Europe May Cheer Biden’s Win—But It Threatens Macron’s Grand Project
France is going to have a harder time selling “strategic autonomy” without the foil of the Trump administration to drive it.
Why India Has Become a Different Country
Human rights activists are withstanding an assault on the values of liberal democracy.
The Radicalization of Bangladeshi Cyberspace
After the pandemic pushed people online, Islamist extremist groups reached an even wider audience. But the authorities are fighting back.
After the Travel Collapse, Build Tourism Back Better
To bring back jobs and make travel sustainable, Biden should reverse decades of neglect and reestablish a national U.S. tourism policy.
The World’s First Affluence Recession
The pandemic is making Americans poor—precisely because of the way they were rich.
The Beautiful, Dumb Dream of McDonald’s Peace Theory
In the rich, lazy, and happy 1990s, Americans imagined a world that could be just like them.
Why Does Belgium Have the World’s Highest COVID-19 Death Rate?
Individualism, regional divisions, and fragmented government authority have led the capital of Europe to fail where many poorer and less-connected countries have succeeded.
Maradona, Soccer’s Brilliant, Troubled Superstar, Dead at 60
The Argentine legend is remembered both for his on-field prowess and his off-field political activism, especially in Latin America.
Pentagon Purges Leading Advisors From Defense Policy Board
It’s unclear why the Trump administration waited until its final months to shake up the influential group of outside experts advising top Pentagon leaders.
Mohammed bin Salman’s Human Rights Mirage
Saudi Arabia’s recent social reforms are more about earning international attention than improving the lives of its citizens at home.
The Top Five Reasons to Still Feel Thankful About the World
Believe it or not, this year’s pandemic-afflicted globe offers plenty of grounds for gratitude.
Russian Troops in Nagorno-Karabakh ‘Clearly a Win for Moscow’
The Russian-brokered cease-fire that ended six weeks of fighting means soldiers on the ground—either as peacekeepers or as a vanguard of Putin’s latest garrison state.
Biden Likely to Lift Sanctions on ICC Chief Prosecutor
But it’s unlikely the next U.S. administration will be able to fully embrace the International Criminal Court as the shadow of American prosecutions still lingers.
How Israel Should Prepare for Biden’s New Approach to Iran
Israeli officials should urge the new administration to maintain U.S. economic leverage over Iran while avoiding the personal vendettas and public policy feuds of the Obama era.
When Great-Power Politics Isn’t Great Enough
Turkey and Russia helped craft a cease-fire in Nagorno-Karabakh. But what they need is a grand bargain for the entire region.
What to Do About the Children of the Islamic State
The terrorist group’s most vulnerable victims are also its future face.
Moldova’s Election Result Is a Blow to Russia’s Regional Dominance
The victory of the pro-Western politician Maia Sandu shows Putin is losing his grip over Russia’s near abroad.