Is Armin Laschet Too Gemütlich?
Angela Merkel’s most likely successor is promising continuity with her style of politics—but that may not be up to him.
Biden Should Release the CIA Report on Jamal Khashoggi’s Killers
Trump has protected Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman despite the U.S. intelligence community’s conclusion that he ordered the assassination of a U.S. resident. The new administration should reveal the truth.
Big Tech’s Big Challenge
Twitter and Facebook have set a precedent in removing Trump from their platforms—but can they apply the same principle globally?
Why Nigeria Is Losing Its Fight to Prosecute Rape
Women who accuse men of sexual assault have faced backlash, high-profile defamation lawsuits, and even retaliatory police investigations.
Political Scientists Turned a Blind Eye to America’s Democratic Failures
A state built on Black repression and local violence was smugly coded as a mature democracy.
Washington Must Treat White Supremacist Terrorism as a Transnational Threat
After the Capitol attack, the U.S. government needs to recognize racist extremists as a national security risk and create a high-level counterterrorism czar to disrupt their financing and dismantle their networks.
The End of Swiss Neutrality
The country is campaigning for a seat on the U.N. Security Council, but taking on that role will clash with some fundamental tenets of Swiss foreign policy.
Russia’s Security Agencies Are Both Terrifying and Incompetent
The ineptitude of the FSB sends a message about how powerful it is.
The American Far-Right Is Dangerous but Disorganized
Despite murderous ambitions and abundant guns, the Capitol assault was a failure.
Under Burns, the CIA Gets a New Focus
Biden’s pick for the agency’s director shows that diplomacy is back.
Tokyo Wants the Olympics to Happen Even if the Public Doesn’t
The Japanese government is locked into what critics call a misguided project.
Never Give Strongmen a Second Chance
Latin American history offers a clear lesson to the United States: Ban Donald Trump from running for election ever again.
Time for a Responsible Clean Energy Supply Chain
Renewable energy needs to be sourced responsibly and cleanly.
Democracy at Home and Democracy Promotion Abroad Aren’t the Same
Hypocrisy has long been a component of U.S. foreign policy. The Capitol riot doesn’t change that.
Biden Can’t Fight Corruption Without Help From Europe
To stop drug traffickers, criminals, and kleptocrats from laundering their loot, the United States and EU must join forces.
A Chastened America Will Be Better at Preaching Abroad
There’s never been a better time for the United States to promote democracy around the world.
Bolsonaro Is Following Trump’s Anti-Democracy Playbook
Brazil’s “Tropical Trump” is laying the groundwork to discredit his country’s electoral process.
Taiwan Needs Allies, Not Partisans
Pompeo has set Taiwan up for repercussions without taking any responsibility himself.
Trump’s Withdrawal From Somalia Is a Security Threat. Biden Should Reverse It.
U.S. troops are scheduled to leave the country on Jan. 15, opening the door for al-Shabab terrorists to step up their attacks. The new administration should recommit to protecting the country.
Biden Can’t Make Washington a Beacon for Human Rights by Returning to Business as Usual
The world stepped up while the United States stepped back from defending human rights. The next U.S. president should join them.
Mike Pompeo Is Trying to Bluff His Way to a Legacy
Even insurrection didn’t interrupt a tour de force of Twitter bragging.
Miami’s Spanish-Language Media Is Overrun With Trumpist Conspiracies
Right-wing Cuban Americans believe they’re fighting U.S. communism.
It Happened Here
Trump’s movement is a uniquely American fascism, built on a century of American imperialism.
Chinese Media Calls Capitol Riot ‘World Masterpiece’
Instructions sent to reporters emphasized attacking democracy and promoting censorship.
Can Regulation Douse Populism’s Online Fires?
Social media’s manufactured hate needs solutions beyond censorship.
For Facebook, It’s All About the Bottom Line
Mark Zuckerberg’s commitment to free speech always concealed corporate interests first.
Carnage Comes to the Capitol
Donald Trump decried ‘American carnage’ in his 2017 inaugural address on the Capitol steps. His rhetoric made it a reality in 2021.