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Frans Timmermans, Vice-President of the European Commission, talks to journalists after the closing ceremony of the UN Climate Summit COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.
Frans Timmermans, Vice-President of the European Commission, talks to journalists after the closing ceremony of the UN Climate Summit COP27 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

Europe’s Climate Chief: The 1.5-Degree Goal Is on ‘Life Support’

Frans Timmermans on COP27 and how Brussels navigates a frosty relationship between Washington and Beijing.

People hold blank sheets of paper in protest of COVID-19 restrictions and censorship in Hong Kong on Nov. 28.
People hold blank sheets of paper in protest of COVID-19 restrictions and censorship in Hong Kong on Nov. 28.

The Power of China’s Blank Sheets of Paper

2022 is not 1989, but demonstrations may yet develop in unpredictable ways.

A Ukrainian tank rolls along a road near Bakhmut in the Donetsk region.
A Ukrainian tank rolls along a road near Bakhmut in the Donetsk region.

‘General Frost’ Will Be Fighting for Both Sides This Time

Winter may slow down Ukraine’s advances, but Kyiv is better prepared than Russia’s ragtag forces.

A woman holds a blank sheet of paper as demonstrators protest the deaths caused by an apartment complex fire in Urumqi, Xinjiang, China, at the Langson Library on the campus of the University of California, Irvine.
A woman holds a blank sheet of paper as demonstrators protest the deaths caused by an apartment complex fire in Urumqi, Xinjiang, China, at the Langson Library on the campus of the University of California, Irvine.

What Xi’s Zero-COVID Fiasco Might Mean for China and the World

Protests spotlight the regime's misguided approach to the pandemic and lackluster vaccination campaign.

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks with with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Senegalese President Macky Sall.
Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks with with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and Senegalese President Macky Sall.

Biden’s Big Africa Summit Carefully Sidesteps China

In a U-turn from the Trump administration, Team Biden wants to court African nations without talking about Beijing.

U.S. Iran envoy Robert Malley testified on the Iran nuclear deal.
U.S. Iran envoy Robert Malley testified on the Iran nuclear deal.

Biden’s Iran Envoy: Sanctions Are ‘Not the Answer’

Robert Malley on the stalled nuclear deal and Washington’s plan to help Iran’s protesters.

Philippe Etienne, the French ambassador to the United States, speaks during a reception.
Philippe Etienne, the French ambassador to the United States, speaks during a reception.

France Tries to Get Onside With Washington Ahead of First State Visit

Foreign Policy talked with the French ambassador about energy, the war, and looming trade tensions.

Kishida frowns as he stands at a podium in front of a screen showing financial data in Japanese.
Kishida frowns as he stands at a podium in front of a screen showing financial data in Japanese.

Japan’s Weaker Yen Is Here to Stay—for Better or Worse

The country’s government and central bank have adamantly opposed too much intervention in the yen despite the economic consequences.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a press conference at the NATO summit in Madrid.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a press conference at the NATO summit in Madrid.

Turkey Is NATO’s Pivot Point Over Ukraine

Erdogan is trying to strike a balance of being pro-Ukraine but not anti-Russia.

A member of Ukraine’s 59th Motorized Brigade walks through the devastation in Posad-Pokrovske in Kherson Oblast.
A member of Ukraine’s 59th Motorized Brigade walks through the devastation in Posad-Pokrovske in Kherson Oblast.

The Ukrainian Village That Sacrificed Itself for Kherson

One small town in Ukraine held off a Russian attack and helped liberate a key regional capital.

Police keep watch on a road in Beijing.
Police keep watch on a road in Beijing.

China’s Police Are Catching Up to Protesters

An initially soft approach was probably due to confusion, not policy.

A protester holds a placard with the words “Russians are against Putin and the war.”
A protester holds a placard with the words “Russians are against Putin and the war.”

Russian Exiles Struggle to Form a United Opposition to Putin

Historically, Russian emigrants have been reluctant to form exile communities and have tried to assimilate.

Volunteers work without electricity in Dnipro.
Volunteers work without electricity in Dnipro.

Ukraine Battles On in the Dark

Russia’s terror campaign against Ukraine’s power plants is cutting off the lights—and energizing resistance.

Protesters hold up white paper as a symbol against censorship during a protest in Beijing.
Protesters hold up white paper as a symbol against censorship during a protest in Beijing.

Will China’s Protests Survive?

A nationwide movement of this scale has no post-1989 precedent.

Saharawi festivalgoers gather to watch a nighttime FiSahara screening at Auserd refugee camp in the Western Sahara.
Saharawi festivalgoers gather to watch a nighttime FiSahara screening at Auserd refugee camp in the Western Sahara.

The World’s Most Remote Film Festival

Deep in the Algerian desert, a Sahrawi-run event puts Western Sahara’s struggle for liberation on the big screen.

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