An Indian Youth Congress activist takes part in a protest against rising fuel prices in Siliguri, India, on Feb. 26.

Specter of Stagflation Hangs Over Emerging Markets

Rich countries’ pandemic policies are sucking growth and capital out of the developing world.

Leaving Afghanistan

What happens to the country and its people after the forever war ends?

Shadow Government

A front-row seat to the Republicans’ debate over foreign policy, including their critique of the Biden administration.

Najib Mikati is seen at his residence in Beirut.

Lebanon’s Billionaire Prime Minister Can Only Buy Time

A year the Beirut blast, the political class is desperate to avoid a political reckoning.

A picture of the Belarusian exile Vitaly Shishov is held by an activist

The Belarusian Diaspora Is Terrified as Lukashenko’s Killings Spiral

The death of Vitaly Shishov shows Minsk is willing to strike beyond its own borders.

An Afghan militia fighter keeps watch at an outpost against Taliban insurgents.

Taliban Advance Marks Turning Point in Afghanistan

The Taliban’s actions in Helmand province could be decisive in the Afghan war.

Then-U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talks to his dog, Ben, at a State Department event.

Why a New CDC Ban Could Separate U.S. Diplomats Abroad From Their Dogs

The ban on importing dogs from more than 100 countries is leaving U.S. government personnel posted abroad in limbo.

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In the Magazine

Angela Merkel

The Other Side of Angela Merkel

What the world has misunderstood about the German chancellor.


The Bidenomics Revolution

If he succeeds, the president will cast 40 years of economic doctrine on history’s ash heap. But that’s a big if.

Age and the Agbayas

One word perfectly captures the clash between Nigeria’s leaders and its booming young population.

French President Emmanuel Macron greets people at Félix Houphouët Boigny International Airport in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on Dec. 20, 2019.

Macron Isn’t So Post-Colonial After All

National sovereignty is one thing. Monetary sovereignty is another.

U.S. fans watch the Olympics.

Nationalism Is Underrated by Intellectuals

From enjoying the Olympics to defeating COVID-19, a small dose of collective pride can go a long way toward success.

Taiwan's former President Chen Shui-bian arrives at the High Court in Taipei on July 19, 2010.

Taiwan Showed How to Prosecute an Ex-President

The trial of Chen Shui-bian strengthened democracy, despite fears of division.

Students look at booklets at their desks on the first day back to school at the National School of Tabarre in the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince on Sept. 5, 2016.

Haiti’s Foreign Language Stranglehold

Around 90 percent of Haitians speak only Haitian Creole. So why is school mostly conducted in French?

A protester scolds riot police in Thailand.

As COVID-19 Spikes, Thailand Goes After the Press

The pandemic has become an excuse for expanding authoritarianism.

An interpreter speaks with Kurdish villagers.

Iraqi Kurds Keep Faith in U.S. Despite Drawdown

The United States’ longtime partners in northern Iraq are watching Afghanistan go to pieces after the U.S. pullout with “wishful thinking.”

The Dead Sea shoreline is receding.

Can Enemies Become Allies in the Fight Against Climate Change?

There are many incentives for cross-border military cooperation—even among adversaries—as climate change worsens.

People protest the Brazilian president.

The Pandemic’s Legacy Will Spur New Protests in Latin America

Increased economic inequality has only added to widespread discontent.

A nurse takes Moderna COVID-19 vaccines ready to be administered at a vaccination site in Los Angeles on Feb. 16.

The Science Says Everyone Needs a COVID-19 Booster Shot—and Soon

The biology of the delta variant has made mass revaccination an urgent necessity.

The MV Ever Given container ship sails in the Suez Canal

How the Red Sea Became a Trap

From piracy to the Ever Given, colonialism left hard scars.

Najib Mikati is seen at his residence in Beirut.

Lebanon’s Billionaire Prime Minister Can Only Buy Time

A year the Beirut blast, the political class is desperate to avoid a political reckoning.

A Tibetan herder and yak on July 4, 2020, as part of a composite satellite illustration of the Tibetan and Bhutanese border region.

China Is Using Tibetans as Agents of Empire in the Himalayas

What life is like for the quarter-million residents of fortress villages in Tibet.



Why Is Mainstream International Relations Blind to Racism?

Ignoring the central role of race and colonialism in world affairs precludes an accurate understanding of the modern state system.

Black Lives Matter Protest London

When Did Racism Become Solely a Domestic Issue?

International relations theorists once explored racism. What has the field lost by giving that up?

People protest against anti-Asian violence.

We Don’t Have the Words to Fight Anti-Asian Racism

Tangled questions of Asian identity need answers that aren’t defined by U.S. terminology alone.

Students march in a racial justice protest

Did America’s Racial Awakening Reach IR Professors?

Nearly half of international relations scholars spent more time in class on race and racial justice—but with key demographic differences.

visual stories

Rescuers look for people in landslide in Japan

The Month in World Photos

Ravaging floods in Europe and Asia, a wave of unrest in South Africa, and a young speller’s triumph in the United States.

An Afghan woman and her cousin are interviewed in Bamiyan province

As Taliban Expand Control, Concerns About Forced Marriage and Sex Slavery Rise

In some Afghan towns, women are fleeing ahead of insurgent takeovers.