International Relations

US President Donald Trump attends the UN Climate Action Summit on Sept. 23, 2019 at the United Nations Headquaters in New York City.

Countries Should Mind Their Own Business

Two cheers for a classic idea that’s been out of fashion for too long: state sovereignty.

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Welcome to the Post-Leader World

The United States has abdicated its dominant role. Here’s how to fill the gap.

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When Did Racism Become Solely a Domestic Issue?

International relations theorists once explored racism. What has the field lost by giving that up?

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Why Race Matters in International Relations

Western dominance and white privilege permeate the field. It’s time to change that.

Economic Freedom Fighters supporters gather in front of the U.S. Embassy in Pretoria, on June 8 in solidarity with the global Black Lives Matter movement.

The Legacy of American Racism at Home and Abroad

Domestic racism has long impacted U.S. foreign policy. It’s time to open up about it.

The campus of Georgetown University is seen nearly empty as classes were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic in Washington May 7.

How to Rethink the Teaching of International Relations

As universities struggle to respond to the ongoing pandemic, here’s what they should focus on.

U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger appears before the Senate Appropriations Committee in Washington on April 15, 1975, to urge approval of President Gerald Ford's request for military and humanitarian aid to South Vietnam.

Welcome Back to Kissinger’s World

Neoconservatism has died, and liberal internationalism is discredited. Perhaps it’s time to return to the ideas of one of the last century’s greatest realists.

Shafts of sunlight beam down from behind clouds  in Tokyo on Aug. 14, 2019.

The Pandemic’s 5 Silver Linings

The coronavirus has exacted a terrible toll—but some good things may come of it yet.

The bronze sculpture "Depression Bread Line" by George Segal—seen here on March 7, 2009, at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington—shows five men waiting in line near a door during the Great Depression and the inactivity and troubles of everyday citizens then.

Will a Global Depression Trigger Another World War?

The coronavirus pandemic has already devastated the international economy. Its military fallout remains to be seen.

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Snap Poll: What Foreign-Policy Experts Make of Trump’s Coronavirus Response

International relations scholars examine how the United States is seen on a global stage—and share who they would vote for in a presidential election.

Bekhzod Tashkenbaev of Uzbekistan participates in the first World High Wire Championships, over the Han River in Seoul, on May 3, 2007.

The United States Forgot Its Strategy for Winning Cold Wars

The plan that worked to defeat the Soviet Union can work today against China—it’s just not what you think.

Former President Bill Clinton, former first lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama arrive at the funeral service for Rep. Elijah Cummings in Baltimore on Oct. 25, 2019.

There’s No Such Thing as Good Liberal Hegemony

It’s not just that the United States has made mistakes—the very idea of U.S. global leadership is broken from the ground up.

The European Union flag is seen through a windshield covered with raindrops in Sofia, Bulgaria on May 15, 2006.

Europe’s Post-Brexit Future Is Looking Scary

The continent is suddenly facing serious questions about its future role in world politics—and even in the trans-Atlantic relationship.

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Who’s More Powerful, Jeff Bezos or Mohammed bin Salman? Neither.

The relationship between the two men proves that, even at a time of rapid technological and economic change, you can’t buy real power.

A Turkish bombardment on Syria's northeastern town of Ras al-Ain.

Is the World Getting Safer?

New research debunks the theory that wars are becoming less deadly and less frequent.

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Why the Liberal International Order Will Endure Into the Next Decade

It’s true that democracy, globalism, and free trade are under assault, but they may prove stronger than the forces arrayed against them in the 2020s.

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For the 2020 Democrats, It’s America First, Too

The slate of Democratic candidates includes two Rhodes scholars, two ex-soldiers, and a former chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. But don’t count on them to resurrect a Pax Americana.

A woman walks next to posters commemorating the 60th anniversary of France's famous comic characters Asterix and Obelix in Paris on Oct. 9.

Can Comics Save International Relations?

Academics need to get better at reaching non-experts. Narrative media offer one possibility.