geopolitics

Workers produce face masks at a factory in Handan in China's northern Hebei province on Feb. 28. In early March, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative lifted tariffs for face masks and other medical equipment imported from China.

Could the Pandemic Ease U.S.-China Tensions?

Against a backdrop of tariffs, 5G, and weakening diplomacy, COVID-19 might be a rare chance for the two countries to come together—if they can listen to their better angels.

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a virtual meeting with regional officials.

Beware of Bad Samaritans

China and Russia are sending medical aid to Italy and other coronavirus-stricken countries, but their motives aren’t so altruistic.

Russian President Vladimir Putin looks up at Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman al-Saud at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires on Nov. 30, 2018.

Why This Oil Crash Is Different

The oil price collapse has sent shockwaves through financial markets. But the geopolitical earthquake could reach even farther.

The Chairperson of the African Union, Moussa Faki Mahamat, speaking to the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, during her visit to the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Dec. 7, 2019.

It’s Africa’s Turn to Leave the European Union

The EU doesn’t treat the African Union as an equal partner. Unless the AU resets relations, it’s in for decades more of the same.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu participate in a joint statement in the East Room of the White House.

Trump’s Peace Plan Aims to Make Israeli Occupation Permanent

The administration's goal is not peace but the normalization of Israel’s military rule over millions of Palestinians.

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.