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Don’t Touch Your Face: What the AIDS Epidemic Tells Us About COVID-19
On our final episode (for now), we examine an older public health crisis and the lessons it offers.
America’s Vaccine Diplomacy Is AWOL in the Middle East
China and Russia are spreading their vaccines—and forging new ties—to some of Washington’s closest allies.
The World After the Coronavirus
We asked 12 leading thinkers to predict what happens in 2021 and beyond.
At State Department, Some Concerned That Political Appointees Are Jumping the Line to Get COVID-19 Vaccine
Lack of communication over surplus doses has prompted suspicion and anger.
East Asia Takes a Cautious Coronavirus Victory Lap
Here are five of our best pieces on how East Asia handled the pandemic.
The Vaccine Has a Serious Side Effect—A Positive One
It could make 2021 the year Americans rediscover science.
Is the Cyberattack Big News—or Just a Footnote In a Year Like No Other?
Will 2021 be full of foreign-policy crises and domestic drama or dull compared to 2020?
Sweden’s Second Wave Is a Failure of Government—and Guidance
The country’s contrarian approach to the COVID-19 pandemic was meant to prove that trust in authorities could avert lockdowns. Instead, mixed messaging and political squabbles have led to an exploding epidemic.
Numbers Aren’t Reality, but You Can’t Govern Without Them
Picking the right statistics has been critical to handling—or botching—the coronavirus pandemic.
Europe Needed Borders. The 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.
Don’t Count on China’s Help With a Coronavirus Inquiry
Beijing’s COVID-19 response has been a success story, and the Communist Party wants to keep it that way.
Where Do Things Stand With the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout?
The U.K.’s quick approval of the Pfizer vaccine means some Britons will get shots starting next week—but in the rest of the world, it’s going to take a while for regular people to get inoculated.
After the Travel Collapse, Build Tourism Back Better
To bring back jobs and make travel sustainable, Biden should reverse decades of neglect and reestablish a national U.S. tourism policy.
Why Does Belgium Have the World’s Highest COVID-19 Death Rate?
Individualism, regional divisions, and fragmented government authority have led the capital of Europe to fail where many poorer and less-connected countries have succeeded.
Why the United States Can’t Defeat the Coronavirus
For too many Americans, disasters are things that happen to other people, never themselves.
The World’s Wild and Crazy Vaccine Ride Is Just Starting
Is it possible to have too many vaccines? We may soon find out.
The Coronavirus Is Now Another Risk of U.S. Migration
At least 2,500 Mexicans in the United States, many of them essential workers, have died from COVID-19. Back home in Mexico, their grieving families are left without support.
The Coronavirus Is Killing Westerners. Immigrants Are Saving Them.
Foreign-born doctors and entrepreneurs are at the forefront of fighting the pandemic and resuscitating economies, but nativist politicians still want to keep them out.
Almost Every U.S. State Is Now Officially a Coronavirus Hot Spot
This is what an utter pandemic catastrophe looks like.
Kremlin Spin Doctors are Leading Russia’s Vaccine Development
With Sputnik V, the country is conflating good headlines with good health.
The United States Got the Pandemic Economic Response Right
It spent early and spent big—and is now poised to reap the rewards.
As Vaccine Hopes Grow, Poorer Countries Are Last in Line
A vaccine candidate closely linked with Operation Warp Speed is expected to produce preliminary results similar to the blockbuster Pfizer findings.
Biden Can Make the United States a Global Health Leader Again
Trump withdrew from the WHO. Biden can rebuild ties with the organization and make the United States an influential player in the fight against COVID-19.
Europe Doesn’t Want Lockdowns. It Wants Government.
The continent’s second wave of the coronavirus has produced angry protests against state overreach—and new demands for state help.
The Pandemic Really Is Fake News: It’s Deadlier Than Anyone Realized
Good riddance to a superspreading coronavirus election campaign.
Why Inclusion Is Important for U.S. Foreign Policy
If Washington chooses to reengage with the world, it will need to first champion diversity and gender equality.
