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U.S. Army soldiers arrive home from Afghanistan.

Biden Is Done with Afghanistan. Is Afghanistan Done With America?

Pulling out all U.S. troops is the administration’s risky plan to pressure Kabul and the Taliban to make peace.

Afghan security forces conduct a military operation.

Biden’s Withdrawal Plan Sets the Clock Ticking in Afghanistan

With troops to depart on Sept. 11, the next five months are critical for any chance of peace.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga speaks during a press conference.

The Summit That Can’t Fail

Japan’s prime minister visits Washington at a time when, thanks to Chinese aggressiveness, U.S.-Japan relations are critical.

Joe Biden at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

How Biden Will—and Won’t—Battle the Pentagon

What the new president really thinks about the military—and what the military really thinks about him.

U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehend a group of migrants near downtown El Paso, Texas, on March 15.

On Immigration, ‘Building Back Better’ Isn’t Enough

Rather than taking Obama-era policies as a baseline, Biden needs to start from scratch.

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.

Pilot at LaGuardia Airport in New York

Biden Needs to End His Staff Travel Ban Now

Only three top State Department officials have been allowed to travel abroad. That’s no way to preserve U.S. interests.

Funeral of an Armenian soldier in Yerevan.

Biden Can Help Armenia and Azerbaijan Make Peace. Here’s How.

Four steps Washington can take to facilitate a lasting end to the conflict.

Farmers and workers from the Shiromani Akali Dal party protest against agriculture reforms in Amritsar, India, on Oct. 1, 2020.

India’s Rich Farmers Are Holding Up Reforms Designed to Help the Poor

Don’t listen to the activists. Millions of Indian farmers will benefit from Modi’s new laws.

Truman gives foreign policy address during Cold War.

Biden Revives the Truman Doctrine

His call to wage a global war for freedom echoes the dawn of the Cold War.

U.S. President Joe Biden and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken attend a virtual meeting with allies.

Biden Looks to Contain China—but Where’s the Asian NATO?

The United States needs a game plan for a continent that’s home to two-thirds of the world’s population and its biggest rival.

Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield speaks about the pending nominations of key foreign-policy and national security officials.

Biden Takes Small Steps Toward Feminist Foreign Policy

Biden’s push for gender equality is a huge change from Trump, but experts stop short of calling it a feminist foreign policy.

Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden attends a meeting with then-Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping at Beijing Hotel in Beijing, on Aug. 19, 2011.

Trump Got China All Wrong. Now Biden Is Too.

Confrontation may be popular at home, but it won’t make the United States more prosperous or secure.

U.S. Sen. Chris Coons speaks during a meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Feb. 22.

The United States Returns to Africa

After Trump’s insults and detachment, the Biden administration is crafting a new, more engaged approach to the continent.

India-Modi-Jumla-Postcard-Decoder

The Art of the Jumla

Why India’s Narendra Modi keeps getting away with failure.

Migrants walk along the U.S.-Mexico border wall in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, on March 17.

Biden’s Border Strategies Won’t Work

The president’s approach to the migrant crisis increasingly looks like the EU’s failed policies.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador gestures during his daily morning briefing in Mexico City on June 10, 2020.

Latin America’s Two Biggest Populists Are Preparing for a Showdown With Biden

Dealing with Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro and Mexico’s Andrés Manuel López Obrador could be the biggest thing the U.S. president does this year.

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.

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