great power politics

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer shakes hands with China's Vice Premier Liu He in Shanghai, China, on July 31, 2019. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and China's Commerce Minister Zhong Shan look on.

The U.S. Trade War Has Caught China’s Attention. Now We Need a Longer-Term Plan.

Washington needs to build global alliances while demarcating clear areas of trust and competition with Beijing.

A member of law enforcement stands at attention in front of a map of the world at the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism International Law Enforcement Conference in Miami on June 11, 2007.

How the United States Could Lose a Great-Power War

The U.S. military is focused on future fights against China and Russia—but it could be playing right into their hands.

U.S. flags flutter in strong wind in front of the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., on March 2. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

What Sort of World Are We Headed for?

The liberal world order never really existed. Great-power politics are here to stay.

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at the opening session of the 19th Communist Party Congress in Beijing on Oct. 18, 2017. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Globalization Has Created a Chinese Monster

Xi Jinping's dictatorship isn't what the end of history was supposed to look like.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping leave a business leaders event in Beijing on Nov. 9. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images)

America Can’t Win Great-Power Hardball

As other countries rise, global stability depends on the United States holding onto its moralism.

BEIJING, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 16:  Chinese People's Liberation Army navy soldiers of a guard of honor rehearse before a welcoming ceremony for Bahrain's King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa outside the Great Hall of People on September 16, 2013 in Beijing, China. At the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping, King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain paid a state visit to China from September 14 to 16.  (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)

Will China Become an Aircraft Carrier Superpower?

With the announcement of its second carrier, prepare for a far more assertive Beijing.

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