Geopolitics

People with Ukrainian flags attend a rally.

There’s Plenty of Blame to Go Around on Ukraine

Focusing on U.S. idealism ignores Russia’s own agency.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pose during a session at COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 2, 2021.

India Seeks to Escape an Asian Future Led by China

A flurry of trade talks herald an economic realignment toward the West.

A large screen displays China's President Xi Jinping during a virtual summit with United States President Joe Biden, not seen, during the evening CCTV news broadcast outside a shopping mall on November 16, 2021

U.S.-China Detente Would Pose Its Own Dangers

Beijing’s neighbors are ready to take steps to protect themselves.

Ruble exchange rates in Moscow.

What Financial Markets Are Telling Biden About Geopolitics

As Washington crafts its foreign policy, asset prices may offer important guidance.

Biden and Xi hold a virtual summit

Biden and Asia: Modest Progress, Ongoing Confusion

Washington is trying to run three Asia policies at once—and each is missing substance.

A military training course in Armenia.

Russia Is Worried About Challenges in the Caucasus

The Nagorno-Karabakh war’s aftermath is still impacting Moscow’s plans.

Erdogan and Putin sit side by side in front of their respective country flags.

Turkey Could Lose Big in the Russia-Ukraine Standoff

Conflict could topple Ankara’s delicate balancing act between NATO and Russia.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen reviews a military honor guard with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang during a welcome ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 16, 2017.

Time for America to Play Offense in China’s Backyard

Ignoring Cambodia and Laos is a strategic mistake—but engagement requires a smarter balance of values and interests.

U.S.-ASEAN Summit

America’s Asia Strategy Has Reached a Dead End

Washington should prioritize economic statecraft and stop thinking with its missiles.

Russian troops walk toward a military plane at a snowy airfield.

Kazakhstan’s Border With Russia Is Suddenly an Open Question Again

Moscow has long claimed parts of northern Kazakhstan. The country’s current turmoil makes those claims a lot more relevant—and troubling.

China and the Maldives’ presidents attend a welcome ceremony.

China’s Two-Ocean Strategy Puts India in a Pincer

The Chinese foreign minister’s island hopping is the latest sign of contestation over the Indo-Pacific.

The German frigate Bayern in Tokyo

Germany Nervously Tests the Indo-Pacific Waters

A quiet frigate deployment is a sign of muddled policy toward Beijing.

Russian President Vladimir Putin holds his annual press conference at the Manege exhibition hall in central Moscow on Dec. 23.

Putin Remains Defiant, Threatens Ukraine in Annual Presser

Russia’s year-end telethon ends with the usual bombast about Ukraine, NATO, and Father Frost.

Putin inspects military drills

Use Climate and Trade Policy to Counter Putin’s Playbook

Joint U.S.-EU carbon border fees could be much more damaging to Russia than sanctions.

A monitor displays a virtual meeting with U.S. President Joe Biden, Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi

The Quad Should Speak Out Against Russia’s Aggression Toward Ukraine

It’s time for the Indo-Pacific democracies to address the crisis.

Kerry at COP26 in Glasgow

Biden’s Climate Diplomacy Is a Gift to China

The administration is paying for vain hopes with dangerous concessions.

Antony Blinken delivers remarks in Indonesia.

Biden Needs a Southeast Asia Policy to Counter China’s Pull

Despite a welcome flurry of diplomacy, Washington still has no clear strategy for the region.

Pro-democracy protest in Seoul

Biden’s Democracy Summit Success Now Depends on Allies

In Asia, the door is wide open to new partnerships bolstering democratic norms.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh

In Asia, China’s Long Game Beats America’s Short Game

Beijing’s focus on economic ties will outlast Washington’s on military alliances.

People's Liberation Army Air Force pilots march after performing a flight demonstration program at the 13th China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai, in southern China's Guangdong province, on Sept. 28.

Threatening Taiwan Gets China More Than Invading It Would

The language of force has let Beijing limit and use the island.