Our Top Weekend Reads
EU member states find commonality in crisis, Afghans accuse donor countries of hypocrisy on corruption, and how Biden’s climate plans could shape energy markets.
Why Liberal Internationalism Is Still Indispensable—and Fixable
G. John Ikenberry’s new book traces what went wrong. And Biden is listening.
Pakistan Has Its Problems, but It Won’t Perish
A new book offers riveting and memorable reporting, though it falls back on outdated narratives of a country that has moved on.
Congress Isn’t Leading on Human Rights in China
The Biden team needs to step up and push new initiatives
How Biden’s Climate Plans Will Shake Up Global Energy Markets
The new administration will use foreign policy tools to promote climate goals, boost clean energy, and punish carbon-intensive production.
Meeks Makes History as First Black Lawmaker to Chair House Foreign Affairs Committee
The New York congressman fended off a progressive challenge in an unusually public race.
Will Biden’s National Security Team Include Members of the Democratic Party’s Progressive Wing?
The president-elect’s picks have deep experience in the Washington establishment. It’s unclear whether the party’s left can make its voice heard in the new administration.
The United States Can Negotiate With a China Driven More by Power Than Ideology
It may be possible to find a framework for stable coexistence.
Pandemic Crisis Drives Cubans to Rare, Risky Protest
Economic devastation and tightened censorship have made for a bleak 2020.
How to Judge Facebook’s New Judges
The social media company’s search for consistent rules has been long, winding, and entirely self-defeating.
Europe Needed Borders. Coronavirus Built Them.
The pandemic has the continent increasingly discussing its common boundaries—and common identity.
Pompeo Plans Parties Flouting COVID-19 Guidelines as Death Toll Mounts
The U.S. secretary of state plans massive holiday gatherings, while department catering and event staff mostly lack employer health insurance.
Thailand’s Military Is Getting Ready for Another Crackdown
The Biden administration must prepare to stand up for protesters.
In Rare Unanimity, Biden Could Double Down on Trump’s Uighur Sanctions
A bipartisan crackdown on Chinese forced labor has put Western corporations on notice—and could pave the way for Washington to finally support the International Criminal Court.
Biden Shouldn’t Backtrack on Cuba
The lesson of the past four years is clear: Don’t let policy toward the island dominate the U.S. agenda on Latin America.
How China Is Buying Up the West’s High-Tech Sector
Chinese acquisitions of Western firms are only part of the problem. Secret venture capital is handing power to Beijing under the radar.
Kamala Harris Taps Ex-Diplomat to Be Her National Security Advisor
Nancy McEldowney is one of several former senior foreign service officers expected to join the senior ranks of the new U.S. administration.
The Ghost of Blinken Past
In 1987, Biden’s pick for secretary of state offered a warning. He should heed it today.