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May 17, 2021

Transition 2021
Biden’s Foreign Policy Needs a Course Correction

By defining today’s geopolitics as a clash between democracy and autocracy, the Biden administration risks both empowering America’s adversaries and undercutting its allies.

Joe Biden addresses the nation

May 6, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Israel’s Apartheid Doesn’t Make a Difference

A new report about the Israel-Palestine conflict is morally damning—and politically irrelevant.

Palestinian women in masks wait to enter Jerusalem via a checkpoint manned by Israeli soldiers

April 30, 2021

Politics and Government
Biden’s First Hundred Days

The basic themes of Biden's presidency have emerged. While many represent a sharp departure, there is considerable continuity when it comes to foreign policy.

President Joe Biden addresses a joint session of Congress on April 28, 2021

April 29, 2021

Energy and Environment
Biden’s Ambitious Climate Pledge Puts U.S. Credibility on the Line

Biden’s Earth Day summit leaves important, lingering questions, the most important of these being the feasibility and credibility of his plans.

U.S. President Joe Biden looks on between Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, left, and United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai, right, during a virtual Climate Summit with world leaders in the East Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., on April 23, 2021.

April 26, 2021

Coronavirus
How Populism Has Proven Lethal in This Pandemic

The pandemic is where simple narratives go to die. Most of the predictions that people made a year ago have turned out to be false. Democracies did not systematically do better than dictatorships…

Photos of politicians and crosses are splattered in red ink during a demonstration against Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro for his administration's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

April 19, 2021

Myanmar
Post-Coup Myanmar Could Become a Failed State

In the days after Myanmar’s military staged a coup on Feb. 1, it likely hoped to consolidate power with minimal bloodshed. Having overthrown the elected government led by Aung San Suu Kyi, the Tatmad…

A fire burns on the street during a protest against the military coup, in Mandalay, Myanmar on April 1, 2021.

April 8, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
How Erdogan Got His Groove Back

It’s been a difficult and dizzying few months for Turkey—which is just the way the president likes it.

April 6, 2021

International Economic Policy
Avoiding a K-Shaped Global Recovery

With the support of its wealthy members, including the United States, the IMF should provide greater financial assistance and more liberal borrowing terms to help the world’s developing countries rec…

A shopper peruses masks at a street market in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

April 2, 2021

Middle East and North Africa
Nobody Knows Why Syria Matters

Why is the United States still struggling to figure out what to do about the Assad regime?

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad speaks at a lectern

April 1, 2021

International Law
Save the Olympics, Again

In May 1984, I published an op-ed in The New York Times entitled, “To Save Olympics.” It called for the depoliticization of the Olympics through an international treaty that would establish permanent…