War

Dispatch

No Place to Heal

South Sudan's hospitals have become targets for both sides in the brutal, ongoing civil war. How can you save lives when doctors and patients are living under the gun?

Ty McCormick |

Slide Show

The World This Week in Photos

Protests in Islamabad; the aftermath of the conflict in Gaza; and remembering James Foley.

FP Staff |

Argument

And How Does That Make You Feel, Bibi?

The psychology behind Israel's Gaza war and the truce that followed.

Yael S. Aronoff |

COLUMN

A White Shining Lie

Putin's 'humanitarian' convoy is simply a pretext for the war the Kremlin's been planning for months.

Michael Weiss |

Slide Show

The World This Week in Photos

Ferguson protests; Liberians face the spread of Ebola; and the pope visits South Korea.

FP Staff |

Argument

I Was Gassed by Bashar al-Assad

A year ago, a chemical weapons attack killed hundreds of my neighbors and friends. But the greatest tragedy is Obama's refusal to punish the murderer in Damascus.

Qusai Zakarya |

Slide Show

The Dam Is Ours

Peshmerga and Iraqi forces cooperated long enough to wrest a vital strategic asset back from the Islamic State. But can this tense alliance last?

Andrew Quilty |

Dispatch

The Locked and Loaded Carpenters of Makhmour

In one Kurdish town, all able-bodied men, from 17 to 80, have picked up arms to defend their homes from the Islamic State.

Matthew Vickery |

COLUMN

Is Barack Obama More of a Realist Than I Am?

This president isn't weak and waffling. He's calculating, coldhearted, and decisive when it counts.

Stephen M. Walt |

Feature

Saving Sinjar From a Super 8

How did a small community of Yazidis from Lincoln, Nebraska, convince the White House to go to war in Iraq?

Susannah George |

Dispatch

How Many Tons of Cement Will It Take to Rebuild Gaza?

In the ruins of the Strip, the devastation has spared no one.

David Kenner |

Dispatch

South Sudan's Coming Famine

Renewed fighting in the war-torn country has derailed humanitarian relief efforts, and now tens of thousands are facing starvation.

Ty McCormick |

COLUMN

Putin's New Clothes

Russia’s president is nakedly invading Ukraine. Why won’t anybody say anything?

Michael Weiss |

Putinology

Novorossiya Is Coming Apart at the Seams

Moscow dreamed of transforming southeastern Ukraine into a client state. But the Kremlin's plans are fraying as Kiev pushes back.

Anna Nemtsova |

Christian Caryl

How the Wizard of Oz Explains America’s Foreign Policy

A few thoughts on saving the Munchkins, defeating tyranny, and the politics of America's favorite fairytale.

Christian Caryl |

Slide Show

The World This Week in Photos

Militias clash in Libya; preparations for India's Independence Day; and a wedding in a Gaza refugee camp.

FP Staff |

Argument

The Rebels Are Gaining Ground in Syria

While the Islamic State pillages Iraq, the more moderate opposition in Syria is making headway against Assad's forces back home.

Robert S. Ford |

COLUMN

The Chaos Convoy

The Red Cross has no idea what 280 Russian trucks making their way to the Ukrainian border are carrying. Is Putin's "humanitarian" mission a Trojan horse?

Michael Weiss |

Dispatch

Victory or Death

For the hard-line brigades in Gaza, a cease-fire is only a temporary reprieve from a battle that never ends.

David Kenner |

Dispatch

In Gaza, the War Is Far From Over

As strikes resume, the battered Palestinians of the Strip don’t want Hamas to give up the fight.

David Kenner |

Slide Show

Stranded on Mount Sinjar

The Yazidis, a small Iraqi religious minority, are marooned and starving on a mountain in Kurdistan. Now, the United States is trying to save them from the murderous hands of the Islamic State.

FP Staff |

Dispatch

The End of Days for Iraq's Christians

In the lands of the Old Testament, an endangered religious minority is being wiped out by the brutal Islamic State.

Sophie Cousins |

COLUMN

On Israel's Defeat in Gaza

Hamas will dig out from under the rubble and the world will remember the image of four boys killed on a beach.

David Rothkopf |

Infographic

Mapping Boko Haram's Growing Insurgency

The militant group's rise is leaving a trail of destruction across Nigeria's northeast.

Reid Standish |

Argument

Tsar Vladimir the First

Putin isn’t trying to win the Cold War -- he’s refighting the battles of World War I.

Gal Luft |

Argument

South Sudan's Road to Peace

If South Africa's political factions could reconcile, so can South Sudan's warring parties.

Desmond Tutu |

Dispatch

In Congo, a Disabled Peace

Security is improving in the eastern part of the country -- so why are many refugees worse off than before?

Ty McCormick |

COLUMN

It's Not the Guns of August -- It's the Trenches of October

100 years later, we still spend too much time talking about how World War I started. The real lessons are in why it lasted so long. 

Stephen M. Walt |