China’s Soft-Power Grab
Beijing is ramping up support for U.N. and a host of other international organizations, racking up more influence even as Washington is in headlong retreat.
It’s Not Just Trump. The World Worries America Is Broken.
Protests against police brutality and systemic racism highlight what is seen as the United States’ accelerated decline.
No, the Coronavirus Will Not Change the Global Order
We should be skeptical toward claims that the pandemic changes everything. China won’t benefit, and the United States will remain preeminent.
America’s Road to Reputational Ruin
The decline in U.S. soft power didn’t start with Trump, but he accelerated it this week with his racist tweets.
The Hidden Sources of Iranian Strength
Iran’s ties with its proxies are far deeper than the Trump administration understands.
The Middle East Doesn’t Admire America Anymore
What a late-night meal in Italy taught me about U.S. power in the Arab world.
Putin and Xi Outrank Trump in Global Confidence Poll
Merkel and Macron come out far ahead in a new Pew Research survey.
Forget Hearts and Minds
Soft power is out; sharp power is in. Here's how to win the new influence wars.
Bullies Don’t Win at Diplomacy
President Donald Trump is learning that, just because the United States is powerful, that doesn’t mean it can push other countries around.
Tech Companies Are Ruining America’s Image
The United States has become identified with the global internet economy — for better and worse.
There’s No Happy Ending for Rex Tillerson
The secretary of state has held on for a year, but it’s too late for his tenure to end well.
How a Girl Band May Unify Korea
How to solve the Korean crisis through the power of kitschy, hyperpatriotic pop music.
Trump Is the Worst Salesman America Has Ever Had
The United States is more unpopular than ever before, and that’s no accident.
America’s Not First. It’s Third.
The United States slips behind France and the U.K. in this year’s soft-power ranking.
China’s Continent-Spanning Trains Are Running Half-Empty
Beijing's funding dozens of new rail routes as part of its global ambitions — and losing money on every one. So what's the long game?
American Universities Are Welcoming China’s Trojan Horse
A growing number of Confucius Institutes are importing Chinese censorship into U.S. campuses.
To Save the State Department, Rex Tillerson May Have to Break It
Bad habits and stale thinking have subordinated Foggy Bottom to the Pentagon and NSC. Here’s what needs to change.
Don’t Gut America’s Voice and Turn It into Propaganda
The United States’ international broadcasters work because they produce real journalism, not government spin. That could change — just in time for Trump.