Congress Isn’t Leading on Human Rights in China
The Biden team needs to step up and push new initiatives
The United States Can Negotiate With a China Driven More by Power Than Ideology
It may be possible to find a framework for stable coexistence.
Pandemic Crisis Drives Cubans to Rare, Risky Protest
Economic devastation and tightened censorship have made for a bleak 2020.
How to Judge Facebook’s New Judges
The social media company’s search for consistent rules has been long, winding, and entirely self-defeating.
Europe Needed Borders. Coronavirus Built Them.
The pandemic has the continent increasingly discussing its common boundaries—and common identity.
Thailand’s Military Is Getting Ready for Another Crackdown
The Biden administration must prepare to stand up for protesters.
Biden Shouldn’t Backtrack on Cuba
The lesson of the past four years is clear: Don’t let policy toward the island dominate the U.S. agenda on Latin America.
The Ghost of Blinken Past
In 1987, Biden’s pick for secretary of state offered a warning. He should heed it today.
Don’t Count on China’s Help With a Coronavirus Inquiry
Beijing’s COVID-19 response has been a success story, and the Communist Party wants to keep it that way.
Jerry Rawlings Is Dead, but He Still Looms Large in Ghanaian Politics
The former leader’s blend of anti-corruption rhetoric and strongman rule still holds great appeal for a generation disappointed by contemporary politicians.
Ethiopia Needs the United States to Act as an Honest Broker in the Nile Dam Dispute
As East Africa faces a triple crisis from COVID-19, floods, and locusts, cutting U.S. aid to the Ethiopian government is not the solution. Neutral mediation to resolve the GERD dispute can result in a win-win situation.
Biden Needs to Move Fast if He Wants a New Deal With Iran
Moderates will lose the June 2021 presidential election in Iran unless there is a new agreement and sanctions relief—and the United States can forget diplomacy if hardliners win.
Honduras and Nicaragua Have Been Hit By Some of the Worst Natural Disasters in Decades
If Biden gets the response right, he could put the region on better footing for years to come.
Foreign Governments Are Aiding Nigeria’s Violence Against Protesters
The suppression of protests against police brutality wouldn’t have been possible without arms and training from abroad.
Biden Faces Troubled Eastern Mediterranean Waters
Greeks and Greek Cypriots are hoping for stronger U.S. support in their disputes with Turkey. But that may not be the president-elect’s greatest priority.
What Iran’s Leaders Really Think About Biden
The killing of a top nuclear scientist has unsettled Tehran, but it’s still talking about a new deal with the United States.
Peru Needs a New Constitution
The country went through three presidents in a week in November—and it might soon have another if it doesn’t pursue a constitutional referendum like neighboring Chile.
Erdogan’s Economic Hail Mary Won’t Work
Turkey’s problem is the president himself; improvement won’t come until he leaves.
It’s Time for an Africa Policy Upgrade
Washington has sidelined Africa for too long. The Biden administration should take a new approach.
Democracy Is Still Not Safe in the United States
Recreating democratic values means ditching the excuse of tradition.
South Korea Matters More to the United States Than North Korea’s Nukes
The Biden administration should prioritize one of America’s most important allies.
How Will Iran React to Another High-Profile Assassination?
The killing of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a top nuclear scientist, will complicate the incoming Biden administration’s efforts to renew the nuclear deal—and could lead to escalation.
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.
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.
Antony Blinken’s Wonk Rock Is Everything a D.C. Dad Could Dream Of
What hidden messages are there in these sultry hits from the likely next U.S. secretary of state?
Indian and Californian Politics Are Both Playing With Fire
Environmental crisis has become caught up in petty struggles.
‘Put South Africa First’ Breeds Hate Toward Other Africans
Anti-foreigner sentiments are growing against Nigerians like me.
Polling Has a 98 Percent Chance of Being Bad for You
It’s not the accuracy of the polls that matters, it’s their ubiquity.