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A man carries his son as they walk past a graffiti on a wall depicting a Ukrainian soldier firing a U.S.-made Javelin portable anti-tank missile system, in Kyiv, on July 29.
A man carries his son as they walk past a graffiti on a wall depicting a Ukrainian soldier firing a U.S.-made Javelin portable anti-tank missile system, in Kyiv, on July 29.

In Washington, Everyone Wins if Ukraine Wins

How backing Kyiv can bridge the partisan divide and make U.S. foreign policy great again.

German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly pose for a photograph during the G-7 summit in Liverpool, England, on Dec. 12, 2021.
German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock, Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly pose for a photograph during the G-7 summit in Liverpool, England, on Dec. 12, 2021.
A U.S. High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) fires during a military exercise.
A U.S. High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) fires during a military exercise.

Why Arming Allies Is America’s Smartest, Safest Strategy

Russia’s war has exposed Washington’s reluctance to provide advanced arms as a dangerous misconception.

Giorgia Meloni, the leader of the far-right Brothers of Italy party, holds a placard reading "Thank You, Italy," after her center-right coalition won a majority of seats in Italy's Parliament, in Rome on Sept. 26.
Giorgia Meloni, the leader of the far-right Brothers of Italy party, holds a placard reading "Thank You, Italy," after her center-right coalition won a majority of seats in Italy's Parliament, in Rome on Sept. 26.
Bahraini, Israeli, U.S., and Emirati leaders attend the signing of the Abraham Accords.
Bahraini, Israeli, U.S., and Emirati leaders attend the signing of the Abraham Accords.

Two Years Later, the Abraham Accords Are Losing Their Luster

Divorcing recognition from the Palestinian question has unleashed Israel’s worst angels.

Chinese President Xi Jinping inspects a British honor guard during a visit to London in 2015.
Chinese President Xi Jinping inspects a British honor guard during a visit to London in 2015.

Britain’s Golden Era With China Is Well and Truly Dead

Liz Truss’s administration is the nail in the coffin for friendly ties with Beijing.

Visitors at a former Finnish fortress
Visitors at a former Finnish fortress

Europe Isn’t Bringing the Iron Curtain Down Again

Claims of an East-West split inside the continent are unhelpful.

Leaders of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation member states pose for a family photo during a summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, on Sept. 16.
Leaders of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation member states pose for a family photo during a summit in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, on Sept. 16.

Kazakhstan Is Breaking Out of Russia’s Grip

The Ukraine war has given Astana a unique chance to frustrate Moscow.

Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi welcomes Cuban leader Fidel Castro to the Summit of Non-Aligned Countries in New Delhi on March 5, 1983.
Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi welcomes Cuban leader Fidel Castro to the Summit of Non-Aligned Countries in New Delhi on March 5, 1983.

Why Non-Alignment Is Dead and Won’t Return

An old ideology rears its head but offers little for the present age.

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Sebastien-Thibault-US-Grand-Strategy-Illustration-3-2
A mural depicting a female saint-like figure holding a Javelin missile is shown on the side of an apartment block.
A mural depicting a female saint-like figure holding a Javelin missile is shown on the side of an apartment block.

How to Teach Beijing a Lesson in Ukraine

What China learns from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will inform its decision-making on Taiwan.

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks before signing the agreement for Finland and Sweden to join NATO at the White House in Washington on Aug. 9.
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks before signing the agreement for Finland and Sweden to join NATO at the White House in Washington on Aug. 9.

Here’s What Biden’s New National Security Strategy Should Say

Tossed and rewritten after Russia invaded Ukraine, the document still hasn’t been released.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (L) and then-Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov take part in the inauguration ceremony of the Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria (ICGB) gas pipeline, in Komotini, Greece, on July 8.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis (L) and then-Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov take part in the inauguration ceremony of the Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria (ICGB) gas pipeline, in Komotini, Greece, on July 8.

Energy Is Pulling Bulgaria Back Into Russia’s Orbit

After a break with Moscow, the new caretaker government in Sofia is poised to realign with the Kremlin by signing a new contract with Gazprom.

Biden, Xi hold virtual summit
Biden, Xi hold virtual summit

Biden-Xi Meeting Unlikely to Halt U.S.-Chinese Slide

Compromise is becoming increasingly difficult—especially over Taiwan.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen pose for photographs at the Presidential Office in Taipei, Taiwan, on Aug. 3.
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen pose for photographs at the Presidential Office in Taipei, Taiwan, on Aug. 3.

After Pelosi’s Visit, Most of the Indo-Pacific Sides With Beijing

Almost the entire region backs China—but the regime’s behavior has also crystallized support for Taiwan.

A pro-China protester steps on a defaced photo of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during a demonstration against her visit to Taiwan in Hong Kong on Aug. 3.
A pro-China protester steps on a defaced photo of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during a demonstration against her visit to Taiwan in Hong Kong on Aug. 3.

How Nancy Pelosi’s Taiwan Gambit Backfired

Beijing’s shock-and-awe military response has created a new normal in East Asia.

A Chinese aircraft carrier sails with other ships during a military drill in the East China Sea in April 2018.
A Chinese aircraft carrier sails with other ships during a military drill in the East China Sea in April 2018.

More Chinese Military Bases in Africa: A Question of When, Not If

Beijing has been increasingly clear about its global military ambitions.

MARCH 31: US and Philippine soldiers take part in a joint live fire exercise as part of the annual 'Balikatan' (shoulder-to-shoulder) US-Philippines war exercises, on March 31 in Crow Valley, Tarlac, Philippines.
MARCH 31: US and Philippine soldiers take part in a joint live fire exercise as part of the annual 'Balikatan' (shoulder-to-shoulder) US-Philippines war exercises, on March 31 in Crow Valley, Tarlac, Philippines.
Chinese President Xi Jinping in front of a Chinese flag at a ceremony in Hong Kong.
Chinese President Xi Jinping in front of a Chinese flag at a ceremony in Hong Kong.

What Does China Want?

Beijing’s ambitions are about to crash into its problems.

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