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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo boards a plane before departing London Stansted Airport on May 9, 2019.

Pompeo Goes to Russia

Mike Pompeo meets his counterpart in Russia, violence flares as the military and protesters hash out a transitional government in Sudan, and the U.S.-China trade war rumbles on.

James Rebhorn bowls at the Second Stage Theatres 19th Annual All-Star Bowling at Leisure Time Bowling Lanes on February 6, 2006 in New York, New York. (Scott Wintrow/Getty Images)

If You Bowl Alone, You Can’t Fight Together

National security depends on a vanishing sense of community.

Finnish F-18 Hornet planes at Rovaniemi airport during a joint exercise between the Finnish and the Swedish air forces over the Arctic Circle on March 25, 2019.

Scandinavia Won’t Be Russia’s Next Target

Mikheil Saakashvili’s country was a victim of Putin’s aggression. Finland and Sweden won’t be.

A Ukrainian soldier stands guard aboard the military vessel "Dondass" moored in Mariupol, the Sea of Azov port on Nov. 27, 2018, after three Ukrainian navy vessels were forcibly seized off the coast of Crimea by Russian forces.

Russia’s Next Land Grab Won’t Be in an Ex-Soviet State. It Will Be in Europe.

First he came for Georgia, then for Ukraine. Vladimir Putin’s next target is likely to be a non-NATO nation in the EU.

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom speaks during a news conference in Berlin on April 10, 2018. (Wolfgang Kumm/Picture Alliance via Getty Images)

Toward a More Feminist Foreign Policy

On the podcast: Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom on how to give women a voice in an arena dominated by men.

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech under the rain during celebrations for Navy Day in Baltiysk in the Kaliningrad region on July 26, 2015.

Don’t Believe the Russian Hype

Moscow’s missile capabilities in the Baltic Sea region are not nearly as dangerous as they seem.

Members of GRYM, a group for women in the Swedish Navy, share coffee aboard the HMS Visby off the coast of Berga, Sweden, on Sept. 18, 2018. (Teresa Fazio for Foreign Policy)

Sisterhood Is Powerful

The Swedish Navy brass responded well to #MeToo. But real change came from the ranks.

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom speaks before the U.N. Security Council meeting on understanding and addressing climate-related security risks in New York on July 11, 2018. (Luiz Rampelotto/Sipa via AP)

Sweden’s Feminist Foreign Policy, Long May It Reign

Stockholm should continue actively pursuing a foreign-policy agenda focused on gender equality. And the world should follow.

A female mechanized infantry recruit guides her crew as they learn how to repair broken vehicle tracks in Boden, Sweden, on Sept. 12, 2018. (Teresa Fazio for Foreign Policy)

Stand at Attention and Bite the Bullet

The Swedish military had a #MeToo problem. They decided to do something about it.

VANCOUVER, BC - DECEMBER 10: Supporters Ada Yu and Wade Meng (no relation) stand with a sign outside BC Supreme Court before the bail hearing for Huawei Technologies CFO Meng Wanzhou on December 10, 2018 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

China Doesn’t Have to Keep Playing the Victim

The Communist Party has primed the public to expect persecution abroad.

Swedish Speaker of Parliament Andreas Norlen (L) meets with Moderate party leader Ulf Kristersson (R) at the Parliament in Stockholm on September 27, 2018.

Swedish Leaders Will Try Anything to Shut Out the Far-Right

No one wants to enter a coalition with the Sweden Democrats, so the country is resorting to desperate and untested measures to form a new government.

U.S. President Donald Trump waves to reporters as he and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly (R) leave the weekly Senate Republican Policy Committee luncheon in the U.S. Capitol on Nov. 28, 2017.

When Fighting Domestic Terrorism, You Get What You Pay For

The Trump administration has gutted the budget for fighting far-right extremists, making it harder to stop attacks like the Pittsburgh massacre.

Alice Weidel and Alexander Gauland, co-leaders of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, arrive to speak on immigration and crime on September 18, 2017 in Berlin.

The Party Is Over

The mass political movements that once dominated Europe are fading fast—and the nationalist populists and upstart parties taking their place are here to stay.

A Swedish flag is seen in Malmo on June 6, 2015. (Harry Engels/Getty Images)

Is Sweden Ungovernable?

The rise of populist parties has made it nearly impossible to form governments across Europe—and the deadlock only fuels support for populists.

Trucks stand ready to haul shipping containers at the Port of Los Angeles, the nation's busiest container port, on Sept. 18. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Trucking Is the Security Crisis You Never Noticed

Everything from food to oil depends on underpaid and overworked drivers.

A photo taken on Sept. 10, 2018 in Stockholm shows a selection of front pages of Swedish newspapers in Stockholm a day after the general elections. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)

Sweden’s Far Right Has Won the War of Ideas

An election fought on the Sweden Democrats’ terms leaves the far-right party in control of the country’s agenda.

Susanne Engman illustration for Foreign Policy

Swedes Can’t Go Home Again

In the run-up to Sweden’s election, one word explains why the country used to feel like a family—and why it now feels adrift.

Political posters in Stockholm, Sweden, on Sept. 1, ahead of the Sept. 9 general elections. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)

So Long, Swedish Welfare State?

The model is already a thing of the past. But as this week’s election will show, Sweden will need to keep reforming.

John Tomac illustration for Foreign Policy

First They Came for the Immigrants. Then They Came for the Robots.

Politicians must prepare voters for automation; otherwise, opportunistic populists will seize the agenda.

Swedish guards participate in birthday celebrations for the king at the royal palace in Stockholm on April 30, 2015. (Ivan Da Silva/Getty Images)

Why Trump Needs the Swedes in Pyongyang

For decades, Sweden has represented America’s interests in places where the United States has severed diplomatic ties.

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