Public Health

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The Coronavirus Is Accelerating History Past the Breaking Point

Every era gets the infectious diseases—and the resulting political upheaval—it has coming.

Stock trader Peter Tuchman works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

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Market response to the coronavirus, China deflecting blame, and the dawn of post-democratic Europe.

Stephen Greene works a street corner hoping to land a job as a laborer or carpenter in Pompano Beach, Florida, on June 3, 2011.

America Is Having an Unemployment Apocalypse. Europe Chose Not to.

A trans-Atlantic chasm has opened up on pandemic labor policy. We’ll soon know which side got it right.

A janitor mops the floor at the headquarters of the CIA in Langley, Virginia, on March 3, 2005.

Spies Are Fighting a Shadow War Against the Coronavirus

Intelligence agencies will play a growing role in keeping their countries safe during the pandemic—by any means necessary.

U.S. President Donald Trump with China's President Xi Jinping

The United States Can Still Win the Coronavirus Pandemic

The Trump administration has made one mistake after another—and, with some foreign-policy changes, could emerge with more global power anyway.

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The Countries That Are Succeeding at Flattening the Curve

Lessons from Taiwan, Canada, South Korea, Georgia, and Iceland show that the coronavirus can be stopped.

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, waves as he attends a gathering of Basij militia forces in Tehran on Nov. 26, 2007.

The Coronavirus Won’t Kill the Islamic Republic

The pandemic hit Iran harder than almost anywhere—but may have strengthened the regime’s hard-liners.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (left), the director-general of the World Health Organization, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping before a meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Jan. 28.

How WHO Became China’s Coronavirus Accomplice

Beijing is pushing to become a public health superpower—and quickly found a willing international partner.

Cuban health workers go door to door looking for possible cases of the novel coronavirus in Havana on March 31.

Ukraine to World: This Is Not the Time to Go Wobbly on Sanctions

With the coronavirus pandemic, the United States faces the greatest global challenge to its sanctions policy since the 1990s.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi are greeted by South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa

Coronavirus Has Started a Censorship Pandemic

Governments around the world are banning fake news about the crisis—and cracking down on their critics while they’re at it.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Jerome Powell

America Is Ailing—and Leading the World

The coronavirus pandemic has been a humiliation for the United States—and confirmation of its unmatched international power.

A man and his family walk past closed vegetable stalls.

The Coronavirus Could Topple Governments Around the World

The coronavirus pandemic might not disrupt politics in wealthy Western democracies, but it is likely to unleash political instability—and even regime change—in developing countries already suffering from an economic crisis.

A monitor displays a patient's vital signs in the intensive care unit at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney on March 9, 2007.

Coronavirus and the Limits of Economics

Why standard economic theories have no answers for this kind of crisis.

Doctors in New York test hospital staff with flu-like symptoms for COVID-19.

The U.S. Government Must Prepare Now for the Next Pandemic

Trump botched the coronavirus response. The United States cannot make the same mistake again.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a virtual meeting with regional officials.

Beware of Bad Samaritans

China and Russia are sending medical aid to Italy and other coronavirus-stricken countries, but their motives aren’t so altruistic.

Palestinian painters work on a mural to draw attention to the novel coronavirus pandemic in Khan Yunis, Gaza, on March 28.

It’s Up to Israel to Stop a Coronavirus Catastrophe Among Palestinians

The Palestinian health care system has been held back by military occupation and is unprepared for the coronavirus onslaught. Israel must act swiftly.

A group of migrant workers and laborers walk toward Uttar Pradesh as the nationwide lockdown continues over the coronavirus.

Social Distancing Is a Privilege

For a daily laborer in Mumbai, staying home means “my children and my wife will die.”

A craftsman works at a workshop in Tehran

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Democrats pushing back on sanctions, the use of colonial-era quarantine laws, and blaming China for the coronavirus.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Russian President Vladimir Putin, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro attend the 11th BRICS Summit in Brasilia, Brazil, on Nov. 14, 2019.

The Coronavirus Is the Biggest Emerging Markets Crisis Ever

The pandemic is starting to topple one of the pillars of the globalization era.

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Today’s Coronavirus Anger Can Revive Tomorrow’s Welfare State

Under the right conditions, social frustration can herald the dawn of new political solidarity.