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U.S. Foreign Policy

A US-made CH-47 helicopter flies an 18-meter by 12-meter national flag at a military base in Taoyuan on September 28, 2021.
A US-made CH-47 helicopter flies an 18-meter by 12-meter national flag at a military base in Taoyuan on September 28, 2021.

The Real Stakes of Taiwan

It’s not about democracy. It’s about power.

US service members wait before deploying to Europe.
US service members wait before deploying to Europe.

U.S. Restraint Has Created an Unstable and Dangerous World

Decades of ignoring the menaces posed by Russia and China has led the West to a precipice.

An unexploded cylindrical bomb sits amid red flowers in front of a destroyed apartment building.
An unexploded cylindrical bomb sits amid red flowers in front of a destroyed apartment building.

The U.S. Should Start Helping Ukraine Rebuild Now

The West must demonstrate resolve for Ukraine to prosper as a sovereign nation.

Blinken puts his hand on Bennett's upper back in a friendly gesture as the two men stand behind a podium with a placard that reads "Prime Minister's Office"
Blinken puts his hand on Bennett's upper back in a friendly gesture as the two men stand behind a podium with a placard that reads "Prime Minister's Office"

Why Biden Is Trying to Keep Naftali Bennett Afloat

The right-wing Israeli leader’s fragile coalition is vastly preferable to a return of Netanyahu.

People walk past a television screen showing Kim Jong Un speaking in front of a bank of microphones.
People walk past a television screen showing Kim Jong Un speaking in front of a bank of microphones.

Ending North Korea’s Isolation Is the Only Solution Left

It’s time to consider what’s never been tried before.

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FP Live: Assessing Biden’s Foreign Policy With Matthew Duss

Sen. Bernie Sanders’s foreign-policy advisor will answer subscriber questions in this special edition of FP Live.

Mohammad bin Salman is shown with a slight smirk on his face.
Mohammad bin Salman is shown with a slight smirk on his face.

Biden Was Always Going to Need Saudi Arabia

Trying to make Mohammed bin Salman a “pariah” was bound to fail.

McConnell and McCarthy are shown walking away from the White House.
McConnell and McCarthy are shown walking away from the White House.
Kishida, Biden, and Modi stand together in front of a large sign that reads "Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity."
Kishida, Biden, and Modi stand together in front of a large sign that reads "Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity."

Biden’s Economic Plan Leaves Asian Leaders Wanting More

The new Indo-Pacific Economic Framework isn’t quite what Asia-Pacific governments were hoping for.

A supporter of Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. holds pictures of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda Marcos, at a campaign rally
A supporter of Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. holds pictures of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda Marcos, at a campaign rally

The Echoes of America’s Hypocrisy Abroad

Decades of Western support for dictators have caused a crisis of democracy.

A close-up photo of McFarlane as he raises his right hand.
A close-up photo of McFarlane as he raises his right hand.

The Tragedy of Robert McFarlane

He aspired to be the next Henry Kissinger. Instead, he became embroiled in the Iran-Contra scandal.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the American Freedom Tour at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas, on May 14.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the American Freedom Tour at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas, on May 14.

Trump’s Poison Pills Are Still Toxic

Whether it’s Iran, China, Cuba, or immigration, U.S. President Joe Biden often finds himself stymied by his predecessor’s foreign policy.

Philippine presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.
Philippine presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.

New Philippine President Marcos Is No Duterte on Foreign Policy

Monday’s victor intends to defend sovereignty against China and prioritize the U.S. alliance.

China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi is received by his Kenyan counterpart, Raychelle Omamo, in Mombasa, Kenya.
China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi is received by his Kenyan counterpart, Raychelle Omamo, in Mombasa, Kenya.

While America Slept, China Became Indispensable

Washington has long ignored much of the world. Beijing hasn’t.

Joe Biden and Xi Jinping watch a dance performance during a visit to International Studies Learning Center February 16, 2012 in South Gate, California.
Joe Biden and Xi Jinping watch a dance performance during a visit to International Studies Learning Center February 16, 2012 in South Gate, California.

It’s Going to Be a Hot Summer for the U.S.-China Relationship

After an uneasy detente, the Biden administration’s China strategy is about to make itself felt.

Taiwanese Air Force pilots in olive green uniforms walk through a parking lot with the Taiwanese flag flying behind them.
Taiwanese Air Force pilots in olive green uniforms walk through a parking lot with the Taiwanese flag flying behind them.

Taiwan Doesn’t Need a Formal U.S. Security Guarantee

U.S. security cooperation is a more powerful demonstration of commitment than any declaration of intent.

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What Exactly Is America’s China Policy?

The United States needs to right-size the China threat to know how to counter it.

The Russian and Chinese national flags are seen on the table as Russia's President Vladimir Putin and his China's President Xi Jinping stand during a signing ceremony at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on Nov. 9, 2014.
The Russian and Chinese national flags are seen on the table as Russia's President Vladimir Putin and his China's President Xi Jinping stand during a signing ceremony at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on Nov. 9, 2014.

Opposing China Means Defeating Russia

Moscow’s war isn’t a distraction. It’s part and parcel of the threat posed by Beijing.

Madeleine Albright talks with reporter State Department 1997
Madeleine Albright talks with reporter State Department 1997
Albright and Weston sit side by side at a long table with their right hands raised to vote.
Albright and Weston sit side by side at a long table with their right hands raised to vote.

What Madeleine Albright Taught Me

Albright embodied the good America stood for in the 1990s among my generation of Bosnians.

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