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Is This the End of Globalization?

The world was already breaking apart. The coronavirus pandemic accelerates the trend.

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5G Explained – Part Three

In the final installment, FP Analytics lays out the inherent security risks associated with 5G’s role in the digitization of the global economy and breaks down the critical issues for which companies and individuals need to prepare.

Left: A woman, who has recovered from the COVID-19 infection, is disinfected by volunteers as she arrives at a hotel for a 14-day quarantine after being discharged from a hospital in Wuhan, China, on March 1. Right: A passenger wears a mask on the Metro in Washington, D.C., on March 16.

A Tale of Two Quarantines

I ended up quarantined in both Beijing and Washington during the coronavirus outbreak. The experiences weren’t as different as you might think.

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5G Explained – Part Two

In this second of three parts, FP Analytics explores 5G's development and its global commercial and geopolitical implications.

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5G Explained – Part One

In this first of three parts, FP Analytics explores 5G's development and its global commercial and geopolitical implications.

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Socialism: Why It’s Back and What It Means

Essays on how social democracy can save the world, as well as counterpoints on why capitalism remains the best way for populations to thrive.

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Taiwan’s War on Fake News Is Hitting the Wrong Targets

The fight on Chinese disinformation has become dangerously partisan.

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There’s Only One Way for Democracies to Save the Planet

The Netherlands is taking the lead in solving climate change—and proving that the rest of the West is doing democracy wrong.

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Mikhail Gorbachev’s Pizza Hut Thanksgiving Miracle

In 1997, the former Soviet leader needed money, and Pizza Hut needed a spokesman. Greatness ensued.

James Jeffrey, the U.S. special representative for Syria engagement (center); Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (right); former National Security Advisor John Bolton (left); and Joel Rayburn, the U.S. special envoy for Syria (bottom left).

How the Iran Hawks Botched Trump’s Syria Withdrawal

Beginning with special representative James Jeffrey, U.S. officials consistently misread the threat from Turkey.

Zabulon Simentov recites from an old Torah scripture in the last synagogue in Kabul.

Afghanistan’s Last Jew Gets Ready for the Taliban—Again

Zabulon Simentov has seen it all, and now, like all Afghans, he must embrace a future filled with uncertainty and violence.

Qu Dongyu, the new director-general of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.

Outfoxed and Outgunned: How China Routed the U.S. in a U.N. Agency

The race for the top job at an obscure U.N. agency tested great-power influence on the world stage—and Beijing coasted into a victory over Washington.

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It’s Trump’s World Now. What Do We Do About It?

How to fix U.S. democracy, populism, trade, and other pressing issues.

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From Chop Suey to Fine Dining

Wealthy Chinese are pushing to overturn their national cuisine’s image as fast and cheap.

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The U.N. Is Leaving Migrants to Die in Libya

The European Union is funding the Libyan coast guard to keep migrants out of Europe and detain them in a failed state—and that leaves them at the mercy of militias and human traffickers.

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