The European Union's reactions to the crises in Belarus, Hong Kong, and Lebanon reveal a reluctance to abandon the status quo and defend its values. Authoritarian leaders must be relieved.
The blasts that ripped through Beirut’s historic port could hardly have come at a worse time, as the city struggles with the coronavirus pandemic and an economic crisis. As the smoke clears, the catastrophe has laid bare festering structural weaknesses that are damaging Lebanon’s plural society.
The coronavirus has highlighted deeply ingrained inequality in Morocco, bringing its society to a crunch point. Much will depend on what its leader does next.
With the Tokyo Olympics postponed because of the coronavirus, Japan will delay its high-profile promotion of 5G commercial service this month. But the United States and Japan are still well-positioned for the intensifying race to harness the technology.
The EU has muddled along for years despite a problematic mismatch between its central powers and those of individual member countries. Now, a multi-billion-euro recovery fund has forced the bloc to grasp the nettle.
Countries with populist governments have been especially badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic. But beware: the virus is unlikely to kill off populism. To rid the world of populism, its root causes must be addressed.
Twenty years after Camp David, a one-time negotiator reflects on what was achieved at the historic presidential summit.
China’s tough new national security law in Hong Kong may be a turning point for the city’s residents and global tech giants alike. Other countries are watching closely.
Sitting on China’s doorstep, Southeast Asia initially seemed especially vulnerable but is so far coping comparatively well with the coronavirus pandemic. Yet this resilience—long a hallmark of the region’s politics—comes with some grim downsides.
Other countries have used laws like the Philippines’ new antiterrorism bill to jail protesters, journalists, and opposition politicians en masse. To save Filipino democracy, governments around the world must speak out before July 9 and stay vigilant going forward.
India has been embroiled in a foreign policy crisis with China, after violent clashes along their mountainous border. But if Delhi really wants to get tough with Beijing, it must first ensure its economy is in fighting shape.
A Philippine American journalist has been convicted of “cyber libel.” The troubling case should ring alarm bells in the West too.
As the trade war between China and the United States intensifies, supply chains are starting to see the impact. But U.S. protectionism may be backfiring.
A successful coronavirus response and liberalized trade policies have given Vietnam a production boost, but its demographics and import dependence will limit its gains from a reshuffled supply chain.
Although India holds strategic reserves of crude oil and food, it entered the coronavirus pandemic with severe shortages of essential medical equipment.
Protests have engulfed the United States since the murder of George Floyd. As the global movement for racial equality unfolds, the coronavirus has and will shape its trajectory.
Russia’s ineffective response to the coronavirus reveals the hazards of a system that cultivates self-interest and cronyism over strong state capacity and administration.
As an early adopter of new payment networks, China could set standards for a transformative change in the global financial system.
Faced with no shortage of domestic challenges, Erdogan is expanding Turkey’s role in the Eastern Mediterranean—and antagonizing Europe in turn.
Operating as public-private partnerships, the firms offer Russia a cheap, low-risk front to carry out its activist foreign policy.