Pakistani soldiers stand next to what Pakistan says is the wreckage of an Indian fighter jet shot down in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir near the Line of Control on Feb. 27.

Our Top Stories of 2019—So Far

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Former FBI Director Robert Mueller, special counsel on the Russian investigation, leaves following a meeting with members of the US Senate Judiciary Committee at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on June 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

10 Things to Hate About Mueller

A short list of very good, serious, totally factual reasons to be suspicious of the special counsel’s motives.


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play in the aMAZEme labyrinth made from books at The Southbank Centre on July 31, 2012 in London, England. Brazilian artists Marcos Saboya and Gualter Pupo used 250,000 books to create the maze which will be on display until August 25, 2012.

What Foreign Policy Staff Read in 2016

Writers and editors share some of the best books they read this year.

US President Barack Obama speaks with children dressed as elves, who are or were patients at Children's National Medical Center as they present donated gifts to the Obamas to give to children at the hospital, as they attend a taping of TNT's Christmas in Washington at the National Building Museum in Washington on December 15, 2013. The annual event, hosted by actor Hugh Jackman, features performances by the Backstreet Boys, Anna Kendrick, Sheryl Crow, Janelle Monae and Pat Monahan, and airs on the TNT television network on December 20.    AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Last-Minute Gifts for Wonks: 2016 Edition

Here are some gifts from around the world, fit for even the most insatiable global affairs glutton.

Longform’s Picks of the Week

The best stories from around the world.

The mother of two men, one of them, as she claims, was killed and the other one is missing, holds a picture of her lost son as she cries during a rally of mothers of the protesters in front of a policemen line facing anti-government opposition activists in the center of Kiev on January 31, 2014. Ukraine's military on Friday called on President Viktor Yanukovych to take "urgent steps" to ease turmoil in the country, weighing in for the first time on the ex-Soviet nation's worst crisis since independence. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on Friday signed a law offering an amnesty to jailed opposition activists and repealed controversial laws cracking down on protests, his office said. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY        (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

Longform’s Picks of the Week

The best stories from around the world.

URIBE, COLOMBIA:  Members of the revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla forces, (L-R) Ivan Rios, an unidentified woman fighter, Joaquin Gomez, Marcos Calarca, Jairo and Pedro Aldana, arrive in Uriba, Colombia, 25 October 1999, for a new round of peace talks with government representatives. The talks resumed 24 October 1999 after months of delays and setbacks renewing hopes for an end to more than three decades of civil war.    (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) (Photo credit should read PEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images)

Stories You Missed in 2015

From the winding down of Colombia's 50-year war to Ireland's booming economy, here are the stories that flew under the radar this year.

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Last-Minute Gifts for Wonks: 2015 Edition

Holiday shopping suggestions for the discerning international politics connoisseur.

Former US NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman (C) speaks to members of the media as he makes his way through Beijing's international airport on December 19, 2013.  Rodman is on a visit to North Korea from December 19 to 23.    AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO        (Photo credit should read WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images)

Curt Schilling and 9 Other Professional Athletes Who Felt the Need to Comment on Politics

Former MLB star Curt Schilling posted controversial tweets about Muslims Tuesday. But he's not the only professional sports star who's dabbled in provocative topics.


The 5 Worst Treaties the United States Ever Signed

Sorry, Bill Kristol. The Iran deal isn’t one of them.

Republican presidential candidates arrive on stage for the Republican presidential debate on August 6, 2015 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. From left are:  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie;  Florida Sen. Marco Rubio;  retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; real estate magnate Donald Trump; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; Texas Sen. Ted Cruz; Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul; and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.  AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Republican Debate Marked by Foreign-Policy Flubs, Side Steps, and Laugh Lines

From Donald Trump's big wall to Jeb Bush's Iraq miscue, the five most memorable moments of the Republican Party's big night in Cleveland.

MANCHESTER, NH - AUGUST 3: Saint Anselm College President Steven R. DiSalvo introduces (L-R) former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Dr. Ben Carson, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, former CEO Hewlett-Packard Carly Fiorina, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (SC), Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, former New York Gov. George Pataki, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (PA), Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker stand on the stage prior to the Voters First Presidential Forum at Saint Anselm College August 3, 2015 in Manchester, New Hampshire. The forum was organized by the New Hampshire Union Leader newspaper and C-SPAN in response to the Fox News debate later this week that will limit the candidates to the top 10 Republicans based on nationwide polls. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

The Top 5 Things to Listen for in the First GOP Debate

From targeting Donald Trump to tough talk about Vladimir Putin, here's what you can expect the 10 Republican candidates to say.


