Political studies

Colin Powell, ‘Reluctant Warrior’ Who Made the Case for the Iraq War, Dead at 84

By Amy Mackinnon, a national security and intelligence reporter at Foreign Policy, and Jack Detsch, Foreign Policy’s Pentagon and national security reporter.

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The U.N. Needs New Thinking on How to Prevent Civil Wars

Up until the spring, the pro-democracy movement in Myanmar was mainly expressing its opposition to the military junta that seized power…

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Order Before Peace: Kissinger’s Middle East Diplomacy and Its Lessons for Today

The ignominious end to the U.S. war in Afghanistan dramatically underscored the complexity and volatility of the broader Middle East.

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The ‘New’ Africa-France Summit Is More Form Than Substance

For the first time since the inaugural event in 1973, the Franco-Africa Summit—rebranded as the New Africa-France Summit, or as some referred…

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Saudi Arabia ‘serious’ about talks with Iran

Kingdom says it is considering reopening Jeddah consulate as it tries to keep talks with regional foe alive

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Sea Power Makes Great Powers

History reveals a country’s rise and decline are directly related to the heft of its navy. So why is the…

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Why China Is Alienating the World

Its economy was beating estimates. President Xi Jinping was implementing the country’s Belt and Road infrastructure initiative and was on…

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Taiwan and the Fight for Democracy

The story of Taiwan is one of resilience—of a country upholding democratic, progressive values while facing a constant challenge to…

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Africa’s Pandora Papers Revelations Are About More Than ‘Legality’

Nearly 50 politicians and public officials from 18 African countries have connections to secretive offshore financial structures and trusts in…

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