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A scene from Squid Game.

State Department Cable Sees Echoes of Korean Politics in Netflix’s ‘Squid Game’

The dystopian series reflects a “winner-take-all” mentality and South Koreans’ economic frustrations ahead of presidential elections.

Flags of the EU and China are seen as European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Council President Charles Michel, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a video conference to approve an investment pact between China and the European Union on December 30, 2020 in Brussels, Belgium.

Will Europe Ever Really Confront China?

The Biden administration is gearing up for a long-term struggle in China—but shouldn’t expect its closest allies by its side.

Buildings on the campus of Yale University are shown April 15, 2008 in New Haven, Connecticut.

Yale’s Grand Strategy Program Has Always Been Broken

The university set out to train the next generation of U.S. leaders—but it often failed to educate them.

Protesters hold signs reading "Peace Through Strength" and "I Support U.S. Troops."

Americans Got the Foreign-Policy Blob They Asked For

The problem isn’t the establishment, it’s reconciling what Americans want in their foreign policy.

Haitian migrants cross the U.S.-Mexico border on the Rio Grande.

Democrats See Broken Promises in Biden’s Haiti Policies

After high-profile resignations, Biden diplomats scramble to shore up stability in Haiti and stem migration.

A smiling Bashar al-Assad faces a crowd of journalists with microphones.

Biden’s Inaction on Syria Risks Normalizing Assad—and His Crimes

The world is gradually accepting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad back into the fold.

A ground crew guids a U.S. Air Force MQ-1B Predator unmanned aerial vehicle at an air base in the Persian Gulf region on Jan. 7, 2016.

Only Congress Can End Washington’s Endless Wars

The war on terror is a constitutional aberration. The U.S. legislature must reclaim its war powers from an overempowered executive branch.

Turkey's Defense Minister Hulusi Akar looks on as he arrives for a meeting of NATO defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels, on June 26, 2019.

Erdogan’s Heir Apparent Isn’t a Problem

Turkey’s minister of defense is a staunch nationalist—but that doesn’t mean he’s anti-Western.

An unidentified rocket is displayed during a military parade.

Biden Team Fears North Korean Sanctions Aren’t Biting

U.S. sanctions are in tatters, and China doesn’t want the United Nations imposing more.

Members of the U.S. Marines speak to an Afghan man.

Those Left Behind in Afghanistan

A month after the U.S. withdrawal, Afghans who worked for the U.S. war effort are in hiding. Few see a way out.

Joe Biden and Anthony Blinken participate in a virtual meeting with leaders of Quadrilateral Security Dialogue countries March 12, 2021 at the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington.

Is Biden’s Foreign Policy Failing?

The U.S. president’s intentions might be good, but the results so far are another matter.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, and Central Command chief Kenneth McKenzie

Pentagon Leaders Contradict Biden Over Troops in Afghanistan

Lawmakers raked Gen. Milley, Gen. McKenzie, and Defense Secretary Austin over the coals for the chaotic end to the war in Afghanistan.

U.S. President Joe Biden meets with his national security team.

Is Joe Biden Missing a Team of Rivals?

The U.S. president appointed longtime staffers to his most powerful foreign-policy roles—and is now suffering the consequences.

Then-presidential candidate Joe Biden

When the White House Changed Hands, It Changed Tone but Not Policies

Whether snubbing allies, abusing tariffs, or expelling refugees, the Biden administration at eight months looks little changed from Trump’s.

The U.S. State Department

State Department Plans ‘China House’ to Counter Beijing

Some fear larger State Department China desk could be a “massive bureaucratic blob.”

North Korean missile launch

New Cruise Missile Gives North Korea Lethal Capability

The long-range weapon could strike South Korea, Japan, and U.S. bases in the region.

The U.S. and Egyptian presidents ride to an event.

Democracy Was Never Going to Stop Islamist Terrorism

Twenty years after 9/11, U.S. policy in the Middle East is still based on a fundamental mistake.

The F-22 Raptor after refuelling from the KC-10 Extender off the Queensland coast on July 17, 2019 in Brisbane, Australia.

U.S. Seeking Basing in Australia After Submarine Deal

The Biden administration is hoping to rotate fighters and bombers to the land Down Under.

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