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.
Spain’s Right Wing Sees Coronavirus Crisis as Opportunity
Conservatives have framed women’s rights rallies in March as a source of contagion, threatening to undermine the surging feminist movement.
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.
Want to Fix the Deficit? Bring Home the Troops.
As U.S. federal spending surges amid the coronavirus pandemic, it’s time to trim the real fat.
All Roads to a Better Trade Deal Lead Through the WTO
In Washington, efforts to withdraw from the trade body are gaining momentum. That would be a big mistake.
China’s Surging Nationalism Has Claimed Hong Kong
The new national security measures won’t be the end of Beijing’s belligerence.
It’s Not Time to End the Uzbek Cotton Boycott Yet
Companies should not buy Uzbekistan’s cotton until labor protections and responsible sourcing are guaranteed.
Brazil Is Suffering. Bolsonaro Isn’t.
The Brazilian president is proving that right-wing populism has ways of overcoming self-inflicted disasters.
In Hong Kong, Xi Plays a Dangerous Game of Chicken
With its new security law, China risks massive economic and political consequences. Xi’s lack of concern should worry democratic nations everywhere.
No, China Has Not Bought Central and Eastern Europe
While some Central and Eastern European governments have taken pro-Beijing positions, their considerations are far more domestic than international.
Canada’s Gun Laws Are Only as Good as Its Neighbor’s
The country’s worst mass shooting in decades shows that U.S.-sourced weapons still pose a problem, even if Trudeau tightens regulations.
Are Hotels the Solution to Homelessness?
A commonsense solution to the housing crisis has gained backers amid the pandemic—but can the political will remain?
If African Governments Won’t Act, the People Will
With frustration rising over haphazard responses to the coronavirus, community networks are filling the void across the continent.
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.
Japan Doesn’t Want to Become Another Casualty of English
English skills bring status, but the public remains stubbornly bad at learning.
Why We Should Worry About China and India’s Border Skirmishes
Three decades ago, the two countries reached an understanding not to fight. But Beijing is now a much stronger power.
Why the White House Should Propose More Economic Stimulus
While a wait-and-see approach is usually wise, unusual times require unusual playbooks, writes a former Trump administration economic advisor.
Beijing Has Lit Hong Kong’s Funeral Pyre
Hong Kongers will fight the imposition of mainland security measures fiercely but alone.
Trump Inherited the Drone War but Ditched Accountability
Only a single formal check remains on U.S. killings worldwide.
Has the Coronavirus Disappeared Climate Politics?
Europe’s pandemic bailouts are trying to save the continent’s economy. Less clear is if they can save the planet.
Yukio Okamoto’s Death Is a Tragic Loss for U.S.-Japan Relations
The master Japanese diplomat helped keep a complicated alliance on the rails.
Britain’s Conservatives Sold Out to Beijing Too Cheaply
Years of obeisance to Beijing have done nothing for Britain.
Israel’s Cease-Fire Government Should Promote Healing, Not Division
Netanyahu and Gantz could use their unity government to speed Israel’s economic recovery rather than entrenching political deadlock.
Strategists Have Forgotten the Power of Stories
The arts are invaluable to national security policymakers facing an ever-changing future.
In the Post-Pandemic Cold War, America Is Losing Europe
In the growing confrontation with China, Europe is starting to take sides—just not America’s.
Iraq’s New Prime Minister Is Taking Things Slow
After nearly 20 years of political chaos in Baghdad, Mustafa al-Kadhimi is trying incremental reform.
Beijing Is Pushing the Taiwanese Toward Independence Hard and Fast
If Chinese leaders really want peaceful unification, they need a mutually respectful approach.
The Next Pandemic Crisis Is Mental Health
The psychological harm of lockdown hits people with existing conditions hardest.
The 5 Ways U.S.-China Competition Is Hardening
The pandemic has accelerated preexisting tensions—and there’s no slowdown in sight.
The Sane Way to Challenge Xi Jinping’s China
The new nationalism and repression is a real challenge, but the United States needs to be smart.