U.S. Government

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a press conference at the Culture Palace in Guatemala City on Jan. 11, 2017.

Why Is Taiwan Bankrolling a U.S. Lobbyist for Guatemala?

Taipei’s checkbook diplomacy is poised for a showdown with Washington’s anti-corruption agenda.

A report card is superimposed over U.S. President Joe Biden.

Is Biden’s Foreign Policy Grade A Material?

More than 30 experts grade the U.S. president’s first year of foreign policy.

Ruble exchange rates in Moscow.

What Financial Markets Are Telling Biden About Geopolitics

As Washington crafts its foreign policy, asset prices may offer important guidance.

A Syrian man carries an injured boy.

The U.S. Has a Moral Responsibility to Prevent Assad’s Normalization

The Syrian leader’s crimes will forever be recalled alongside the world’s worst tyrannical butchers.

Joe Biden takes his sunglasses off as he arrives for a campaign event with President Barack Obama at Strawbery Banke Field in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on Sept. 7, 2012.

How Biden Became a Nationalist by Necessity

What the U.S. president’s first year teaches us about him—and the world.

White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan gives a press briefing.

Defining the Biden Doctrine

U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan sat down with FP to talk about Russia, China, relations with Europe, and year one of the Biden presidency.

Biden and Xi hold a virtual summit

Biden and Asia: Modest Progress, Ongoing Confusion

Washington is trying to run three Asia policies at once—and each is missing substance.

Sen. Ted Cruz questions Secretary of State Antony Blinken at a hearing.

Showdown at the Nord Stream Corral

U.S. Senate strikes down sanctions bill on a Russian pipeline project that became a political lightning rod in Washington.

Russian soldiers from the Collective Security Treaty Organisation (CSTO) attend a ceremony marking the end of the CSTO mission in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Jan. 13.

Kazakhstan Exposes the Central Flaw of Biden’s Foreign-Policy Doctrine

Lofty democratic rhetoric can’t compete with autocratic boots on the ground. That should make Washington uncomfortable.

Sudan protests

Why Won’t Biden Support Sudan’s Democracy Movement?

The prime minister’s resignation amid ongoing protests mean Washington’s policies need a fresh start.

Then-Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud bin Faisal Al Saud welcomes then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.

Biden’s Middle East Strategy Is Ruthless Pragmatism

There’s a single thread connecting the White House approach to the region, from Syria to Saudi Arabia.

The front pages of German newspapers

‘This Is Not a Washington Tempest in a Teapot’

How the world looked on in horror during the Capitol insurrection.


Why the U.S. Military Isn’t Ready for Civil War

A significant portion of Americans seek the destruction of political authority. What if they succeed?

Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with U.S President Joe Biden during their meeting at the 'Villa la Grange' in Geneva, Switzerland in Geneva on June 16, 2021.

Biden Set for Putin Call to Ease Ukraine Standoff

The United States is demanding that Russia roll back more than 100,000 troops on Ukraine’s border.

U.S. President Joe Biden meets with the NATO secretary-general.

Biden Doesn’t Know What He Thinks About Sanctions

The United States has committed to combatting corruption—but is hesitating to take on Russia.

A large screen displays video of U.S. President Joe Biden (left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping as people walk by during the evening CCTV news broadcast outside a shopping mall in Beijing on Nov. 16.

U.S.-China Relations Hit a Nadir in 2021

Relations between the world’s two largest economic powers are at historic lows.

The U.S. Capitol building and a "don't walk" traffic signal

Next Year’s Midterms Could Shake Up Biden’s Foreign Policy

Republicans are looking to capitalize on the White House’s perceived missteps in Afghanistan and Ukraine.

U.S. President Joe Biden holds a list of audience members.

Biden’s 2022 Foreign-Policy To-Do List

A preview of the challenges the U.S. president should prepare for in the year ahead.

Representatives of the European Union and Iran sit at a long table in front of various flags.

The Iran Nuclear Deal’s Long Year of Negotiations and Uncertainty

2021 saw a change in Iran’s government and on-again, off-again nuclear talks.

CIA headquarters

Washington’s Secrecy Bubble Needs to Be Popped

Too much classification undermines the rule of law. Here’s how to fix a broken system.