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China's President Xi Jinping waves to delegates as they arrive for the opening ceremony of the 11th National Women's Congress at the Great Hall of the People near Tiananmen Square on October 28, 2013 in Beijing.

How Xi Just Saved the World


In a little-noticed speech this week, China permanently changed the global fight against climate change.

Joe Biden takes his sunglasses off as he arrives for a campaign event with President Barack Obama at Strawbery Banke Field in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on Sept. 7, 2012.

Biden Needs to Play the Nationalism Card Right Now

The 2020 election is veering into dangerous territory—and liberalism won’t be enough to win.

A man walks past a large billboard showing a woman wearing Italy’s national flag as a face mask and the headline “All together, without fear,” in Naples, Italy, on March 22.

How Italy Snatched Health From the Jaws of Death

Those who used to scoff at its mismanagement should take note of Rome’s strategy for defeating COVID-19.

Former U.S. Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton attend the trophy presentation prior to Thursday foursome matches of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club on September 28, 2017 in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Is the Blob Really Blameless?

How not to evaluate American grand strategy.

Rapid Action Force personnel stand guard following sectarian riots over India's new citizenship law in New Delhi on Feb. 28.

India’s Democracy Is Under Threat

New Delhi’s crackdown on dissent is endangering free speech and the entire system of criminal justice.

French President Emmanuel Macron gets off a plane as he arrives at Baghdad airport, on Sept. 2, 2020.

Macron Wants to Be a Middle Eastern Superpower

The French president is making a bid to shape the region—but does his reach exceed his grasp?

 

Joe Biden Is Actually Listening

The world can take solace that the potential next U.S. president is fundamentally a politician at heart.

An infrared microscope image shows mosquito larvae with red-glowing eyes, part of an experiment using CRISPR gene-editing technology.

The Genetic Engineering Genie Is Out of the Bottle

The next pandemic could be bioengineered in someone’s garage using cheap and widely available technology.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives to address the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, on Sept. 27, 2019.

What the West Needs From Modi

An alliance of democracies to contain China makes sense. But Modi needs to clean up his act.

President Xi Jinping pictured with Joe Biden on Aug. 18, 2011, when they were each vice president of China and the United States, respectively, in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

Biden Has a Serious Credibility Problem in Asia

U.S. allies have grown comfortable with Trump and his tough approach to China—and are anxious about a Biden victory.

U.S Vice President Joe Biden meets with troops during a visit with Jordan's King Abdullah at a joint Jordanian-American training center on March 10, 2016 in Zarqa northeast of Amman, Jordan.

Under Biden, the Middle East Would Be Just Another Region

The Democratic presidential candidate would stop sucking up to the region's autocrats, but he also wouldn’t give much encouragement to liberals.

People buy tickets for Disney’s Mulan at a cinema inside a shopping mall in Bangkok on Sept. 8.

Artists of the World, Unite

Only by standing firm against China together can makers escape global cultural paralysis.

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump votes at his local polling station in New York's primary on April 19, 2016 in New York City.

10 Ways Trump Is Becoming a Dictator, Election Edition

The closer the president gets to election day, the bigger the threat he poses to U.S. democracy.

A person is vaccinated during a national campaign of vaccination implemented by the government after having decreed a state of health emergency at CDI Dr. Alcides Rodriguez on March 14, 2020 in Caracas, Venezuela.

Trump’s Vaccine Can’t Be Trusted

If a vaccine comes out before the election, there are very good reasons not to take it.

Chinese President Xi Jinping accompanies Joe Biden to view an honor guard during a welcoming ceremony inside the Great Hall of the People on Aug. 18, 2011 in Beijing.

Biden Is Now a China Hawk—With Limits

The Democratic nominee is getting ready to confront Beijing—but he doesn’t want another Cold War.

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