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The Great Decoupling

Washington is pressing for a post-pandemic decoupling from China. But the last big economic split brought on two world wars and a depression. What’s in store this time?

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Data Governance – Part 1

Part 1: FP Analytics examines the proliferation of regulations impacting the most valuable global commodity — user data.

Cheerleaders perform at the opening game of the Korea Baseball Organization League at a crowdless ballpark in Incheon, South Korea, on May 5.

Tales From the Lockdown: How COVID-19 Has Changed Lives Around the World

In South Africa, people are brewing beer at home. Muslims in India are celebrating Ramadan alone. And city streets everywhere are vacant.

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How the Bottom Fell Out of the U.S.-Saudi Alliance

A rocky marriage of convenience that has lasted since World War II could derail as oil markets crash and mutual mistrust reaches new heights.

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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.

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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.

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