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U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, left, meets with Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau

Facing Trump, Putin, and Xi, London Needs Old Allies for New Ideas

A “C-3” of Canada, Australia, and the U.K. is the right group to stand up to authoritarian aggression.

Supporters of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters gather during a demonstration at Martin Place in Sydney on Aug. 16, 2019.

Bullied by Beijing, America’s Closest Allies Regret Saying ‘Yes’ to China

China was winning over the innermost circle of U.S. allies. Now it’s driving them away.

An Israeli flag flies near the Kfar Adumim settlement in the West Bank.

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Bias against individuals with disabilities is influencing lockdown easing, Kenya is heading for dictatorship, and the Trump administration is hurting Western unity in the Balkans.

A protester in Hong Kong waves a Union Jack flag

Britain Must Step Up to the Global Stage to Protect Hong Kong

China’s disregard for international law under Xi presents a shared challenge.

Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders

In Pandemic Policy Response, the Left Has a Leg Up

Leftists in Britain and the United States say their ideas aren’t just relevant, but crucial to addressing the coronavirus-caused economic disruption.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Forget the G-7, Build the D-10

The moment is right for a summit of democracies.

A woman carries a "Black Lives Matter" sign past U.S. National Guard troops in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles, which was damaged during unrest after George Floyd, a black man, was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis.

Explaining America to the World

How U.S.-based foreign correspondents are covering the Black Lives Matter protests for their audiences back home.

European Commission chief negotiator Michel Barnier slams Britain for “backtracking” on its commitments after another fruitless round of talks, at a press conference in Brussels on June 5.

No-Deal Brexit Looks Likelier Than Ever After the Pandemic

The U.K. and EU still find themselves far apart on crucial issues—with time running out.

A U.K. flag flies in front of Big Ben in London

Could the Pandemic Kill the United Kingdom?

Boris Johnson’s bungled coronavirus response could fuel calls for Scottish independence and Irish unification.

Government advisor Dominic Cummings arrives home in London on May 25 after giving a press conference responding to allegations that he and his family broke U.K. coronavirus lockdown measures.

How Dominic Cummings Made Himself Irrelevant

By getting caught violating lockdown rules, Boris Johnson’s advisor has thrown away a massive polling lead—and with it, his almost total power over Britain.

Dominic Cummings, a special advisor to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, looks on during Johnson's press conference about the ongoing situation with the coronavirus outbreak in London on March 17.

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.

Graffiti deriding Dominic Cummings

Boris Johnson and His ‘Svengali’ May Be Facing Their Reckoning at Last

The U.K. prime minister’s refusal to fire Brexit guru Dominic Cummings has provoked nationwide outrage.

Dominic Cummings

Britain Hates Johnson’s Machiavelli

Conservative Party advisor Dominic Cummings has drawn national wrath over a seemingly minor scandal.

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Britain's Queen Elizabeth II listen as Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during a state banquet at Buckingham Palace in London on Oct. 20, 2015.

Britain’s Conservatives Sold Out to Beijing Too Cheaply

Years of obeisance to Beijing have done nothing for Britain.

A health psychologist in Spain during the coronavirus pandemic

The Next Pandemic Crisis Is Mental Health

The psychological harm of lockdown hits people with existing conditions hardest.

An Indonesian laboratory assistant wearing personal protective equipment uses a microscope in Jakarta on April 22, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Why Experts Break Their Own Lockdown Rules

The U.K. epidemiologist Neil Ferguson cheated regulations to see his lover. But he’s not the only scientist to fall victim to the Dunning-Kruger effect.

Irish Taoiseach (prime minister) Leo Varadkar meets with Northern Ireland First Minister Arlene Foster and Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill to discuss the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Not Even the Coronavirus Can Overcome Northern Ireland’s Divisions

Even in the face of an existential crisis, the country’s political leaders default to battles over culture and identity.

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab (center) and other cabinet ministers listen as Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks during his first cabinet meeting after the general election, in London on Dec. 17, 2019.

Keep Calm, the British Government Will Carry On

Boris Johnson’s hospitalization has sparked fears of instability, but the U.K. government has functioned smoothly in the absence of prime ministers in the past and continues to do so today.

Spanish soldiers patrol the streets of Valencia to enforce the national lockdown due to the coronavirus on April 7.

European Hopes for Coronavirus Relief Rise—and Then Fall Again

The curve appeared to be flattening at last, but the latest numbers augur a longer crisis.