America’s Conspiratorial Delusions Weren’t Born Under Trump
False realities have been part of the U.S. political scene for decades.
State Department Lawyers Concluded Insufficient Evidence to Prove Genocide in China
Despite the Trump administration’s declaration of a genocide in Xinjiang, upheld by the Biden administration, some legal experts suspect China’s behavior may fall short of actual genocide.
America Is Back. But Can Allies Ever Trust It Again?
Fears of another Trump make it even more urgent that allies work with Biden now.
China’s Potemkin Aviation Can’t Survive Without Washington’s Help
Biden has a hard choice to make regarding Trump’s limits on airliner tech.
A Grand Old Identity Crisis
Trump may have been acquitted, but his brand has been damaged. The Republican Party now faces a battle for its future.
Our Top Weekend Reads
Political psychologists offer a new approach to authoritarianism, Ukraine clamps down on pro-Russian media, and a critically acclaimed documentary chronicles Wuhan’s lockdown.
The Death of the Carbon Coalition
Existing models of U.S. politics are wrong. Here’s how the system really works.
A Fight Over a Trump Official Could Block Aid to Latin America
The largest provider of urgently needed aid is up for a bigger budget, but some Democrats first want to remove its Trump-nominated head.
Why Convicting Trump is Key to Biden’s Foreign Policy
With U.S. credibility so low, promoting democracy is harder than ever—so Washington should get its own house in order first.
How to Live With Authoritarians
Democracies have to learn how to manage some people’s innate fears of change.
Why Everyone Likes Katherine Tai
Biden’s nominee to be U.S. trade representative is admired on both sides of the aisle, but she faces some of the toughest conditions ever when it comes to winning over the rest of the world.
Historic Second Impeachment of Trump Gets Underway
While a conviction seems unlikely, Democratic lawmakers seek accountability for the former president’s instigation of the mob that stormed the Capitol.
Why Partisan Hostility Won’t End With Trump
The U.S. political system is designed for demonization and gridlock. Countries with proportional representation and parliamentary systems promote coalitions and cooperation among rivals.
Biden Puts a Kinder, Gentler Spin on ‘America First’
To lead abroad, Joe Biden argued in his first foreign-policy speech as president, America must heal itself.
‘America Is Back,’ Biden Says
The new president returns to traditional foreign policy—with a big dash of populism.
Give Everyone a Vote on Kicking Politicians Off Social Media
If platforms aren’t going to enforce their rules properly, they should go back to Athenian ostracism.
Congress Will Make It Tough for Biden on Iran
Biden’s nominees will face trouble in the Senate unless they prove they learned the lessons of the failed 2015 nuclear agreement.
Biden Taps Obama Administration Diplomat as New Iran Envoy
Robert Malley, who has faced sharp criticisms from Republican lawmakers, will be tasked with trying to get Iran back to the negotiating table on its nuclear program.