China Has the V-Shaped Recovery of Which Trump Can Only Dream
But the structure of its comeback may create problems at home—and abroad.
Democrats Push for Foreign Aid in Coronavirus Stimulus Fight
While Congress and the White House remain far apart on COVID-19 stimulus talks, some Democrats hope to restore lost U.S. prestige by adding foreign aid to the bill.
The Government Can’t Save Ultra-Orthodox Jews From COVID-19. Religious Leaders Can.
The coronavirus has hit Haredi enclaves hard, but without clear directives from rabbis, isolated communities from Jerusalem to New York will continue to suffer.
Bolsonaro’s Brush With the Coronavirus Empowered Him
Will the same be true for Trump?
The Dangerous Foreign-Policy Fallout of Trump’s COVID-19 Diagnosis
The four ways the president’s illness can complicate national security decision-making—or invite foreign attacks.
Sweden and the World-Historical Power of Conformity
From socialism to the coronavirus, a unified theory for why everyone thinks Swedes have all the answers.
What Happens If a Presidential Candidate Dies Before Election Day?
Trump’s physician expressed optimism about the president’s health after he tested positive for the coronavirus. But his hospitalization brings to light new questions on what happens if a worst-case scenario hits while Americans are casting their votes.
Only State-of-the-Art Medicine—and Luck—Can Save Trump Now
The president has treatment options for his coronavirus infection. None are very good.
Will Trump’s Case of COVID-19 Endanger U.S. National Security?
Officials are warily watching for adversaries like Russia, Iran, and North Korea to exploit the moment.
Syria’s Forgotten Displaced Aren’t Equipped to Fight the Pandemic
The regime has restricted aid to those who fled Afrin in 2018, leaving them without test kits, basic supplies, or access to specialist care.
How Politics Are Compounding Israel’s COVID-19 Crisis
Bibi succumbs to pressure from religious factions even as he imposes a second nationwide lockdown.
After COVID-19, Latin America Braces for ‘Lost Decade’
Already one of the most unequal regions in the world, it may face an unprecedented rise in inequality and poverty due to the economic carnage of the pandemic.
To Fight the Coronavirus, Myanmar Needs a Cease-Fire in Rakhine
With humanitarian aid and internet services restricted, the conflict-torn state could soon face a public health disaster.
Argentina’s Economy Crumbles as Buenos Aires Lockdown Continues
The nation was already on the economic brink before COVID-19 hit.
South Korea’s COVID-19 Church Scapegoat Is Fighting Back
As mainstream denominations see their own outbreaks, Shincheonji members say they were unfairly targeted.
COVID-19 Heats Up the New Great Game in Central Asia
Washington has a golden opportunity to counter China’s gains.
Latin America Can’t Survive the Coronavirus Crisis Alone
Countries are too rich to access conventional aid, but they can’t cope by themselves.
The Sociologist Who Could Save Us From Coronavirus
Ulrich Beck was a prophet of uncertainty—and the most important intellectual for the pandemic and its aftermath.
America’s Schools Are a Moral and Medical Catastrophe
A guide to understanding the science, and the politics, preventing U.S. children from being educated this year.
How the Coronavirus Crisis Is Silencing Dissent and Sparking Repression
A look at how protests, political violence, and conflict have played out during the pandemic.
Uruguay Emerges as a Rare Pandemic Winner in Latin America
Despite the border with hard-hit Brazil, the coronavirus is well under control in the country.
It Is Too Late to Save These Victims of the Pandemic
The COVID-19 catastrophe is shrinking remittances from the United States and creating a looming humanitarian disaster.
As the U.S. Exports Coronavirus, Trump Is Blaming Mexicans
As his poll numbers fall and coronavirus cases rise, the U.S. president needs a scapegoat—and he’s turning to his usual target, Mexico.
China’s Second Wave of Coronavirus Censorship Is Here
After a brief period of praising whistleblowers, Beijing is targeting medical staff and COVID-19 victims again.
In Syria, a Grim Trade-Off Between Tackling Pandemic and Famine
The pandemic-fueled food shortage in Syria suggests the worst is yet to come in other conflict-riven countries around the world.