Geopolitics

KMT supporters rally in Taipei

Even a Short War Over Taiwan or the Baltics Would Be Devastating

Scenarios and war games rarely take full account of civilian losses.

A Tibetan herder and yak on July 4, 2020, as part of a composite satellite illustration of the Tibetan and Bhutanese border region.

China Is Using Tibetans as Agents of Empire in the Himalayas

What life is like for the quarter-million residents of fortress villages in Tibet.

Merkel and Biden at the White House

Biden’s Surrender to Merkel on Nord Stream 2

His support for the pipeline abandoned a bipartisan consensus, got nothing in return, and made the world less secure.

A security officer walks past a mural showing U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in Kabul on July 31, 2020.

India Resists the Taliban Bandwagon

As Blinken heads to New Delhi, he could find some surprising common ground on Afghanistan.

The Taliban delegation leaves the hotel after meeting with representatives of Russia, China, the United States, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Qatar in Moscow on March 19.

China and the Taliban Begin Their Romance

Beijing has its eyes set on using Afghanistan as a strategic corridor once U.S. troops are out of the way.

Singaporean, Chinese, and French naval vessels sail near Changi Naval Base in Singapore on May 15, 2017.

Chinese-U.S. Split Is Forcing Singapore to Choose Sides

There is no sweet spot to keep both Beijing and Washington happy, but that hasn’t kept Singapore from trying.

Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso

Taro Aso’s Taiwan Slip Was Likely Deliberate

The gaffe-prone Japanese politician was the perfect vehicle for plausible deniability when signaling support for Taipei.

Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc addresses counterparts at the ASEAN-U.S. summit, held via videoconference due to the coronavirus pandemic, from Hanoi on Nov. 14, 2020.

Biden Must Change the Narrative of Neglect for Southeast Asia

The United States needs to act fast to strengthen ties and reassure partners.

People wear rainbow masks at a rally in Tbilisi, Georgia.

The Geopolitical Fault Line Behind the Attack on Tbilisi Pride

LGBT rights are at the center of the struggle over Georgia’s Western leanings.

A Chinese aircraft carrier sails.

Beijing Eyes New Military Bases Across the Indo-Pacific

Tanzania, Cambodia, and the UAE are on China’s wish list—and now Kiribati, within striking distance of Hawaii.

Tattered American Flag After Hurricane Sandy

America, Indicted

Yes, the United States is deeply divided and probably undeserving of global leadership, as two new books argue. But who else is there?

U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt on board an American warship circa 1935.

The Intellectual Foundations of the Biden Revolution

Why is there no Rooseveltian school of foreign policy? American past and future greatness is unthinkable without it.

Chinese construction workers drink coconut juice.

Biden’s “Build Back Better World” Is an Empty Competitor to China

There’s no need to follow Beijing’s hollow Belt and Road Initiative.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet removes her face mask before a press conference at the United Nations in Geneva on Dec. 9, 2020.

Biden Needs an International Organizations Strategy

A U.S. State Department czar should lead a campaign to stop China and Russia from gaining control of multilateral agencies.

Filipinos protest China in the South China Sea.

A Confused Biden Team Risks Losing Southeast Asia

If the region continues to drift toward China, Washington has only itself to blame.

Quad members virtually meet.

How to Keep India All-In on the Quad

A once-reluctant partner has become a new driver of a critical coalition.