Virus Travel Bans Are Inevitable But Ineffective
Experts can't stop restrictions, but they can mitigate them.
North Korea Isn’t Ready for Coronavirus Devastation
The country has sealed its borders — but an outbreak would be a chance for the United States to do good.
The Death of Truth to Power
Intelligence services do their job by staying out of politics. Donald Trump’s new intelligence chief could end all that.
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.
Why Afghanistan Is America’s Greatest Strategic Disaster
Pompeo's plan to make peace with the resurgent Taliban is a sad reminder of all that went wrong in Afghanistan—and how it could have been otherwise.
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.
‘Parasite’ Has a Hidden Backstory of Middle-Class Failure and Chicken Joints
In a few words, Bong Joon-ho conjured up a whole tale of economic insecurity.
India’s Muslims Are Terrified of Being Deported
Many Indians lack the documents needed to prove citizenship—and Muslims are in the firing line.
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.
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.
Entrepreneurship can help reintegrate former militants—and may be useful for other types of criminals, too.
When Social Justice Activism Becomes an Act of Self-Destruction
An overly strident campaign by Britain’s Labour party to protect transgender people is alienating potential allies across the country.
Indonesian Screening May Be Missing Virus Carriers
The popular tourist destination has had no coronavirus cases. Is that good luck—or bad testing?
Iran’s Shifting Afghan Alliances Don’t Fit Easy Narratives
Tehran’s goals are pragmatic—and may be in line with Washington’s.
Lebanon Is Broken. So Are Its Protests.
The country’s protest movement knows what it’s against—but it never figured out how to achieve what it’s for.
Make Armenia Green Again
Can planting 10 million trees shore up the country’s borders and save its environment?
If Iowa Were in Africa, International Observers Would Be Crying Foul
The process and results of the Iowa caucuses would be roundly denounced and challenged in the courts in most developing countries. So why are they allowed to stand in the United States?
The Oslo Accords Are Dead. Should the Palestinian Authority Live On?
Trump’s peace plan killed any hope of a negotiated settlement. Rather than empty rhetoric, Palestinian leaders owe their people a new approach—even if it means disbanding the PA.
Taiwan’s Military Is a Hollow Shell
The end of conscription has left the army critically undermanned.
How to Stop the Next Pandemic Before It Starts
It may be too late to contain the new coronavirus. But we can safeguard the world against the next one.
Coronavirus Crisis Pushes States to Quarantine Online Information
Epidemics raise worrying questions about how to limit state power.
Duterte Terminates U.S. Defense Pact, Pleasing Trump but Few Others
Ending the Visiting Forces Agreement between the Philippines and the United States is a deeply unpopular move.
Has the Israeli Right Peaked?
For decades, right-wing parties were on the rise. But as religious voters become more secular and a corruption scandal taints the Likud party, the country’s rightist bloc seems to have hit a ceiling.
Living While Female in Mongolia
The country has some of the worst rates of sexual violence in Asia—and old attitudes are proving hard to change.
Europe Puts What Remains of the JCPOA in Limbo
By triggering the Iran deal’s dispute resolution mechanism, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom are hoping to push the sides back to the negotiating table—but they may escalate instead.
No, Pete Buttigieg Is Not a CIA Asset
The agency’s history of bloody-handed bungling abroad has come back to haunt U.S. politics.