You are here

Foreign Affairs

Subscribe to Foreign Affairs feed
Updated: 1 month 6 days ago

What’s at Stake for Erdogan in the Khashoggi Affair?

Fri, 26/10/2018 - 06:00
The Khashoggi affair comes at a bad time for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is facing economic troubles and tension with Europe and Washington. But Erdogan seems to be playing his cards carefully, and trying to turn the affair into an opportunity to damage the reputation of his rival, the young Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS). Ankara seems to have more evidence against Riyadh than it has revealed so far, suggesting that Erdogan might be using some evidence as leverage to extract concessions, such as increased financial support from Saudi Arabia or exemption from impending U.S. sanctions on Iran. 

Women for Bolsonaro

Fri, 26/10/2018 - 06:00
Despite Jair Bolsonaro's repeated misogynist comments about women, his anti-corruption, law-and-order platform has the support of many female voters concerned about corruption and violence in Brazil. 

Blessings and Curses From Constantinople

Thu, 25/10/2018 - 06:00
The split in the Orthodox Church between Constantinople and Moscow will have wide-ranging implications for Russia's foreign policy under Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian domestic politics under Petro Poroshenko.

Not His Father’s Saudi Arabia

Thu, 18/10/2018 - 06:00
Khashoggi's death has made the need to reassess the US-Saudi relationship urgent and unavoidable.

Is Going It Alone the Best Way Forward for Europe?

Wed, 17/10/2018 - 06:00

Since the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States, Europeans have struggled to come to terms with his confrontational style and policies. From Trump’s tariffs to his withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and the Paris agreement to calling the EU a “foe,” no U.S. president since World War II has appeared so distant, even hostile, to European interests. Early on, many European leaders attempted to cultivate a good relationship with Trump, hoping that a personal connection could help calm the increasingly turbulent waters of the transatlantic alliance. Some, such as French President Emmanuel Macron and EU President Jean-Claude Juncker, succeeded, while others, such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May, fared less well.

Read More

Is Going It Alone the Best Way Forward for Europe?

Wed, 17/10/2018 - 06:00
With U.S. untethering a continuing trend, a Europe whole, free, and at peace means a Europe able to fend for itself on the world stage

Is There Hope for Reform in Post-Election Iraq?

Wed, 17/10/2018 - 06:00
Iraq has a new president and prime minister, but the way they gained power strongly suggests that their appointments were the result of muhasasa dealings rather than the functioning of parliamentary democracy. If this turns out to be true, any efforts they make to reform Iraq’s corrupt government will be hampered by the debts they owe to the powers that put them in place.

Has the Transatlantic Alliance Been Irreparably Damaged?

Tue, 16/10/2018 - 15:30
We asked dozens of experts to weigh in on whether the transatlantic alliance has been irreparably damaged.

Journey Into Europe: Islam, Immigration, and Identity

Tue, 16/10/2018 - 14:30
This sprawling book by a Pakistani diplomat and anthropologist examines why relations between Muslims and non-Muslims in Europe are so contentious—and what might be done about it. 

Wars of Law: Unintended Consequences in the Regulation of Armed Conflict

Tue, 16/10/2018 - 06:00
Ever since World War II, countries have been reluctant to officially declare war on one another, even after they appear to be fighting one. Because a declaration of war brings burdensome legal consequences, the simplest approach is to find a euphemism to describe the conflict.

Doomsday Delusions

Mon, 15/10/2018 - 14:30
Anyone glancing at a newspaper these days finds a litany of woes: war, crime, disease, terrorism, and environmental disasters, all sandwiched between predictions of the coming collapse of market capitalism and liberal democracy. U.S. politicians on both the right, such as President Donald Trump, and the left, such as Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, warn that the United States and the world are sliding toward calamity. Pessimism rules the day. The world does indeed face challenges. Yet by almost any measure, life for most people has been getting better in almost every way. Levels of war and conflict are near historic lows. People are living longer and healthier lives and are better educated than ever before. Incomes for most families are higher than at any time in history. One billion people around the world have been lifted out of extreme poverty in the last two decades, and although...

The Use and Misuse of Economic Statecraft

Mon, 15/10/2018 - 13:30
Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew and former State Department Principal Deputy Coordinator for Sanctions Policy Richard Nephew argue that since the end of the Cold War, the United States’ use of unilateral economic policy, particularly sanctions, has threatened to alienate other countries and undermine U.S. power. Under President Donald Trump, that threat has become a reality.

Beijing’s Nuclear Option

Mon, 15/10/2018 - 13:30
A future conventional conflict between the United States and China could slide into a nuclear crisis more easily than we think.

How to Save Globalization

Mon, 15/10/2018 - 13:30
To compensate the losers from globalization, the United States must build a lifelong ladder of opportunity that goes from early childhood education to employment-based training throughout an individual’s working life.

November/December 2018

Mon, 15/10/2018 - 13:30

Confronting Iran

Mon, 15/10/2018 - 13:00
The U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, lays out the Trump Administration's foreign policy towards Iran. 

Venezuela’s Suicide

Mon, 15/10/2018 - 13:00
Socialism and declining oil prices are often blamed for Venezuela’s catastrophe. In reality, it was decades of destructive leadership under Hugo Chávez and his successor, Nicolás Maduro, that transformed Venezuela into a poor country and criminalized state beholden to a foreign power. 

How Europe Can Reform Its Migration Policy

Fri, 05/10/2018 - 06:00
Three years since the start of the European refugee crisis, the continent’s politics are still convulsed by disagreements over migration.

U.S. Wars Abroad Increase Inequality at Home

Fri, 05/10/2018 - 06:00
The United States' once raised taxes on the wealthy in times of war, now it heaps the costs of conflict onto the middle and lower classes through deficit spending. 

What Clausewitz Can Teach Us About War on Social Media

Thu, 04/10/2018 - 06:00
Clausewitz would have understood the weaponization of social media.