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How to Save Democracy From Technology

Big Tech threatens democracy. Few have considered a practical solution: taking away the platforms‘ role as gatekeepers of content.

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The Envoy

John Kerry, the secretary of state, talks to Foreign Affairs about Syria, Russia, his biggest regrets, and his plans for his last months in office.

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A Vaccine Won‘t End the Pandemic in Rural America

COVID-19 could linger for years in rural America-just as influenza did a century ago.

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Defense In Depth

Enhancing national security must start with the fundamental truth that the United States cannot protect itself or its interests without the help of others.

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Is Iraq on Track?

Iraq is hardly the failed state that Ned Parker portrayed in these pages, argues Antony Blinken, the U.S. vice president‘s national security adviser. Norman Ricklefs sees Iraq‘s politics becoming more moderate and less sectarian. Parker replies that despite these improvements, Baghdad still violates human rights and ignores the rule of law.

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Nothing to Fear

Indeed, the United States‘ primary problem with Europe today is that, far from being too strong and assertive, it is too weak and inward-looking. The challenge for U.S. policy is to encourage Europe to develop the cohesion and capability to become a true transatlantic partner.

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The False Crisis Over the Atlantic

A closer look shows that Europe and the United States are in fact converging culturally, economically, and even strategically. This phony crisis in relations only makes it more difficult to tap the full potential of the transatlantic partnership.

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E Pluribus Unum?

Stacey Abrams and other authors respond to Francis Fukuyama‘s Foreign Affairs essay "Against Identity Politics" and discuss the meaning and value of identity politics in the United States and beyond.

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American Leadership Begins at Home

The pandemic offers a startling reminder that effective governance and a flourishing democracy at home are the foundation of American leadership in the world.

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As the World Burns

New risks to the planet should challenge the conventional wisdom on fighting climate change.

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The Decider

‘To Start a War‘ reinforces prevailing views about the dysfunction, naivet, and dogmatism of Bush and his advisers ahead of the Iraq war.

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The Transformation of Diplomacy

U.S. diplomacy is badly broken, but it is not beyond repair. It must be reinvented for a new era.

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America‘s Opportunity in the Middle East

Diplomacy could succeed where military force has failed.

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The Case for a National Security Budget

Washington needs to fundamentally rethink the way it approaches the funding of its foreign policy.

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Competition Without Catastrophe

Although much of the discussion on U.S.-Chinese competition focuses on its bilateral dimension, the United States will ultimately need to embed its China strategy in a dense network of relationships and institutions in Asia and the rest of the world

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No Exit

Washington needs to figure out its real interests in the Middle East and craft a strategy to advance them.

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Can Ethiopia‘s Reforms Succeed?

Abiy has made a good start. But there is a long way to go.

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Behind the Violence in Ethiopia

Western diplomats and intelligence services are scrambling to assess a series of alarming protests in Ethiopia that are raising questions about whether Africa‘s brightest growth story of the last decade is about to unravel.

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Repairing the World

The imperative-and limits-of a post-Trump foreign policy.

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China Has Made Drone Warfare Global

The United States must Join the market or be left behind.

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The Can-Do Power

The Biden administration needs to solve global problems in a way that brings visible benefits at home and abroad.

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Why We Still Need Nuclear Power

The world cannot let the March disaster at Japan‘s Fukushima power plant scare it into forgoing the benefits of nuclear energy -- a cheap, reliable, and safe source of electricity. Still, writes a former U.S. undersecretary of energy, the United States does need to update its safety standards and reform its handling of nuclear waste.

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How We Got the Iran Deal

The 2015 Iran nuclear deal stands as a model for combining the threat of sanctions and continued isolation with the hard work of negotiating, even between countries whose relationships are shaped by conflict and distrust. The Trump administration‘s decision to withdraw from the agreement has turned Iran into a nearly impossible problem for future U.S. governments.

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For China, Ending Poverty Is Just the Beginning

Making good on the pledge to end poverty won‘t be enough.

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