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A New Pivot to Asia

The fuzzy goodwill between Biden and America’s Asian allies will soon be tested by China’s growing power.

The Asia Group  chairman and CEO Kurt Campbell attends the China Development Forum in Beijing on March 23, 2019.

Biden Makes His First Bold Move on Asia

The appointment of Kurt Campbell as Biden’s right hand on Asia will supercharge the incoming administration’s policy to counter China.

A French Rafale fighter jet prepares to land on the aircraft carrier "Charles de Gaulle" during a joint Indo-French naval exercise off Goa, India, on May 9, 2019.

The Quad’s Malabar Exercises Point the Way to an Asian NATO

India, Japan, Australia, and the United States have a good model if they want to keep the peace without threatening China.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks at Philadelphia City Hall on June 2.

Note to U.S. Allies: America Will Remain Divided and Frustrating

Biden’s ambitious domestic and international agenda will be stymied by a Senate the Democrats failed to win.

Photo from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency showing North Korea's intermediate-range strategic ballistic missile Hwasong-12 lifting off at an undisclosed location near Pyongyang on Aug. 29, 2017.

Does the U.S. Nuclear Umbrella Still Protect America’s Allies?

The next president should move swiftly to reassure allies that the U.S. nuclear guarantee remains credible—or risk rapid nuclear proliferation.

Indian Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, and U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo before their meeting in Tokyo on Oct. 6.

Team Biden Should Start With an Asia Pivot 2.0

U.S. policy to contain China will require a lot more continuity with Trump than Biden’s backers would like to admit.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump talk at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders' summit in Danang, Vietnam, on Nov. 11, 2017.

This November, America’s Safety Is on the Ballot

Americans are already less safe because of growing distrust in their intelligence. Dangers will multiply without a change in political leadership.

Indian protesters burn an effigy of Chinese President Xi Jinping and a Chinese flag during an anti-China demonstration in Kolkata on June 18.

India Doesn’t Need the Quad to Counter China—and Neither Do Its Partners

The nascent pact with Australia, Japan, and the United States is pointless. It should be quietly disbanded.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu greet during the India-Israel Business Summit in New Delhi on January 15, 2018.

India’s Alliance With Israel Is a Model for the World’s Illiberal Leaders

From arms deals to occupation in Kashmir and the West Bank, Modi and Netanyahu increasingly share the same ethnonationalist worldview.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. President Donald Trump at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017.

Trump Has Alienated Allies—but Has Them Acting in America’s Interest (and Their Own)

Amidst the torrent of criticism, the administration's accomplishments are often forgotten.

U.S. President Donald Trump sits in the cabinet room at the White House on July 9 in Washington, DC.

Present at the Destruction of U.S. Power and Influence

Four years of neglect, unilateralism, and failed diplomacy have left America’s alliances in tatters. It’s time to rebuild them.

European Council President Donald Tusk, U.S. President Donald Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron, and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson attend a working session in Biarritz, France, on Aug. 25, 2019, the second day of the annual G-7 Summit.

Will America’s Alliances Survive the Trump Era?

A new book advances a robust defense of the U.S. system of alliances. A post-pandemic world requires adaptation and renewed coordination against common threats.

French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Donald Trump confer at the start of the first working session of the G20 meeting in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7, 2019.

Europe Is Thinking Harder About Divorcing America

European leaders are flirting with the idea of going it alone—but Washington should be willing to call their bluff.

Members of the U.S. military carry the flags of Israel and the United States before the arrival of then Israeli Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman in Washington on April 26, 2018.

Should the United States and Israel Make It Official?

The United States and Israel call themselves allies, but they don’t have a formal defense treaty governing their relationship. Here’s why.

President Donald Trump visits U.S. troops in Japan.

Trump Asks Tokyo to Quadruple Payments for U.S. Troops in Japan

The move is part of the administration’s campaign to get U.S. allies to pay more for defense. South Korea is also being asked to pony up.

U.S. President Donald Trump reaches to shake Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's hand

How to Tell if You’re in a Good Alliance

Not all allies are made equal. But who’s worth the commitment, and who’s not?

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing.

China Has No Room for Dissenting Friends

Small nations know they can break from Washington—but not from Beijing.

Protesters hold signs in favor of Huawei Technologies Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou outside her bail hearing at British Columbia Superior Courts in Vancouver following her arrest in Canada for extradition to the United States on Dec. 11, 2018.

The United States Doesn’t Have Your Back

The Trump administration’s message to Canada and other U.S. allies is clear: If you take heat for helping Washington, you’re on your own.

A blanket of snow covers the North Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, January 12, 2011. (Photo credit: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Another Trump Loyalist Joins the National Security Council

Elizabeth Erin Walsh will oversee America’s troubled relations with the United Nations.