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Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen (center) is seen wearing a face mask  alongside officials and military personnel during a visit to a military base in Tainan, southern Taiwan, on April 9.

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.

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab (center) and other cabinet ministers listen as Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during his first cabinet meeting after the general election, in London on Dec. 17, 2019.

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.

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a meeting.

China Has Its Eyes on Serbia

Beijing is using the coronavirus pandemic to expand its influence into the EU’s backyard.

Posters against the International Monetary Fund in Buenos Aires

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.

Hezbollah medical workers

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.

Foreign laborers working on a construction site for one of Qatar's 2022 World Cup stadiums

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.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (right) vies for the ball with Berat Albayrak—now his finance minister and son-in-law—during an exhibition match in Istanbul on July, 26, 2014.

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.

Pope Francis prays in front of a crucifix that in 1552 was carried in a procession around Rome to stop the Great Plague, at the San Marcello al Corso church in Rome on March 15.

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.

A World War II-era postcard.

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.

Fighters of a military battalion loyal to Libyan Gen. Khalifa Haftar

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.

A man reads a coronavirus news alert

The World Is Addicted to Pandemic Porn

The insatiable appetite for disaster information is psychologically understandable—and politically dangerous.

Protesters chant slogans as they walk past a pro-Kataib Hezbollah billboard during an anti-government demonstration.

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 attends a press conference in Tel Aviv on Nov. 20, 2019.

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.

A woman wearing a face mask walks in an empty market during the outbreak of the coronavirus, in Mexico City, on April 3.

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.

Russian ultra-nationalists wave Russian Empire's black-yellow-white flags as they take part in the so-called "Russian March" in central Moscow on November 4, 2012.

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.

Volunteers apply stickers to boxes of emergency supplies to be distributed to people in need during the coronavirus pandemic in Bengaluru, India, on April 6.

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.

Workers produce face masks at a factory in Handan in China's northern Hebei province on Feb. 28. In early March, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative lifted tariffs for face masks and other medical equipment imported from China.

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.

A medical staffer works on a computer at a hospital in Bergamo, Italy

Note to Nations: Stop Hacking Hospitals

Why now is the time for global cyber-norms to protect health infrastructure.

The U.S. daily briefing on the novel coronavirus

America’s National Security Software Needs an Upgrade

The outdated U.S. security apparatus was completely unprepared for the coronavirus pandemic.

"The Plague" by C. Audran after P. Mignard.

The Coronavirus Is Accelerating History Past the Breaking Point

Every era gets the infectious diseases—and the resulting political upheaval—it has coming.

Two French army armored personnel carriers patrol a rural area during the Bourgou IV operation in northern Burkina Faso on Nov. 14, 2019, as part of a joint effort with the multinational force of the G5 Sahel.

West Africa Is Increasingly Vulnerable to Terrorist Groups

By working collectively and innovatively, the region can prevent the next security and humanitarian disaster.

Stephen Greene works a street corner hoping to land a job as a laborer or carpenter in Pompano Beach, Florida, on June 3, 2011.

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.

A janitor mops the floor at the headquarters of the CIA in Langley, Virginia, on March 3, 2005.

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.

A Syrian man holds the Iranian flag

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.

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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.

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, waves as he attends a gathering of Basij militia forces in Tehran on Nov. 26, 2007.

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.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (left), the director-general of the World Health Organization, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping before a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Jan. 28.

How WHO Became China’s Coronavirus Accomplice

Beijing is pushing to become a public health superpower—and quickly found a willing international partner.

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.

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.

Female inmates in Brazil

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.

A monitor displays a patient's vital signs in the intensive care unit at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney on March 9, 2007.

Coronavirus and the Limits of Economics

Why standard economic theories have no answers for this kind of crisis.

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