How to Know You’ve Lost Your Grip on Reason
Five warning signs that your political views no longer fulfill the most basic of democratic criteria.
Bengaluru Is the New Shenzhen as Apps Displace Devices
In the global internet economy, India’s tech industry has a leg up on China’s.
The Trump Mob Combined the Worst of Left And Right
The president’s supporters are full of sound and fury, signifying far less than they claim.
Israel and the Emirates Are the Middle East’s New Best Friends
The Abraham Accords didn’t just seal a wary detente. It cemented Israel’s first regional partnership.
America’s Vaccine Diplomacy Is AWOL in the Middle East
China and Russia are spreading their vaccines—and forging new ties—to some of Washington’s closest allies.
Trump’s Final Foreign-Policy Report Card
A look back at four years of big ambitions, a handful of successes—and many more failures.
The Arab Spring Changed Everything—in Europe
A decade after Arabs started a regional revolution, it’s the neighboring continent that will never be the same.
America’s History of Luck Is Running Out
The country’s rise was fueled by fortunate circumstances that seem unlikely to last much longer.
Arab Dignity Is Real. So Is Arab Failure.
Ten years after the start of the Arab Spring, it’s time to accept that the revolution may never return.
China’s Drive to Make Semiconductor Chips Is Failing
The stunning success of U.S. efforts to hobble Huawei shows the fragility of Beijing’s highly centralized tech sector.
Why the World Should Root for the EU in Brexit Talks
If Brussels folds, it will mark the end of the last, best hope for stopping a race to the bottom.
The Pitiful Endgame of Saudi Arabia’s Qatar Blockade
As the Trump administration winds down, Riyadh is trying—and failing—to cut its losses on a failed regional policy.
Biden Sees the A-Team. I See the Blob.
There’s plenty of reason to be skeptical of the president-elect’s national-security choices—but here’s hoping he proves history wrong.
Report Sheds Light on How Biden’s Future NSC Chief Wants to Reshape U.S. Foreign Policy
Jake Sullivan spent several years working on a less ambitious approach to U.S. global interests that could disappoint both internationalists and progressives.
How Biden’s Climate Plans Will Shake Up Global Energy Markets
The new administration will use foreign policy tools to promote climate goals, boost clean energy, and punish carbon-intensive production.
How China Is Buying Up the West’s High-Tech Sector
Chinese acquisitions of Western firms are only part of the problem. Secret venture capital is handing power to Beijing under the radar.
Assad’s Syria Is Starting to Starve Like Saddam’s Iraq
How sanctions against the Syrian regime are forcing the country into famine.
Cutting Through the Hype on Asia’s New Trade Deal
The RCEP truly is a China-style trade agreement: platitudinous and ineffective.
Bangladesh Is Everyone’s Economic Darling. It Might Not Last.
Dhaka has shown real vision in its fiscal planning, but a turn toward authoritarianism could reverse its successes.
Mohammed bin Salman’s Human Rights Mirage
Saudi Arabia’s recent social reforms are more about earning international attention than improving the lives of its citizens at home.
The Top Five Reasons to Still Feel Thankful About the World
Believe it or not, this year’s pandemic-afflicted globe offers plenty of grounds for gratitude.
Biden Has the Team Obama Always Wanted
The next U.S. administration will feature the most cohesive group of foreign-policy hands in at least a generation.
The Transition Has Started. Release the Op-Eds!
Every four years, Washington’s ideas industry indulges in its favorite ritual: trying—and mostly failing—to influence the next U.S. president.
This Is How a Constitution Dies
The United States’ stalled presidential transition may seem like a farce—but it’s still the biggest constitutional crisis since the Civil War.
The West’s Constitutional Crises Threaten the Economy’s Last Best Hope
Central banks have kept their economies afloat this year—but political dysfunction is pushing them past the breaking point.
The World’s Wild and Crazy Vaccine Ride Is Just Starting
Is it possible to have too many vaccines? We may soon find out.
Trump Is in Denial—and America Is Unsafe
A house divided against itself can’t compete on the world stage.