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Cuban health workers go door to door looking for possible cases of the novel coronavirus in Havana on March 31.

Ukraine to World: This Is Not the Time to Go Wobbly on Sanctions

With the coronavirus pandemic, the United States faces the greatest global challenge to its sanctions policy since the 1990s.

U.N. Security Council members

U.N. Security Council Paralyzed as Contagion Rages

A major player in the Ebola outbreak, the council has turned into the site of a U.S.-China showdown over the coronavirus.

Travelers wait for a charter flight arranged by the U.S. Embassy

‘It’s Pretty Much Going to Be a Death Sentence’

State Department struggles to bring thousands of stranded Americans home as air travel shuts down from the global coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo briefs the media in Washington.

Amid Pandemic, State Department Halts Incoming Classes of New Diplomats

Health concerns deal another blow to the U.S. foreign service, which is already overstretched following a 2017 hiring freeze.

A passenger wearing a face mask as a protective measure looks at two police officers  at the Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suarez Airport in Barajas on March 20, 2020.

How Governments Got Their Quarantine Powers

If you're locked inside, thank the British Empire for the laws that make it possible.

Iranians, some wearing protective masks

U.N. Calls for Rolling Back Sanctions to Battle Pandemic

Secretary-General Guterres says it’s time for “solidarity not exclusion.”

A Chinese laborer works in Sri Lanka.

China’s Debt Diplomacy Will Get a Coronavirus Boost

The United States needs a generous policy—and a different leader—to counter Beijing.

A member of the Syrian relief group Violet Organization disinfects tents

The Next Wave

U.N. and relief agencies warn the coronavirus pandemic could leave an even bigger path of destruction in the world’s most vulnerable and conflict-riven countries.

People's Liberation Army soldiers

China’s Military Claims to Be Virus-Free

Officially, not a single PLA soldier has been infected.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping meet in Japan.

China Casts Itself as Global Savior While U.S. and EU Focus on Virus at Home

As Western countries battle with their own domestic epidemic, a newly stabilized China seizes a chance to portray itself as the emerging superpower. Will it work?

An Iranian woman walks past an anti-American mural on the wall of the former U.S. embassy in Tehran on May 8, 2018.

Iran Knows Who to Blame for the Virus: America and Israel

The regime’s ideological army is spinning conspiracy theories even as it helps spread the virus among Iran’s long-suffering people.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a press conference.

U.S. Citizens Abroad Frustrated by Lack of Help From Embassies Amid Pandemic

Democratic lawmakers express “urgent concern” to Pompeo about failure to assist with flights and information.

The U.N. Security Council chamber sits empty

U.N. Diplomacy In The Age of Contagion

Some delegations are repatriating vulnerable staff from New York amid a surge in coronavirus infections.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, on Aug. 15, 2019.

The Virus Has Exposed the Recklessness of Trump’s “America First”

The world needs to cooperate to beat the coronavirus pandemic. That includes you, President Trump.

Secretary Of State Mike Pompeo speaks at the State Department

Pompeo Criticized for Failure to Communicate on Coronavirus

Diplomats, lawmakers say the State Department hasn’t been transparent in responding.

Soldiers take part in a drill organized by the New Taipei City government to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

Fear of China Made Taiwan a Coronavirus Success Story

Taiwan has 10 million masks a day, widespread tracking, and just 1 death despite being close to the outbreak.

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