How to Lead in a Time of Pandemic

What U.S. Foreign Policy Should Be Doing—but Isn’t—to Rally the World to Action

Yuri Gripas / Reuters

The world has never before confronted a crisis quite like COVID-19, one that has simultaneously tested both the limits of public health systems everywhere and the ability of countries to work together on a shared challenge. But it is in just such moments of crisis that, under all prior U.S. presidents since World War II, the institutions of U.S. foreign policy mobilize for leadership. They call nations to action. They set the agenda for what needs to be done. They chart a path beyond the point of crisis. Unfortunately, President Donald Trump has spent the last three years demeaning …