This Is What the Future of Globalization Will Look Like
The pandemic proved, once and for all, that the world can’t be flat. But global trade can recover—if we rewrite the rules.
Welcome to the Post-Leader World
The United States has abdicated its dominant role. Here’s how to fill the gap.
IMF Loans Will Further Entrench Corruption in Egypt
Recently disbursed IMF funding will only help the Sisi regime and entrench its rule.
These Countries Reformed Their Brutal, Biased Police. The U.S. Can,Too.
Well-meaning reforms are often blocked and rarely succeed. But there are ways to make them stick.
Why Taiwan’s Assistance to Hong Kong Matters
Taiwan’s government is signaling its status as a regional beacon for democracy and human rights—in contrast to South Korea, which frames assistance to North Korean refugees as helping ethnic brethren.
Corporations Will Be Complicit if Israel Goes Through With Annexation
Annexation will raise their legal risk of being held accountable for human rights violations and war crimes.
The United States Has Nothing to Fear From the ICC
The Trump administration’s crusade against the International Criminal Court is misguided and will harm long-term U.S. interests.
Iran Is Becoming Immune to U.S. Pressure
Trump’s so-called maximum pressure campaign has empowered hard-line figures in Tehran, marginalizing those eager to take the diplomatic route.
Japan Is Canceling a U.S. Missile Defense System
Aegis Ashore was more expensive than bargained for, but scrapping the program may come with its own costs.
Terrorism After the Pandemic
Months of isolation and governments grappling with other crises could lead to a rise in attacks.
From India, Islamophobia Goes Global
Hindu nationalism has helped spread a distinct brand of anti-Islam around the world, and famously multicultural Canada may have a problem on its hands.
This Time, Russia Is in Afghanistan to Win
Putin is replicating his success in Syria in a new theater of conflict—and part of his plan is to hurt American interests once again.
Mozambique’s Insurgency Is a Regional Problem
Rising extremist violence in the country’s oil-rich north threatens stability in southern Africa—and requires a coordinated response.
China’s Own Documents Show Potentially Genocidal Sterilization Plans in Xinjiang
Ethnic minorities are being targeted by family planning departments as reproduction restrictions loosen on Han Chinese.
Erdogan Should Not Erase Turkey’s Christian Past
The Turkish president wants to turn Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia back into a mosque. Destroying its dual Orthodox-Islamic heritage would be a blow to religious pluralism and tolerance.
Trump’s Syria Policy Is Working
The Assad regime is cracking under the pressure of stalemate—just like the State Department planned.
The Two-State Solution Is Dead. What Comes Next Is Worse.
Annexation of the West Bank would cement a one-state reality on the ground, enshrining Israeli rights over Palestinians.
The Chinese Communist Party Wants a Han Baby Boom That Isn’t Coming
China has swung toward natalist policies for the majority while forcibly sterilizing ethnic minorities.
Facing Trump, Putin, and Xi, London Needs Old Allies for New Ideas
A “C-3” of Canada, Australia, and the U.K. is the right group to stand up to authoritarian aggression.
Tearing Down Statues Won’t Undo History
From the Berlin Wall to Confederate monuments, destroying a historic marker means destroying a learning opportunity.
After India’s Skirmish With China, Is Pakistan Next?
Looking to reinvigorate support at home, Modi could pick a fight with his country’s traditional enemy.
China’s Online Warriors Want More Gates in the Firewall
Nationalists need to yell on a global stage for their careers’ sake.
Corruption Is a Job Qualification in Today’s Iran
Iran’s new speaker of parliament is widely known for being a crook—but a loyal one.
China Ridicules U.S. Protests Out of Fear of Its Own People
The Chinese Communist Party crushes demonstrations—and with it shuts off change.
Russia Wants to Keep Mongolia in Its Place
A recent diplomatic spat reveals that Moscow still treats its democratic neighbor as a subservient satellite state.
CIA Recruitment Has Joined the Social Media Age
A new video tries to make spying for the United States attractive for today’s youth—but cuts some corners along the way.
Politicians Are Writing Off Disabled Lives Amid the Pandemic
Ableism has pervaded the failed response to the coronavirus.
Turkey’s Great New Hope Is the Same Old News
Ali Babacan promises he’s ready to take down Erdogan—but he might leave everything else in place.
Bolton Is the Villain of His Own Memoir
The former national security advisor wrote a book about an ignorant president—but refuses to learn anything himself.
Anatomy of a Kosovo Summit Catastrophe
The Trump administration is hosting Balkans leaders this week to culminate a peace process that’s gone wrong from the start.
How to Aid Syria Without Aiding Assad
U.N. agencies have submitted themselves to government control and approval. Donors must demand higher humanitarian standards or send their money through other channels.
How to Watch for Freedom Disappearing in Hong Kong
The national security law is just the start of oppression.