Brazil’s First Wave Isn’t Over Yet
Coronavirus cases are spiking again in the country’s north, threatening to increase strain on public hospitals. This time, local governments face even more political pressure to lift restrictions.
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.
They Conquered COVID-19. Now They’re Struggling.
From the Czech Republic and Germany to the Indian state of Kerala, governments that dealt decisively with the first wave of the coronavirus are drowning in the second wave.
Moving Beyond a Post-Pandemic World
In a new book, Fareed Zakaria draws some hard but unavoidable conclusions about dealing with future viruses.
The Rise of the COVID Dictatorships
Around the world, emergency powers are chipping away at democracy—sometimes with public support.
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.
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COVID-19 Might Not Change the World
Pandemics are not always transformative events. While some worrying preexisting trends could accelerate, it’s incorrect to assume that the coronavirus will end globalization, kill liberal democracy, or enhance China’s soft power.
Coronavirus Is Pushing Lebanon Over the Brink
It’s time to add an uncontrolled outbreak to the country’s long list of woes.
Trump, COVID-19, and the Future of International Order
In a new survey, international relations experts are pessimistic about the years to come.
Lockdowns Have Been Hard on Organized Crime, Too
And a rise in cyber-ransoms is the result. To stop the cycle, businesses should stop paying up.
Trump’s Illness Is Not a National Security Crisis
A reality check about the foreign-policy implications of a sick president.
The Peruvian Poor Can’t Breathe in the Pandemic
The mountainous country is the hardest-hit in the world, partly thanks to a critical lack of oxygen.
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.
What Happens When Presidents Get Sick?
Just when the U.S. public needs clarity about Trump’s health, tradition and the president’s proclivities make that unlikely.