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.
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.
Why This Oil Crash Is Different
The oil price collapse has sent shockwaves through financial markets. But the geopolitical earthquake could reach even farther.
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.
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.
Imran Khan on Trump, Modi, and Why He Won’t Criticize China
An interview with Pakistan’s prime minister.
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?
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.
South Asia’s Shiites Are Eschewing Sectarianism
Iran divides and disrupts in the Middle East, but it has a different playbook in Pakistan.
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 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 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.
China’s Global Critics Are Helping It Win
Beijing won’t tolerate dissent at home. But when foreigners criticize its geopolitical tactics, it listens.
U.S. Senate Threatens Sanctions Over Russian Pipeline
Washington and Berlin face off again over Nord Stream 2 as European ships are targeted.
Vanguards of the Thawing Arctic
After two decades of war in the desert, Canadian troops must relearn how to operate in the frozen north.
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.
The Perils of a Putsch in Venezuela
Encouraging a coup in Caracas will give Russia and China a foothold in the United States’ backyard.
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.
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.