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"With a forecast so grim, it’s time for a Hail Mary move," writes FP's @Laurie_Garrett.
A forgotten strip of land may hold the key to the future relationship between the Taliban and Beijing, Sam Dunning writes.
U.S. officials have been explicit about what they call “forever prisoners." They're men who will never be charged with a crime. Ahmed Rabbani is one such prisoner.
If Lebanon is ever expected to stand on its own feet, it will need the full thrust of U.S. diplomatic and financial power for wide-reaching political reform, writes FP's @anchalvohra.
Japan has a direct stake, and is uniquely suited for helping the Middle East adapt to a changing geopolitical landscape, FP contributors argue.
Israeli defense minister Benny Gantz speaks with FP about the future of the country’s security strategy in the face of Iran:
Tehran prefers a central government strong enough to rein in jihadists but weak enough to be politically pliable and not pose a military threat, writes Kevjn Lim.
The government seeks to avoid Evergrande Group becoming Beijing’s Lehman Brothers.
“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.
China and Russia's ability to continue their low-cost maneuvering in the region would actually be undermined by a U.S. absence, argues @Hoffman8Jon.
Across the Middle East, there are unarguable linkages between poor governance, environmental mismanagement, urbanization, and urban unrest.
As Afghans flee across borders today, remembrance of the continued reboot of colonial-era partition is essential for South Asians and for meddlers in Afghanistan, writes Priya Satia.
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.
Inflation of data and accompanying propaganda are meant to make the system look more effective than it really is, writes Vincent Brussee.
Without a proper reckoning with the legacy of torture at Guantánamo Bay, the Biden administration’s statements in support of human rights will continue to ring hollow.
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.…
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Join FP reporters @columlynch and @RobbieGramer for a sneak peek at the 76th annual U.N. General Assembly, the biggest diplomatic event of the year.
Moscow and Beijing have not outright challenged the U.S.-led security order in the region—because they benefit from it.
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.
A candid conversation with @US4AfghanPeace the most consequential American official involved in the 20-year US involvement in Afghanistan.…
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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 the wake of American withdrawal from the region, Japan is taking the opportunity to rehash relations in the Middle East:
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.…
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Israel is open to a re-negotiated U.S.-Iran nuclear deal, Israeli defense minister Benny Gantz told @NeriZilber.
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:
Zalmay Khalilzad has been the U.S. point man in Afghanistan for decades. He talked to FP's @EliseLabott about what went wrong (and what went right.) Good stuff here.…
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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.
Decades of sex abuse turned American gymnasts away from their federation. Will other sports follow suit?
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."
Washington must let go of the fiction that there is some mystical combination of allurements that will shape Pakistan into a responsible state, writes @CChristineFair.
The Taliban’s rise to power gives Islamabad a prime opportunity to try to shape Afghan government policy and statecraft, writes FP's @MichaelKugelman.
Amid Nigeria's Twitter ban, the country continues to teeter on the path to failed statehood as all regions suffer from internal conflicts, write @HassanIdayat and @KehindeTogun.
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.…
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It has long been known that a flood of international aid can incentivize corruption—but Washington apparently missed the memo, write @cjcmichel and @apmassaro3.
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.…
By targeting media outlets throughout Russia, the Kremlin hopes to avoid Belarus-style mass protests, @nseskuria writes.
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.
Argument: Guinea’s global partners are now faced with the very instability they were seeking to prevent—and Guinean citizens will now pay the price.
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.
China and Russia have managed any potential frictions in Central Asia by focusing on complements over competition.
"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.
U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres has a vital role to play when it comes to managing the tricky issue of the global commons and global public goods.
The United States enabled corruption in Afghanistan that rotted the U.S.-backed regime and allowed the Taliban to topple the government.
The Afghanistan withdrawal has made Britain’s abject position in the so-called “special relationship” with Washington humiliatingly apparent.
The Taliban have announced a government that takes the country back a quarter century in time and hints at dark days to come, reports @lynnekodonnell.
The retreat of democracy around the world menaces not just U.S. global interests but democracy at home, writes @SuzanneNossel.
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:
False claims about fraud have already circulated during local elections in Germany this year.
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