Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump talk at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders' summit in Danang, Vietnam, on Nov. 11, 2017.

This November, America’s Safety Is on the Ballot

Americans are already less safe because of growing distrust in their intelligence. Dangers will multiply without a change in political leadership.

Footage of a North Korean military parade seen on television.

North Korea’s Huge New Missile Sends a Message to Washington

In the military parade celebrating the 75th anniversary of the founding of the communist party, Pyongyang showed its claws and sought to bolster domestic support for the regime.

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Gender Equality Benefits Everyone

No country has yet achieved full gender equality. Here's how to make a difference in your country.

Election 2020

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other leading U.S. politicians visit the border between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

Ireland Is on the Ballot in Pennsylvania

Threats to the Good Friday Agreement—and culture wars—make this a critical constituency in a swing state.

Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence participate in the vice presidential debate moderated by Washington Bureau Chief for USA Today Susan Page at the University of Utah on Oct. 7 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Is a Vice President Who Doesn’t Know Much About Foreign Policy a National Security Risk?

Pence and Harris talked about international politics at the debate, but their performances will leave voters asking if they would be ready to act as commander in chief.

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Postcards From the Wedge

Niche foreign-policy issues could become make-or-break affairs for battleground races, from Cuba for Florida Latinos to the treatment of Somali refugees in Minnesota.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

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The Real Hacking Threat

It doesn’t matter if Russia actually sways the vote. What matters is whether Americans think it did.

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A Perilous Presidential Handoff

The presidential transition of power has long been a weakness of the U.S. political system. But never more so than now.

Feeling Like an Outcast

The bestselling book “Caste” brilliantly frames racial hierarchies in the United States but largely ignores the horrors of India’s caste structure.

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.

Paramilitary police march near the U.S. consulate in Chengdu, China.

COVID-19 Might Not Change the World

Pandemics are not always transformative events. While some worrying preexisting trends could accelerate, it’s incorrect to assume that the coronavirus will end globalization, kill liberal democracy, or enhance China’s soft power.

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan gives an interview in Yerevan on Oct. 6.

Without Russian Aid to Armenia, Azerbaijan Has the Upper Hand in Nagorno-Karabakh

Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has overplayed his hand by spouting belligerent nationalist rhetoric and refusing to negotiate—and Putin isn’t coming to his rescue.

The Chinese-funded Colombo Port City project is seen jutting into the ocean in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Nov. 8, 2018.

China’s Belt and Road Initiative Is a Mess, Not a Master Plan

Beijing’s foreign investments are often money-losing and driven by recipients’ own agendas.

Greek Cypriots protest at the Deryneia crossing point on Oct. 8, after Turkish troops reopened part of the historic city of Verosha.

How a Beach in Northern Cyprus Could Derail Peace Talks

The move to reopen a public beachfront, backed by Turkey, comes amid escalating tensions in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Working in bipartisan pairs, canvassers process mail-in ballots in a warehouse at the Anne Arundel County Board of Elections headquarters in Glen Burnie, Maryland, on Oct. 7.

Why We Still Need Democracy

Imperfect as electoral systems are, they provide a vital accountability.

Officials with a sniffer dog inspect a stage displaying pictures of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, U.S. President Donald Trump, and first lady Melania Trump, on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, India, on Feb. 23.

Why the Quad Is the One Alliance Trump Cares About

The United States may shun multilateralism, but it is successfully uniting Australia, India, and Japan against China.

Christians hold signs as they march on the streets of Abuja, Nigeria.

Christian Victims in Nigeria Fear Future Attacks

Religious violence is growing despite the pandemic.

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Is Turkey’s Military Overstretched?

If Turkey intervenes in Nagorno-Karabakh, it would only be the latest entry in Ankara’s growing list of military adventures.

Members of the Islamic State stand alongside their weapons, following their surrender to Afghanistan's government in Jalalabad on Nov. 17, 2019.

Indians and Central Asians Are the New Face of the Islamic State

Terrorists from India, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan were never at the forefront of global jihad before—now they are.

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How Not to Kill People With Spreadsheets

The U.K. government’s disastrous coronavirus error is another example of outsourcing gone wrong.

A member of the Russian military police stands guard between portraits of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Russian President Vladimir Putin at a guard post on the outskirts of Damascus, Syria, on March 1, 2018.

After Five Years of Fighting in Syria, Putin Has Gotten What He Wants

With Russia’s influence in the region solidified, peace will not come without its assent.

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech during a trip on the theme of the republican reconquest and the fight against Islamist separatism at the Dollar gymnasium in Mulhouse, eastern France, on Feb. 18, 2020.

Macron Wants to Start an Islamic Revolution

The French president is planning to curb the influence of extremist clerics—but his critics see something more sinister.

Voices

President Donald Trump speaks at a 'Make America Great Again' rally in Phoenix, Arizona, on Aug. 22, 2017.

Trump’s Illness Is Not a National Security Crisis

A reality check about the foreign-policy implications of a sick president.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia meet at the Al-Yamamah Royal Palace in Riyadh on Oct. 14, 2019.

Everything You Think About the Geopolitics of Climate Change Is Wrong

The transition to a zero-carbon world will shift power in very unexpected ways.

President Donald Trump gestures while speaking about mask wearing during a press conference in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC on Sept. 16, 2020.

The Dangerous Foreign-Policy Fallout of Trump’s COVID-19 Diagnosis

The four ways the president’s illness can complicate national security decision-making—or invite foreign attacks.

Indian protesters burn an effigy of Chinese President Xi Jinping and a Chinese flag during an anti-China demonstration in Kolkata on June 18.

India Doesn’t Need the Quad to Counter China—and Neither Do Its Partners

The nascent pact with Australia, Japan, and the United States is pointless. It should be quietly disbanded.

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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Will Schools and Universities Ever Return to Normal?

Nine experts on the future of education after the pandemic.

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The Future of the State

Ten leading global thinkers on government after the pandemic.

visual stories

An ethnic Armenian soldier fires an artillery piece during fighting with Azerbaijan’s forces in the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh on Sept. 29. Defence Ministry of Armenia/Handout via REUTERS

The Month in World Photos

September brought a devastating fire at a Greek migrant camp and the death of a U.S. Supreme Court icon—plus a mass whale stranding in Australia, fires in California, and protests against police violence around the world.

A migrant mother walks in front of a wall outside the Moria refugee camp in Lesbos, Greece, on Aug. 11, a month before the devastating September fire.

Europe’s Failed Migration Policy Caused Greece’s Latest Refugee Crisis

The burning of the Moria refugee camp in Lesbos has exposed the EU’s short-sighted, inhumane, and ineffective approach to asylum.

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