U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet in Helsinki.

Russia Scores Pandemic Propaganda Triumph With Medical Delivery to U.S.

Along with China, the Kremlin is looking to gain a geopolitical edge on the West by rushing medical supplies to countries hit hard by the coronavirus.

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The Countries That Are Succeeding at Flattening the Curve

Lessons from Taiwan, Canada, South Korea, Georgia, and Iceland show that the coronavirus can be stopped.

U.S. President Donald Trump at the G-20 Leaders' Summit in Buenos Aires, on Dec. 1, 2018.

Trump Just Wasted a Perfect Opportunity to Reassert American Leadership

The G-20 helped beat Ebola. Why can’t it do the same for the coronavirus?

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A family looks out the window of their home on the outskirts of Wuhan, China, on Jan. 27 amid the coronavirus outbreak.

How to Prepare for a Lockdown

The spread of COVID-19 is inevitable. Here's how to survive it.

Medical staff members wear protective clothing as they arrive with a patient at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in China on Jan. 25.

How to Stay Safe—And Flatten the Curve

10 simple precautions that can protect you from contracting the coronavirus.

A disinfection professional wears protective gear at the National Assembly in Seoul on Feb. 24.

Get Ready for Closed Borders and Crashing Markets

Preparing for a shutdown world and panic buying.

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Mapping the Coronavirus Outbreak

Get daily updates on the epidemic and learn how it is affecting countries around the world.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi are greeted by South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa

Coronavirus Has Started a Censorship Pandemic

Governments around the world are banning fake news about the crisis—and cracking down on their critics while they’re at it.

Medical staff take COVID-19 test samples from a foreign passenger at a virus testing booth outside Incheon International Airport, near Seoul, on April 1.

Confucianism Isn’t Helping Beat the Coronavirus

Cultural tropes don’t explain South Korea’s success against COVID-19. Competent leadership does.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Jerome Powell

America Is Ailing—and Leading the World

The coronavirus pandemic has been a humiliation for the United States—and confirmation of its unmatched international power.

U.S. soldiers wearing gas masks wait for orders during a chemical warfare exercise in Yeoncheon near the North Korea-South Korea border on Feb. 26, 2003.

America’s Pandemic War Games Don’t End Well

One simulation of an uncontrolled disease outbreak concluded with riots and the National Guard on the streets.

In the Magazine

In the Magazine

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Can Social Democrats Save the World (Again)?

Communism and democratic socialism won’t heal today’s political divisions. But social democracy—which helped ward off extremism following World War II—could.

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Why Socialism Won’t Work

Capitalism is still the best way to handle risk and boost innovation and productivity.

How Climate Change Has Supercharged the Left

Global warming could launch socialists to unprecedented power—and expose their movement’s deepest contradictions.

Why the Berlin Wall Still Matters

Fragments of the wall have become museum pieces. But with the rise of extremist parties in Germany, the debate over the barrier’s legacy is anything but history.

Voices

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivers his state of the nation address in Budapest on Feb. 18, 2018.

The Shocking ‘Coronavirus Coup’ in Hungary Was a Wake-Up Call

While the world is shut down, history hasn’t stopped. Authoritarians are seizing the opportunity.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a virtual meeting with regional officials.

Beware of Bad Samaritans

China and Russia are sending medical aid to Italy and other coronavirus-stricken countries, but their motives aren’t so altruistic.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Russian President Vladimir Putin, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro attend the 11th BRICS Summit in Brasilia, Brazil, on Nov. 14, 2019.

The Coronavirus Is the Biggest Emerging Markets Crisis Ever

The pandemic is starting to topple one of the pillars of the globalization era.

School students gather to demand action on climate change in Sydney, Australia, on Sept. 20, 2019.

Sorry, but the Virus Shows Why There Won’t Be Global Action on Climate Change

Extreme measures to fight the coronavirus have raised activists’ hopes for similarly drastic action on global warming. Here’s why they’re wrong.

Galleries

The Rev. Giuseppe Corbari, a priest in the village of Robbiano, Italy, near Milan, celebrates Mass in front of photographs of his congregation attached to empty pews March 22. The priest appealed to his parishioners to send him selfies so he wouldn’t be alone when celebrating Mass. PIERO CRUCIATTI/AFP via Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Overwhelmed hospitals, strictly enforced lockdowns, and creative approaches to social distancing.

Medical assistance teams from across China leave Wuhan as the number of new coronavirus infections drops. At a farewell ceremony March 19, a Wuhan medical worker (right) embraces a member of a Jiangsu medical assistance team who helped with the recovery effort. STR/AFP via Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Prayers to end a pandemic, shuttered cities around the globe, and some relief in Wuhan, China.