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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.

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.

A Chinese worker at a port in Qingdao, China.

Fixing the U.S. Relationship With China

Brookings scholar Ryan Hass on what’s driving America’s new cold war and what to do about it.

Hong Kong protester throws a tear gas canister fired by police.

Why Hong Kongers Are Still Protesting Against Chinese Rule

A democracy activist describes how the demonstrations got underway and where they go from here.

President Vladimir Putin's address to the nation blankets a store in Moscow on April 17, 2014. ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images

Fighting Russian Disinformation

Brookings scholar Alina Polyakova on why the United States needs to go on the offense.

Spaniards display a banner with pictures of people who went missing during the dictatorship of Francisco Franco as they take part in a protest in Madrid on Feb. 14.

Why for Some Spaniards the Wounds of the Civil War Never Healed

A new film traces the stories of people still seeking justice for Franco's crimes.

U.S. President Donald Trump poses with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the White House on March 20, 2018.

Resetting the U.S. Relationship With Saudi Arabia

Brookings scholar Bruce Riedel on how America's oldest alliance in the Middle East is being tested and what to do about it.

The moon rises behind the Statue of Liberty in New York City on Sept. 13. Gary Hershorn/Getty Images

Haven America or Fortress America?

Harvard historian Jill Lepore on the long and tortured history of the U.S. immigration debate.

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Coming Sept. 23: And Now the Hard Part

Foreign Policy and the Brookings Institution are teaming up for a new podcast focused on practical solutions to the biggest challenges facing the world today.

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Trailer: Introducing And Now the Hard Part

From Foreign Policy and the Brookings Institution: Each week we look at one of the world’s toughest problems and suggest a way forward—all in under 30 minutes.

Soldiers set up to fire on Taliban positions in Afghanistan on Nov. 8, 2001.

Roots of a Quagmire

On the podcast: America’s first post-9/11 envoy to Afghanistan recounts the early months of the war there.

Security personnel stand guard on a deserted road during a lockdown in Srinagar, Kashmir, on Aug. 15.

The Future of Kashmir

How India decided to end the area’s autonomous status and what it means for the region.

Climbers line a path on Mount Everest in Nepal on May 22. Rizza Alee/AP

Death on Everest

On the podcast: An American mountaineer describes the dangers of climbing the world’s tallest peak.

The chef José Andrés stirs paella in a giant pan during the #ChefsForPuertoRico relief operation in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in October 2017.

How an Upscale Chef Came to Serve Those in Need

On the podcast: José Andrés on food insecurity, Puerto Rico, and battling hunger.

A scene from the film Jirga. Lightyear Entertainment

How War Traumatizes the Victims and the Perpetrators

On the podcast: A new film explores the experience of Australian soldiers in Afghanistan.

The movie poster for "One Child Nation."

The Dark Legacy of China’s One-Child Policy

On the podcast: The filmmaker Nanfu Wang tells the harrowing story of her own family’s one-child ordeal.

A Central American migrant and her children walk outside El Chaparral port of entry in Tijuana, Mexico, on July 17.

Trump, Immigration, and the Fight for America’s Soul

On the podcast: Where Trump’s effort to block asylum-seekers fits in the history of U.S. immigration policy.

Nadia Murad sits in a UNODC office, preparing for an upcoming speech at the United Nations, in the film "On Her Shoulders."

A Survivor’s Struggle to Care for Her People and Herself

On the podcast: The filmmaker Alexandria Bombach followed the Yazidi human rights activist Nadia Murad for the film “On Her Shoulders.”

U.S. soldiers sweep through an abandoned house during heavy fighting in the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah, Iraq, on Nov. 9, 2004.

A U.S. Marine Looks Back at Fallujah

On the podcast: Elliot Ackerman served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Emergency personnel search for wounded people after a bomb exploded at the Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires on July 18, 1994.

Argentina, Iran, and the Enduring Mystery Surrounding the Death of a Special Prosecutor

On the podcast: Alberto Nisman accused Argentina’s president of covering up Iran’s role in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires. Then he was shot in the head.

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