Geopolitics

A Taiwanese soldier waves a flag.

Abandoning Taiwan Makes Zero Moral or Strategic Sense

There’s no case for ditching a long-time democratic ally.

Residents of Istanbul protest the Kanal Istanbul project in Istanbul on Jan. 12, 2020.

Erdogan Is Digging a Hole He Can’t Escape

Plans to build a new channel through Istanbul will come with serious domestic, international, and environmental costs.

Blinken meets von der Leyen in Brussels.

Biden Can’t Avoid Getting Tough on Europe Much Longer

The fuzzy goodwill between Washington and Europe has lulled the continent into a false comfort.

A rare-earth refinery.

Why Rare Earths Are the Key to Just About Everything

They’re not actually that rare, but their importance to almost all modern technologies cannot be overstated.

U.S. President Joe Biden talks to reporters.

It’s Still Hard to Be America’s Ally

Biden wants to rebuild relationships, but old friends aren’t so sure.

A woman examines a display of books about Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The U.S.-China Clash Is About Ideology After All

Claims that the rivalry is purely geopolitical don’t hold water.

A sweeper cleans a deserted bus station after the provincial government suspended public transport during a lockdown in Peshawar, Pakistan, on April 3.

Pakistan’s Geoeconomic Delusions

The country says it wants to pivot from hard power to economic power, but its economy begs to differ.

Tsai Ing-wen stands in front of a group of masked soldiers.

Taiwan’s COVID-19 Success Is Worryingly Smug

Beating the pandemic has made the government and people overly complacent about China.

Blinken at NATO headquarters in Brussels

Biden Team’s Embrace of Europe Falls Short on Content

Outcomes, not optics, should be the measure of U.S. policy in Europe.

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about foreign policy at the State Department in Washington on Feb. 4.

China Wants a ‘Rules-Based International Order,’ Too

The question is who gets to write the codes—and whether the United States will live up to its own.

A student receives a dose of the China National Biotec Group COVID-19 vaccine.

How I Got Caught Up in the Great Vaccine Race

As China, the United States, and other nations roll out their COVID-19 cures, it’s hard to know where to get the jab.

Indian Army Gen. Jagjit Singh Aurora and Pakistani Army Gen. Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi sign the surrender document that would end the war between the two countries and lead to the creation of Bangladesh, in Dhaka on Dec. 16, 1971.

50 Years After Independence, Bangladesh Bursts Into Geopolitics

The country is on the cusp of a second liberation—one that would end its relative isolation.

Obama and Modi in New Delhi

India Romances the West

In a deepening geopolitical shift, New Delhi is inching closer on many fronts.

Indian Army soldier in Republic Day parade with Akash missiles.

China’s Neighbors Are Stronger Than We Think

All across the Indo-Pacific arc, countries are beefing up their defenses.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the G-7 summit in Biarritz, France, on Aug. 25, 2019.

Boris Johnson Unveils His Post-Brexit ‘Tilt’ to Asia

But Britain’s new security strategy risks shifting too few resources eastward.

U.S. President Joe Biden talks to the leaders of India, Japan, and Australia at the Quad summit.

Quad Summit’s Vaccine Deal Is Biden’s Bold First Move in Asia

It’s a smart step to counter China, but the next ones won’t be as easy.