Peacekeeping Missions and a Marshall Plan Won’t Save Mali
The country needs stronger institutions to bolster public confidence in the democratic system. The international community can help.
Big Brother Turns Its Eye on Refugees
Biometrics have crept into humanitarian aid, but the systems may disadvantage women who need help most.
Humanitarian Groups Demand Trump Reverse Yemen Aid Freeze
Aid groups operating in Houthi-controlled areas are unable to deliver lifesaving support.
Mali Needs a Marshall Plan, Not a Military Regime
American, French, and West African leaders must pressure the army to stand down and form an interim government, before a power vacuum and violent extremism threaten the entire region.
What the International Community Can Do in Lebanon
A conservatorship is unlikely, but the world can work to nudge Beirut’s political class aside.
The World Is Planning to Rescue the Lebanese, Not Lebanon
Massive foreign assistance is on its way to the country—but the government has forfeited any right to it.
Don’t Give Zimbabwe’s Government Aid Until It Gets Serious About Land Reform
Land reform isn’t just about compensating white farmers whose land was expropriated. It must secure the property rights of Black farmers, too.
Lebanon Needs Transformation, Not Another Corrupt Unity Government
If the United States lets France take the lead, the Lebanese people will get more political paralysis, cosmetic reforms, and Hezbollah control of state institutions.
How to Aid Syria Without Aiding Assad
U.N. agencies have submitted themselves to government control and approval. Donors must demand higher humanitarian standards or send their money through other channels.
To Save Its Democracy, the United States Needs a Dose of Its Own Medicine
Americans have long worked abroad to promote democratic practices and institutions. Now, more than ever, those lessons must be applied at home.
Snap Poll: What Foreign-Policy Experts Make of Trump’s Coronavirus Response
International relations scholars examine how the United States is seen on a global stage—and share who they would vote for in a presidential election.
The U.S.-Iraqi Relationship Is Coming to a Head—and That’s a Good Thing
After 17 years, there is little love left between Washington and Baghdad. Upcoming talks may be the last opportunity to save their dysfunctional partnership.
Generosity Is an Easy Win for China After the Coronavirus Pandemic
Electrifying rural health care facilities would burnish Beijing’s reputation in poor countries throughout Africa and Asia and cost next to nothing.
Forget Washington and Beijing. These Days Global Leadership Comes From Berlin.
People love to hate Germany—but the country is doing far more than most nations to help its European neighbors fight the coronavirus.
Outgoing USAID Chief Says Pandemic Underscores Importance of Foreign Aid
In an interview, Mark Green says this is no time to be slashing assistance to the developing world or global health.
For Now, China Has Forgiven Russia for Rebuffing It Over the Coronavirus
Moscow closed the border and banned Chinese citizens in an attempt to stop the pandemic. Now, Beijing has reached out a hand by sending medical aid to Russia.
China Isn’t Helping Italy. It’s Waging Information Warfare.
The populist Five Star Movement has become China’s chief enabler as Beijing spreads disinformation about the origins of the coronavirus while sending aid shipments to EU countries where it seeks influence.
An Ailing America Must Not Abandon Afghanistan
Slashing aid, abandoning the peace process, or going it alone will imperil U.S. interests.