Joe Biden Is Actually Listening

The world can take solace that the potential next U.S. president is fundamentally a politician at heart.

Iran's Navy Commander Admiral Habibollah Sayari points at a map during a press conference in Tehran on Dec. 22, 2010.

Israel’s Peace Deals Are a Strategic Nightmare for Iran

The Abraham Accord is threatening decades of foreign-policy planning in Tehran.

A picture shows an Irish Republican Army (IRA) sniper warning sign overlooking the Bogside area of Derry in Northern Ireland on April 20, 2019.

Brexit Is the IRA’s Biggest Recruitment Tool

Despite a major crackdown, the uncertainty around the border is keeping militant republicanism alive.

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani and US President Donald Trump shake hands before a meeting at the Palace Hotel during the 72nd United Nations General Assembly on September 21, 2017 in New York City.

Public Support Surges for Trump-Backed Afghan Peace Plan

Nearly two-thirds of Trump and Biden supporters said they “strongly” or “somewhat” support the peace deal that would get U.S. forces out of Afghanistan next year.

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Disney’s ‘Mulan’ Disaster Highlights Dangers of China Deals

The cost of doing business with Beijing has risen sharply and swiftly.

Finnish President Sauli Niinisto welcomes Russian President Vladimir Putin

Finland’s President Can Hold His Own With Both Putin and Trump

Sauli Niinisto is hugely popular at home—and is one of the few world leaders who has the respect of both Washington and Moscow.

An infrared microscope image shows mosquito larvae with red-glowing eyes, part of an experiment using CRISPR gene-editing technology.

The Genetic Engineering Genie Is Out of the Bottle

The next pandemic could be bioengineered in someone’s garage using cheap and widely available technology.

Aircraft mechanics repair a harrier jet on deck the USS Bonhomme Richard after the formal opening of the annual  Philippine-U.S. Amphibious Landing Exercises program  on Oct. 8, 2012.

How Far Should the U.S. Go to Counter China?

From Pacific bases to the Himalayas, Washington and Beijing are facing off.

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Emerging Stronger From the Great Lockdown

The managing director and the chief economist of the International Monetary Fund lay out a strategy for sustained recovery.

A nurse in Caracas passes an anti-imperialism mural

Latin America Is Off the Global Stage, and That’s OK

The region doesn’t have a seat at the geopolitical table, but at least it’s off the menu.

Peter Pellegrino, the U.S. Naval War College's senior military analyst for wargaming, briefs participants in a wargame reenactment of the Battle of Jutland on the college’s tiled floor in Newport, Rhode Island, on May 10, 2016.

What to Do When Predicting Pandemics

Simulations have forecast disastrous consequences before. Here’s how to act on the lessons of wargames before they come to pass.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson’s Plan to Get Brexit Done and ‘Hang the Consequences’

The United Kingdom is going back on the terms of its divorce with Europe, threatening any future trade deals and even the integrity of the U.K. itself.

Osama bin Laden with then-advisor Ayman al-Zawahiri during a November 2001 interview at an undisclosed location in Afghanistan.

Al Qaeda’s Leader Is Old, Bumbling—and a Terrorist Mastermind

Ayman al-Zawahiri isn’t trying to plan another 9/11 attack—because he doesn’t need to.

President Xi Jinping pictured with Joe Biden on Aug. 18, 2011, when they were each vice president of China and the United States, respectively, in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Biden Has a Serious Credibility Problem in Asia

U.S. allies have grown comfortable with Trump and his tough approach to China—and are anxious about a Biden victory.

A still from Spike Lee’s “Da 5 Bloods.”

In ‘Da 5 Bloods,’ Vietnam Is Just Another Backdrop for American Pain

Even U.S. anti-war movies end up reenacting the same imperialist fantasies.

Voices

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives to address the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, on Sept. 27, 2019.

What the West Needs From Modi

An alliance of democracies to contain China makes sense. But Modi needs to clean up his act.

U.S Vice President Joe Biden meets with troops during a visit with Jordan's King Abdullah at a joint Jordanian-American training center on March 10, 2016 in Zarqa northeast of Amman, Jordan.

Under Biden, the Middle East Would Be Just Another Region

The Democratic presidential candidate would stop sucking up to the region's autocrats, but he also wouldn’t give much encouragement to liberals.

People buy tickets for Disney’s Mulan at a cinema inside a shopping mall in Bangkok on Sept. 8.

Artists of the World, Unite

Only by standing firm against China together can makers escape global cultural paralysis.

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump votes at his local polling station in New York's primary on April 19, 2016 in New York City.

10 Ways Trump Is Becoming a Dictator, Election Edition

The closer the president gets to election day, the bigger the threat he poses to U.S. democracy.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

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Crises Only Sometimes Lead to Change. Here’s Why.

The coronavirus pandemic won’t automatically lead to reforms. Great upheavals only bring systemic change when reformers have a plan—and the power to implement it.

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A Portrait of India on Fire

Megha Majumdar’s bestselling novel “A Burning” begins with a train in flames. But what really gets torched is the Indian Dream.

Welcome to the Post-Leader World

The United States has abdicated its dominant role. Here’s how to fill the gap.

Welcome Back to Kissinger’s World

Neoconservatism has died, and liberal internationalism is discredited. Perhaps it’s time to return to the ideas of one of the last century’s greatest realists.

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.

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When Did Racism Become Solely a Domestic Issue?

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

People walk down 16th Street in Washington after volunteers painted "Black Lives Matter" on the street near the White House on June 5.

Seeing Race In a Pandemic

How the physical environment affects our experience of difference.

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Why Race Matters in International Relations

Western dominance and white privilege permeate the field. It’s time to change that.

Special insights on the post-pandemic world

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Culture Shock

Eight voices on the future of entertainment, culture, and sports.

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The Future of Travel

Seven predictions for how tourism will change.

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Urban Life Transformed

Twelve experts on planning, policy, history, and health predict the future of cities.

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The Future of the State

Ten leading global thinkers on government after the pandemic.

visual stories

Maria Kolesnikova sits with former Minister of Culture Pavel Latushko (left) and Coordinating Council member Maksim Znak (right) on their way to a protest in Minsk, Belarus, on Aug. 23.

Yet Another Opposition Leader Targeted in Belarus

Maria Kolesnikova is a former musician who rose to prominence in recent protests.

A man scoops leaked oil from the vessel MV Wakashio near Blue Bay Marine Park off the coast of southeast Mauritius on Aug. 8. The ship hit a coral reef off the Indian Ocean island and ran aground two weeks prior, spilling about 1,000 tons of oil. JEAN AURELIO PRUDENCE/L’Express Maurice/AFP via Getty Images

The Month in World Photos

August brought a massive oil spill in the Indian Ocean and a disputed election in Belarus—plus fierce storms, wildfires, coronavirus chaos, a military coup in Mali, and a devastating explosion in Beirut.

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