geopolitics

Supporters of Hezbollah hold placards calling for revenge for the killing of Qassem Suleimani in Beirut, Lebanon.

Iran’s Proxy Threat Is the Real Problem Now

Iran may call it a day after its token strike at U.S. forces in Iraq—but will its proxy forces?

Russian President Vladimir Putin shaking hands with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani.

Putin Moves to Heighten Russia’s Role After Suleimani Killing

The Kremlin is expected to leap at a chance to further undermine U.S. credibility in the Middle East.

Shiite Muslims protest in Karachi, Pakistan, against a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque.

South Asia’s Shiites Are Eschewing Sectarianism

Iran divides and disrupts in the Middle East, but it has a different playbook in Pakistan.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg chairs the NAC-ICI meeting of NATO member states.

The World Didn’t Change Much in 2019. That’s Bad News for 2020.

Several important events occurred this year, but few did anything to significantly alter global trends.

A convoy of U.S. armored vehicles patrols the northeastern town of Qahtaniyah, Syria.

A U.S. Withdrawal Will Cause a Power Struggle in the Middle East

Washington could find itself fighting its way back into the region for the first time since World War II.

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir arrives at Juba international airpor

South Sudan’s Proposed Unity Government Is Still Divided

Another delay won’t help achieve lasting peace. What the world’s youngest country needs is an exit strategy for its old-guard leaders.

Chinese President Xi Jinping meets Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko.

China’s Global Critics Are Helping It Win

Beijing won’t tolerate dissent at home. But when foreigners criticize its geopolitical tactics, it listens.

The U.S. Capitol building in Washington is pictured on Nov. 7, 2018.

U.S. Senate Threatens Sanctions Over Russian Pipeline

Washington and Berlin face off again over Nord Stream 2 as European ships are targeted.

1st Battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment, deployed on Operation Nanook-Nunalivut

Vanguards of the Thawing Arctic

After two decades of war in the desert, Canadian troops must relearn how to operate in the frozen north.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban speaks to Chinese President Xi Jinping during a bilateral meeting of the Second Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on April 25.

To Counter China and Russia, U.S. Mulls Inviting Hungary’s Orban to D.C.

Team Trump is trying to pull Hungary back from its cozy relationship with Moscow and Beijing. But it comes at a cost, critics say.

A member of the national guard fires his shotgun at opposition demonstrators during clashes in Caracas on July 28, 2017. (Carlos Becerra/AFP/Getty Images)

The Perils of a Putsch in Venezuela

Encouraging a coup in Caracas will give Russia and China a foothold in the United States’ backyard.

Henry Kissinger with National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster at The Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC on October 10, 2017. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Grand Strategy Isn’t Grand Enough

The world’s best national security minds know to study every aspect of foreign policy. That’s not enough.

A Syrian opposition fighter in front of Turkish troops near the Syrian border on January 22, 2018. (Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)

Welcome to Syria 2.0

The country’s civil war is over — and an entirely new one has started, with the United States at the center of it.

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 16:  U.S. President Donald Trump points as he speaks about policy changes he is making toward Cuba at the Manuel Artime Theater in the Little Havana neighborhood on June 16, 2017 in Miami, Florida. The President will re-institute some of the restrictions on travel to Cuba and U.S. business dealings with entities tied to the Cuban military and intelligence services.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Why Trump’s Foreign Policy Can’t Be Stopped

There are almost no checks and balances on the administration’s conduct of international affairs. And most Americans are fine with that.

TOPSHOT - US forces, accompanied by Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) fighters, drive their armoured vehicles near the northern Syrian village of Darbasiyah, on the border with Turkey on April 28, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / DELIL SOULEIMAN        (Photo credit should read DELIL SOULEIMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The United States and Turkey Are on a Collision Course in Syria

An insider’s view on how we got here — and what Trump can do about it.

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Russia’s Controversial European Gas Project Is Under Fire, Again

Environmental violations thrust Nord Stream 2 and its European partners into an awkward position.

SARASOTA, FL - NOVEMBER 07:  Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds up a rubber mask of himself during a campaign rally in the Robarts Arena at the Sarasota Fairgrounds November 7, 2016 in Sarasota, Florida. With less than 24 hours until Election Day in the United States, Trump and his opponent, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, are campaigning in key battleground states that each must win to take the White House.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

This Isn’t Realpolitik. This Is Amateur Hour.

The Trump administration’s Asia policy is the worst of all possible worlds.

TOPSHOT - South Korean Marines take position on a beach as amphibious assault vehicles fire smoke shells during a joint landing operation by US and South Korean Marines in the southeastern port of Pohang on April 2, 2017.
The drill is part of the annual joint exercise Foal Eagle to enhance the combat readiness of the US and South Korea supporting forces in defense of the Korean Peninsula.  / AFP PHOTO / JUNG Yeon-Je        (Photo credit should read JUNG YEON-JE/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s Time for America to Cut South Korea Loose

The first step to solving the North Korean problem is removing U.S. troops from the middle of it.

US President Donald Trump (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) walk together at the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, April 7, 2017.
President Donald Trump entered a second day of talks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on Friday hoping to strike deals on trade and jobs after an overnight show of strength in Syria. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON        (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

What Trump Calls Strength, China Calls Stupidity

Donald Trump’s Syria strike may have upstaged Xi Jinping’s summit, but Beijing is only too happy to see the United States trap itself again in the Middle East.