Every year, world powers spend vast sums maintaining nuclear arsenals and preventing their spread to other nations—notably, North Korea and Iran. Nuclear weapons dominate headlines and could blow up the world in a flash. Yet nuclear weapons haven’t been used since World War II. Nuclear weapons are discussed almost exclusively by specialists on separate tracks from the rest of foreign policy agendas. The November/December 2018 issue of Foreign Affairs explores whether or not nuclear weapons really matter, and if they do, why and how they affect the world.
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“The last few decades have witnessed the growth of an American-sponsored Internet open to all, and that has helped tie the world together, bringing wide-ranging benefits to billions. But that was then; conditions have changed,” writes Editor Gideon Rose in his introduction to the September/October issue of Foreign Affairs. “Whatever emerges from this melee, it will be different from, and in many ways worse than, what we have now.”
“Life today seems like a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying something,” writes Editor Gideon Rose in his introduction to the July/August issue of Foreign Affairs. It seems as if historic change is underway, but what does it all mean? How should we understand the chaos in global politics? Which world are we living in?
“Centralization of power in the executive, politicization of the judiciary, attacks on independent media, the use of public office for private gain—the signs of democratic regression are well known. The only surprising thing is where they’ve turned up,” writes Editor Gideon Rose in his introduction to the May/June issue of Foreign Affairs.
Despite dramatic advances in combating poverty and diseases over the past two decades, “continued progress is not inevitable, . . . and a great deal of unnecessary suffering and inequity remains,” writes Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Co-Chair Bill Gates in a pre-released essay from the May/June Foreign Affairs.
Foreign Affairs’ Daniel Kurtz-Phelan Traces the Roots of U.S.-China Relations
The China Mission: George Marshall’s Unfinished War, 1945–1947 cuts against the dominant myths we still hold of the years after World War II and offers a case study in Americans’ persistent wishful thinking about China.
“When it comes to North Korea, U.S. President Donald Trump’s policies have been whiplash inducing,” write Georgetown University Professor Victor Cha and Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Fellow Katrin Fraser Katz in a pre-released essay from the May/June issue of Foreign Affairs.
As Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (known as MBS) kicks off his visit to the United States this week, what can we make of his attempts to remake the kingdom’s economy and social life—from last November’s arrests of hundreds of elites on corruption charges, to diversifying the Saudi economy and reducing its dependence on oil, to allowing women to drive?
“Nobody really knew what to expect when Donald Trump became U.S. president. Would he disrupt the status quo or maintain it? Blow himself up or escape unscathed? One year in, the answer is yes,” writes Editor Gideon Rose in his introduction to the March/April issue of Foreign Affairs.
Foreign Affairs’ latest anthology examines whether the geopolitics of finance has shifted over the last decade in the face of the near collapse of the world’s banking systems and the rise of populist and nationalist challenges to the status quo.
Containing Russia, Again: U.S. Must Deploy Strong Measures to Punish Moscow and Defend Against Future Threats
The article is drawn from a forthcoming CFR special report, Containing Russia: How to Respond to Moscow’s Intervention in U.S. Democracy and Growing Geopolitical Challenge, which will be published at 2 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday on CFR.org.
Foreign Affairs’newest anthology looks back on the most remarkable events of 2017, from the new U.S. administration and combating fake news, to North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and China’s party elections. The anthology gathers highlights from Foreign Affairs in print and online throughout the past year in order to help readers prepare for the future.
“How do nations handle the sins of the fathers and mothers? Take genocide, or slavery, or political mass murder. After such knowledge, what forgiveness—and what way forward?” asks Editor Gideon Rose in his introduction to the January/February issue of Foreign Affairs.
Foreign Affairs and Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Name Winner of 2017 Student Essay Competition
Georgetown University’s Samuel Seitz Warns of the Risks of Populism to the International System
December 11, 2017—“Pushing Against the Populist Tide: How Political Reform Can Protect the Liberal International Order,” by Samuel Seitz of Georgetown University, has won the 2017 Foreign Affairs Student Essay Competition in partnership with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.
India’s historical commitment to nonalignment has brought it close to competing states such as Iran, Israel, and Saudi Arabia, observe the Atlantic Council’s Bharath Gopalaswamy and Amir Handjani in Foreign Affairs.
Helping Great Readers Become Great Leaders
On Giving Tuesday (November 28), Foreign Affairs magazine, the world’s leading forum for serious discussion of global issues, kicks off a new program that enables its readers to share their enthusiasm by donating access to the magazine to schools across the country and around the world.
“Trump is heading into his second year in office with little to show in terms of legislative victories—and few reasons to believe his agenda will fare any better in the future,” writes George Washington University Professor and Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Sarah Binder in a prereleased essay from the January/February Foreign Affairs.
This week, as the United Nations convened climate change negotiations in Bonn, Germany, President Donald J. Trump’s envoys hosted an event promoting fossil fuels. Lost in the ensuing furor among the representatives gathered in Bonn was the U.S. delegation’s support of nuclear power. Council on Foreign Relations Fellow Varun Sivaram and Research Associate Madison Freeman argue in Foreign Affairs that “the administration should withdraw its botched proposal to subsidize both coal and nuclear and instead pursue a thoughtful strategy to foster a domestic nuclear renaissance.”
In his visit to Beijing this week, President Donald J. Trump is meeting his counterpart, Xi Jinping, “at the apex of his own political power and contemplating a status quo in Asia increasingly tilted in China’s favor,” writes Yale Law School’s Mira Rapp-Hooper in Foreign Affairs. “Since last November, China has succeeded in appearing to more and more of Asia as the steady, stable great power alongside an unpredictable and undependable United States.”
“Every year, some $455 billion of the world’s health care spending is lost to fraud,” write Harvard Medical School’s John G. Meara, Salim Afshar, Alex Peters, and Brian M. Till in Foreign Affairs. However, they argue, blockchain technology—which underpins Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies—could cut waste, reduce fraud, and bring better care to billions by “allowing donors to track money, goods, and treatment in real time.”