India and Japan Eye the Dragon in the Room
An upcoming 2+2 meeting can help cement the new special relationship.
In Future Wars, the U.S. Military Will Have Nowhere to Hide
New technologies enable Russia and China to destroy U.S. bases and logistics networks—including those on the homeland.
Warren’s Plan to Rebuild the State Department Doesn’t Go Far Enough
Adding 8,000 foreign service officers won’t solve America’s diplomatic problems. State needs to prioritize data science, expand strategic planning, and encourage mid-career training, too.
After Brazil’s Summer of Fire, the Militarization of the Amazon Remains
Bolsonaro sent the troops to put out the flames, but now they may be looking to other enemies.
Hong Kong’s Silent Majority Can Speak at the Ballot Box
The upcoming vote is a prime test of public opinion—if the government lets it happen.
Modi Was Right. India Isn’t Ready for Free Trade.
Until the country can address its own economic problems, agreements like the RCEP may do more harm than good.
The Rajapaksas Own Sri Lanka Now
Victory for the hard-line political dynasty spells dark times for democracy.
Loose Lips Sink Democracies?
Russia has started using the West’s own reporting against it. Here’s how to respond.
The Hard Left Is Hurting Palestine
When real solutions are left out because of hatred of Israel, Palestinians lose.
Don’t Believe the Hype. Russia Is Losing in the Middle East—and Around the World.
Putin’s apparent victories in spreading Russian influence are mirages, some of which have come at a great cost.
If the United States Doesn’t Make The Rules, China Will
Progressives need to learn how to use American market power for good.
Climate Change Is Coming for Global Trade
As sea levels rise and storms become fiercer, container shipping could be in for major disruptions.
The Left Will Govern Spain, but the Far-Right Is the Real Winner
Spain used to be seen as Europe’s exception due to its lack of an ultranationalist xenophobic party. Now the upstart Vox holds more than 50 seats in the parliament.
The West’s Obsession With Border Security Is Breeding Instability
In the name of fighting illegal immigration, the EU, the United States, and Australia are emboldening authoritarian regimes, fueling abuses and corruption, and stoking intolerance at home.
The Future of Iraq’s Oil Is Russian
With ongoing protests making other investors nervous, Moscow is charging ahead.
River of the Dammed
Ethiopia’s continued efforts to dam the Nile could end in war with Egypt. Here’s how to stop that from happening.
China’s Surveillance State Has Eyes on Central Asia
Autocrats are handing their citizens’ data to Beijing under so-called smart city programs.
Brazil’s Amazon—and Its Defenders—Are Under Attack From Illegal Loggers
The killing of an indigenous forest guardian is only the latest incident in a pattern of impunity with consequences far beyond Brazil’s borders.
Don’t Believe the Trump Administration’s Lies About Ukrainian Corruption
Far from drowning in graft, the country’s record is getting better and better.
New U.S. Missiles in Asia Could Increase the North Korean Nuclear Threat
After withdrawing from the INF Treaty, U.S. officials have been worrying about Beijing, but as Washington starts to deploy previously banned missiles in the Pacific, the real risk will come from Pyongyang.
Latin America Is Too Polarized to Help Stabilize Bolivia
Riven by ideological divisions and facing a lack of adequate regional mechanisms, neighboring countries cannot even agree on whether Evo Morales’s ouster constitutes a coup.
Japan’s Topsy-Turvy Economy Is the United States’ Economic Future
The Japanese economy has been living in a fantasy world for decades, and the U.S. economy could soon be joining it there.
Chinese Firms Can’t Avoid Being Party Tools
The sale of British Steel is a dangerous foothold for Chinese Communist Party power in the U.K.
The United States Can’t Have It All
The debacle over Syria shows that neither party understands the country’s real goals in the Middle East—or what it would take to achieve them.
The United States’ Nuclear and Non-Nuclear Weapons Are Dangerously Entangled
New evidence from the Yom Kippur War shows how such knots can lead to nuclear annihilation.
Tehran Paints Over Its Anti-American Murals
The city’s old public art showed a United States to be feared. The new ones depict a country that is weaker, more laughable, and riddled with its own problems.