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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Note to Nations: Stop Hacking Hospitals
Why now is the time for global cyber-norms to protect health infrastructure.
America’s National Security Software Needs an Upgrade
The outdated U.S. security apparatus was completely unprepared for the coronavirus pandemic.
The Coronavirus Is Accelerating History Past the Breaking Point
Every era gets the infectious diseases—and the resulting political upheaval—it has coming.
West Africa Is Increasingly Vulnerable to Terrorist Groups
By working collectively and innovatively, the region can prevent the next security and humanitarian disaster.
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.
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.
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.
A Most Lonely Union
The EU is a creature of multilateralism. Can it survive in a deglobalized world?
The Ugly End of Chimerica
The coronavirus pandemic has turned a conscious uncoupling into a messy breakup.
Britain’s Post-Brexit Identity Crisis
Boris Johnson has contradictory ideas for his country’s future—and no clear paths for getting there.
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.
Confucianism Isn’t Helping Beat the Coronavirus
Cultural tropes don’t explain South Korea’s success against COVID-19. Competent leadership does.
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?
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.
How WHO Became China’s Coronavirus Accomplice
Beijing is pushing to become a public health superpower—and quickly found a willing international partner.
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.
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.
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.
Coronavirus and the Limits of Economics
Why standard economic theories have no answers for this kind of crisis.
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.
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.
Cambodia’s Leaders Line Up a Coronavirus Scapegoat
Hun Sen needs somebody to blame for the impending disaster.
When Home Is More Dangerous Than the Coronavirus
Lockdowns are leaving domestic violence victims worldwide trapped with abusers.
Today’s Coronavirus Anger Can Revive Tomorrow’s Welfare State
Under the right conditions, social frustration can herald the dawn of new political solidarity.
Japan Hopes for a Post-Coronavirus Olympics
The cancellation is another blow to a battered economy as virus numbers creep up.
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.