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U.S. President Donald Trump and Jerome Powell

America Is Ailing—and Leading the World

The coronavirus pandemic has been a humiliation for the United States—and confirmation of its unmatched international power.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban delivers his state of the nation address in Budapest on Feb. 18, 2018.

The Shocking ‘Coronavirus Coup’ in Hungary Was a Wake-Up Call

While the world is shut down, history hasn’t stopped. Authoritarians are seizing the opportunity.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a virtual meeting with regional officials.

Beware of Bad Samaritans

China and Russia are sending medical aid to Italy and other coronavirus-stricken countries, but their motives aren’t so altruistic.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Russian President Vladimir Putin, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro attend the 11th BRICS Summit in Brasilia, Brazil, on Nov. 14, 2019.

The Coronavirus Is the Biggest Emerging Markets Crisis Ever

The pandemic is starting to topple one of the pillars of the globalization era.

School students gather to demand action on climate change in Sydney, Australia, on Sept. 20, 2019.

Sorry, but the Virus Shows Why There Won’t Be Global Action on Climate Change

Extreme measures to fight the coronavirus have raised activists’ hopes for similarly drastic action on global warming. Here’s why they’re wrong.

Syrian children try improvised gas masks

Syria’s Revenge on the World Will Be a Second Wave of Coronavirus

The pandemic will soon magnify the threats festering in the Middle East’s longest-running war.

Allyson Felix of the United States wins gold in the women's 4 x 400 meter relay at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 20, 2016.

Mourning the Olympics and All the Celebrations We’re Losing to the Pandemic

Especially in times like these, it's OK to feel for everyone whose milestone events have been canceled or postponed.

Former first lady Laura Bush and former President George W. Bush greet President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump

The Coronavirus Is the Worst Intelligence Failure in U.S. History

It’s more glaring than Pearl Harbor and 9/11—and it’s all the fault of Donald Trump’s leadership.

U.S. President Donald Trump adjusts the microphone for National Institute Of Allergy And Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci

The Death of American Competence

Washington’s reputation for expertise has been one of the greatest sources of its power. The coronavirus pandemic may end it for good.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual press conference in Moscow on Dec. 19, 2019.

As the West Panics, Putin Is Watching

The coronavirus crisis is exposing the West’s weaknesses—and adversaries of the U.S. and EU are paying close attention so they can exploit vulnerabilities in a future conflict.

A Chinese man wears a protective mask

China Is Fighting the Coronavirus Propaganda War to Win

Beijing isn’t interested in a tit-for-tat media feud with the United States—it’s going for escalation dominance.

An abandoned home

Sorry, America, the Full Lockdown Is Coming

Politicians won’t admit it yet, but it’s time to prepare—physically and psychologically—for a sudden stop to all life outside your home.

Pedestrians wearing face masks walk toward an electric board showing stocks' share price

Is the Coronavirus Crash Worse Than the 2008 Financial Crisis?

The last global economic crisis was a financial heart attack. This one might be a full-body seizure.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Sisi and Erdogan Are Accomplices of the Coronavirus

By killing the Middle East’s sense of community, the region’s dictators have helped the pandemic on its death march.

Hospital employees wearing a protection mask and gear work at a temporary emergency structure at the Brescia hospital, Lombardy, on March 13.

The EU Is Abandoning Italy in Its Hour of Need

In a shameful abdication of responsibility, fellow countries in the European Union have failed to give medical assistance and supplies to Italy during an outbreak. China is filling the void.

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