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Security Law & Institutions Politics & Society U.S. Foreign Policy News Release

Do Nuclear Weapons Still Matter?

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.

Intelligence Cybersecurity Foreign Policy Science & Technology News Release

World War Web: The Fight for the Internet’s Future

“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.”

Politics & Society U.S. Foreign Policy News Release

What Kind of World are We Living In?

“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? 

Politics & Society Health News Release

A Global Report on the Decline of Democracy

“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

Environment Politics & Society Health News Release

Pre-release: An Impassioned Case for Gene Editing to Transform Global Health and Development

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

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THE CHINA MISSION: George Marshall’s Unfinished War, 1945–1947

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.

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Pre-release: The Right Way to Coerce North Korea While Avoiding War

“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.

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Pre-release: Understanding the Schemes and Dreams of Saudi Arabia’s Next King

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?

Economics Politics & Society News Release

Walking Away From World Order: Weighing Trump’s First Year of Foreign Policy

“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.

Economics Economic Development News Release

The U.S.-Led Monetary Order in a Time of Turbulence, Focus of New Anthology

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.

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Editors Select the Best of 2017: Review the Past to Prepare for the Future

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.

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Living With the Undead Past and National Sins, in the New Foreign Affairs

“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.

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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.

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Foreign Affairs Introduces Student Sponsorship Program

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.

Legislative News Release

How Trump is Wasting the Republicans’ Congressional Majority

“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.

Energy News Release

America’s Energy Future Could Be Nuclear, Argues Varun Sivaram in 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.”

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Why China Will Avoid Real Compromise With Trump, in Foreign Affairs

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.”

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How Blockchain Can Cut Health Care Waste and Reduce Fraud, in Foreign Affairs

“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.”

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