The dictatorship next door: Why Serbia’s regime threatens Europe’s credibility

Many European governments and institutions continue to tolerate the regime of Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić despite its descent into autocracy, writes Vuk Jeremić.

The Lancet COVID-19 Commission

The COVID-19 pandemic confronts the world with urgent and unsolved challenges. The pandemic marks the third deadly outbreak due to a coronavirus after severe acute respiratory syndrome in 2003 and Middle East respiratory syndrome in 2012.

Lukashenko’s coronavirus election

On the surface, the political repression and police violence ripping through Belarus is nothing out of the ordinary under President Aleksander Lukashenko’s regime. Brutal treatment of dissenters has typically paved the way to previous fraudulent elec

Five Reasons Why Zelensky is Failing in Ukraine

Zelensky faces a political future that is no laughing matter.

No 10 is changing the way it does politics – and it's a major risk

It will be one of the stranger job advertisements a government has ever issued. But it’s happening. In October, the way the press and the public get their information from the people who run the country is changing. A new political spokesperson will

How America Lost the War on Covid-19

When did America start losing its war against the coronavirus? How did we find ourselves international pariahs, not even allowed to travel to Europe?

Western fire season could raise stakes in battle against Covid-19

Air pollution from wildfire smoke increases susceptibility to the coronavirus, leading to worsened health conditions for those near fires.

The Sustainable Development Goals and Covid-19

The Sustainable Development Report 2020 presents the SDG Index and Dashboards for all UN member states and frames the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in terms of six broad transformations.

How Inequality Fuels COVID-19 Deaths

High inequality undermines social cohesion, erodes public trust, and deepens political polarization, all of which negatively affect governments’ ability and readiness to respond to crises. This explains why the United States, Brazil, and Mexico accou

For a bitter taste of Polish populism, just watch the evening news

As Poland approaches the climax of a presidential election campaign on which the future of its democracy depends, and Donald Trump gives his fellow populist Andrzej Duda electoral help by receiving him in the White House, come with me on a tour throu

Has China lost Europe?

Greg C Bruno is the author of Blessings from Beijing: Inside China’s Soft-Power War on Tibet. As a journalist his work has appeared in The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, The Guardian and other international outlets. He was a term member of the Coun

Vladimir Putin: The Real Lessons of the 75th Anniversary of World War II

The Russian president offers a comprehensive assessment of the legacy of World War II, arguing that "Today, European politicians, and Polish leaders in particular, wish to sweep the Munich Betrayal under the carpet.

World has six months to avert climate crisis, says energy expert

International Energy Agency chief warns of need to prevent post-lockdown surge in emissions

U.S. Leads A Coalition Of One Against China

Washington is falling dangerously short in its search for allies to defend Hong Kong and Taiwan.

The World Waits for No Country

It comes as no surprise that the American public and their elected officials have focused their energies on domestic challenges. The problem is that much is happening in the world that calls out for American attention and is not getting it.

Why Putin’s Rating Is at a Record Low

Russian public opinion is bucking the trend. While the approval ratings of most Western leaders have risen amid the new coronavirus pandemic, President Vladimir Putin’s ratings are consistently falling, taking some governmental institutions down with

Impact Investing On The Rise

An annual survey of the industry released Thursday by The Global Impact Investing Network arrives in a world gripped by the kinds of problems impact investors are trying to fix. The group’s survey of its 294 members, taken between February and April,

Will Covid - 19 Reverse Globalisation ?

THE SEISMIC shock of the coronavirus pandemic has revealed the fragility of an interconnected world. Anne McElvoy and economist Jeffrey Sachs debate whether globalisation is still worth the risks—and whether liberal economists should bear some of the

How Saudis, Qataris and Emiratis took Washington

Gulf state lobbying efforts show that US foreign policy for the Middle East is driven more by special than national interests

A Pipelineistan fable for our times

Ukraine was supposed to prevent Russia from deepening energy ties with Germany; it didn't work out that way

American Exceptionalism in the Age of Trump

As the world’s two largest economies, the United States and China are condemned to a relationship that must combine competition and cooperation. For the US, exceptionalism now includes working with the Chinese to help produce global public goods, whi

Nothing Left to Steal

As Europe’s longest ruler, it is a surprise that Milo Djukanovic is only 58. He has served as prime minister or president of various iterations of Montenegro since 1991 – spanning the collapse of Yugoslavia and across and beyond independence of the n

The Chinese Reassessment of Interdependence

This essay analyzes trends in Chinese views of U.S.-China interdependence from Xi Jinping’s rise to the COVID-19 pandemic. It shows how Xi Jinping put forward an expansive vision of national security that highlights the risks of interdependence, whil

Good health is an environmental right

There are several human rights related to the environment- these are our environmental rights. Without clean, safe, healthy and sustainable ecosystems, numerous human rights cannot be fulfilled.

How Israel and the Arab World Are Making Peace Without a Peace Deal

Turns out that solving the Palestinian question isn’t essential after all. And the Trump administration, Israel and a few of the Gulf Arabs seem fine with that.