Seven weeks ago, South Korea and the U.S. had the same number of COVID-19 deaths. Today, South Korea has less than 300, and the U.S. has more than 70,000.
Uri FriedmanSouth Korea’s "national immune system was instructed and strengthened by previous crises," which "left behind guidance that Koreans recalled and executed when they were suddenly confronted with the plague of the century." Great piece by @DKThomp
Jacinda Ardern’s leadership style, focused on empathy, isn’t just resonating with her people; it’s putting the country on track for success against the coronavirus.
Uri FriedmanNew Zealand's prime minister @jacindaardern is confronting the coronavirus with empathy. And her approach is working incredibly well. "This is the kind of crisis which will make or break leaders," @HelenClarkNZ told me. "And this will make Jacinda.”
The nation’s top infectious-disease expert is hardly infallible. But Trump allies may be criticizing him because they can’t target the president.
Uri FriedmanHow did Tony Fauci, an apolitical infectious-disease expert who has served the past 6 presidents, become such a political lightning rod all of a sudden? And how's he viewed within the White House? @PeterAtlantic and I investigate
Uri FriedmanTony Fauci has become a target for Trump allies who are loath to blame the president for the coronavirus disaster. But he's also not the infallible figure many make him out to be. @PeterAtlantic & I assess where the doctor stands in a rivalrous White House
When the inevitable inquiry into the government's response to COVID-19 happens, it will conclude that signs of a coming crisis were everywhere.
Uri Friedman“Responding to a catastrophic pandemic [is] probably more analogous to what we did during World War II than anything else," @eric_toner told me. "It requires an all-of-society response, and until the crisis happens policymakers don’t know how to do that.”
If you want one set of policies, you can’t be choosy about character.
Uri Friedman"The list of names on the letters now reads like a memorial wall for the party’s old power brokers. Trump has ... built a new pro-Trump establishment on the wreckage of the old GOP elite." The great @kgilsinan on what's become of the Never Trump movement
The presidential candidate wants to redefine American power.
Uri FriedmanIf it's Trump vs. Sanders in 2020, it will underscore a trend already underway: The days of the US projecting power around the world primarily through its military are officially numbered. My look at how a President Sanders would redefine American power
The U.S. attack against the top Iranian general will have far greater repercussions than the killings of al-Qaeda and ISIS leaders.
Uri FriedmanRead @kgilsinan and @mike_giglio on why we've just witnessed the most consequential US strike this century: "Unlike bin Laden or Baghdadi, Soleimani had the power and resources of an entire state at his back"