The Dam Will Hold. Until It Doesn’t.
Europe has managed to slow the flow of migrants, at least for now — but is undermining its most-cherished values in the process.
Nearly There, but Never Further Away
Europe has outsourced the dirty work of border control to Libyan militias. In doing so, it has turned African migrants into commodities to be captured, sold, and traded like slaves.
The Savior’s Dilemma
Are naval search-and-rescue operations saving migrants’ lives — or just encouraging them to take greater risks?
All for Nothing
Migrants who fail to reach Europe face humiliation, isolation, and impoverishment at home.
My Smuggler, My Savior
They’re migrants’ only chance of making it safely across the Sahara. They’re also outlaws engaged in a deadly game of cat and mouse with Niger’s military.
Europe is expelling thousands of Africans. To one Malian deportee, that looks like a recipe for revolution.
Highway Through Hell
The human-smuggling route across the Sahara may have been the deadliest on Earth. Then the EU paid Niger’s army to shut it down — and made it even more treacherous.
Mali’s Migrant Crackdown
Europe has been helping fight the country’s jihadis for years. Now it’s turning its sights on human smugglers.
Europe Slams Its Gates: Imperiling Africa – And Its Own Soul
An unprecedented wave of African migration is warping Europe’s politics and threatening its stability. Can the Continent respond without destroying its values and wreaking havoc in Africa? FP’s special investigation examines Europe’s desperate campaign to barricade itself — and the policies’ unintended consequences.
What China Didn’t Learn From the Collapse of the Soviet Union
Xi Jinping sees the Soviet Union as a cautionary tale. But Beijing is learning all the wrong lessons.
The Russian Question
Moscow may no longer be a superpower, but its revanchist politics are unsettling the international order. How should Donald Trump deal with Vladimir Putin?
The Soviet Union Is Gone, But It’s Still Collapsing
And 5 other unlearned lessons from leading experts about modern Russia and the death of an empire.
George Kennan Is Still the Russia Expert America Needs
The architect of Washington’s Cold War strategy offers President-elect Trump the best guide for managing Moscow.
Could Mikhail Gorbachev Have Saved the Soviet Union?
The Soviet leader is remembered as the man who killed a superpower. But Gorbachev’s gambit on reforms could have worked -- if only he wasn't betrayed by the Communist Party.
The End of the End of the Cold War
Twenty-five years ago this week, the Soviet Union lost the Cold War. And 25 years later, Russia renegotiated the terms of surrender.
Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2016
As the pillars of societies faltered, these individuals bore the weight of progress on their own shoulders.