Foreign Policy Editors’ Picks

JANUARY 11, 2022 | 
1  Tall order. U.S.-China economic decoupling is unlikely to influence Beijing’s behavior, but it still has key advantages, Jeffrey Kucik and Rajan Menon write.  
2  Painful memories. Russia’s moves in Ukraine and Kazakhstan have reignited old worries among its neighbors. Baltic states now fear they are next, Kristaps Andrejsons writes.  
3  Vulnerable position. Months after seizing power, the Taliban are aggressively replacing Afghanistan’s exiled diplomats who resisted their rule, FP’s Jack Detsch and Robbie Gramer report.  
4  Risky strategy. To boost Japan’s sluggish economy, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is turning his back on Abenomics—and defying former leader Shinzo Abe himself, William Sposato writes.   
5  Pointless sanctions. The Biden administration wants to distance itself from its predecessor’s sanctions-first policies in Syria, but it doesn’t have anything to show for it, FP’s Anchal Vohra writes.