The World Needs a New Refugee Convention
For 30 years, right-wing parties and nativist leaders have whittled away refugees’ rights. In the wake of a global pandemic, seeking asylum will be nearly impossible unless the international community revises and modernizes its approach to people fleeing war.
The World Is Winning—and Losing—the Vaccine Race
Immunization to COVID-19 is supposed to solve our problems—but it's starting to trigger even bigger ones.
The End of Hope in the Middle East
The region has always had problems—but it’s now almost past the point of recovery.
The Sociologist Who Could Save Us From Coronavirus
Ulrich Beck was a prophet of uncertainty—and the most important intellectual for the pandemic and its aftermath.
China Has Two Paths to Global Domination
And a lot is riding on whether Washington can figure out which strategy Beijing has chosen.
RIP the Carter Doctrine, 1980-2019
Donald Trump has torn up a foundation of U.S. foreign policy, and is causing irreparable damage to the Middle East—and world order—in the process.
Economists on the Run
Paul Krugman and other mainstream trade experts are now admitting that they were wrong about globalization: It hurt American workers far more than they thought it would. Did America’s free market economists help put a protectionist demagogue in the White House?
The Untold Story of How George W. Bush Lost China
The U.S.-China relationship started veering wildly off track 15 years ago—but Washington stumbled badly in its response.
America Doesn’t Need a Grand Strategy
Searching for the next holy grail of foreign policy is stopping the United States from solving the world’s most pressing problems.
The Real Origins of the U.S.-China Cold War
The only way to win the next superpower showdown is to understand what exactly caused it.