U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen speaks about seven women from Afghanistan who were assassinated for their efforts to improve the lives of Afghans.

Afghan Interpreters in the Crossfire of U.S. Pullout

Future U.S. partners will have to “think twice” about helping the Pentagon if Biden isn’t able to grant visas to Afghan interpreters, lawmakers said.

Files relating to Indian freedom fighter Subhas Chandra Bose are displayed at the Police Museum in Kolkata, India, on Sept. 18, 2015.

Is India Spilling Its State Secrets?

The government is declassifying some archives, but it will retain control of public understanding.

An Iranian woman walks past banners of ultraconservative cleric and presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran, Iran, on June 17.

Khamenei Wants a Nuclear Deal Before Rouhani Leaves

Blame will go to the departing president while praise will go to his handpicked successor.

The Biden Agenda

A sortable guide to the administration’s policies—and the people putting them into practice.

Shadow Government

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

U.S. military base in Afghanistan.

The United States Needs Central Asian Partners to Protect Afghanistan’s Future

Ambitious post-withdrawal hopes can’t be achieved without bases nearby.

Members of Afghanistan's peace negotiation team

How to Close the Gender Gap in Peace Talks

Women’s representation is critical to lasting peace, but they are losing ground at the negotiating table.

A member of the liberal Jewish religious movement "Women of the Wall" (WOW), wearing phylacteries and "Tallit" traditional Jewish prayer shawls for men, holds up a Torah on March 8, 2019 at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Women Are the Key to Israel’s Government

One of the few things holding the motley coalition together is a focus on women’s rights.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi arrives at United Nations.

How Sisi Beat Biden’s Human Rights Policy

Egypt is again proving useful to the United States—for now.

Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele

El Salvador Is Printing Money With Bitcoin

Nayib Bukele doesn’t want to ditch dollars. He just wants his own.

A man rests against a wall of a sports stadium in Pemba, Mozambique, on May 22. The sports stadium is used as a transit camp for internally displaced persons fleeing attacks in the north of the country.

The Islamic State Resurges in Mozambique

What happens there could decide the fate of terrorism—or peace—in Africa.

A worker stands next to a cage of mice inside a laboratory of the Wuhan Institute of Virology in Wuhan, China, on Feb. 23, 2017.

The Lab Leak Theory Doesn’t Hold Up

The rush to find a conspiracy around the COVID-19 pandemic’s origins is driven by narrative, not evidence.

Supporters of Iranian presidential candidate Ebrahim Raisi hold posters as they attend an election campaign rally in Tehran, Iran, on June 14.

The Perils of the Iranian Presidency

Most meet unhappy endings. Here’s why Ebrahim Raisi might avoid a similar fate.

Pedro Castillo of Perú Libre waves to supporters.

Peru’s New President Isn’t as Radical as He Looks

Pedro Castillo ran as an anti-establishment leftist. Here’s why he won’t govern like one.

Saudi Energy Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman gives a press conference in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Sept. 17, 2019.

Climate Policies Could Hand Power and Profits Back to OPEC

The Western rush to replace oil has Gulf producers laughing all the way to the bank.

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky arrives at the United Nations.

Biden’s Worried About Ukraine’s China Fling

Beijing is snapping up Ukrainian defense firms. That bodes ill for the would-be NATO member.

An illustration picture taken in London on December 18, 2020 shows the logos of Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft displayed on a mobile phone with an EU flag displayed in the background.

Biden’s Plan to Cooperate With Europe on Tech

The United States urgently wants to persuade its allies to turn away from digital autonomy.

A man carries a girl on his shoulder as she holds a flag of the Syrian opposition during a protest in the village of Atme in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib on March 15.

‘Responsibility to Protect’ Is One More Casualty of the Syrian War

The conflict’s impact on the world’s ability to prevent atrocities will be felt for years to come.

Truck at a roadblock in Democratic Republic of the Congo

It’s the Roads, Stupid

Armed checkpoints along key trade routes are the key to financing rebel groups and insurgencies around the world.

Tom Tugendhat, a member of the British Parliament

Tom Tugendhat Is the British MP China Hates Most

A stalwartly anti-Beijing figure doesn’t quite fit his party’s mold.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

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The Biden 100-Day Progress Report

We asked 25 experts to grade the administration’s start on foreign policy

An illustration combining images of Janet Yellen and Mario Draghi.

Janet Yellen and Mario Draghi Have One Last Job

The U.S. treasury secretary and the Italian prime minister have spent decades shaping this economy. But can they control what comes next?

How Biden Will—and Won’t—Battle the Pentagon

What the new president really thinks about the military—and what the military really thinks about him.

The Most Vital 100 Days Since FDR

Just like Roosevelt, Biden must show that government still works.

A FOCUS ON RACE AND FOREIGN POLICY

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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.

George Floyd mural unveiled in Brooklyn.

As America Seeks Racial Justice, It Can Learn From Abroad

Other countries offer good lessons for acknowledging and redressing past wrongs.

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The Month in World Photos

May brought an explosion of violence in Israel and Gaza—plus volcanic eruptions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, “sea snot” in Turkey, and the delivery of COVID vaccines around the world.

Above and below: Health workers Safina Bibi and Zubaria Mukhtar from a clinic supported by Greenstar Social Marketing visit women in a settlement for Afghan refugees in the suburbs of Islamabad on April 1.

The Global Gag Rule’s Long Shadow in Pakistan

Biden repealed major restrictions on U.S. foreign assistance, but anti-abortion ideology still limits crucial reproductive care in the places that need it most.