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Past articles by Max:

‘Belonging Is Stronger Than Facts’: The Age of Misinformation

Social and psychological forces are combining to make the sharing and believing of misinformation an endemic problem with no easy solution. → Read More

Coronavirus Reopenings Raise Ethical Dilemmas

As countries move ahead despite limited knowledge, whole societies are becoming unwitting test subjects of what works — and what they’re willing to give up. → Read More

Coronavirus R0 Value Explained

‘R-naught’ represents the number of new infections estimated to stem from a single case. You may be hearing a lot about this. → Read More

How South Korea Flattened the Curve

The country showed that it is possible to contain the coronavirus without shutting down the economy, but experts are unsure whether its lessons can work abroad. → Read More

Is There a Risk of Wider War With Iran?

All but forced to retaliate, Iran will likely aim for limited counterattacks that damage the United States but don’t lead to all-out war. Miscalculation could mean things spiral out of control. → Read More

Bolivia Crisis Shows the Blurry Line Between Coup and Uprising

The Cold War binary of “bad” coups and “good” popular revolts no longer applies. But the labels persist, with important consequences. → Read More

‘A Very Dangerous Game’: In Latin America, Embattled Leaders Lean on Generals

Presidents are increasingly asking militaries to bail them out of crises, surfacing painful memories in a region where many grew up under military rule. → Read More

A Rush to the Street as Protesters Worldwide See Democracies Backsliding

Prague. Hong Kong. Algeria. Citizens find more to object to just as they feel increasingly entitled to object. → Read More

On YouTube’s Digital Playground, an Open Gate for Pedophiles

The site’s automated recommendation system, at times drawing on home movies of unwitting families, created a vast video catalog of prepubescent children. → Read More

How New York Times Journalists Took the Measure of China’s Rising Power

A Q. and A. with our managing editor, Joe Kahn, who spearheaded the China Rules series. → Read More

Social Media’s Re-engineering Effect, From Myanmar to Germany

When Facebook, YouTube and others use algorithms to keep us engaged, there can be unintended consequences. Max Fisher, his tools in a trusty Patagonia bag, covers the trend as one of The Times’s Interpreter columnists. → Read More

Trump Shakes the International Order. Could It Break?

Whether grand strategy or mere moment-to-moment impulse, President Trump’s brash treatment of European allies may do long-term damage. → Read More

Why Europe Could Melt Down Over a Simple Question of Borders

It raises the thorny issue of nationalism, which the European Union, sold to citizens on its practical benefits, has conveniently avoided — until now. → Read More

Germany’s Europe-Shaking Political Crisis, Explained

A compromise deal over migrants and refugees could put the European experiment at risk. → Read More

What Happened in the Trump-Kim Meeting and Why It Matters

Ten simple takeaways from President Trump’s summit meeting with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un. → Read More

Does Facebook Just Harbor Extremists? Or Does It Create Them?

Most believe that provocateurs are responsible for kindling hate on Facebook. But the evidence suggests that the platform itself may encourage ill will. → Read More

An Unpredictable Trump and a Risk-Prone Kim Mean High Stakes and Mismatched Expectations

The meeting of the two leaders exemplifies a world less constrained by the guardrails of international norms, in which virtually anything can happen. → Read More

In Search of Facebook’s Heroes, Finding Only Victims

The columnists Max Fisher and Amanda Taub explain how a Buddhist monk helped change their understanding of Facebook’s role in developing countries. → Read More

America’s Three Bad Options in Syria

Two of the ways the United States could respond to fresh reports of a chemical weapons attack would have little effect. The third could be disastrous. → Read More

How Our Journalism Is Like a Car Crash (Wait, That Didn’t Come Out Right)

A good Interpreter column has a hook that, like a car crash, grabs your attention and gets you to care about otherwise arcane topics. → Read More