It’s a New Europe—if You Can Keep It
The continent has managed to take a great leap forward—but there still might be a crash landing.
Trump Has Alienated Allies—but Has Them Acting in America’s Interest (and Their Own)
Amidst the torrent of criticism, the administration's accomplishments are often forgotten.
Kashmir’s Year of Hopelessness
One year on from New Delhi’s decision to revoke Kashmir’s autonomous privileges, the region remains ignored and underinvested. It’s difficult to see what could change the status quo.
Ask What You Can Do for Your Country
Western countries need national service programs, and Germany is leading the way.
Boris Johnson’s Remarkable U-Turn From Sinophile to China Hawk
Six months ago, Britain was the most China-friendly state in Western Europe. That’s ancient history now.
India and the United States Need Each Other Mostly Because of China
Just 50 years ago, Washington was trying to intimidate New Delhi so it could cozy up to Beijing. China’s rise has brought the world’s two largest democracies closer.
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.
Lebanon as We Know It Is Dying
The only political system the country has ever known is collapsing, and it’s never coming back.
It’s Time to Put Climate Action at the Center of U.S. Foreign Policy
From the Pentagon to the White House Situation Room, climate change must be considered in every decision.
America’s Schools Are a Moral and Medical Catastrophe
A guide to understanding the science, and the politics, preventing U.S. children from being educated this year.
Trump Is Escalating the Trade Fight With Europe—and There’s No Easy Way Out
Not even a Biden victory would heal the wounds in the U.S.-EU relationship.
How to Ruin a Superpower
Washington’s status as a superpower has been declining for years. Trump’s handling of the pandemic is killing it off.
TikTok Really Is the Central Front in the U.S.-China Tech War
The video app has gone viral worldwide—and will set the precedent for how free societies handle China’s social networks.
China Can Buy Influence, but It Can’t Buy Love
The Chinese government could learn a thing or two about soft power from a long-gone and much-maligned socialist regime: East Germany.
Countries Should Mind Their Own Business
Two cheers for a classic idea that’s been out of fashion for too long: state sovereignty.
To Fight China, India Needs to Forget Russia
The best way for New Delhi to modernize its military and protect itself from Beijing’s aggression is to forget its old relationship with Moscow and build closer ties to Washington.
Modi’s Slide Toward Autocracy
Using Hindutva ideology, India’s leader is restyling the country as one with only the trappings of democracy.
The Foreign-Policy Blob Is Structurally Racist
A social revolution could transform domestic policy—but it won’t change the way policy is conducted abroad.
The Post-Pandemic Economy Could Be Green and Clean—but Not With These Plans
Well-meaning green stimulus plans fall far short of what’s needed for the climate and the economy.
Erdogan Is Libya’s Man Without a Plan
Turkey is standing in the wreckage of a foreign-policy adventure with no discernible strategy.
The Pandemic Should Kill Regime Change Forever
If the United States can’t stop a virus at home, there’s no reason to think it should ever try running another country.
The Pandemic Is the World’s Long Overdue Reality Check
Populists came to power peddling political fantasies—but the coronavirus has broken the fever.
Everyone Misunderstands the Reason for the U.S.-China Cold War
The left says it’s U.S. arrogance. The right says it’s Chinese malevolence. Both are wrong.
The Imagined Threats of 5G Conspiracy Theorists Are Causing Real-World Harm
Attacks on cell phone towers are merely the latest evidence that virtual disinformation is leading to actual violence.
The Free World’s Leader Isn’t Free Anymore
As the quality of U.S. democracy erodes, the reasons are dwindling for anyone to look to it for guidance.
Revolutions Happen. This Might Be Ours.
Sometimes political orders break apart. But beware the dangers of what comes next.
American Cops Could Learn a Lesson From Italy’s Carabinieri
Unlike many U.S. police departments, the elite armed Italian force is highly effective and widely respected.
The World’s Weakest Strongman
Donald Trump’s use of violence and division isn’t a symbol of authority—it’s a sign of desperation.
The United States Will Learn Nothing From the Pandemic
It’s the country’s biggest crisis in decades—and all signs suggest Americans will absorb all the wrong lessons from it.
Yes, Lafayette Square Is Tahrir Square
A central thread links the unrest across the United States with recent upheavals in the Middle East—the basic demand of the protesters.
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.