Actually.

Diplomacy is neither intrinsically moral nor always strategically wise.

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin speaks at a press conference.
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin speaks at a press conference.

U.S. Seeks to Allay Fears of Military Crisis With China

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin capped a week of marathon diplomacy with China to tamp down escalation fears.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (center) speaks during a press conference at the conclusion of the 40th and 41st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summits in Phnom Penh.
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen (center) speaks during a press conference at the conclusion of the 40th and 41st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summits in Phnom Penh.

Cambodia Blacklists Myanmar From an ASEAN Meeting

The 10-nation bloc is taking baby steps to deny the coup leaders the legitimacy they crave.

Brazilian President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva poses for a photo with representatives of his country’s Indigenous people during the U.N. climate change conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Nov. 17.
Brazilian President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva poses for a photo with representatives of his country’s Indigenous people during the U.N. climate change conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Nov. 17.

From BRICS to BIC

At COP27, Lula paints his foreign-policy aspirations green.

Brazilian President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva speaks after defeating incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro in a runoff at the InterContinental hotel in São Paulo on Oct. 30.
Brazilian President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva speaks after defeating incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro in a runoff at the InterContinental hotel in São Paulo on Oct. 30.

Brazil Is Back

Foreign leaders have rallied around Lula after his win. How will he navigate a changed world?

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Nepalese Foreign Minister Narayan Khadka wave.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Nepalese Foreign Minister Narayan Khadka wave.

Is Nepal Under China’s Thumb?

Ahead of this month’s elections, Nepal’s democracy faces a dual challenge: its own factionalism and the Chinese Communist Party’s growing influence.

Alon Liel introduces his Syrian-American counterpart.
Alon Liel introduces his Syrian-American counterpart.

Veteran Israeli Diplomat: ‘We Are Only Part of the West When It Suits Us’

Alon Liel discusses the lack of arms for Ukraine and the long-term damage accommodating Moscow could do.

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi answers a question during a video news conference as part of the National People's Congress in 2021.
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi answers a question during a video news conference as part of the National People's Congress in 2021.

China’s Foreign Ministry Reshuffle Could Shift Its Global Approach

Who’s in and who’s out after the Party Congress may affect diplomacy.

A photo dated September 1945 of the remains of the Prefectural Industry Promotion Building after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
A photo dated September 1945 of the remains of the Prefectural Industry Promotion Building after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

To Avert Armageddon, Push for a Cease-Fire in Ukraine

For Kyiv and its allies, negotiating an imperfect peace is preferable to risking a catastrophic nuclear confrontation.

A boy rides his bicycle past a burned-out store in Batken, Kyrgyzstan, on Sept. 22.
A boy rides his bicycle past a burned-out store in Batken, Kyrgyzstan, on Sept. 22.

Eurasia Is More Than Russia’s Backyard

Viewing recent conflicts in the Caucasus and Central Asia through the lens of Moscow’s political calculus overlooks important internal dynamics.

An offshore natural gas production platform is seen from Dor, a coastal town in northern Israel, on Dec. 31, 2019.
An offshore natural gas production platform is seen from Dor, a coastal town in northern Israel, on Dec. 31, 2019.

Don’t Let Politics Kill the Lebanon-Israel Gas Deal

A U.S.-brokered maritime border agreement could have profound effects on the entire Middle East.

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