International Relations

Tea Leaf Nation

Look Who's Not Talking

Behind the scenes, the Chinese and Japanese governments are barely communicating. That should worry us all.

Ziad Haider |

Argument

Is Europe Ready to Commit?

Georgians worry that their passion for Europe isn't being reciprocated. And Russia is ready to step in.

Peter Pomerantsev |

Argument

The Scandal of Ambassador Zeid

Why the new United Nations human rights advocate is the wrong man for the job.

Jacob Mchangama |

Dispatch

Overheard in Warsaw

Warsaw's elite thought they were off the record. What happened next threatens Poland's politics and international relations.  

Jan Cienski |

Tea Leaf Nation

Hey Beijing, Is that a Map in Your Pocket?

Chinese web users debate what their new map might resemble. Cough.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |

Argument

Learning from Crimea

Western governments are right to insist on the territorial integrity of Ukraine and Georgia. But that shouldn't stop them from building ties to contested regions.

Lincoln Mitchell |

Christian Caryl

False Positive

Why Hillary Clinton's greatest foreign policy "success" isn't the win her new book claims.

Christian Caryl |

Argument

Vladimir Putin's Impotent Eurasian Union

Why the Russian president’s dream of 'near abroad' linked to Moscow might be less than the sum of its parts.

Casey Michel |

Report

Snap Poll: Does Obama Need to Put Troops in Ukraine to Prove America Is Tough?

We ask nearly 1,000 scholars about trade, aid, and what really stalled the Middle East peace talks.

Daniel Maliniak |

Argument

What Strongmen Have to Fear

Autocrats have increasing reason to fear the power of people in the streets. Here's why the leaders of democracies should take note.

Andrea Kendall-Taylor |

Christian Caryl

Is the Vatican Guilty of Torture?

History has shown that the Catholic Church can be a great force for good. But it can only live up to that promise by properly addressing the clerical sex abuse scandal.

Christian Caryl |

COLUMN

How to Get a B.A. in International Relations in 5 Minutes

Skip the seminars and the student debt: Here's everything you'd actually remember after four years.

Stephen M. Walt |

Dispatch

Merkel in the Middle

The German chancellor is caught between her country’s Amerika-Freunde and Putin-Versteher.

Paul Hockenos |

Argument

Can Europe's Security Watchdog Survive the Crisis in Ukraine?

The OSCE was designed to ensure peace in Europe. Now the conflict in Ukraine is confronting it with perhaps the greatest crisis in its history.

Spencer Oliver |

Argument

Preventing the Next Genocide

Burma's Rohingya minority could fall victim to full-scale genocide if the international community doesn't intervene.

Sir Geoffrey Nice |

Christian Caryl

In a Divided Ukraine, Even Victory Over Hitler Isn’t What It Used to Be

As Russia marks the USSR's victory over Nazi Germany in 1945, the chill of Crimea casts a shadow over remembrances.

Christian Caryl |

In Box

Arctic Sovereignty: A Short History

How a frigid no man's land became one of the most hotly contested territories on Earth. 

Ty McCormick |

Argument

Sorry, America, the New World Order Is Dead

Putin isn't dragging the world back to the 19th century. Obama just needs to stop pretending it's 1991.

Eric A. Posner |

Tea Leaf Nation

The Chinese Are Coming, and It's Going to Be Fine

Chinese companies will create jobs stateside and are required to play by U.S. rules.

Joel Backaler |

Argument

How Putin Is Reinventing Warfare

Though some deride Russia for backward thinking, Putin's strategy in Ukraine betrays a nuanced understanding of 21st century geopolitics.

Peter Pomerantsev |

Argument

Can Ghana's Democracy Save It from the Oil Curse?

Ghana is one of Africa's big economic success stories. But the discovery of oil has confronted it with some tricky problems.

Robert Looney |

Putinology

Who Will Be the President of Novorossiya?

A power struggle has broken out among pro-Russian leaders in Ukraine: They're fighting for control of a country that doesn't exist yet.

Anna Nemtsova |

Christian Caryl

Get Real, Nick Kristof

Happy talk isn't going to help Ukraine and Moldova deter Vladimir Putin.

Christian Caryl |

Tea Leaf Nation

Justin Bieber Just Accidentally Offended 1.3 Billion People

Chinese pile on after the pop star unwittingly visits a controversial shrine. 

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |

Argument

Don't Be a Menace to South (China Sea)

...and other strategies for managing the world's most important bilateral relationship.

Jim Steinberg |

Argument

War and Purgatory

What Syria can learn from Bosnia and its post-war mistakes.

Heather McRobie |

Dispatch

The Siege of Sloviansk

Inside a brewing insurgency as Ukraine sends in the tanks to quell unrest in its chaotic East.

David Patrikarakos |

Christian Caryl

Imagining Invasion on Vladimir Putin's Doorstep

Life was already hard enough for Ukrainians. But now they also have to worry about a Russian army on the march.

Christian Caryl |

Putinology

Life for Russia's Liberals Just Got a Whole Lot Worse

Moscow's annexation of Crimea is fueling a surge of "patriotism" -- and a new sense of claustrophobia.

Anna Nemtsova |

Argument

At Moscow's Mercy

By pledging not to use force outside NATO territory, Obama might as well have given Putin a free pass to annex more territory.

Mario Loyola |