China’s Steps Backward Began Under Hu Jintao
Beijing’s new aggression and ideological reaction started well before Xi Jinping.
Putin Is Warping Russia’s Pandemic Response
Doctors are being attacked and critics silenced as Moscow tries to control the narrative.
Russia’s Cynicism Is Infecting U.S. Politics
The two great powers have always been mirrors of each other—for good and bad.
Xi Jinping’s Tiananmen Family Lessons
The Chinese leader learned one key thing from his father: The party comes first.
Belarus Is Having an Anti-‘Cockroach’ Revolution
For three decades, Alexandr Lukashenko has successfully crushed all organized opposition to his rule—but the pandemic has changed everything.
A Modest Proposal: Open Ties With North Korea
Washington should drop its bluster and take a diplomatic step in its relationship with Pyongyang.
Hong Kongers’ Route to Britishness Winds Through the Ruins of Empire
Hong Kongers were given second-class nationality. Now they’ve been promised more.
Biden Could End Kleptocracy’s Grip on the United States
A new administration can make the changes needed to break a rotten global system.
A Moment of National Shame and Peril—and Hope
We may be witnessing the beginning of the end of American democracy, but there is still a way to stop the descent.
Netanyahu Could Be a Statesman, but He Prefers to Be a Provocateur
Israel’s prime minister has always been Janus-faced. Any hope that his good side would emerge in a unity government is quickly evaporating.
How Dominic Cummings Made Himself Irrelevant
By getting caught violating lockdown rules, Boris Johnson’s advisor has thrown away a massive polling lead—and with it, his almost total power over Britain.
The U.S. Election Will Determine Assad’s Future
Washington’s approach to Syria won’t change, but divergent approaches to Iran could have an indirect effect on the Syrian economy—and the Assad regime.
Autocrats Love Using the Bible as a Prop. Americans Shouldn’t.
As he posed on a church step, Trump’s false idols were on full display.
Iran Is Working Hard to Revive Anti-U.S. Operations in Latin America
Reactivating old alliances in America’s soft underbelly is not as easy as it seems.
Canada May Host the World’s First Incel Show Trial
There’s plenty of reason to doubt a misogynist murderer deserves to be prosecuted as a terrorist.
Why Erdogan Won’t Ask the IMF for Help
Turkey’s economy is a mess, but its president won’t seek an IMF loan because the conditions would mean giving up his extensive patronage network.
How Taiwan Can Turn Coronavirus Victory Into Economic Success
Taiwan beat the virus with efficient government and advanced technology—the same ingredients that power the economy.
Kim Is Back, but North Korea Still Isn’t Stable
There’s a lot more to worry about in Pyongyang than just its ruler’s health.
Leaders Can’t Lift Lockdowns Without Public Trust
Germany’s reopening is working because Angela Merkel treats citizens like adults; China’s is succeeding because people see results. In India, there’s no trust—and little evidence of progress.
China’s Crackdown in Hong Kong Won’t Spare Foreigners
Business as usual is over in the city, whether companies like it or not.
The Decline and Fall of British Lying
In Britain’s hierarchical culture, the crime for the upper classes isn’t telling lies—it’s getting caught.
Forget Hamilton. This Is Europe’s Calonne Moment.
The EU is still muddling through its post-pandemic recovery—and 18th-century history suggests that disaster could await.
China’s Surging Nationalism Has Claimed Hong Kong
The new national security measures won’t be the end of Beijing’s belligerence.
Brazil Is Suffering. Bolsonaro Isn’t.
The Brazilian president is proving that right-wing populism has ways of overcoming self-inflicted disasters.
Al Qaeda and ISIS Had a Truce in Africa—Until They Didn’t
The Sahel region was inching toward stability, but conflict between local jihadi groups is threatening to bring back chaos.