Same Old Hariri, Newly Traumatized Lebanon
After a year of chaos, a familiar face is returning to the top of a country that desperately wants change.
The Realist Case for the Non-Realist Biden
Trump's foreign-policy instincts might be more sound—but he has forfeited the chance to lead.
Angst and Denial in India as It’s Now Officially Poorer Than Bangladesh
Bangladesh, once far behind, just surpassed India in GDP per capita. All the more reason for Modi to focus on the right reforms.
Team Biden Should Start With an Asia Pivot 2.0
U.S. policy to contain China will require a lot more continuity with Trump than Biden’s backers would like to admit.
Welcome to the Final Battle for the Climate
The great powers have taken big steps to fight global warming. Now attention turns to the rest of the world.
Assad’s Horrible War Crimes Are Finally Coming to Light Under Oath
A German court is exposing Syria’s systemic atrocities—and ending any hopes of international reconciliation with the regime.
The United States Needs a Red Team to Protect the Election
Adversaries are trying to undermine U.S. democracy. Hackers and regular citizens must identify weaknesses and make the system resilient in the face of cyberthreats.
China Learns the Hard Way That Money Can’t Buy You Love
Few countries have soured more rapidly against China than Australia, as decades of influence-building by Beijing come to naught.
Democrats Can’t Reverse the Damage of the Trump Era Overnight
Republican activists have spent decades building a movement, winning state and local elections, and grooming a generation of conservative judges. If the left wants to win and keep power, it must learn from the right’s successes.
America’s Iraqi Embassy Is a Monstrosity Out of Time
The United States is threatening to close its outpost in Baghdad. It should have done so yesterday.
Trump’s Illness Is Not a National Security Crisis
A reality check about the foreign-policy implications of a sick president.
Everything You Think About the Geopolitics of Climate Change Is Wrong
The transition to a zero-carbon world will shift power in very unexpected ways.
The Dangerous Foreign-Policy Fallout of Trump’s COVID-19 Diagnosis
The four ways the president’s illness can complicate national security decision-making—or invite foreign attacks.
India Doesn’t Need the Quad to Counter China—and Neither Do Its Partners
The nascent pact with Australia, Japan, and the United States is pointless. It should be quietly disbanded.
Only State-of-the-Art Medicine—and Luck—Can Save Trump Now
The president has treatment options for his coronavirus infection. None are very good.
The Death of Human Rights in India?
New Delhi has a long history of harassing international NGOs. But under Modi, things may reach a tipping point.
Gorbachev Was Right About German Reunification
Thatcher and Mitterrand nearly stopped it from happening, but 30 years on, reunification remains the world’s most successful geopolitical experiment.
No, Biden Will Not End Trade Wars
Biden has matched Trump’s rhetoric on trade soundbite for soundbite, and his economic plans are likely to make trade conflicts worse.
Trump’s Pick to Replace Ginsburg Could Make the Supreme Court ‘America First’
The late Ginsburg championed international law. Amy Coney Barrett has argued that what the world thinks is at best superfluous.
The Arab World Is Having a Jewish Revolution
The real achievement of the Abraham Accords isn’t geopolitical—it’s cultural.
Did Xi Just Save the World ?
In a little-noticed speech this week, China permanently changed the global fight against climate change.
Biden Needs to Play the Nationalism Card Right Now
The 2020 election is veering into dangerous territory—and liberalism won’t be enough to win.
Macron Wants to Be a Middle Eastern Superpower
The French president is making a bid to shape the region—but does his reach exceed his grasp?
Joe Biden Is Actually Listening
The world can take solace that the potential next U.S. president is fundamentally a politician at heart.
Under Biden, the Middle East Would Be Just Another Region
The Democratic presidential candidate would stop sucking up to the region's autocrats, but he also wouldn’t give much encouragement to liberals.
10 Ways Trump Is Becoming a Dictator, Election Edition
The closer the president gets to election day, the bigger the threat he poses to U.S. democracy.
Trump’s Vaccine Can’t Be Trusted
If a vaccine comes out before the election, there are very good reasons not to take it.
Biden Is Now a China Hawk—With Limits
The Democratic nominee is getting ready to confront Beijing—but he doesn’t want another Cold War.