“I think that the grand miscalculation of the Afghan leadership was this: that we were not going to leave," Zalmay Khalilzad, a longtime U.S. envoy to Afghanistan, told FP's @EliseLabott.
USA Gymnastics once ruled with an iron grip. But the Larry Nassar scandal stripped the organization of any and all credibility, creating a necessary opening for change, writes FP's Allison Meakem.
Very happy to share my latest article for @ForeignPolicy! It argues against the idea that China or Russia could fill a U.S. "void" in the Middle East, and highlights how so-called U.S. "allies" in seek to manipulate this narrative for their own benefit.
Newly reelected U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres' blueprint for multilateralism is "one of the most far-reaching and comprehensive strategies ever produced by the U.N.," write @robmuggah and Giovanna Kuele.
The return of the Taliban marks an inflection point in the region’s politics akin to the United States’ 2001 intervention, the Soviet Union’s 1991 collapse, and the 2011 Arab uprisings.
This week, Foreign Policy Playlist features B for Bacchus, a show that explores the first Palestinian winery near Bethlehem and the use of Indigenous Palestinian and Israeli grape varieties. @farrahberrou spoke w/ FP guest host—and wine lover—@JackDetsch.
In case you missed it, my co-authored piece in @ForeignPolicy on #Guinea's recent coup.
Optimism among Guineans will likely be short-lived. According to academic research, new authoritarian regimes often emerge after coups, along with higher levels of state-sanctioned violence. twitter.com/ForeignPolicy/…
Q&A: Zalmay Khalilzad, longtime U.S. envoy to Afghanistan, opens up about how the peace deal went south, how the evacuation went haywire, and why everybody in government was blindsided.
From FP's @EliseLabott:
The United States is merely reacting to events in Lebanon instead of adopting a proactive policy to extract the country from what the World Bank said could be one of the three worst economic crises in the world since the mid-1800s.
Zaki Anwari will be remembered as one of Afghanistan’s falling men while strangers in distant Western capitals will recount his death as they argue about U.S. foreign policy, writes Laila Rasek.
"Few will bother to speak of his life."
Twitter is debating when/if Biden might lift the travel bans. Am I too pessimistic? Optimistic?
The real point is people build personal lives —work, family, love — around knowing whether they can move freely.
The lack of US transparency is inexcusable. foreignpolicy.com/2021/09/13/tra…
Behind-the-scenes diplomacy sheds light on how the United States and its allies are seeking to maintain pressure on the ruling junta in the aftermath of the military coup that ousted the elected government in February.
Morning Brief: The Taliban mark one month since Kabul takeover, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz says he could “accept” new Iran deal, and Haiti’s prime minister fires top prosecutor who sought assassination probe.
In Germany, experts have raised concerns that exact disinformation tactics employed around the federal elections will be difficult to predict and could spread faster than anyone is able to debunk them.
Blinken’s even-keeled temperament during the hearing wasn't enough to quell Republican lawmakers who railed against the Biden administration’s evacuation efforts, FP's @RobbieGramer and @zinyasalfitii report.
"Instead of wasting energy to seek out those who break the law by posting on banned websites, the Buhari administration should focus on more pressing matters that are actually impacting citizens," write @HassanIdayat and @KehindeTogun.
When Taliban gunmen stormed into a remote Afghan district, they terrorized residents and looted businesses. Then they demanded the information of girls and women they said would be married off to their young fighters. From July: