July 3, 2017

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) greets his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping during a document signing ceremony in Moscow, on March 22, 2013. Xi Jinping arrived today in Moscow on his first foreign trip, to cement ties between the two countries by inking a raft of energy and investment accords. AFP PHOTO/ ALEXANDER NEMENOV        (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia and China Hold Hands Ahead of G-20 Summit

Expect trade deals and more anti-U.S. posturing as the Chinese president meets with Putin ahead of the G-20 summit.

TWINSBURG, OH - AUGUST 3:   Twins Gabriella and Isabella Belsito, 7-mos-old, prepare to take part in the Double Take Parade August 3, 2002 at the Twins Days Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio.  (Photo by Mike Simons/Getty Images)

Here’s Who Will Lament — and Celebrate — the Plummeting U.S. Birth Rate

There’s nothing like a good population crisis to stir up civilizational angst.

Performers wearing masks of (L-R) German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Donald Trump hold a placard reading: "Better off equal! close the gap between rich and poor" during a demonstration called by several NGOs ahead of the G20 summit in Hamburg on July 2, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / John MACDOUGALL        (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Thousands of Protesters Prepare to Jeer Trump, Putin, and Erdogan at G-20 Summit

German chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly chose Hamburg to show how protests are tolerated in democracies.


What Poland Wants From Trump

A commitment to NATO, yes. Interference in domestic politics, no.


China Opens Its Bond Market To International Investors

Wall Street has long wanted to invest in Chinese debt.


Book Talk: The Exile: The Stunning Inside Story of Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda in Flight.

Al Qaeda’s leader was in hiding for over a decade. A new account tells us what he was doing.


I’ll C U in September!

After today, the Best Defense goes on summer hiatus.

sure why not

Qatar Goes to Kuwait, Estonia Takes Over, Trump Tweets and Travels: The Weekend Behind, the Week Ahead

What you might have missed in past few days — and what to watch in the days to come.

SEATTLE (AFPN) -- Defensive end (No. 94) Bryce Fisher, a captain in the Washington Air National Guard, gets airborne while trying to block a Carolina Panthers' extra-point kick during the Seattle Seahawks' 34-14 victory over the Carolina Panthers in Seattle on Jan. 22. The Seahawks clinched the National Football Conference title, are playing in Super Bowl XL on Feb. 5.(National Guard Bureau photo by Army Sgt. Jim Greenhill)

The Air Force fumbles: A post-mortem on the recent promotion board for lt. colonels

The public discussion that’s recently emerged about the U.S. Air Force’s personnel crisis is well overdue.


The Bookshelf: FP Staffers Review the New Releases

Just in time for the holiday break, FP returns to reviewing new and upcoming titles on all aspects of international affairs.

A Soldier assigned to 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, conducts a helocast insertion into the Pacific Ocean near Marine Corps Training Area Bellows, Hawaii, on May 16, 2017. A UH-1Y “Super Huey” helicopter assigned to the Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 367 provided aerial support for the Soldiers. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

An interesting proposal to reduce suicide among people leaving the military

A lot of suicides occur when the new vet is transitioning from military to civilian life, writes Marine Sgt. James Galloway.

Abbottabad, PAKISTAN:  Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Major General Liu Minjiang (C) and Pakistani Major General Mohsin Kamal (behind flag) stand during the opening ceremony of the ten day Pakistan-China anti-terrorist military exercise in Abbottabad, 11 December 2006.  More than 200 Chinese troops headed to Pakistan's mountainous northern region at the start of the first ever joint military exercise held here by the two allies.  AFP PHOTO/Aamir QURESHI  (Photo credit should read AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Pakistan Can’t Afford China’s ‘Friendship’

Pakistan's elites think Chinese cash can save the country. They're wrong.

WASHINGTON - JULY 4:  Fireworks explode in the sky above the Washington Monument and the U.S. Capitol, as a U.S. flag is seen in the foreground, while the nation celebrates its 229th birthday July 4, 2005 in Washington, DC. Hundreds of thousands of people took part to celebrate the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in the nation's capital which concluded with the largest fireworks display in the area.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

We Didn’t Kick Britain’s Ass to Be This Kind of Country

Donald Trump’s abandonment of human rights is a repudiation of the country’s founding principles.

A fighter from the Syriac Military Council (SMC), a small minority of Christian fighters supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces in the combat against the Islamic State (IS) group, walks in the suburb of al-Rumaniya on the western outskirts of Raqa on June 27, 2017, after the area was seized from the jihadists.
As the fightback against IS intensified the Syriac Military Council (SMC) -- formed in 2013 to defend the community during Syria's civil war -- joined with the SDF. After a months-long operation to encircle Raqa, the SDF burst into the city on June 6 and are chipping away at jihadist-held districts, with help from heavy US-led coalition air strikes. / AFP PHOTO / DELIL SOULEIMAN        (Photo credit should read DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

SitRep: U.S. Troops in the Thick of it in Mosul and Raqqa

U.S. Hands Syria Endgame off to Moscow, U.S. ships cruise past Chinese "island" and lots more

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrive to attend a press conferece after their talks in Moscow on April 12, 2017.  
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday met US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson after complaining of worsening ties with Donald Trump's administration as the two sides spar over Syria. Putin received Tillerson at the Kremlin along with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov after the top diplomats held several hours of talks dominated by the fallout of an alleged chemical attack in Syria.
 / AFP PHOTO / Alexander NEMENOV        (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Tillerson Ready to Let Russia Decide Assad’s Fate

In talks with the U.N. chief, Tillerson indicates Russia should be in the driver’s seat when it comes to the future of Syria.

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