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Coronavirus Travel Bubbles

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the daily briefing of the White House Coronavirus Task Force in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington on April 14.

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.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, at a press briefing at the organization's headquarters in Geneva on March 11.

Yes, Blame WHO for Its Disastrous Coronavirus Response

A step-by-step reconstruction of events reveals a long series of mistakes and missteps.

A worker assembles a car at the newly renovated Ford Assembly Plant in Chicago, on June 24, 2019.

No, the Pandemic Will Not Bring Jobs Back From China

The Trump administration says manufacturing jobs are coming home. The facts tell another story.

Shafts of sunlight beam down from behind clouds  in Tokyo on Aug. 14, 2019.

The Pandemic’s 5 Silver Linings

The coronavirus has exacted a terrible toll—but some good things may come of it yet.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He at the signing ceremony for the U.S.-Chinese trade agreement at the White House in Washington on Jan. 15.

Trump’s China Trade Deal Is as Dead as Can Be

His much-touted trade victory has crashed and burned with the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden sits with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before a dinner at the prime minister's residence in Jerusalem on March 9, 2010.

How to End the Special Relationship With Israel

The peace process died of natural causes. Washington’s most extraordinary alliance should too.

Workers move molten iron at a furnace in the production area of the Zhongtian Steel Group Corp. in Changzhou, China, on May 13, 2016.

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.

Christine Lagarde, then-director of the International Monetary Fund, speaks with Jerome Powell, the chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve, during the family picture of the G-20 meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors in Buenos Aires on July 21, 2018.

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.

The bronze sculpture "Depression Bread Line" by George Segal—seen here on March 7, 2009, at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington—shows five men waiting in line near a door during the Great Depression and the inactivity and troubles of everyday citizens then.

Will a Global Depression Trigger Another World War?

The coronavirus pandemic has already devastated the international economy. Its military fallout remains to be seen.

A man holds a smartphone showing a coronavirus tracking and tracing app launched by the Norwegian government, in Oslo on April 17.

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.

Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu

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.

Demonstrators dance at the World War II Memorial during an "Immortal Regiment" Remembrance Walk to mark the 73rd anniversary of Victory in Europe Day in Washington on May 5, 2018.

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.

A participant stands near a screen during the ethical hacking contest Insomni'hack in Geneva on March 21, 2014.

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.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives at the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh on Oct. 24, 2018.

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.

Bekhzod Tashkenbaev of Uzbekistan participates in the first World High Wire Championships, over the Han River in Seoul, on May 3, 2007.

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.

People sit on benches with sections marked off for social distancing at a mall in Surabaya, Indonesia, on April 20, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The End of Emerging Markets?

Economies such as Brazil, Indonesia, India, Russia, and Turkey face a daunting new reality.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives to address a press conference in Berlin on April 23 after taking part in a video conference with EU leaders.

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.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in visits the Daegu Medical Center in Daegu, South Korea, on Feb. 25.

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.

Workers assemble cars at the Dongfeng Honda plant in Wuhan, China, after returning to work following a months-long lockdown, on March 23, 2020.

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.

A banner with a defaced picture of Mustafa al-Kadhimi, Iraq's former intelligence chief and new prime minister-designate, is seen behind an anti-government demonstrator in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square on April 9.

Nobody Can Help Iraq Anymore

The country has another new prime minister nominee—but no new hopes of success.

A food delivery courier cycles as municipal vehicles clean and disinfect the area, with a building decorated with a mural depicting Soviet WWII commander Marshal Georgy Zhukov in the background, in downtown Moscow on April 14.

The Pandemic Could Tighten China’s Grip on Eurasia

Despite border closures, Russia and others may be pushed even closer to Beijing.

Former President Bill Clinton, former first lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former President Barack Obama arrive at the funeral service for Rep. Elijah Cummings in Baltimore on Oct. 25, 2019.

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.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin listens to a question as U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington on Jan. 31, 2019.

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?

Li Shufu, the chairman of China's Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, poses for photographs in front of Volvo cars in Tiananmen Square during the opening session of the National People's Congress in Beijing on March 5, 2011.

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.

French President Emmanuel Macron (left) and U.S. President Donald Trump embrace at the completion of a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington on April 24, 2018.

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump

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.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) looks over at Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as they line up for the family photo during the opening day of the G-20 Leaders' Summit at Costa Salguero in Buenos Aires on Nov. 30, 2018.

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.

A man on a rooftop looks at approaching flames as a wildfire continues to grow near Camarillo, California, on May 3, 2013.

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.

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