President Donald Trump wants international students to return home if their classes go online in the fall, a move that could undermine U.S. soft power abroad.
Meanwhile, after a series of major policy and electoral victories, Britain’s Conservatives are beginning to resemble American Republicans.
And the Trump presidency displays many of the hallmarks of fascism, including his attempt to use the term to label the opposition.
Here are Foreign Policy’s top weekend reads.
1. ICE Restrictions on International Students a ‘Self-Inflicted Wound’
A recent announcement by U.S. immigration officials that international students might be forced to leave the country in the fall could undermine one of the United States’ most powerful pillars of economic and soft power, Foreign Policy’s Amy Mackinnon and Augusta Saraiva write.
2. Britain Is Becoming America in All the Worst Ways
Between the weaponization of culture wars and rousing the masses against elites, the British Conservative Party is beginning to resemble the U.S. Republican Party, Andrew Brown writes.
3. Egypt’s Social Media Discovered Its Coronavirus Crisis
The Egyptian government would prefer to remain in denial about a recent surge in coronavirus cases, but ordinary Egyptians on social media have forced it to own up to the growing crisis, Ola Salem writes.
4. Trump’s Mount Rushmore Speech Is the Closest He’s Come to Fascism
In a recent speech at Mount Rushmore, Trump tried to position fascism as an ideology of the left, but historians of fascism know that it has always resided firmly on the extreme right, Federico Finchelstein writes.
5. The Post-Pandemic Economy Could Be Green and Clean—but Not With These Plans
The collapse in economic activity caused by the coronavirus pandemic has prompted calls to make the recovery greener and less carbon-intensive, but current plans for green stimulus programs fail to account for long-term sustainability, Foreign Policy’s Jason Bordoff writes.