Cold War


What Does Putin Really Want?

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

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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

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.

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

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

Be Wary of China Threat Inflation

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

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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 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.

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.

U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Secretary of State George Shultz at the London Economic Summit on June 8, 1984.

Was George Shultz America’s Best Secretary of State?

Reagan’s top diplomat ended the Cold War and reshaped the world.

Flags of different countries hang from a house  in Aylesbury, United Kingdom, on May 8, 2020.

This Is the Year Democracies Fight Back

Liberal states have been on the defensive for too long.


The Return of Containment

What the Cold War policy means for our current moment.

Chinese then-Vice President Xi Jinping and U.S. then-Vice President Joe Biden view an honor guard inside the Great Hall of the People on Aug. 18, 2011 in Beijing.

America Needs To Talk About a China Reset

Biden and Trump are debating who is the bigger China hawk. Instead, the next administration should learn from the Cold War to defuse the rivalry.

Workers iron a Chinese national flag while a U.S. national flag is placed in front of a Chinese traditional painting before a meeting of the U.S. National Security Advisor Tom Donilon and Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse on May 27, 2013 in Beijing, China.

China and the United States Are in a Race to Lose Power

A new cold war is starting, and neither side seems interested in winning.

A worker removes the sign at the entrance to the U.S. consulate in Chengdu, in Sichuan province, China, on July 25.

There’s No Cold War With China

Applying 20th-century analogies to the U.S.-Chinese relationship is a misuse of history—and shows a misunderstanding of the present.

Policemen march in front of the U.S. consulate in Chengdu, China on July 26. The Chengdu mission was ordered shut in retaliation for the forced closure of Beijing's consulate in Houston, Texas.

Is This the Beginning of a New Cold War With China?

The clash between Washington and Beijing could be the start of a new ideological confrontation—or the inevitable fallout from a power transition.

China's President Xi Jinping arrives at a meeting during a BRICS Summit.

China Can Buy Influence, but It Can’t Buy Love

The Chinese government could learn a thing or two about soft power from a long-gone and much-maligned socialist regime: East Germany.

The lowering of the Chinese flag on Tiananmen Square in Beijing

Silicon Valley Can’t Be Neutral in the U.S.-China Cold War

Firms like Zoom show that “one company, two systems” doesn’t work.

Bekhzod Tashkenbaev of Uzbekistan participates in the first World High Wire Championships, over the Han River in Seoul, on May 3, 2007.

The United States Forgot Its Strategy for Winning Cold Wars

The plan that worked to defeat the Soviet Union can work today against China—it’s just not what you think.

People from East Germany greet citizens of West Germany at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin on Dec. 22, 1989, after the fall of the Berlin Wall the month before.

We Weren’t Ready for a World Without Walls

The fall of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago was a giddy moment, but the subsequent rush to tear down walls everywhere has yielded a global system in which bad actors are no longer held accountable.