The Rise and Fall of the Failed-State Paradigm

As the recent era of interventionist U.S. state building draws to a close, it is time to acknowledge it was flawed not only in execution, but also in conception. Washington's obsession with weak states was more of a mania than a sound strategic doctrine. | Continue reading


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What Happened to Social Mobility in America?

In the “new” capitalism, and especially in the United States, an increasing percentage of people are rich in terms of both labor and capital incomes. | Continue reading


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The Party That Failed - an Insider Breaks with Beijing

Cai Xia, one of the CCP's fiercest critics, chronicles her political awakening for the first time. | Continue reading


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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. | Continue reading


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A Better Crystal Ball?

A new method of peering into the future would allow U.S. policymakers to make shrewd bets about tomorrow, today. | Continue reading


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America’s Exceptional Housing Crisis

How the rest of the world tamed runaway home prices | Continue reading


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China’s Troubling Vision for the Future of Public Health

Amid the pandemic, Beijing is exporting a dangerous vision of public health with Chinese characteristics. | Continue reading


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The Coming Tech Cold War with China

Beijing is already countering Washington’s policy. | Continue reading


@foreignaffairs.com | 4 months ago

No one dares suggest that the US needs a bit less participation and transparency

The problems with American politics today stem from the basic design of U.S. political institutions, exacerbated by increasingly hostile polarization. Unfortunately, absent some sort of major external shock, the decay is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. | Continue reading


@foreignaffairs.com | 4 months ago

Globalization Is Making the World More Equal

Global inequality continues to shrink as Asian incomes rise and the Western middle class struggles. | Continue reading


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The Global Decline of Religion

Growing numbers of people no longer find religion a necessary source of support and meaning in their lives. | Continue reading


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Lobbying Against Hollywood Villains

When it comes to some of the great questions of global power politics today, Hollywood has become remarkably timid. | Continue reading


@foreignaffairs.com | 5 months ago

The Pandemic Depression: The Global Economy Will Never Be the Same

The COVID-19 pandemic will instigate a massive economic contraction. This situation should be called a “depression”—a pandemic depression. | Continue reading


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The Tragedy of Vaccine Nationalism

Global cooperation on vaccine allocation would be the most efficient way to disrupt the spread of the virus | Continue reading


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Mass Consumption Is What Ails Us

Pandemics are not arbitrary calamities, but instead probabilistic events made more likely by human agency. This means that averting future pandemics requires a fundamental restructuring of the global economy and the current way of life, which rests upon the accelerating consumpti … | Continue reading


@foreignaffairs.com | 5 months ago

The Rise of Strategic Corruption

A number of countries—China and Russia, in particular—are turning corruption into a weapon on the global stage. | Continue reading


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Poland’s Slide Toward Homophobic Politics

When Putin’s rhetoric meets Trump’s populism | Continue reading


@foreignaffairs.com | 6 months ago

When the CIA Interferes in Foreign Elections

A behind-the-scenes look at how the United States' Cold-War Strategy of election meddling has evolved in the twenty-first century. | Continue reading


@foreignaffairs.com | 6 months ago

China Won’t Win the Race for AI Dominance

China made headlines by leveraging its surveillance technology for contact tracing in response to COVID-19. And yet the country’s alleged data advantage is hugely overblown. | Continue reading


@foreignaffairs.com | 7 months ago

America’s Democratic Unraveling

Countries fail the same way businesses do, gradually and then suddenly. | Continue reading


@foreignaffairs.com | 7 months ago

Exceptionalism Is Killing Americans

An insular political culture failed the test of the pandemic. | Continue reading


@foreignaffairs.com | 7 months ago

The Endangered Asian Century

The strategic choices that the United States and China make will shape the contours of the emerging global order. | Continue reading


@foreignaffairs.com | 7 months ago

The Spanish Flu Didn’t Wreck the Global Economy–Why Did Covid-19?

What is different about the coronavirus pandemic? | Continue reading


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Can Endless Spending Prevent Economic Calamity?

