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A view of a slum area in Lebanon's northern port city of Tripoli.

Cash-Strapped Lebanon Isn’t Ready for the Coronavirus

Grappling with economic and political turmoil, Lebanon’s government is underequipped for a public health emergency.

A man points to a webpage promoting prevention of the deadly coronavirus from Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs Facebook account in Taipei on Feb. 14.

Taiwan Wants to Help Fight the Coronavirus. WHO Won’t Let It.

Amid a global health threat, international organizations shouldn’t be playing Beijing’s political games.

A researcher handles coronavirus samples at a laboratory.

How Hackers and Spies Could Sabotage the Coronavirus Fight

Intelligence services have a long history of manipulating information on health issues, and an epidemic is especially tempting for interference. Why aren’t we better prepared?

Indian National Congress workers shout slogans against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a protest in Amritsar on Feb. 26.

India’s Illiberal Turn Won’t Shake Its Relationship With the United States

Mobs roamed New Delhi’s streets as Trump and Modi talked, but the partnership remains robust.

A voter walks to a voting booth in Bedford, New Hampshire, during the New Hampshire primary.

What Washington Can Learn About Elections—From Abroad

The United States has aided polarized democracies in countries from Kenya to Sri Lanka. It’s time to apply those lessons at home.

An Israeli settler walks past a Palestinian house with verandas covered in meshing along the Israeli-controlled Shuhada street in the West Bank city of Hebron on Jan. 28.

Trump’s Plan for Palestine Looks a Lot Like Apartheid

Israel has long resisted the South Africa analogy, but the U.S. government’s support for annexation is making it a reality.

Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini, the Ordinary People party leader Igor Matovic, and the far-right People's Party-Our Slovakia leader Marian Kotleba await the start of the parliamentary election TV debate in Bratislava, Slovakia, on Feb. 20.

Slovakia Faces a Stark Choice

A historic murder trial ahead of parliamentary elections could boost liberal democratic forces over the populist ruling party.

Displaced Syrian children stand by the Turkish border wall at an informal camp in Kafr Lusin village in Syria's northwestern province of Idlib on Feb. 21.

The U.N. Won’t Save Idlib. The EU and NATO Can.

It’s too late to defeat the Assad regime, but a humanitarian intervention by the EU and NATO could prevent countless deaths and another massive refugee crisis.

A South Korean health worker sprays disinfectant as part of preventive measures against the spread of the coronavirus at a residential area near the Daegu branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus on Feb. 27.

Cults and Conservatives Spread Coronavirus in South Korea

Seoul seemed to have the virus under control. But religion and politics have derailed plans.

A demonstrator holds a flag of Donetsk People's Republic as he is carried by fellow activists dressed as zombies outside the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev on March 17, 2015.

The United States Needs to Declare War on Proxies

The most important takeaway from the killing of Qassem Suleimani doesn’t just have to do with Iran.

Volodymyr Zelensky arrives at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City.

The End of Volodymyr Zelensky’s Honeymoon

Changing Ukraine is much harder than its president thought. Here is how Zelensky should reboot his presidency and secure his place in history.

Venezuelan dancers welcome the Chinese hospital ship Peace Ark on its arrival at the port of La Guaira, Venezuela, on Sept. 22, 2018.

China’s Military Can’t Deliver on Humanitarian Promises

Amid the coronavirus crisis, the PLA has been missing in action.

Mahathir Mohamad looks on as he leaves the National Palace in Kuala Lumpur on Feb. 24.

Malaysia’s Geriatric Palace Intrigues Are Causing Political Turmoil

94-year-old Mahathir Mohamad has betrayed his 72-year-old successor Anwar Ibrahim. Again.

Richard Grenell and his husband Ben Lashley attend the 4th of July party hosted by the U.S. Embassy at former Tempelhof Airport on July 04, 2019 in Berlin, Germany.

Trump’s Pick for Intelligence Chief Represents a Step Forward for Gay Rights

Not long ago, Richard Grenell would have been disqualified for his sexuality. It’s a pity, however, that he’s not the right candidate for such an important job.

A family looks out the window of their home on the outskirts of Wuhan, China, on Jan. 27 amid the coronavirus outbreak.

How to Prepare for a Coronavirus Lockdown

With outbreaks worldwide, the prospect of quarantine looms. Here are some tips for surviving it.

A vendor sells bats at the Tomohon meat market in Sulawesi, Indonesia, on Feb. 8.

The Coronavirus Could Finally Kill the Wild Animal Trade

The outbreak may be the push needed to help prevent zoonotic diseases.

Egyptian judge Mohammed Shirin Fahmi (background) listens to the testimony of former president Hosni Mubarak (front), who was ousted following a popular uprisal in 2011, during a session in the retrial of members of the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood over charges of plotting jailbreaks and attacks on police during the 2011 uprising, at a make-shift courthouse in southern Cairo on Dec.  26, 2018.

Hosni Mubarak Is Dead, and His Downfall Is His Legacy

The Egyptian strongman’s presidency ended in 2011, but the factors that led to his political demise remain.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez (C) looks at Spain's King Felipe VI at the Royal Palace in Madrid on Jan. 7.

There’s a Solution to Catalonia’s Crisis. Spain’s King Is Standing in the Way.

Royal inflexibility is weakening Pedro Sánchez’s ability to negotiate while encouraging Catalan secessionists.

A disinfection professional wears protective gear at the National Assembly in Seoul on Feb. 24.

Get Ready for Closed Borders and Crashing Markets

Markets took a new tumble on Monday as WHO indicated a global pandemic may be on the way. If coronavirus becomes 2020’s biggest story, what should the world prepare for?

A rescue worker wearing a protective suit checks on a driver at a roadblock near Milan, Italy, on Feb. 24.

The West Is About to Fail the Coronavirus Test

China made huge mistakes managing the outbreak. The rest of the world may not do any better.

French President Emmanuel Macron meets police officers during a visit to Mulhouse, in eastern France, on Feb. 18.

Emmanuel Macron’s War on Islamism Is Europe’s Future

The French president’s recent speech is a sign that moderate leaders are waking up to the threat posed by political Islam.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump arrive for a group photo at the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, on June 28, 2019.

Foreign Interference Starts at Home

The West is obsessing about how its democracies are under attack—except when it comes to all the self-inflicted damage.

An Indonesian health official monitors as passengers from an international flight have their temperature checked as they pass a thermal scanner monitor upon arrival at the Adisucipto International Airport on January 23, 2020 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Virus Travel Bans Are Inevitable But Ineffective

Experts can't stop restrictions, but they can mitigate them.

US ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell attends a new year's reception of the German President on January 14, 2019 in Berlin.

The Death of Truth to Power

Intelligence services do their job by staying out of politics. Donald Trump’s new intelligence chief could end all that.

ASEAN foreign ministers shake hands on stage at a summit about the coronavirus called by China in Vientiane, Laos, on Feb. 20.

Hun Sen Is More Worried About Beijing Than the Coronavirus

Cambodia’s autocrat is putting his own people at risk to court his Chinese backers.

Sky Pizza in Seoul

‘Parasite’ Has a Hidden Backstory of Middle-Class Failure and Chicken Joints

In a few words, Bong Joon-ho conjured up a whole tale of economic insecurity.

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