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An Afghan security guard stands in front of the Chinese Embassy in Kabul.
An Afghan security guard stands in front of the Chinese Embassy in Kabul.
A fuel barrel lies on its side.
A fuel barrel lies on its side.

The Problem With Being a Petrostate

Is the “oil weapon” largely nonexistent?

People holding pro-Trump flags are shown heading toward the steps of the U.S. Capitol.
People holding pro-Trump flags are shown heading toward the steps of the U.S. Capitol.

The Democratic Paradox

The right to say anything has been a challenge to every democracy that has ever existed.

U.S. President Bill Clinton (right) meets with Chinese President Jiang Zemin
U.S. President Bill Clinton (right) meets with Chinese President Jiang Zemin

Engagement With China Was Always a Long Shot

Beijing’s Leninist regime is fundamentally resistant to change.

Chinese President Xi Jinping takes his tea cup during the closing session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People on March 11, in Beijing, China.
Chinese President Xi Jinping takes his tea cup during the closing session of the National People's Congress at the Great Hall of the People on March 11, in Beijing, China.

Xi Jinping Is Fighting a War for China’s History

Fear of “historical nihilism” has haunted China’s leadership for years.

Rangers stop a fishing boat for questioning at a bird sanctuary and protected area by Prek Toal floating village in Battambang province, Cambodia on October 14, 2020.
Rangers stop a fishing boat for questioning at a bird sanctuary and protected area by Prek Toal floating village in Battambang province, Cambodia on October 14, 2020.

China Is Choking Off Asia’s Most Important River

Upstream dams are destroying the Mekong Basin.

A video from a German neo-Nazi band is seen on YouTube on Aug. 27, 2007, in Berlin.
A video from a German neo-Nazi band is seen on YouTube on Aug. 27, 2007, in Berlin.

When Hate Goes Viral

Publicizing attacks and exploiting social media is the new normal for terrorism.

Hands are shown holding a small U.S. Flag and a folder that says "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services."
Hands are shown holding a small U.S. Flag and a folder that says "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services."

What Happens When White People Become a Minority in America?

Other majority-minority societies offer positive examples—and cautionary tales.

Hong Kong’s Star Ferry
Hong Kong’s Star Ferry

How to Love Hong Kong Despite Everything

Surviving in the impossible city is still worth the price.

Ukrainian civilians receive military training.
Ukrainian civilians receive military training.

Invasions Don’t Pay Off Anymore

There’s a reason that full-scale interstate war, of the sort that Russia is inching toward, has become a rarity.

U.S. Air Force transport plane shown through shattered glass at Baghdad airport
U.S. Air Force transport plane shown through shattered glass at Baghdad airport

How America Learned to Love (Ineffective) Sanctions

Over the past century, the United States came to rely ever more on economic coercion—with questionable results.

This is the Davis Montham Air Force Base, It is an Aerospace Maintenance Regeneration Center, It is also known as the Bone Yards where they store old B52's, It symbolizes the Cold War and the National debt. (Photo by: Joe Sohm/Visions of America/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
This is the Davis Montham Air Force Base, It is an Aerospace Maintenance Regeneration Center, It is also known as the Bone Yards where they store old B52's, It symbolizes the Cold War and the National debt. (Photo by: Joe Sohm/Visions of America/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

America’s War for Global Order Is a Marathon

Washington’s latest crises with Russia and China are part of a new—and long-term—competition.

The U.S. Cavalry, outside of the Great Wall of China
The U.S. Cavalry, outside of the Great Wall of China

When America Invaded China

The Boxer Rebellion still shapes Beijing’s attitude toward the United States.

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us-civil-war-foreign-policy-insurrection-january-6-matt-rota-illustration-HP

Why the U.S. Military Isn’t Ready for Civil War

A significant portion of Americans seek the destruction of political authority. What if they succeed?

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro makes a "thumbs up" gesture in front of a sign announcing the combatting corruption forum.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro makes a "thumbs up" gesture in front of a sign announcing the combatting corruption forum.

Does Power Corrupt?

How parking tickets, bankers, and bees explain selfish behavior.

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