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U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping

The United States Needs a New Strategic Mindset

For decades, U.S. strategists were thinking short-term. Its leaders should start taking an infinite perspective.

A demonstrator wears a bee mask during a demonstration for biodiversity called by the World Wide Fund for Nature in Paris on May 4, 2019.

Repairing Humanity’s Relationship With the Planet Will Be Cheaper Than Continuing to Let It Slide

The choice is simple: accept devastating wildfires, extreme weather, species loss, and disease outbreaks or secure a sustainable future at a fraction of the cost.

New Yorkers hold a memorial march marking 200,000 COVID-19 deaths

Counting Presidential Dead Is a Distraction

It doesn’t matter whether Bush or Trump was worse when the problems are the same.

Laboratory technicians handle capped vials as part of filling and packaging tests for the large-scale production and supply of the University of Oxford’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate, AZD1222, in Anagni, Italy, on Sept. 11.

Joining COVAX Could Save American Lives

The vaccine partnership would help ensure equitable access to a COVID-19 vaccine—including in the United States—but Trump won’t participate.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House on April 8 at which he vowed to withold funding to the World Health Organization.

Document of the Week: U.S. Plan for World Health Organization Has Few Followers

After announcing its decision to withdraw from the U.N. health agency, the United States still seeks to shape the organization’s reform. It is struggling to find takers.

A woman reacts as a medical worker collects a swab sample for a Rapid Antigen Test for the novel coronavirus in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, on Sept. 11.

Don’t Let Health Hold Women Back

A focus on women’s health care should be the basis of any plan for equality.

A street vendor wearing a face mask sells cigarettes on a street in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on March 12.

The Developing World Could Come Out of the Pandemic Ahead

Thanks to favorable demographics, digitization efforts, and quicker health responses, many countries of the global south are faring better than their wealthy counterparts.

This photo from June 19 shows an image of Iliass Tahiri (left) and his brother and a video still capturing the death of Iliass. Iliass Tahiri, 18, died on July 1, 2019, at the Tierras de Oria detention center in southern Almeria province, Spain.

Deadly Restraints Are a Stain on the EU

The continued use of lethal restraints, as in the case of Iliass Tahiri in Spain, damages the bloc’s human rights advocacy around the world.

A bubonic plague smear, prepared from a lymph removed from a plague patient, is seen in an undated photo.

The Bubonic Plague Killed Feudalism. COVID-19 Will Entrench It.

Throughout history, pandemics have been a great equalizer. Here’s why this time is different.

Children talk with soldiers in a municipality of Chocó, Colombia, on June 9, 2017. The area has grown used to the sight of heavily armed soldiers and continues to see swarms of villagers displaced by clashes between armed groups.

In Colombia, the Pandemic Provides Fertile Ground for Illegal Armed Groups

Criminal bands and fighters are capitalizing on fear to expand their control in vulnerable communities.

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Document of The Week: Global Plan for Sharing Vaccines

An alliance of international health organizations are competing with the United States and other rich countries in an effort to secure vaccines for the world’s neediest.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is swarmed by reporters as he leaves the Senate floor on July 30 in Washington. Republicans and Democrats in the Senate remain in a stalemate as the the $600-per-week federal unemployment benefit is set to expire on Friday.

As Pandemic Rages, the United States Slashes an Economic Lifeline

Lockdowns and outbreaks have hit the poor hard—and governments worldwide are struggling.

A chemical engineering student works with a test during the method of separating specific proteins to be applied in the production of vaccines.

The Coronavirus Pandemic Will Transform How Vaccines Are Made

The COVID-19 crisis could enable the improvement of the global vaccine system for all diseases. Here’s how that could happen.

Pakistan Army and Coronavirus

In Pakistan, the Army Tightens Its Grip

As military expenditure soars in Pakistan despite an unprecedented economic catastrophe, Khan’s power looks to be waning.

A health care worker organizes COVID-19 tests in Houston on Thursday, June 25.

Leaving the WHO Will Hurt Americans’ Health

The World Health Organization is woven into the fabric of U.S. public health, and extricating it won’t be easy.

A midwife in training attends to one of the first patients of the day in the labor ward at Mirwais Hospital on Feb. 18.

The Midwives on the Front Lines

Despite rising violence, some of Afghanistan’s most vital workers are fighting stigma to deliver health care to the country’s mothers.

A police officer stands guard outside a cordoned-off block of apartments where the suspect in a multiple stabbing incident lived in Reading, west of London, on June 23.

Terrorism After the Pandemic

Months of isolation and governments grappling with other crises could lead to a rise in attacks.

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