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A woman gets as close to the beach as possible along a shuttered coastline

The Tourism Industry Is in Trouble. These Countries Will Suffer the Most.

Many island nations rely on foreign tourists, but the world’s major economies will also see drastic declines in spending as the coronavirus shuts down travel.

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.

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump holds up tweets from Google

Google Wants Your Data in Exchange for a Coronavirus Test

Public health shouldn’t mean surrendering privacy to Silicon Valley.

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.

A health services staff member in Kabul

An Ailing America Must Not Abandon Afghanistan

Slashing aid, abandoning the peace process, or going it alone will imperil U.S. interests.

Former first lady Laura Bush and former President George W. Bush greet President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump

The Coronavirus Is the Worst Intelligence Failure in U.S. History

It’s more glaring than Pearl Harbor and 9/11—and it’s all the fault of Donald Trump’s leadership.

China's President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with US President Donald Trump before a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Osaka on June 28, 2019 BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

A War of Words With China Helps Nobody

This is no time for either Beijing or Washington to point fingers

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual press conference in Moscow on Dec. 19, 2019.

As the West Panics, Putin Is Watching

The coronavirus crisis is exposing the West’s weaknesses—and adversaries of the U.S. and EU are paying close attention so they can exploit vulnerabilities in a future conflict.

An empty Statuary Hall is seen at the US Capitol in  Washington, DC on March 19, 2020.

It’s Time for Congress to Go Remote

America’s politicians are older than ever—and dangerously vulnerable to the coronavirus as a result.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the director-general of the World Health Organization, left, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping

Virus Competition Is Wrecking China-U.S. Cooperation Hopes

Coronavirus efforts are a new battlefront—and Beijing is the only one in the game.

U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell

Meanwhile, America’s Kosovo Strategy Is Melting Down

As the coronavirus pandemic raises tensions, the Trump administration’s strategy of bowing to Serbia’s authoritarian president is coming completely undone.

A man delivers an Amazon parcel in Paris

Amazon Workers Struggle to Stay Safe as Company Swells

The delivery giant is likely to come out of the coronavirus crisis even more powerful.

An Iranian woman walks past an anti-American mural on the wall of the former U.S. embassy in Tehran on May 8, 2018.

Iran Knows Who to Blame for the Virus: America and Israel

The regime’s ideological army is spinning conspiracy theories even as it helps spread the virus among Iran’s long-suffering people.

U.S. President Donald Trump signs new sanctions on Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, at the White House in Washington, DC, on  June 24, 2019.

If Trump Hates Obama’s Nuclear Deal, Why Is He Letting Up on Iran?

Iran is stockpiling enriched uranium and may soon receive advanced weapons from Russia. Trump has an easy way to tighten the screws.

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