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The best stories from around the world.

FP Staff |

Dispatch

The Disappearances That Broke the Camel's Back

The Peña Nieto administration is eager to move on from the country’s latest security crisis, but Mexicans are refusing to let the government off the hook.

Julie Schwietert Collazo |

Dispatch

Haiti's Political Crisis Is About to Get Worse

No elections, an empty Senate, violent protests on the streets of Port-au-Prince -- and Haiti's unrest is just getting started.

Peter Granitz |

COLUMN

The Fall Guy

Getting rid of Hagel is not a cure for what ails Obama's national security team -- it's a symptom of the disease.

David Rothkopf |

Christian Caryl

Can Thailand Move Beyond the Coup?

Thailand under military rule may look calm. But big changes are coming, whether the generals like it or not.

Christian Caryl |

Putinology

The Costs of Exile

Leaders in countries of the former USSR are increasingly driving their best and brightest into emigration. No one wins.

Anna Nemtsova |

Slide Show

The World This Week in Photos

Bicycling in the dark in Douma, Syria; moving Hamburg's swans to their winter home; and opening the International Toilet Festival in New Delhi.

FP Staff |

COLUMN

The Catch-22 of Barack Obama

Dealing with Congress could drive anyone nuts, but with his immigration move, Obama is crazy like a fox.

David Rothkopf |

COLUMN

The Top 5 Foreign Policy Lessons of the Past 20 Years

From Russia to China to the United States, from hubris to ultimatums to power plays, the good, the bad, and the ugly of (recent) world politics. 

Stephen M. Walt |

Argument

Can FIFA’s Corruption Be Stopped?

The world’s governing body of soccer is reeling from a scandal involving the next two World Cups in Russia and Qatar. But making it accountable will take more than an investigation.

Roger Pielke Jr. |

Dispatch

Greece's Neo-Nazis Were Scarier Than Anyone Imagined

Prosecutors in the trials to disband Golden Dawn claim the group slaughtered sheep to practice knife techniques, carried around bazookas, and was training to “break into parliament with tanks.”

Yiannis Baboulias |

Dispatch

The Only Sultan I've Ever Known

Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said, the man who built modern, moderate Oman, may be on his deathbed. Omanis hope for the best and fear what could come next.

Vivian Nereim |

Argument

L'Affaire Baraçois Hollandbama

American and French politics seem to be devolving in parallel. That's bad news for the left in both countries.

Robert Zaretsky |

Dispatch

Statue of Memory

Bulgaria commemorates a murdered dissident -- and takes a symbolic step toward reckoning with its communist past.

Matthew Brunwasser |

Tea Leaf Nation

The Mountains Are High and the Emperor Is Far Away

Who do Hong Kong's netizens blame for the city's distress?

Douglas Yeung |

Tea Leaf Nation

'Having a Second Kid Isn't as Simple as Adding Another Pair of Chopsticks'

As Beijing loosens the reins on family planning, why aren't more Chinese choosing to have a second child?

Alexa Olesen |

Dispatch

How Do You Say 'Gridlock' in Burmese?

President Obama is arriving in Burma amid a crisis in the country's democratic transition.

Larry Jagan |

Argument

Jerusalem, on a Knife's Edge

Stabbing attacks and random acts of Palestinian terror have brought the violence in Gaza and the West Bank into the heart of Israel.

Jonathan Schanzer |

Tea Leaf Nation

China's Silk Road Strategy

Xi Jinping's real answer to the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Min Ye |

Tea Leaf Nation

'The Sky Is Really Blue, But It Isn't for Us'

Chinese netizens wonder why the air in Beijing is only clean when important foreigners come to town. 

Lotus Ruan |

Dispatch

8 Things That Were Better in East Germany*

Remembering the "glory days" of nudity, breast milk, and recycling 25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Paul Hockenos |

Argument

Why I Still Believe in the Arab Spring

Everyone talks about the "failure" of the Arab revolts that began in 2011. But the story isn't over yet.

Iyad el-Baghdadi |

Argument

Don’t Go Changing, Mr. President

The midterm drubbing wasn't a referendum on Obama's foreign policy. In the next two years, he should double down and stick to his guns.

Michael A. Cohen |

Tea Leaf Nation

Let Them Eat Fish

How Hong Kong's fisheries and other interest groups dominate the city's Beijing-backed political system.

Suzanne Sataline |

Tea Leaf Nation

Don't Show Me the Money

Macau's casinos are taking a hit from China's sweeping anti-corruption crackdown.

Alexa Olesen |

COLUMN

The Myth of the Indispensable Nation

The world doesn’t need the United States nearly as much as we like to think it does.

Micah Zenko |

COLUMN

A President Riding Off Into the Sunset?

Three reasons why President Obama isn't about to be a second-term foreign-policy free-ranger.

Kori Schake |

Tea Leaf Nation

‘Indefinite Resurrection’

Who are the Umbrella Movement protesters remaining on the streets of Hong Kong? 

Ellie Ng |

Argument

Erdogan's Unsung Victory

Turkey's strongman has broken the power of the military. Could that ensure the long-term victory of democracy?

Nick Danforth |

Christian Caryl

Remembering the Fall

It's hard to remember just how impassable the Berlin Wall was -- until one day it wasn't. A memoir.

Christian Caryl |