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(From left) Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, U.S. President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
(From left) Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, U.S. President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Japan Is Getting Real on Security After Ukraine

A flurry of moves is positioning Tokyo at the center of anti-China alliances.

Allied officers look at a map at the command post during a NATO joint exercise held in the British sector of Germany in 1951.
Allied officers look at a map at the command post during a NATO joint exercise held in the British sector of Germany in 1951.

Europe on the Edges

It has always been defined and influenced by its periphery.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speak.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speak.

The European Union Is Turning on China

Ukraine might be the last nail in the coffin for a friendly relationship.

Erdogan in Albania
Erdogan in Albania

Why the West Should Make Peace With Erdogan Now

He is the one unsavory character the West urgently needs better relations with.

China's third aircraft carrier
China's third aircraft carrier

China’s Third Aircraft Carrier Is Aimed at a Post-U.S. Asia

Beijing can’t challenge U.S. naval power directly yet.

Samoan Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mataafa and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi attend a signing ceremony in Apia, Samoa on May 28.
Samoan Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mataafa and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi attend a signing ceremony in Apia, Samoa on May 28.
US service members wait before deploying to Europe.
US service members wait before deploying to Europe.

U.S. Restraint Has Created an Unstable and Dangerous World

Decades of ignoring the menaces posed by Russia and China has led the West to a precipice.

Employees watch a cargo ship at a port in China, which is experiencing an economic downturn.
Employees watch a cargo ship at a port in China, which is experiencing an economic downturn.

China’s Crisis of Confidence

What if, instead of being a competitor, China can no longer afford to compete at all?

Solomon Islands Foreign Minister Jeremiah Manele (left) escorts Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (center) on his arrival at the Honiara International Airport in Honiara, Solomon Islands, on May 25.
Solomon Islands Foreign Minister Jeremiah Manele (left) escorts Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (center) on his arrival at the Honiara International Airport in Honiara, Solomon Islands, on May 25.

Don’t Overreact to China’s Solomon Islands Plans

Naval power projection is a long way out for Beijing still.

Mushroom cloud from operation UPSHOT-KNOTHOLE Nevada in 1953
Mushroom cloud from operation UPSHOT-KNOTHOLE Nevada in 1953

Learning to Think Nuclearly Again

A new nuclear era demands strategy, not just arms control.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Chinese President Xi Jinping pose at the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan on June 28, 2019.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Chinese President Xi Jinping pose at the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan on June 28, 2019.

Modi’s Multipolar Moment Has Arrived

India, now courted by all sides, is the clear beneficiary of Russia’s war.

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.

British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss (left) and members of Bosnia and Herzegovina's tripartite Presidency Sefik Dzaferovic (center) and Milorad Dodik (right
British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss (left) and members of Bosnia and Herzegovina's tripartite Presidency Sefik Dzaferovic (center) and Milorad Dodik (right

The U.K.’s Bold Bosnia Policy Slaps Down Russian-Backed Separatists

Sarajevo’s hopes of NATO accession are growing as London steps in.

Shanghai lockdown
Shanghai lockdown

As China’s Economy Falters, Be Careful What You Wish For

Why Western schadenfreude about Beijing’s economic troubles is misplaced.

Dimitry Sytii (C), founder of the mining company Lobaye Invest and placed under U.S. Treasury sanctions for his alleged links to the Wagner group, is surrounded by Central African deputies on the steps of the National Assembly in Bangui on October 15, 2021.
Dimitry Sytii (C), founder of the mining company Lobaye Invest and placed under U.S. Treasury sanctions for his alleged links to the Wagner group, is surrounded by Central African deputies on the steps of the National Assembly in Bangui on October 15, 2021.
South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol with U.S. President Joe Biden
South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol with U.S. President Joe Biden

South Korea’s Conservatives Aren’t Any Tougher on China or North Korea Than Liberals

The new Yoon administration will stick to the same line Seoul always follows.

U.S. President Joe Biden meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
U.S. President Joe Biden meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Is Biden Missing a Chance to Engage China?

Appalled by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Ukraine debacle, Beijing could be open to a new U.S. approach.

Russian energy giant Gazprom said it had stopped all gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria.
Russian energy giant Gazprom said it had stopped all gas supplies to Poland and Bulgaria.

Putin’s Ukraine Gambit Was ‘Self-Defeating’

Two experts on energy and geopolitics talk about spiking prices, Russia’s war, and what that means for the climate fight.

Solomon Islander Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare attends a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.
Solomon Islander Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare attends a meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

Australia’s Got a Solomon Islands Headache (Again)

China’s expansion into the South Pacific caught Australia and the United States off guard.

A demonstrator holds a sign during a protest calling for the European Union to impose further sanctions against Russia in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Feb. 21.
A demonstrator holds a sign during a protest calling for the European Union to impose further sanctions against Russia in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Feb. 21.

The World Needs an Economic NATO

Russia’s war has made sanctions a powerful tool of statecraft. It’s time to formally enshrine them.

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