5 Foreign-Policy Interviews That Will Most Make Us Miss Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart is ending a strong run of foreign-policy interviews.

KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN:  TV grabs taken secretly by BBC Newsnight shows Taliban's one-eyed spiritual leader Mullah Mohammed Omar (C) during a rally of his troops in Kandahar before their victorious assault on Kabul in 1996. AFP PHOTO            MANDATORY CREDIT BBC NEWS/NEWSNIGHT (Photo credit should read AFP/Getty Images)

Mullah Omar, We Hardly Knew Ye

No, seriously: We have no idea what’s going on in jihadi-world.

Somali hardline islamist Hisbul Islam militia walk past at a training camp on the outskirts of Afgoye district in Somalia's lower Shabelle region October 20, 2009.  Hardline islmaist factions such as Al-Shabaab and Hisbul Islam continue to pose a threat to AU peacekeepers that are in Somalia to reinforce government military forces and prevent a takeover of capital Mogadishu by Islamist forces having threatened the African peacekeeper, whom they accuse of being foreguards of a christian crusade, with further deadly offensives. 17 AMISOM peacekeepers were killed in Mogadishu last month in a twin car bomb attack that was claimed  by a Somali insurgent group. AFP PHOTO/Abdurashid ABDULLE        (Photo credit should read ABDIRASHID ABDULLE ABIKAR/AFP/GettyImages)

Talking Loud and Saying Nothing

Four big problems with the Obama administration’s plan for countering violent extremism.

Journalists watch as the judges (unseen), question Seif al-Islam, the son of slain Libyan dictator Moamer Kadhafi, broadcasted live from the western Libyan city of Zintan, from inside a room in Tripoli on June 22, 2014. Thirty-seven former Kadhafi regime officials are charged with murder, kidnapping, complicity in incitement to rape, plunder, sabotage, embezzlement of public funds and acts harmful to national unity. AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD TURKIA        (Photo credit should read MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images)

Sentenced to Death from Thousands of Miles Away

On Tuesday, Muammar al-Qaddafi's son was sentenced to death in absentia. He's not the only one who's escaped a death sentence by not attending his own trial.

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10 Wars to Watch in 2015

From Afghanistan to Yemen, the conflicts and crises the world faces in the coming year.


Last Minute Gift Guide for Wonks, 2014 Edition

FP’s shopping suggestions for the politically passionate and internationally inclined.

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Abandon All Hope Ye Who Protest Here

What Hong Kong's Occupy Central can learn from the Tahrir Square uprising.

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Epic Soccer-Like Battles of History

Here's our martial World Cup wrap-up -- where the beautiful game is just war by other means.

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Do Not Despair, Ye Flaccid, Loveless Hordes

Fleshy oysters and severed phalluses: The best sexual stimulants from around the world.

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Carpetbagging the Olympics

How to ski for Dominica if you're an Italian couple from Staten Island.

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Out of the Way, Congress

5 reasons U.S. lawmakers need to get on board with mega-regional free trade deals.

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The Year America’s Post-9/11 Foreign Policy Failed

And the nine other top foreign policy headlines of 2014.

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FP’s Favorite Reads of 2013

Great books from the past year as selected by the FP staff.


Next Year’s Wars

From Sochi to Sudan, 10 conflicts that will threaten global stability in 2014.


The Stories You Missed in 2013

Six events and trends that were overlooked this year, but may be leading the headlines in 2014.

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Last-Minute Gifts for Wonks

FP's shopping guide for would-be statesmen & Snowdens.

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Next of Kim

Meet the next generation of North Korea's ruling family -- while you still can.



5 CIA operations that went south -- spectacularly.

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Untangling the Chinese Bond Knot

Five ways that Beijing could get rid of its dependence on U.S. debt.


Slumming It

Shantytown resorts, homeless hotels, and 6 other tasteless vacations for the 1 percent

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