Vladislav Surkov and Vladimir Putin

Putin Fires His Puppet Master

Vladislav Surkov, who stage-managed Russia’s involvement in Ukraine, is replaced.

U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell

Richard Grenell: Pundit, Envoy, Spokesman. Spy?

His ascension to the highest intelligence post in the United States heightens fears that the Trump administration is politicizing intelligence.

Demonstrators hold placards and wave Indian flags.

India’s Economic Troubles Are Rooted in Politics

Economic models often fail to account for hidden assumptions. Ignoring the importance of trust and belonging in society may be hurting New Delhi more than policymakers understand.

ASEAN foreign ministers shake hands on stage at a summit about the coronavirus called by China in Vientiane, Laos, on Feb. 20.

Hun Sen Is More Worried About Beijing Than the Coronavirus

Cambodia’s autocrat is putting his own people at risk to court his Chinese backers.

Participants check their messages on electronic devices during the World Economic Forum  annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland on Jan. 23.

Will American Firms Put America First?

The Davos-inspired era of unrestrained globalization is over, and companies should start putting the national interests of their home countries ahead of profits.

A demonstrator against India's new citizenship law

India’s Muslims Are Terrified of Being Deported

Many Indians lack the documents needed to prove citizenship—and Muslims are in the firing line.

Migrant workers from Romania harvest daffodils near Holbeach in eastern England, on Feb. 25, 2019.

Boris Johnson’s New Immigration Rules Will Harm Britain’s Economy

The U.K.’s new points system will keep low-skilled non-English speakers out, pleasing pro-Brexit voters but devastating entire sectors—from agriculture to health care.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping inspects prevention and control work against the new coronavirus in Beijing on Feb. 10.

How China’s Incompetence Endangered the World

As the deadly coronavirus began to spread, Beijing wasted the most critical resource to fight it: trust.

Filipinos wearing face masks attend Sunday Mass at a church in Paranaque, Metro Manila, on Feb. 9.

Filipinos Turn on Duterte as Coronavirus Fears Spread

Anti-Chinese and anti-American conspiracy theories have followed the first death.

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Coronavirus Begins to Spread Economic Gloom Worldwide

Supply chain disruptions are upsetting markets globally, but especially in Asia.

A Vietnamese woman carries her child to receive free protective face masks at a makeshift distribution center amid concerns of a coronavirus outbreak in Hanoi on Feb. 8.

As Numbers Soar, Here’s Everything We Don’t Know About the Coronavirus

As the death toll tops 1,300, there are still more questions than answers.

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

U.S. President Donald Trump gestures as he speaks during an event to unveil changes to the National Environmental Policy Act at the White House in Washington on Jan. 9.

Trump Is Failing His Dictatorship Test

After impeachment, the president has been passing most of the checkpoints on the way to authoritarianism.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

The Middle East Thinks America Is Going Crazy

Arab countries are looking for partners who aren’t bogged down by chaos ranging from impeachment to Iowa.

The European Union flag is seen through a windshield covered with raindrops in Sofia, Bulgaria on May 15, 2006.

Europe’s Post-Brexit Future Is Looking Scary

The continent is suddenly facing serious questions about its future role in world politics—and even in the trans-Atlantic relationship.

U.S. President Donald Trump and his former White House physician, Ronny Jackson, listen to a presentation about new technology used by the Department of Veterans Affairs during an event at the White House on Aug. 3, 2017.

Trump Has Sabotaged America’s Coronavirus Response

As it improvises its way through a public health crisis, the United States has never been less prepared for a pandemic.

Galleries

A group of migrants travel on board a rescue boat on Feb. 10, one day after their rescue off the Libyan coast. Ninety-three migrants from Mali, Ivory Coast, and Cameroon were rescued by the Spanish NGO Maydayterraneo in the central Mediterranean. PABLO GARCIA/AFP via Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Migrants in the Mediterranean, a mass masked wedding in South Korea, and a melting glacier in the French Alps.

People in traditional Korean hanbok dresses wear face masks as they jump for a souvenir picture at Gyeongbokgung palace in Seoul on Feb. 3. JUNG YEON-JE/AFP via Getty Images

A Week in World Photos

Rebel fighters in Syria, protesters at the U.S.-Mexico border, and migrants in Greece.