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Fatou Bensouda of the International Criminal Court

International Law Uncanceled

The Biden administration lifted sanctions against the International Criminal Court. It's not enough.
A volunteer at a Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center in McCallen Texas smiles at a Central American refugee and her child

If Impoverished Countries Can Host Millions of Refugees, the U.S. Can Welcome a Few Thousand

The factors that drive displacement are often complex, but welcoming refugees isn't.
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Is the Long War Finally Ending?

Withdrawing several thousand U.S. troops from Afghanistan is just the tip of the iceberg.
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How Biden Looks at the World

The Biden administration's approach of "multilateral restoration" has many virtues compared to the last four years of MAGA. But it has considerable shortcomings as well.
anti-war protest in washington d.c.

18 Years of Invasion in Iraq

We must end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the next time our leaders argue for the necessity of war, it’s up to us to resist.
covid-19 vaccine vile

We Passed an American Rescue Plan. Next Up: The Global Rescue Plan.

The American Rescue Act is an extraordinary shot in the arm for the U.S. economy. Now let's help the rest of the world get vaccinated.
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China and the Perils of Bipartisanship

Democrats expect Republican support for an upcoming infrastructure bill. They're pitching it as anti-China.
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Multilateralism and the Biden Administration

The Biden Administration should help create stronger, more equitable, and more democratic multilateral structures at the international and regional level.
biden foreign policy - portrait of teenage girl painting planet earth on paper. Cropped. She uses green color on a brush.

Painting the World Green

How committed is the Biden administration to reshaping U.S. foreign policy to save the planet?
Mohammed bin Salman

The Talented Mr. Bin Salman

The Saudi prince, like the Patricia Highsmith character, is a confidence man, serial killer, and all-around psychopath. The United States should stop enabling him.
Statue of Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus (Statua di Nerva) that is near Trajan's Forum, Rome, Italy

The Claudius Presidency

After four years of an American Caligula, will Joe Biden bring the United States back into the international community?
Senate Committee Hearing Room

The U.S. Senate Is a Global Problem

The acquittal of Trump was bad, but the Senate's approach to foreign affairs over the years has been even worse.
The Proud Boys is a far-right, neo-fascist and male-only political organization (Shutterstock)

Beating Back the Far Right Globally

It’s time to resurrect a global anti-fascist consensus to name, shame, and throw these guys out of the game.
Land defenders march in the municipality of Mataquescuintla, celebrating years of resistance (Photo- Xinka Parliament)

Guatemala's Land Defenders Are Still Their Own Best Defense

Rising corruption in Guatemala threatens landmark legal victories by Indigenous activists defending their land from mining.
Protest in Barnaul, Russia on January 23, 2021 in support of opposition politician Alexei Navalny

Russia: A New Start?

Can Moscow and Washington find common cause against the global scourges of nuclear weapons, climate change, and pandemic?
countries in asia have handled covid-19 with better results than their western counterparts

What Explains COVID’s East-West Divide?

Asia has done a much better job of containing the pandemic. Do values have anything to do with it?
young activist woman marches in the street - democracy

The Future of U.S. Democracy Promotion

Because of the events of the last weeks, months and years, should “democracy promotion” be permanently removed from the U.S. foreign policy lexicon?
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris wearing masks, standing at a lectern pointing towards the audience.

Open Letter to the Biden Administration on the Need for a Pandemic Pivot

It’s urgent not to return to the previous status quo. It’s time for creative thinking and bold action.
Demonstrators launch the “Baby Trump” balloon outside the G20 in Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Fall of Trump

Donald Trump has always been about me, me, me. Now he has no one left to blame.
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Knives Out: Boycott, Purge, and Prosecute

The ForeverTrumpers are challenging the Constitution. They should be penalized for their efforts.

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Peter Certo

Editorial Manager, Editor-in-Chief

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John Feffer

Project Director and Associate Fellow

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In the News

America First

94.1 KPFA | April 7, 2019

His View: Iran vs. North Korea: Obama got a better deal

Moscow-Pullman Daily News | July 19, 2018

Will North Korea and the US Find Trust?

Sputnik News | May 4, 2018

Najib Razak: A Kleptocrat Skilled at the Game

Asia Sentinel | April 6, 2018

US Soldiers "Waging Peace" in Exhbition

Vietnam News | March 19, 2018

Do Russiagate Skeptics Go Too Far?

The Real News Network | February 18, 2018

Do Russiagate Skeptics Go Too Far?

The Real News Network | February 17, 2018

No nation-building in Afghanistan? Easier said than done, experts say

The Greenfield (MA) Recorder | August 22, 2017