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NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg gestures as he speaks during a press conference ahead of the NATO summit in Madrid at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on June 27.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg gestures as he speaks during a press conference ahead of the NATO summit in Madrid at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on June 27.

We Are Now in a Global Cold War

With NATO expanding its focus to China, new battle lines are being drawn.

The Grohnde nuclear power plant
The Grohnde nuclear power plant

Germany Confronts Its Nuclear Demons

Opposition to all things nuclear was the bedrock of the modern German political psyche. Then came Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Electricity workers in a boat check solar panels at a photovoltaic power station built in a fishpond in Haian, China, on July 19, 2021.
Electricity workers in a boat check solar panels at a photovoltaic power station built in a fishpond in Haian, China, on July 19, 2021.

Russia’s War Is the End of Climate Policy as We Know It

Ironically, geopolitical strife and energy scarcity will do more for the climate than decades of ardent policies.

An outdoor screen shows a virtual meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin, in Beijing on December 15, 2021.
An outdoor screen shows a virtual meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin, in Beijing on December 15, 2021.

Why China Threads the Needle on Ukraine

Beijing is confident in the United States’ decline and unwilling to rock the boat.

Iranian, Russian, and Chinese warships practice a joint military drill in the Indian Ocean.
Iranian, Russian, and Chinese warships practice a joint military drill in the Indian Ocean.
Supporters of interim Malian President Assimi Goïta wave Russian flags during a pro-junta and pro-Russia rally in Bamako, Mali, on May 13.
Supporters of interim Malian President Assimi Goïta wave Russian flags during a pro-junta and pro-Russia rally in Bamako, Mali, on May 13.

How the West Lost Africa

Scolding and paternalism are not winning over African leaders when it comes to ties with Russia.

A tunnel under London is built to accommodate those sheltering from air raids.
A tunnel under London is built to accommodate those sheltering from air raids.

What Happened to Europe’s Public Bunkers?

As bombs fall on Ukraine, many European governments are waking up to the sorry state of their own civil defenses.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin (L) and General Mark Milley (R), Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee April 7 in Washington.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin (L) and General Mark Milley (R), Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee April 7 in Washington.

Yes, the United States Should Weaken Russia

The old approach of outreach and inclusion has failed. In the wake of Russia’s latest invasion, Washington must seek to erode Moscow’s power.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa arrives for an EU-AU summit in Brussels on Feb. 17.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa arrives for an EU-AU summit in Brussels on Feb. 17.

Why African Leaders Won’t Back the West on Ukraine

Committed nonalignment, fear of upsetting China, and reliance on Russia for arms and security led many countries to ignore Washington’s demands.

Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping via a video link at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence.
Russian President Vladimir Putin holds a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping via a video link at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence.

The U.S. Can’t Afford a Double Cold War

A new global order needs to avoid simultaneous conflict with China and Russia.

The wreckage of Dag Hammarskjold’s plane
The wreckage of Dag Hammarskjold’s plane

What Really Happened to Dag Hammarskjold’s Plane

More than 60 years after the deaths of the U.N. chief and his team, the victims’ families believe the answer may lie in Washington’s and London’s archives.

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fp-live-foreign-policy-playlist-podcast-article

What Does Putin Really Want?

This week on the show: Two Russia experts on Moscow’s Ukraine gambit.

North Korean army soldiers
North Korean army soldiers

It’s Time for Biden to End the Korean War

The U.S. president should ignore fearmongering and build on a real opportunity.

Chinese President Xi Jinping leaves after making a toast during a welcome banquet for the Belt and Road Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 14, 2017. Wu Hong/Getty Images
Chinese President Xi Jinping leaves after making a toast during a welcome banquet for the Belt and Road Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 14, 2017. Wu Hong/Getty Images

China Is a Declining Power—and That’s the Problem

The United States needs to prepare for a major war, not because its rival is rising but because of the opposite.

French President Emmanuel Macron gestures next to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping following their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris on March 26, 2019.
French President Emmanuel Macron gestures next to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping following their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris on March 26, 2019.

Europeans Want to Stay Out of the New Cold War

New polling shows that Europeans think a struggle between Washington and Beijing is unavoidable—but want no part of it.

A statue of Mao Zedong
A statue of Mao Zedong

Ideological Competition With China Is Inevitable—Like It or Not

Beijing recognizes promoting human rights and democracy is an ideological challenge. So should Washington.

Schoolchildren and their teacher peer out from under their desks during a Cold War air raid drill
Schoolchildren and their teacher peer out from under their desks during a Cold War air raid drill

Be Wary of China Threat Inflation

Look at what happened with the Soviet threat in the Cold War.

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george blake simon kuper book

Before Jihadi John, There Was George Blake

The British KGB double agent was a forerunner of today’s radicalized Western jihadis.

The U.S. and Chinese flags stand behind a microphone.
The U.S. and Chinese flags stand behind a microphone.

The World Might Want China’s Rules

Washington shouldn’t assume its values are more attractive to others than Beijing’s.

Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People.
Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People.

Why Washington Is Fed Up With Beijing

Decades of failed efforts to woo China explain the Biden administration’s tough talk ahead of Alaska meeting.

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