Afghan men sit in chairs alongside a building beneath a large banner advertising World Food Program and USAID food assistance.

How to Prevent Afghan Aid Money From Reaching Terrorists

Humanitarian aid must be linked to an effective independent monitoring system.

U.S. President Joe Biden

‘Don’t Freaking Test Us’: U.S. Sanctions Alleged Intelligence Operatives Undermining Ukraine

It’s part of an effort to shed light on Russia’s orchestrated campaign to destabilize Kyiv—and even take over Ukraine.

Labor activists demand higher minimum wage

Why Gains for U.S. Workers Are Good for the World

The rising power of labor will have ripple effects far from U.S. shores.

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.

Mario Mario Draghi speaks at a press conference in Frankfurt.

Mario Draghi Doesn’t Have ‘Whatever It Takes’ Anymore

Whether as Italy’s prime minister or its president, he may not have the solution to Italy’s problems.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen reviews a military honor guard with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during a welcome ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 16, 2017.

Time for America to Play Offense in China’s Backyard

Ignoring Cambodia and Laos is a strategic mistake—but engagement requires a smarter balance of values and interests.

A merchant counts Syrian pound notes, bearing a portrait of the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, at the Bzourieh market in the centre of the Syrian capital Damascus on September 11, 2019.

The Pointlessness of America’s Syria Sanctions

The United States has given up on trying to topple Bashar al-Assad—but continues to punish the Syrian people.

People receive food from a nonprofit in Tokyo.

Japan’s New Prime Minister Takes On Abenomics’ Legacy

Fumio Kishida’s new populist measures look to shrink inequality and stir a sluggish economy.

A Greenpeace activist sprays green-colored water at the entrance of the European Parliament in Brussels on May 26, 2021.

Can Global Regulators Save the ESG Movement From Itself?

Without state intervention and global standards, the environmental, social, and governance movement is a recipe for greenwashing and corporate deception.

A close-up of Erdogan speaking into a microphone in front of a Turkish flag

Autocrats Are Exploiting COVID-19 to Weaken Central Bank Independence

The pandemic-induced economic crisis has created the perfect conditions for backtracking.

U.S.-ASEAN Summit

America’s Asia Strategy Has Reached a Dead End

Washington should prioritize economic statecraft and stop thinking with its missiles.

A Chinese 100-yuan note is held in front of an image of a Chinese Red Guard.

Online Warriors Are a Risky but Useful Tool for Beijing

Cyber-nationalists are uncomfortably reminiscent of the Red Guards of the 1960s.

Farmers burn an effigy with pictures of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (top) and Uttar Pradesh state Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath during a demonstration on the outskirts of Amritsar in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on Oct. 5, 2021.

5 Big Foreign-Policy Things We’re Watching in 2022

FP experts identify the important trends and events to look out for in the coming year.

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