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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The outdated U.S. security apparatus was completely unprepared for the coronavirus pandemic.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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A Most Lonely Union

The EU is a creature of multilateralism. Can it survive in a deglobalized world?

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The Ugly End of Chimerica

The coronavirus pandemic has turned a conscious uncoupling into a messy breakup.

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Britain’s Post-Brexit Identity Crisis

Boris Johnson has contradictory ideas for his country’s future—and no clear paths for getting there.

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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.

Medical staff take COVID-19 test samples from a foreign passenger at a virus testing booth outside Incheon International Airport, near Seoul, on April 1.

Confucianism Isn’t Helping Beat the Coronavirus

Cultural tropes don’t explain South Korea’s success against COVID-19. Competent leadership does.

U.S. President Donald Trump at the G-20 Leaders' Summit in Buenos Aires, on Dec. 1, 2018.

Trump Just Missed a Perfect Opportunity to Reassert American Leadership

The G-20 helped beat Ebola. Why can’t it do the same for the coronavirus?

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.

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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.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen welcomes Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban

Coronavirus and the Dawn of Post-Democratic Europe

Hungary has used the pandemic to abandon its last vestiges of democracy—and to dare the EU to do anything about it.

From left: Chinese President Xi Jinping; He Lifeng, the chairman of China's National Development and Reform Commission; Italian Labor and Industry Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio; and Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte attend a signing ceremony following their meeting at Villa Madama in Rome on March 23, 2019.

China Isn’t Helping Italy. It’s Waging Information Warfare.

The populist Five Star Movement has become China’s chief enabler as Beijing spreads disinformation about the origins of the coronavirus while sending aid shipments to EU countries where it seeks influence.

A quarantine official checks the temperature of a Chinese medical expert in Cambodia

Cambodia’s Leaders Line Up a Coronavirus Scapegoat

Hun Sen needs somebody to blame for the impending disaster.

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When Home Is More Dangerous Than the Coronavirus

Lockdowns are leaving domestic violence victims worldwide trapped with abusers.

Wembley Way is seen thanking the NHS

Today’s Coronavirus Anger Can Revive Tomorrow’s Welfare State

Under the right conditions, social frustration can herald the dawn of new political solidarity.

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Japan Hopes for a Post-Coronavirus Olympics

The cancellation is another blow to a battered economy as virus numbers creep up.

A member of the Iraqi forces walks past a mural bearing the flag of the Islamic State.

Self-Isolation Might Stop Coronavirus, but It Will Speed the Spread of Extremism

Millions of people stuck at home will turn to social media, where disinformation is rife. Radical Islamists and far-right groups are exploiting widespread confusion and fear to spread hate.

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