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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at NATO

How to Heal the NATO Alliance

Brookings scholar Victoria Nuland on why it’s troubled and what to do about it.

Turkish-backed Syrian fighters evacuate a wounded comrade near the Syrian border.

If We Have to Choose Between Compromise and Genocide, We Will Choose Our People

The Kurds’ commander in chief explains why his forces are finally ready to partner with Assad and Putin.

A refugee camp near Suruc in southern Turkey, across the border from Kobani in February 2016. Many Kurds fled Kobani and other areas of Syria in 2014 to escape the Islamic State. Now, with a new war launched by Turkey near their homes, people are fleeing again.

Turkey’s War in Syria Was Not Inevitable

U.S. strategy in Syria has long been plagued by short-term thinking, while Russia, Turkey, and Iran played a long game. Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds is just the latest chapter in Washington’s bungled approach to the region.

A picture of Nobel laureate Abiy Ahmed on display in Norway.

Abiy’s Nobel Achievements Are Real but Brittle

Ethiopia is on the right course. But there’s much more to be done.

Members of the Iraqi Army load suspected Islamic State jihadis into a truck as they leave the courts before going to jail south of Mosul on Dec. 6, 2016.

Iraq Confronts Its Own Prisoner’s Dilemma

New survey data shows that Iraqis are deeply divided on how to punish members of the terrorist group.

Joan Wong illustration for Foreign Policy

Why Huawei Isn’t So Scary

The Chinese company’s lead in the 5G race isn’t insurmountable, and other firms and countries shouldn’t rush into the fray.

Jonathan Bartlett illustration for Foreign Policy

Can American Values Survive in a Chinese World?

A new book looks at the China challenge for the United States—and China itself.

Smoke rises from the Syrian town of Ras al-Ain on the third day of Turkey's military operation.

Our Top Weekend Reads

Turkey bombs Syrian Kurds, Poland goes to the polls, and the NBA bows to Chinese pressure.

The Ukrainian word for corruption, prodazhnist’

Ukrainian Corruption Is Trump’s Native Language

The U.S. president has imported prodazhnist’, Ukraine’s distinctive culture of crookedness, where everyone has a price and politics has no value.

Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine arrives on Capitol Hill to give testimony before the House Intelligence Committee as part of the impeachment investigation

Pompeo’s State Department Reels as Impeachment Inquiry Sinks Morale

As the investigation grows, so, too, does the foreign service officers’ legal defense fund.

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He.

Trade War Pause Leaves Few Happy

Mini-deal between the United States and China brings relief to farmers but offers no long-term solutions.

A woman walks past campaign posters for candidates of the Law and Justice party in Warsaw, Poland, on Oct. 9.

A Tale of Two Polands

The Law and Justice party is tapping into divides that have split the country for centuries—and will probably win this weekend’s elections because of it.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper

Pentagon Chief: ‘We Are Not Abandoning the Kurds’

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper defended the decision to withdraw troops from the Turkey-Syria border even while sending additional forces to Saudi Arabia.

A Peshmerga soldier places a Kurdish flag near the front line with the Islamic State in Iraq.

There’s Always a Next Time to Betray the Kurds

The Kurds have no choice but to always trust the United States—and to suffer the inevitable consequences.

A document produced during the investigation into U.N. Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjold's death.

How Race Hampered the Investigation Into Dag Hammarskjold’s Death

Testimony of African eyewitnesses to the U.N. secretary-general’s death was dismissed because of their lack of education and perceived susceptibility to political manipulation.

European flags wave in front of the Berlaymont building in Brussels on Jan. 14. (Michele Spatari/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

For Eastern Europe, Brussels Is the New Moscow

After upcoming elections in Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, and Romania, healing Europe’s east-west divide will be more urgent than ever.

A Syrian woman in the Syrian Kurdish city of Qamishli

The West Owns Syria’s Disaster

Trump’s green light for Turkey’s assault on the Kurds is appalling. But he’s not the only one to blame.

Migrants in detention in Libya.

How North African Migrants Ended Up in Permanent Detention

The Irish journalist Sally Hayden has traced the story of many of them.

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