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German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks with newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron on the terrace, with a view of the television tower in the background during his visit to the chancellor's office on May 15, 2017 in Berlin, Germany.

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.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Donald Trump at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017.

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.

Indian security forces stand guard at a roadblock.

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.

German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer speaks to the media to present the Bundeswehr's new volunteer service program on July 23, in Berlin.

Ask What You Can Do for Your Country

Western countries need national service programs, and Germany is leading the way.

Boris Johnson, as mayor of London, meets tourists during an official visit to the Forbidden City in Beijing on Oct. 15, 2013.

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.

The flags of the United States and India adorn a conference table during a meeting between representatives of the two countries.

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.

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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.

Fishermen cast their nets from a boat at sunset into the Mediterranean sea in the area of Dbayeh, north of the capital Beirut, on Dec. 5, 2019.

Lebanon as We Know It Is Dying

The only political system the country has ever known is collapsing, and it’s never coming back.

Schoolchildren play on melting ice in the climate change-affected Yupik Eskimo village of Napakiak in Alaska on April 18, 2019.

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.

Picture of an empty classroom at the Eustaqui Palacios school in Cali, Colombia, taken on March 16, 2020.

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.

A view of the Airbus A380 assembly site in Blagnac, southern France, on March 21, 2018.

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.

President Donald Trump pauses during a news conference at the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House Feb. 29. in Washington.

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.

The logo of the video-sharing app TikTok displayed on a tablet screen in Paris on Nov. 21, 2019.

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's President Xi Jinping arrives at a meeting during a BRICS Summit.

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.

US President Donald Trump attends the UN Climate Action Summit on Sept. 23, 2019 at the United Nations Headquaters in New York City.

Countries Should Mind Their Own Business

Two cheers for a classic idea that’s been out of fashion for too long: state sovereignty.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during their meeting at the prime minister's residence in New Delhi, India, on June 26, 2019.

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.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks at a rally for the upcoming state elections in New Delhi on Feb. 3.

Modi’s Slide Toward Autocracy

Using Hindutva ideology, India’s leader is restyling the country as one with only the trappings of democracy.

National Security advisor Susan Rice and others listen while U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement to the press after a meeting with commanders at the Pentagon Oct. 8, 2014 in Washington.

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.

Workers install a solar panel system on the roof of a home in Palmetto Bay, Florida, on Jan. 23, 2018.

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.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Libya's interim leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil wave as they attend Friday prayers in Tripoli on Sept. 16, 2011.

Erdogan Is Libya’s Man Without a Plan

Turkey is standing in the wreckage of a foreign-policy adventure with no discernible strategy.

The USNS Comfort medical ship moves up the Hudson River past the Statue of Liberty as it arrives on March 30 in New York.

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.

President Donald Trump and Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrive for a bilateral meeting during the G7 summit on Aug. 25, 2019 in Biarritz, France.

The Pandemic Is the World’s Long Overdue Reality Check

Populists came to power peddling political fantasies—but the coronavirus has broken the fever.

Flags of the United States and China are placed ahead of a meeting between U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and his Chinese counterpart, Han Changfu, at the Ministry of Agriculture in Beijing on June 30, 2017.

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.

A demonstrator holds a placard reading 'Stop 5G', during a protest against the 5G (fifth generation) mobile communications network in Bern on May 10, 2019.

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump

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.

Protesters stretch for more than five blocks, from Scott Circle NW to H Street NW, during demonstrations over the death of George Floyd near the White House on June 6 in Washington.

Revolutions Happen. This Might Be Ours.

Sometimes political orders break apart. But beware the dangers of what comes next.

A Carabiniere policeman helps with deliveries of face masks in Palagano, Italy on April 9, during the country's lockdown aimed at stopping the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump holds up his fist as he leaves after speaking during a Make America Great Again rally at Williamsport Regional Airport in Montoursville, Pennsylvania, on May 20, 2019.

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.

Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci and others arrive for the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus in the White House in Washington on April 22.

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.

Police work to keep demonstrators back during a protest in Lafayette Square in Washington on May 30.

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.

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.

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