Geopolitics

A Chinese military band prepares for celebrations.

A Dangerous Decade of Chinese Power Is Here

Beijing knows time isn’t on its side and wants to act fast.

Evacuees from Aghanistan sit inside a military aircraft as they arrive at the airport in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on Aug. 22.

In U.S.-China Standoff, Is America a Reliable Ally?

Sowing doubts about Washington is a potent weapon for Beijing. But even after Afghanistan, U.S. strategy in Asia remains intact.

Then-U.S. President-elect Joe Biden speaks in Wilmington, Delaware.

Biden’s ‘Strategic Competition’ Is a Step Back

A switch from Trump administration language does nothing to clarify U.S. policymaking.

Onlookers watch the launch of an Indian Space Research Organisation rocket from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota on Feb. 15, 2017.

India’s Space Program Inches Closer to America and the Quad

In another strategic shift, Modi has opened space activities to private companies and new allies.

Scott Morrison and Lloyd Austin attend a meeting.

AUKUS Is a Short-Term Mess but a Long-Term Win for Australia

The controversial deal puts Canberra on the right side of history.

Royal Australian Navy submarine HMAS Sheean

China Has Only Itself to Blame for AUKUS

The trilateral partnership was an inevitable result of Beijing’s military growth.

Royal Australian Navy submarine HMAS Sheean arrives for a logistics port visit on Apr. 1 in Hobart, Australia.

Will AUKUS Hit China Where It Hurts?

The submarine deal could reshape the balance of power in the Pacific—and draw Australia into future conflicts.

French President Emmanuel Macron takes part in a military ceremony.

How France Can Avoid Being Reduced to a Symbolic Power

After AUKUS, the French face the same fate on the world stage as the British unless they pursue EU strategic autonomy led from Brussels rather than Paris.

Biden meets with Modi and other Quad leaders

AUKUS, the Quad, and India’s Strategic Pivot

As Joe Biden and Narendra Modi meet in Washington, the business of balancing China enters a serious phase.

The Royal Australian Navy submarine HMAS Ranki

Australia Badly Needs Nuclear Submarines

The country’s maritime scope, and China’s rise, makes the AUKUS deal a no brainer.

Members of the Taliban

The Taliban Don’t Need the West

Afghanistan’s new rulers have shown themselves to be skilled—and ruthless—diplomats.

Biden holds a press conference about AUKUS

India Welcomes AUKUS Pact as China Deterrent

The agreement will help New Delhi with its quest for a stable balance of power in the Indo-Pacific.

The Iranian and Japanese foreign ministers shake hands.

Japan Is the Middle East’s Most Credible Player

Tokyo’s long-standing, quiet diplomacy has built trust Washington lacks.

Taliban negotiators attend a Moscow press conference.

China and Russia Have a Shared Playbook for Afghanistan

Experience in cooperating in Central Asia offers a fruitful model.

Aung San Suu Kyi meets Xi Jinping.

China Is Hedging Its Bets in Myanmar

Beijing thinks the junta will win—but it’s not sure.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomes Russian President Vladimir Putin before their meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on Oct. 5, 2018.

Are Indo-Russian Ties the Next Casualty of Great-Power Shifts?

The fall of Kabul may have widened the rift between New Delhi and Moscow.

A Ukrainian serviceman walks past a flag of the United States.

Ukrainians Worry Biden Will Ditch Them Next

The White House meeting is a chance to repair a damaged relationship.

Taliban delegation in Moscow

Chinese Recognition of the Taliban Is All but Inevitable

The geostrategic and economic benefits of closer relations are too great for Beijing to ignore.

Indonesia's Widodo and China's Xi in Beijing

Indonesia Unprepared as Great Powers Clash in Indo-Pacific

Jakarta is Asia’s greatest geopolitical prize. But its foreign-policy reflexes are long outdated.