Can endless spending prevent economic calamity? | Continue reading


@foreignaffairs.com | 7 months ago

Chronicle of a Pandemic Fortold

COVID-19 is far from gone, but it is not too soon to reach a verdict on the world’s collective preparation—for this outbreak and the next. | Continue reading


@foreignaffairs.com | 8 months ago

Herd Immunity: A Viable Solution to Covid-19

Herd immunity is the only realistic option—the question is how to get there safely. | Continue reading


@foreignaffairs.com | 8 months ago

Coronavirus and the Future of Surveillance

Democracies must rival China in using digital technologies to fight pandemics. | Continue reading


@foreignaffairs.com | 9 months ago

The Oil Collapse

A pandemic and a price war have together brought energy markets to a crisis | Continue reading


@foreignaffairs.com | 9 months ago

If Xi continues on his current trajectory, eroding the foundations of China’s economic and political power and monopolizing responsibility and control, he will expose the CCP to cataclysmic change. | Continue reading


@foreignaffairs.com | 9 months ago

The Coronavirus Exposed America’s Authoritarian Turn

Independent expertise always dies first when democracy recedes. | Continue reading


@foreignaffairs.com | 9 months ago

China Is Maneuvering for International Leadership as the United States Falters

China is maneuvering for international leadership as the United States falters. | Continue reading


@foreignaffairs.com | 10 months ago

The Pandemic Danger Is Social Collapse

The world could be witnessing a fundamental shift in the very nature of the global economy. | Continue reading


@foreignaffairs.com | 10 months ago

Civic Technology Can Help Stop a Pandemic

Taiwan’s initial success against the novel coronavirus is a model for the rest of the world. | Continue reading


@foreignaffairs.com | 10 months ago

The End of American Exceptionalism

What the United States should learn from its peers. | Continue reading


@foreignaffairs.com | 10 months ago

America's Epidemic of Despair

Deaths from drug overdose, alcohol, and suicide are spiraling in the United States. Do these "deaths of despair" form a uniquely American crisis or will they spread to other wealthy countries? | Continue reading


@foreignaffairs.com | 11 months ago

The Dismal Kingdom: Do Economists Have Too Much Power?

Two new books inquire whether economists are doing more harm than good to U.S. society. | Continue reading


@foreignaffairs.com | 11 months ago

Technology Strengthens Autocracy

New technologies were supposed to open societies and empower individuals. Instead, they've given despots the upper hand. | Continue reading


@foreignaffairs.com | 11 months ago

Capitalism Must Focus on Stakeholders to Survive

The only way to save capitalism is to return to the stakeholder model we discovered, and then forgot, decades ago. | Continue reading


@foreignaffairs.com | 1 year ago

Dirty Money: How Corruption Shapes the World

Kleptocracy and corruption are as widespread as they are well-hidden—and their social, economic, and political costs are immense. | Continue reading


@foreignaffairs.com | 1 year ago

America and China Are Competing over the Future of Capitalism

Capitalism already rules the world, but the contest between its two variants will shape the future of the global economy. | Continue reading


@foreignaffairs.com | 1 year ago

America Shouldn’t Panic About China

Engagement with a rising China has been far more successful than generally recognized, and it continues to be the best path forward in an age of great-power competition. | Continue reading


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How Poverty Ends: The Many Paths to Progress–and Why They Might Not Continue

Without a magic potion for economic growth, a developing country should try to raise living standards with the resources it already has. | Continue reading


@foreignaffairs.com | 1 year ago

The Fall of the Berlin Wall Almost Ended in War

Thirty years ago this month, the opening of the Berlin Wall ushered in the last great diplomatic struggle of the Cold War. | Continue reading


@foreignaffairs.com | 1 year ago

The Virtue of Monopoly: Why the Stock Market Stopped Working

The real problem in today’s stock markets is not the omnipresence of high-frequency traders but the growing fragmentation of the markets, which hurts the 99 percent. | Continue reading


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Winning Kashmir and Losing India

The Indian government's brute majoritarianism in Kashmir reveals a spreading rot in the country's democratic institutions | Continue reading


@foreignaffairs.com | 1 year ago

The American Working Man Still Isn’t Working

Prime-age men’s non-employment in the United States has been creeping upward for decades—from a low of four percent in the 1950s to almost 14 percent today. | Continue reading


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Coming Soon to the United Nations: Chinese Leadership and Authoritarian Values

As Washington steps back, Beijing will take charge. | Continue reading


@foreignaffairs.com | 1 year ago

Innovation Is the Only Way to Counter China

Trump’s trade war ignores the real threat from Beijing. | Continue reading


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