Amid the pandemic, Beijing is exporting a dangerous vision of public health with Chinese characteristics.
Foreign AffairsChina’s approach to combating COVID-19—constant surveillance in the name of both biological and political health—is troubling, especially if other countries adopt its autocratic model, @SheenaGreitens and @JulianGewirtz write.
Trump allows a cornerstone of U.S. defense strategy in Asia to wither.
Foreign Affairs“Trump’s erratic approach to North Korea—which evolved from threats of “fire and fury” to professions of love for Kim—has left Seoul baffled, bewildered, and questioning its faith in Washington.”
Workers were never at the heart of the president’s plan.
Foreign AffairsThe Trump administration claims to support the American worker through its trade policies, but its record paints a different picture, argues @ChadBown.
Foreign AffairsThe Trump administration claims to support the American worker through its trade policies, but its record paints a different picture, @ChadBown argues.
Foreign Affairs“Trump did not restore U.S. sovereignty—it had never been missing in the first place.” @ChadBown argues that the Trump administration’s justification of its trade policies is factually inaccurate, intellectually incomplete, and internally inconsistent
Beijing’s new security law has stifled the territory’s autonomy and hopes.
Foreign AffairsHong Kong’s status as an autonomous region that respected the rule of law and protected human rights helped make the city a capital of international finance, writes Michael C. Davis. This achievement is now at risk.
Foreign AffairsHong Kong’s status as an autonomous region that respected the rule of law and protected human rights helped make the city a capital of international finance, Michael C. Davis writes. This achievement is now at risk.
A number of countries—China and Russia, in particular—are turning corruption into a weapon on the global stage.
Foreign Affairs“U.S. intelligence and foreign policy agencies must be alert to the danger posed by strategic corruption. The defense against this threat cannot simply be left to a U.S. attorney’s office or to the Treasury Department.”
Foreign AffairsCorruption is not just a domestic problem, but a weakness that an adversary can exploit. The United States must take this more seriously as a national security threat, argue Philip Zelikow, Eric Edelman, @ToferH, and @celeste_gventer.
To know how great powers end, one could do worse than study the last one that actually did.
Foreign Affairs“When a terminal crisis comes, it is likely to be unexpected, confusing, and catastrophic.” Read @charleskingdc on how great powers succumb to delusion, failing to see their own faults until they are on the brink of collapse
Foreign Affairs“When a terminal crisis comes, it is likely to be unexpected, confusing, and catastrophic.” Read @charleskingdc on how great powers succumb to delusion, failing to see their own faults until they reach the brink of collapse
Foreign Affairs“More than any other thinker at the time, Amalrik grasped the fact that countries decay only in retrospect.”
Beijing’s need to project strength explains the border clash with India.
Foreign AffairsXi’s renewed emphasis on sovereignty is evident in China’s actions in its neighborhood, from Hong Kong to Taiwan, @fravel writes. The recent deadly border clash with India should also be understood in light of this trend.
The United States needs the contagion equivalent of the National Weather Service.
Foreign AffairsThe COVID-19 pandemic is a stark reminder that Americans are vulnerable to the forces of nature. But a better system for disease forecasting can help the country to anticipate and respond to such outbreaks, @cmyeaton and @dylanbgeorge argue.
Foreign AffairsThe United States has no formal, centralized system for disease forecasting. @cmyeaton and @dylanbgeorge write that putting one in place is essential to both combatting COVID-19 and avoiding similar policy failures in the future
Foreign AffairsPublic order laws are a cruel legacy of many former British colonies, @Nanjala1 writes. And under the threat of the coronavirus, the law has sanctioned an epidemic of police violence in Kenya.
COVID-19 has been a boon for far-right extremists.
Foreign AffairsToday’s white supremacist threat is both global and virtual. The pandemic has created conditions that allow extremist groups to thrive, writes Rebecca Ulam Weiner, but those same conditions may also be white supremacists’ Achilles’ heel.
The painful task of rebuilding trust in American leadership can begin.
Foreign Affairs“When he departs the White House, Trump will have left the United States bereft of friends and admirers beyond its borders, save for a menagerie of unsavory characters who share the U.S. president’s dystopic vision.”
Allies abroad help the fight against racism at home.
Foreign AffairsAfrican American international activism began in the 19th century, when black people who escaped slavery sought support from abolitionists overseas. Brenda Gayle Plummer traces the legacy of that activism in the response to George Floyd’s murder
Authoritarians love data, but innovation matters more.
Foreign AffairsWhile China is rich in data and has excelled in refining technology invented elsewhere, much impedes it from becoming the site of the next big breakthrough that artificial intelligence sorely needs, argue @carlbfrey and @maosbot.
Foreign Affairs“Humans are incredibly data efficient; recent breakthroughs in AI are much less so. Whether the U.S. or China will lead the world in AI depends far less on who controls the most data than on who will be the first to innovate past this impasse.”