Welcome to a World of Bubbles
Countries across Europe and Asia are exploring special bilateral arrangements to ease border restrictions. The result could be a globe fractured along epidemiological lines.
Trump Scapegoats China and WHO—and Americans Will Suffer
The White House’s official narrative about the pandemic is contradicted by the facts—and creates new obstacles to stopping the virus.
Yes, Blame WHO for Its Disastrous Coronavirus Response
A step-by-step reconstruction of events reveals a long series of mistakes and missteps.
No, the Pandemic Will Not Bring Jobs Back From China
The Trump administration says manufacturing jobs are coming home. The facts tell another story.
The Pandemic’s 5 Silver Linings
The coronavirus has exacted a terrible toll—but some good things may come of it yet.
Trump’s China Trade Deal Is as Dead as Can Be
His much-touted trade victory has crashed and burned with the coronavirus pandemic.
How to End the Special Relationship With Israel
The peace process died of natural causes. Washington’s most extraordinary alliance should too.
Don’t Let China Steal Your Steel Industry
Beijing is rapidly becoming the dominant player in an industry vital to defense and technology companies. If the United States and Europe aren’t careful, they will become dependent.
The Death of the Central Bank Myth
For decades, monetary policy has been treated as technical, not political. The pandemic has ended that illusion forever.
Will a Global Depression Trigger Another World War?
The coronavirus pandemic has already devastated the international economy. Its military fallout remains to be seen.
Countries Rolling Out Coronavirus Tracking Apps Show Why They Can’t Work
If you think tracking apps will keep people safe as economies reopen, look to South Korea, Singapore, and Australia to see why you’re mistaken.
The United States Doesn’t Get Israel Anymore
It’s not Benjamin Netanyahu’s coming West Bank annexation that’s shocking—it’s Washington’s surprised reaction to it.
We Remember World War II Wrong
In the middle of the biggest international crisis ever since, it’s time to admit what the war was—and wasn’t.
Want to Avoid the Next Pandemic? Hire a Devil’s Advocate.
Forcing governments and businesses to institutionalize doubt—by putting hackers and red teams on the payroll—would stop groupthink and could prevent catastrophes.
The 2020 Oil Crash’s Unlikely Winner: Saudi Arabia
It’s a year of carnage for oil nations. But at least one will emerge from the pandemic both economically and geopolitically stronger.
The United States Forgot Its Strategy for Winning Cold Wars
The plan that worked to defeat the Soviet Union can work today against China—it’s just not what you think.
The End of Emerging Markets?
Economies such as Brazil, Indonesia, India, Russia, and Turkey face a daunting new reality.
Forget Washington and Beijing. These Days Global Leadership Comes From Berlin.
People love to hate Germany—but the country is doing far more than most nations to help its European neighbors fight the coronavirus.
The Future Is Asian—but Not Chinese
A post-pandemic cold war is developing between the United States and China—but both sides are losing the ideological fight.
Don’t Bash Globalization—It Will Rescue Our Economies After the Pandemic
The pundits are once again proclaiming the end of capitalism and globalization. But global production networks are highly resilient, and ready to come back online.
Nobody Can Help Iraq Anymore
The country has another new prime minister nominee—but no new hopes of success.
The Pandemic Could Tighten China’s Grip on Eurasia
Despite border closures, Russia and others may be pushed even closer to Beijing.
There’s No Such Thing as Good Liberal Hegemony
It’s not just that the United States has made mistakes—the very idea of U.S. global leadership is broken from the ground up.
A Global Pandemic Bailout Was Coming—Until America Stopped It
The IMF was getting ready to respond to an unprecedented international crisis. Why did the Trump administration refuse to play along?
China Is Bargain Hunting—and Western Security Is at Risk
Beijing could use the coronavirus-induced economic crisis to go on a buying spree. The U.S. and European governments must restrict the purchasing of distressed companies in sensitive sectors.
After the Coronavirus, the Era of Small Government Will Be Over
The pandemic has put the state at the center of political life around the world. The aftermath will keep it there.
The United States Is Getting Infected With Dictatorship
The coronavirus pandemic has provided an opening for Donald Trump to attack transparency, voting rights, and accountability.
Russia Is Losing the Oil War—and the Middle East
Moscow spent years building influence in the region—and lost it all playing hardball with Riyadh.
The Normal Economy Is Never Coming Back
The latest U.S. data proves the world is in its steepest freefall ever—and the old economic and political playbooks don’t apply.