FP Editor’s Pick via FP newsletter


1

Soul-searching. Almost a year into the Biden administration, U.S. allies are still questioning Washington’s ability to lead the West as China steadily rises in power, FP’s Robbie Gramer reports.

2

Fiscally irresponsible? Critics of the Biden’s administration’s social infrastructure bill argue that it will result in high inflation or debt. But those aren’t reasons to avoid spending, Leah Downey writes.

3

Risky partnership. Months after the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, U.S. officials are urging Washington to back anti-Taliban insurgents. That would be a moral and political mistake, Kai Thaler writes.

4

Warming up. China was reluctant to back Myanmar’s military regime immediately after the February coup. Now, Beijing is betting on its success, John Liu and Thompson Chau write.

5

Cold welcome. Pakistan has hosted displaced Afghan refugees for decades. But the Taliban takeover has distanced the country from its once-welcoming stance—and forced new refugees into a state of limbo, Betsy Joles reports.