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March 26, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
The Multilateral System Still Cannot Get Its Act Together on COVID-19

In the absence of U.S. leadership, multilateral responses to COVID-19 have been inadequate to date.

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz speaks via video link as he sits at a desk, with a monitor displaying "G20" in the background.

March 23, 2020

Public Health Threats and Pandemics
Global Leadership Is in Quarantine Just When It Is Needed Most

Contrasting the current pandemic with past crises underscores U.S. President Donald J. Trump's abdication of global leadership.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump, accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence, speaks into a microphone as he declares the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency.

March 16, 2020

Immigration and Migration
How Should the World Respond to the Coming Wave of Climate Migrants?

Nations should use existing international institutions, instruments, and laws to protect and assist vulnerable populations, while mobilizing foreign aid to help communities in the developing world ab…

A red and blue life jacket lays atop a palm frond on a beach, with a blue boat, used by migrants, at the water's edge.

March 13, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: Campaigning in the Era of the Coronavirus

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: the coronavirus dominates the conversation, Senator Sanders defends a sister-city program, and exp…

Former Vice President Joe Biden stands behind a podium and in front of American flags while he speaks on the coronavirus pandemic in Wilmington, Delaware, on March 12.

March 9, 2020

Democracy
With the United States Backsliding, Who Will Defend Democracy in the World?

A new Freedom House report finds that India and the United States were among the foremost contributors last year to democratic backslide and that global freedom continues to decline.

U.S. President Donald J. Trump shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in front of U.S. and Indian flags.

March 2, 2020

Global Commons
A Responsibility to Protect the Earth? Reframing Sovereignty in the Anthropocene

Protecting the biosphere requires new conceptions of sovereign obligation.

Two hands hold a globe in the foreground as climate activists march and display signs in support of the Fridays for Future movement.

February 24, 2020

Coronavirus
The Coronavirus Outbreak Is the Shape of Things to Come

Far from an anomaly, the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak is the shape of things to come as development and globalization are driving a new era of infectious disease.

Tourists wear protective face masks at Venice Carnival, which has been cancelled because of an outbreak of coronavirus, in Venice, Italy on February 23, 2020.

February 21, 2020

Election 2020
Campaign Foreign Policy Roundup: The Las Vegas Democratic Debate

Each Friday, I look at what the presidential challengers are saying about foreign policy. This week: foreign policy is AWOL in Las Vegas; Bloomberg and Warren talk about Latin America; and foreign po…

Democratic candidates raise their hand to speak while they stand behind podiums at the Democratic debate on Wednesday, February 19.

February 13, 2020

Diplomacy and International Institutions
The Corrosion of World Order in the Age of Donald Trump

Can the world still work together to address today’s most pressing global challenges? A broken economic order, Trump’s incoherent foreign policy, and the corrosion of trust offer little to be optimis…

An American flag is illuminated in the empty U.S. Capitol rotunda in Washington, U.S. on January 24, 2020.

February 10, 2020

World Order
Can Trump’s Successor Save the Liberal International Order?

President Trump's successor can rejuvenate the liberal international order by reconsolidating the West, giving globalization a human face, and bolstering support for democracy and human rights around…

U.S. President Donald Trump exits the Oval Office.