How Not to Kill People With Spreadsheets
The U.K. government’s disastrous coronavirus error is another example of outsourcing gone wrong.
Goodbye, Government. Hello, Mafia.
From insurgent groups to charities, a range of nongovernmental organizations are stepping in to respond to the coronavirus crisis.
Want to Avoid the Next Pandemic? Hire a Devil’s Advocate.
Forcing governments and businesses to institutionalize doubt—by putting hackers and red teams on the payroll—would stop groupthink and could prevent catastrophes.
Who Wants to Be the Next Former President of Bolivia?
Evo Morales’s successor faces an unenviable set of challenges to stabilize the country.
South Sudan’s Proposed Unity Government Is Still Divided
Another delay won’t help achieve lasting peace. What the world’s youngest country needs is an exit strategy for its old-guard leaders.
The Weapon Britain’s Parliament Can’t Do Without
The mace is a symbol of royal power—and sometimes of lawmakers’ anger.
‘Chernobyl’ Shows How the Soviets Squashed Scientists
The brutal legacy of industrialization left the “scientific-technical intelligentsia” in the cold.
While You Weren’t Looking, General Haftar Has Been Taking Over Libya
Despite the drawn-out political instability plaguing the country, a negotiated rise to power for Haftar is not the answer.
At Trump’s Pentagon, Empty Offices Are the New Normal
The problem has worsened since James Mattis left the U.S. Defense Department.
Trump Officials Can’t Rescue Their Reputations With Op-Eds
They argue their actions are saving the republic, but they are really trying to save themselves.
Making American Bureaucracy Terrible Again
The Trump administration's petty corruption will have a clear legacy: more red tape for years to come.
McMaster’s Problem Isn’t Trump. It’s Mattis and Kelly.
The "axis of adults" has been running foreign policy, but the national security advisor was quickly pushed to the kids' table.
China’s Middle Class Is Pulling Up the Ladder Behind Itself
The rural poor are increasingly unwelcome in China’s big cities.
China’s War on Poverty Could Hurt the Poor Most
The government is pushing people out of rural squalor — and into urban dependence.
I Was Hillary Clinton’s Chief Foreign-Policy Advisor. And I Have a #MeToo Mea Culpa.
Men in positions of power need to do better. That includes me.
Spain Is Flirting With Another Civil War
Will Madrid’s coming standoff with Catalonia be resolved around a negotiating table, or either sides of barricades?
The Only Enemy Pakistan’s Army Can Beat Is Its Own Democracy
The country's prime ministers have always come and gone at the behest of the generals who really run the country.
Why Has Rex Tillerson Belly-Flopped as Secretary of State?
Four explanations for the abject failure of America's top diplomat.