Crises Only Sometimes Lead to Change. Here’s Why.
The coronavirus pandemic won’t automatically lead to reforms. Great upheavals only bring systemic change when reformers have a plan—and the power to implement it.
In Afghanistan, the Dead Cast a Long Shadow
With Afghanistan again facing a political crisis, Mohammed Najibullah’s tarnished memory is being rehabilitated by some. But the crimes of the last Soviet-supported president, who was killed by the Taliban, are hardly forgotten.
Kenya’s Road to Dictatorship Runs Through Nairobi County
The handover of municipal services to military officers makes clear how the president wants to wield power.
Bolton Is the Villain of His Own Memoir
The former national security advisor wrote a book about an ignorant president—but refuses to learn anything himself.
In Pandemic Policy Response, the Left Has a Leg Up
Leftists in Britain and the United States say their ideas aren’t just relevant, but crucial to addressing the coronavirus-caused economic disruption.
Will Burundi’s New President Seize the Moment?
The sudden death of the outgoing president, the coronavirus pandemic, and an ailing economy mean that wide-ranging reforms are needed more than ever.
Spain’s Post-Lockdown Culture War Has Only Just Begun
The coronavirus response has increased political polarization, threatening the country’s economic recovery.
Could the Pandemic Kill the United Kingdom?
Boris Johnson’s bungled coronavirus response could fuel calls for Scottish independence and Irish unification.
Netanyahu Could Be a Statesman, but He Prefers to Be a Provocateur
Israel’s prime minister has always been Janus-faced. Any hope that his good side would emerge in a unity government is quickly evaporating.
How Dominic Cummings Made Himself Irrelevant
By getting caught violating lockdown rules, Boris Johnson’s advisor has thrown away a massive polling lead—and with it, his almost total power over Britain.
The U.S. Election Will Determine Assad’s Future
Washington’s approach to Syria won’t change, but divergent approaches to Iran could have an indirect effect on the Syrian economy—and the Assad regime.
Spain’s Right Wing Sees Coronavirus Crisis as Opportunity
Conservatives have framed women’s rights rallies in March as a source of contagion, threatening to undermine the surging feminist movement.
Canada’s Gun Laws Are Only as Good as Its Neighbor’s
The country’s worst mass shooting in decades shows that U.S.-sourced weapons still pose a problem, even if Trudeau tightens regulations.
Boris Johnson and His ‘Svengali’ May Be Facing Their Reckoning at Last
The U.K. prime minister’s refusal to fire Brexit guru Dominic Cummings has provoked nationwide outrage.