Confucianism Isn’t Helping Beat the Coronavirus
Cultural tropes don’t explain South Korea’s success against COVID-19. Competent leadership does.
Trump Just Missed a Perfect Opportunity to Reassert American Leadership
The G-20 helped beat Ebola. Why can’t it do the same for the coronavirus?
The Coronavirus Won’t Kill the Islamic Republic
The pandemic hit Iran harder than almost anywhere—but may have strengthened the regime’s hard-liners.
How WHO Became China’s Coronavirus Accomplice
Beijing is pushing to become a public health superpower—and quickly found a willing international partner.
America’s Pandemic War Games Don’t End Well
One simulation of an uncontrolled disease outbreak concluded with riots and the National Guard on the streets.
Coronavirus Has Started a Censorship Pandemic
Governments around the world are banning fake news about the crisis—and cracking down on their critics while they’re at it.
For Now, China Has Forgiven Russia for Rebuffing It Over the Coronavirus
Moscow closed the border and banned Chinese citizens in an attempt to stop the pandemic. Now, Beijing has reached out a hand by sending medical aid to Russia.
The World’s Most Dangerous Coronavirus Lockdowns
As some democracies try to lesson the pandemic’s effect on prison populations, dictatorships around the world are doing the opposite.
The Coronavirus Could Topple Governments Around the World
The coronavirus pandemic might not disrupt politics in wealthy Western democracies, but it is likely to unleash political instability—and even regime change—in developing countries already suffering from an economic crisis.
Coronavirus and the Limits of Economics
Why standard economic theories have no answers for this kind of crisis.
Coronavirus and the Dawn of Post-Democratic Europe
Hungary has used the pandemic to abandon its last vestiges of democracy—and to dare the EU to do anything about it.
China Isn’t Helping Italy. It’s Waging Information Warfare.
The populist Five Star Movement has become China’s chief enabler as Beijing spreads disinformation about the origins of the coronavirus while sending aid shipments to EU countries where it seeks influence.
The U.S. Government Must Prepare Now for the Next Pandemic
Trump botched the coronavirus response. The United States cannot make the same mistake again.
Narendra Modi’s Sisyphean Quest for Global Coronavirus Cooperation
India’s prime minister is pushing for a regional response while facing a growing crisis at home.
Google Wants Your Data in Exchange for a Coronavirus Test
Public health shouldn’t mean surrendering privacy to Silicon Valley.
China Will Do Anything to Deflect Coronavirus Blame
Don’t mistake different messages for division within the party.
It’s Up to Israel to Stop a Coronavirus Catastrophe Among Palestinians
The Palestinian health care system has been held back by military occupation and is unprepared for the coronavirus onslaught. Israel must act swiftly.
Authoritarianism in the Time of the Coronavirus
The pandemic offers dictators—and democracies alike—an opportunity for abuse.
Social Distancing Is a Privilege
For a daily laborer in Mumbai, staying home means “my children and my wife will die.”
Cambodia’s Leaders Line Up a Coronavirus Scapegoat
Hun Sen needs somebody to blame for the impending disaster.
When Home Is More Dangerous Than the Coronavirus
Lockdowns are leaving domestic violence victims worldwide trapped with abusers.
Today’s Coronavirus Anger Can Revive Tomorrow’s Welfare State
Under the right conditions, social frustration can herald the dawn of new political solidarity.
Japan Hopes for a Post-Coronavirus Olympics
The cancellation is another blow to a battered economy as virus numbers creep up.
Self-Isolation Might Stop Coronavirus, but It Will Speed the Spread of Extremism
Millions of people stuck at home will turn to social media, where disinformation is rife. Radical Islamists and far-right groups are exploiting widespread confusion and fear to spread hate.
Don’t Kick China’s Propagandists Off Twitter
Beijing is using a social media platform it blocks to spread misinformation on the virus.
Ethnic Conflict Threatens Democracy in Guyana
The country’s simmering ethnic tensions threaten to undermine a fragile democratic system and bring on the resource curse before the proceeds from massive offshore oil discoveries arrive.
The Coronavirus War Economy Will Change the World
When societies shift their economies to a war footing, it doesn’t just help them survive a crisis—it alters them forever.
How Governments Got Their Quarantine Powers
If you're locked inside, thank the British Empire for the laws that make it possible.
This Vaccine Could Save Health Care Workers’ Lives Now
Clinical evidence suggests the BCG vaccine may provide vital protection against the coronavirus.
The Untold Story of How Iran Botched the Coronavirus Pandemic
The government learned early on about the outbreak—but, from a combination of cynicism and ideology, decided not to do anything about it.
China Is Trying to Rewrite The Present
Beijing’s propaganda blitz seeks to obscure the origins of the coronavirus.