Taiwan Is Exporting Its Coronavirus Successes to the World
Despite being shut out of WHO, Taiwan has largely succeeded in containing the coronavirus. Even as it faces a second wave of infections, it is helping other countries—and bolstering its soft power in the process.
Keep Calm, the British Government Will Carry On
Boris Johnson’s hospitalization has sparked fears of instability, but the U.K. government has functioned smoothly in the absence of prime ministers in the past and continues to do so today.
China Has Its Eyes on Serbia
Beijing is using the coronavirus pandemic to expand its influence into the EU’s backyard.
Argentina’s Friendships Could Jeopardize Its Debt Relief
Facing a coronavirus-aggravated economic downturn, Argentine President Alberto Fernández is walking a foreign-policy tightrope between Bolivia, Venezuela, and the United States.
Yesterday’s Terrorists Are Today’s Public Health Providers
Insurgents around the world are using the pandemic to win new converts and weaken their enemies.
Migrant Workers Can’t Afford a Lockdown
As Qatar races to complete construction projects ahead of the 2022 World Cup, a small army of workers from South Asia are on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Coronavirus Will Destroy Turkey’s Economy
Ankara’s finances were weak before the pandemic—but the combination of external debt, a public health crisis, and a president who chooses to protect his reputation rather than his people could spell disaster.
Thou Shalt Practice Social Distancing
The world’s major faiths face a test, and some religious leaders are failing by endangering human lives in the name of adhering to tradition—and ushering in a new age of secularism in the process.
America Needs a National Service Draft Now to Fight the Coronavirus
Nations have always mobilized young people when facing existential crises like war. The case for national service has never been clearer.
The Coronavirus Could Heal Libya
The pandemic might prompt the kind of cooperation needed to end the country’s civil war, after years of fighting and foreign intervention failed.
The World Is Addicted to Pandemic Porn
The insatiable appetite for disaster information is psychologically understandable—and politically dangerous.
The PMU Is Getting More Aggressive in Iraq
Since the assassination of Qassem Suleimani, Shiite militias like the PMU have taken on a new role in Iraq.
Benny Gantz Did the Right Thing by Putting His Country First
The Blue and White leader’s colleagues and former allies have denounced him for caving to Benjamin Netanyahu—but his conciliatory gesture is a sign of statesmanship, not weakness.
The Coronavirus Will Cause New Crises in Latin America
The region’s economic and political systems were already under strain. In 2020, the virus may push them to a breaking point.
The U.S. Government Is Finally Getting Tough on White Nationalist Terrorism
By listing a Russian white supremacist group as a terrorist organization, the Trump administration is sending a long overdue signal to Moscow and the global far-right.
To Defeat the Coronavirus, Stop Corruption
Humanitarian crises including Hurricane Katrina and the Ebola outbreak show that graft can dilute the best donor intentions. More vigilance is necessary.
Could the Pandemic Ease U.S.-China Tensions?
Against a backdrop of tariffs, 5G, and weakening diplomacy, COVID-19 might be a rare chance for the two countries to come together—if they can listen to their better angels.
Note to Nations: Stop Hacking Hospitals
Why now is the time for global cyber-norms to protect health infrastructure.
America’s National Security Software Needs an Upgrade
The outdated U.S. security apparatus was completely unprepared for the coronavirus pandemic.
The Coronavirus Is Accelerating History Past the Breaking Point
Every era gets the infectious diseases—and the resulting political upheaval—it has coming.
West Africa Is Increasingly Vulnerable to Terrorist Groups
By working collectively and innovatively, the region can prevent the next security and humanitarian disaster.
America Is Having an Unemployment Apocalypse. Europe Chose Not to.
A trans-Atlantic chasm has opened up on pandemic labor policy. We’ll soon know which side got it right.
Spies Are Fighting a Shadow War Against the Coronavirus
Intelligence agencies will play a growing role in keeping their countries safe during the pandemic—by any means necessary.
Suleimani’s Absence Has Been No Problem for Iran in Syria
After the assassination of its high-ranking general, Iran has successfully doubled down on its regional military strategy.
I Knew Coronavirus Denier Landon Spradlin. His Death Wasn’t a Punchline.
The evangelical musician died of COVID-19 after calling it fake news. But he was a victim of forces much larger than him.
The Coronavirus Won’t Kill the Islamic Republic
The pandemic hit Iran harder than almost anywhere—but may have strengthened the regime’s hard-liners.
How WHO Became China’s Coronavirus Accomplice
Beijing is pushing to become a public health superpower—and quickly found a willing international partner.
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.
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.
The World’s Most Dangerous Coronavirus Lockdowns
As some democracies try to lesson the pandemic’s effect on prison populations, dictatorships around the world are doing the opposite.
Coronavirus and the Limits of Economics
Why standard economic theories have no answers for this kind of crisis.