Analysis

Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump arrive for a group photo at the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, on June 28, 2019.

Foreign Interference Starts at Home

The West is obsessing about how its democracies are under attack—except when it comes to all the self-inflicted damage.

French President Emmanuel Macron meets police officers during a visit to Mulhouse, in eastern France, on Feb. 18.

Emmanuel Macron’s War on Islamism Is Europe’s Future

The French president’s recent speech is a sign that moderate leaders are waking up to the threat posed by political Islam.

A rescue worker wearing a protective suit checks on a driver at a roadblock near Milan, Italy, on Feb. 24.

The West Is About to Fail the Coronavirus Test

China made huge mistakes managing the outbreak. The rest of the world may not do any better.

A disinfection professional wears protective gear at the National Assembly in Seoul on Feb. 24.

Get Ready for Closed Borders and Crashing Markets

Markets took a new tumble on Monday as WHO indicated a global pandemic may be on the way. If coronavirus becomes 2020’s biggest story, what should the world prepare for?

An Indonesian health official monitors as passengers from an international flight have their temperature checked as they pass a thermal scanner monitor upon arrival at the Adisucipto International Airport on January 23, 2020 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Virus Travel Bans Are Inevitable But Ineffective

Experts can't stop restrictions, but they can mitigate them.

In this photo taken on February 6, 2020, a woman helps her daughter seen wearing a face mask in Pyongyang.

North Korea Isn’t Ready for Coronavirus Devastation

The country has sealed its borders — but an outbreak would be a chance for the United States to do good.

Participants check their messages on electronic devices during the World Economic Forum  annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland on Jan. 23.

Will American Firms Put America First?

The Davos-inspired era of unrestrained globalization is over, and companies should start putting the national interests of their home countries ahead of profits.

Migrant workers from Romania harvest daffodils near Holbeach in eastern England, on Feb. 25, 2019.

Boris Johnson’s New Immigration Rules Will Harm Britain’s Economy

The U.K.’s new points system will keep low-skilled non-English speakers out, pleasing pro-Brexit voters but devastating entire sectors—from agriculture to health care.

Sky Pizza in Seoul

‘Parasite’ Has a Hidden Backstory of Middle-Class Failure and Chicken Joints

In a few words, Bong Joon-ho conjured up a whole tale of economic insecurity.

A demonstrator against India's new citizenship law

India’s Muslims Are Terrified of Being Deported

Many Indians lack the documents needed to prove citizenship—and Muslims are in the firing line.

Demonstrators hold placards and wave Indian flags.

India’s Economic Troubles Are Rooted in Politics

Economic models often fail to account for hidden assumptions. Ignoring the importance of trust and belonging in society may be hurting New Delhi more than policymakers understand.

Soldiers lift a coffin into a van during the dignified transfer of two U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Why Afghanistan Is America’s Greatest Strategic Disaster

Pompeo's plan to make peace with the resurgent Taliban is a sad reminder of all that went wrong in Afghanistan—and how it could have been otherwise.

ASEAN foreign ministers shake hands on stage at a summit about the coronavirus called by China in Vientiane, Laos, on Feb. 20.

Hun Sen Is More Worried About Beijing Than the Coronavirus

Cambodia’s autocrat is putting his own people at risk to court his Chinese backers.

US ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell attends a new year's reception of the German President on January 14, 2019 in Berlin.

The Death of Truth to Power

Intelligence services do their job by staying out of politics. Donald Trump’s new intelligence chief could end all that.

Candidates take part in the Democratic Presidential Debate in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Feb. 19. Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images

The Debate That Democrats Didn’t Have in Las Vegas

Republican foreign-policy experts weigh in on the most eventful debate of the 2020 primary.

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