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Maria Ressa holds up the warrant of arrest order after posting bail at a court in Manila.

A Nobel for Journalists Is a Direct Challenge to Authoritarians

Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov’s award will make leaders like Duterte and Putin think twice before attacking reporters—but only if democratic governments bolster the free press.

Maria Ressa speaks onstage at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, on Jan. 25, 2020.

Maria Ressa’s Nobel Peace Prize Is a Call to Action

The last time a working journalist was honored, it was a German editor as World War II loomed.

Law enforcement officials in riot gear force people protesting the police killing of Andrew Brown Jr. off a street in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, on April 28.

The ‘Global Policeman’ Is Not Exempt From Justice

Confronting the violence of U.S. policing requires an international perspective.

Filipinos hold a mock Chinese flag with a collage of the faces of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping during an anti-China protest in Manila on July 12, 2019.

China Has Lost the Philippines Despite Duterte’s Best Efforts

Beijing’s growing aggressiveness is forcing Manila back into Washington’s camp.

In a photo released by Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense on May 11, 2018, a Taiwanese Air Force fighter jet flies near a Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force bomber that reportedly flew over the Luzon Strait south of Taiwan during an exercise.

Beijing’s Welcome Gift to Biden: More Threats and Tensions

If China is seeking a reset of relations, it has a strange way of showing it.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (left) and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang shake hands during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Aug. 30, 2019.

Duterte Will Fight Anyone but Beijing

The Philippine president is curiously willing to put China’s interests over his country’s.

A federal officer pepper sprays a protester in front of the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in Portland, Oregon, on July 20. Nathan Howard/Getty Images

How the Coronavirus Crisis Is Silencing Dissent and Sparking Repression

A look at how protests, political violence, and conflict have played out during the pandemic.

The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Bertholf maneuvers during a joint search and rescue operation with the Philippine coast guard near the disputed Scarborough Shoal on May 14, 2019.

Pompeo Draws a Line Against Beijing in the South China Sea

The United States has aligned itself on the side of international law, but backing up a tough statement will be hard.

This aerial photo taken on January 2, 2017 shows a Chinese navy formation, including the aircraft carrier Liaoning (C), during military drills in the South China Sea.

The U.S. Declared China’s South China Sea Claims ‘Unlawful.’ Now What?

The announcement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brings the United States in line with international law and opens the door for sanctions and a more unified response to Chinese “bullying” in the key waterway.

Workers and supporters of the ABS-CBN broadcaster stage a protest in the Philippines

After Signing Anti-Terrorism Law, Duterte Names His Targets

A supposed national security law in the Philippines is being used to silence dissenting voices.

A U.S. F/A-18 hornet fighter prepares to land while other fighter jets fly behind during a routine training aboard the U.S. aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt in the South China Sea

U.S. Carriers Send a Message to Beijing Over South China Sea

“China is just pushing on all fronts,” a former defense official told Foreign Policy. “I’m worried at some point that the dam is going to break somewhere.”

Media at Minneapolis Protest

Attacks on the Press Track a Democratic Backslide

As press freedom declines globally, the United States must reckon with its own diminishment.

Soldiers respond to coronavirus in the Philippines

The Pandemic Has Given Armies in Southeast Asia a Boost

In Indonesia and the Philippines, military leaders are managing the coronavirus response—with lasting political repercussions.

Coronavirus Misinformation Arrests in Indonesia

Coronavirus ‘Fake News’ Arrests Are Quieting Critics

In Southeast Asia, the coronavirus pandemic has provided a handy excuse for a clampdown on free speech.

A Great Wall 236 submarine of the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy in the sea near Qingdao, China, on April 23, 2019.

Under Cover of Pandemic, China Steps Up Brinkmanship in South China Sea

Beijing has increased pressure on its nervous neighbors in its quest to dominate the entire South China Sea.

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