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Soldiers patrol the streets in Mexico
Soldiers patrol the streets in Mexico

How AMLO Has Fueled Mexico’s Drug War

He campaigned on “Hugs, Not Bullets.” Now, he’s militarized the country.

Samoan Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mataafa and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi attend a signing ceremony in Apia, Samoa on May 28.
Samoan Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mataafa and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi attend a signing ceremony in Apia, Samoa on May 28.
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin (left) and Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov attend a meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group ahead of a NATO defense ministers' meeting at the alliance's headquarters in Brussels on June 15.
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin (left) and Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov attend a meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group ahead of a NATO defense ministers' meeting at the alliance's headquarters in Brussels on June 15.

Ukraine Still Wants Heavy Metal

Kyiv remains frustrated with Western arms deliveries, despite a surge of support.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

India’s China Policy Is Confused

Two years after a deadly border clash, New Delhi appears wary of Beijing but unwilling to partner with Washington. These contradictions leave it open to exploitation.

Fighter jets from the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces during the Union Fortress 8 military demonstration in Dubai, on March 5.
Fighter jets from the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces during the Union Fortress 8 military demonstration in Dubai, on March 5.

What Is Biden’s Policy in the Persian Gulf?

Talk of security guarantees for the UAE and a thaw in Washington-Riyadh relations could enhance—or weaken—U.S. standing in the region.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with US President Joe Biden prior to their meeting at the 'Villa la Grange' in Geneva on June 16, 2021.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with US President Joe Biden prior to their meeting at the 'Villa la Grange' in Geneva on June 16, 2021.

Biden Is Still Worried About Poking the Russian Bear

“If that’s our attitude, we’re never going to win a war again, ever,” said one U.S. source familiar with the debate.

Former NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks to the media following the first day of meetings at the NATO summit in Lisbon on Nov. 19, 2010.
Former NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks to the media following the first day of meetings at the NATO summit in Lisbon on Nov. 19, 2010.

Former NATO Chief: We ‘Overestimated’ Russia’s Military

Anders Fogh Rasmussen speaks to FP about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine, the future of NATO, and more.

Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas
Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas

Estonia’s Prime Minister: ‘We Need to Help Ukraine Win’

Kaja Kallas talks about the threat from Russia, the future of the war, and what should come next for NATO in the Baltics.

Funeral in Sinai after terrorist attack
Funeral in Sinai after terrorist attack

Egypt’s Remilitarized Sinai Is a Future Powder Keg

Egypt and Israel are undermining their peace treaty—and it needs to be stopped.

Members of the Karenni Nationalities Defense Force run during training at their base camp in a forest in Myanmar's eastern Kayah state.
Members of the Karenni Nationalities Defense Force run during training at their base camp in a forest in Myanmar's eastern Kayah state.

Myanmar Military Carries Out Atrocities in the East, Too

A distracted international community hasn’t been watching.

A U.S. destroyer approaches an aircraft carrier during the Manila offensive in the Philippines during World War II
A U.S. destroyer approaches an aircraft carrier during the Manila offensive in the Philippines during World War II

The Navy Made America a Superpower Once. Can It Again?

Paul Kennedy made his name bemoaning America’s decline. Now, he highlights a way to reverse it.

The remains of a police car in Somalia.
The remains of a police car in Somalia.

Somalia’s al Qaeda Branch Has Gotten ‘Bigger, Stronger, and Bolder’ Since U.S. Exit

As in Afghanistan, Trump’s decisions to withdraw have only emboldened terrorists.

Argentine President Alberto Fernández visits the Museum of the Communist Party of China in Beijing on Feb. 4.
Argentine President Alberto Fernández visits the Museum of the Communist Party of China in Beijing on Feb. 4.

Argentina’s Embrace of China Should Be a Wake-Up Call

U.S. Latin America strategy needs serious reform—before it’s too late.

Russia's assault on the South Caucasus in the 19th century
Russia's assault on the South Caucasus in the 19th century

For Opposition to Putin’s War, Look to the Fringes of His Empire

The dirty secret of the Russian military is that long-conquered subjects are the Kremlin’s cannon fodder.

Ukrainian infantry take part in a training exercise with tanks near Dnipropetrovsk oblast, Ukraine, less than 50 miles from the front lines, on May 9.
Ukrainian infantry take part in a training exercise with tanks near Dnipropetrovsk oblast, Ukraine, less than 50 miles from the front lines, on May 9.
Members of the National Defence Training Association of Finland attend a training.
Members of the National Defence Training Association of Finland attend a training.

Finns Show Up for Conscription. Russians Dodge It.

Two seemingly similar systems produce very different militaries.

A Sudanese man waves his country's flag as he stands in front of a barricaded street during protests in the capital Khartoum to mark the second anniversary of the revolt that toppled the previous government, on Dec. 19, 2020.
A Sudanese man waves his country's flag as he stands in front of a barricaded street during protests in the capital Khartoum to mark the second anniversary of the revolt that toppled the previous government, on Dec. 19, 2020.

How the U.N. and the West Failed Sudan

Self-delusion and negligence stopped governments and aid agencies from facilitating a genuine and lasting transition to democracy.

Soldiers carry a coffin of 20-year-old Russian serviceman in Saint Petersburg.
Soldiers carry a coffin of 20-year-old Russian serviceman in Saint Petersburg.

Russia Botched Its Early War Propaganda Campaign, but Now It’s Doubling Down

How Putin’s “zampolits” and the Russian Orthodox Church are spearheading a new agitprop campaign to boost troops’ morale.

South Korean President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol dines with Maj. Gen. David Lesperance, commander of the U.S. 2nd Infantry Division, and other soldiers at Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, on April 7.
South Korean President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol dines with Maj. Gen. David Lesperance, commander of the U.S. 2nd Infantry Division, and other soldiers at Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek, South Korea, on April 7.

Ukraine Has Asia Thinking About War

The return of major conflict is leading Asian countries to boost their militaries.

Cameroonian soldiers conduct the daily flag-lowering ceremony at the Force Multinationale Mixte base in Mora, Cameroon, on Sept. 28, 2018.
Cameroonian soldiers conduct the daily flag-lowering ceremony at the Force Multinationale Mixte base in Mora, Cameroon, on Sept. 28, 2018.

Biya Bets on Russia

Cameroon’s president signs a security deal with Putin amid war in Ukraine and conflict at home.

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