The United States Isn’t Doomed to Lose the Information Wars
China and Russia are ramping up their disinformation campaigns in the lead-up to the November vote. It’s time for Washington to fight back.
Americans Are Officially Giving Up on Democracy
New polling shows that a growing share of U.S. citizens want leaders who wouldn’t “bother with” elections.
To Prevent Proliferation, Stop Enrichment and Reprocessing in the Middle East
There is a risk of a nuclear cascade across the region. The United States can stop it by enforcing the gold standard of nonproliferation.
No, Drones Haven’t Made Tanks Obsolete
Wrecked armor in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict was down to bad training and terrain, not magical technology.
Clean Energy Can’t Have Dirty Roots
Securing human rights in the supply chain of critical minerals is vital for a green future.
Forget Counterterrorism, the United States Needs a Counter-Disinformation Strategy
If the U.S. government wants to win the information wars, Cold War-era tactics won’t cut it anymore.
How Israel’s agreements this year with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates made the Middle East more volatile.
Deal or No Deal Is No Longer the Point
The United Kingdom is heading for a “hard Brexit” no matter what. Here’s why—and what it means for the country’s economy.
Iraq’s Future Isn’t Oil, It’s Sustainable Electricity
As the country continues to grapple with the aftermath of the Islamic State insurgency, revolutionizing the country’s energy sector could be the key to long-term security.
Counter China by Making Guam a State
More than a partisan move, statehood would be a foreign-policy masterstroke.
Exiled Tibetans Suffer as WeChat Bans Leave Home Even Further Away
The messaging app was a lifeline—and a political danger.
Tehran’s Worst Nightmare
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict could spill over to Iran’s Azeri minority, setting off a battle the government can’t contain.
A Partial Ban on Autonomous Weapons Would Make Everyone Safer
Great powers stand to lose the most from weapons like drone swarms and should back a limited ban on the most dangerous systems.
Merkel’s China Reset Is Mostly Hollow
Washington shouldn’t expect—and may not need—a coordinated policy with Berlin.
Lukashenko’s Talk Offers Could Trap Him or Protesters
The besieged autocrat is stuck between Russia and a hard place.
Investors Are Already Treating America Like an Emerging Market
Election chaos, social unrest, and weak institutions make the United States too risky for a developed economy.
America Must Promote Democracy, Despite Trump’s Disdain for It
Even if 2020 marks a low point of U.S. democratic practice, supporting liberalism abroad must remain a vital element of U.S. foreign policy.
The Government Can’t Save Ultra-Orthodox Jews From COVID-19. Religious Leaders Can.
The coronavirus has hit Haredi enclaves hard, but without clear directives from rabbis, isolated communities from Jerusalem to New York will continue to suffer.
Beijing Believes Trump Is Accelerating American Decline
Public intelligence assessments of China’s 2020 election preferences only tell half the story.
Pakistan Is Doing Its Own Political Reengineering in Kashmir
After condemning New Delhi for its machinations in Jammu and Kashmir, Islamabad is quietly changing the status of Gilgit-Baltistan on its side of the Line of Control.
The Case for Climate Reparations
The world’s poorest will bear the worst consequences of the climate crisis. Redirecting international resources to address entrenched inequalities provides a way out.
China’s Belt and Road Initiative Is a Mess, Not a Master Plan
Beijing’s foreign investments are often money-losing and driven by recipients’ own agendas.
COVID-19 Might Not Change the World
Pandemics are not always transformative events. While some worrying preexisting trends could accelerate, it’s incorrect to assume that the coronavirus will end globalization, kill liberal democracy, or enhance China’s soft power.
Without Russian Aid to Armenia, Azerbaijan Has the Upper Hand in Nagorno-Karabakh
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan has overplayed his hand by spouting belligerent nationalist rhetoric and refusing to negotiate—and Putin isn’t coming to his rescue.
Why We Still Need Democracy
Imperfect as electoral systems are, they provide a vital accountability.
How Not to Kill People With Spreadsheets
The U.K. government’s disastrous coronavirus error is another example of outsourcing gone wrong.
Coronavirus Is Pushing Lebanon Over the Brink
It’s time to add an uncontrolled outbreak to the country’s long list of woes.
Indians and Central Asians Are the New Face of the Islamic State
Terrorists from India, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan were never at the forefront of global jihad before—now they are.
Macron’s Not Worried About Islam. He’s Worried About Le Pen.
The French president’s talk of a crisis among French Muslims is the latest example of mainstream politicians pandering to the far-right. ?
Macron Wants to Start an Islamic Revolution
The French president is planning to curb the influence of extremist clerics—but his critics see something more sinister.