Great Power Politics

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Britain’s Post-Brexit Foreign Policy Can Be a Force for Good

Boris Johnson shouldn’t shy away from global leadership and the morally driven approach that protected Kosovars and Iraqi Kurds in the 1990s.

A national flag show is seen at Chaoyang park in Beijing on Sept. 30, 2006.

The Power of Narrative

A new book explains why some nations rise and others don’t.

Fighter jets preparing to take off from the flight deck of USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier as it sails in South China Sea on its way to Singapore on Oct. 16, 2019.

Great-Power Competition Is a Recipe for Disaster

The latest poorly defined buzzword in Washington is leading pundits and policymakers down a dangerous path.

U.S. President Donald Trump meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The U.S. Doesn’t Need China’s Collapse to Win

A misguided theory of great-power competition will only lead to grief.

U.S. and Chinese officials meet at the opening session of talks at the Captain Cook Hotel in Anchorage, Alaska, on March 18.

Great Power Competition Is Not Enough

The United States needs to show it can make a cleaner world than China’s.

CIA Director-designate William Burns testifies during his Senate Select Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 24.

Biden’s Pick for CIA Director Singles Out China as ‘Biggest Geopolitical Test’

Bill Burns, a veteran diplomat, will helm the spy agency in an era of renewed great-power competition.

U.S. Army soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division arrive home from a 9-month deployment in Afghanistan on Dec. 8, 2020 at Fort Drum, New York.

Should Biden Ditch All of Trump’s Policies?

From Afghanistan to China, the new administration seems likely to hold on to some ideas from the previous one.

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The Return of Containment

What the Cold War policy means for our current moment.

People's Liberation Army soldiers wear protective masks as they stand at attention in front of photo of China's president Xi Jinping at their barracks in Beijing on May 20.

The Power Delusion

U.S.-China competition isn’t just about great-power rivalry. It’s about the ideological battle between democracy and authoritarianism, too.

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping

Washington Needs a Better Plan for Competing With China

U.S. China policy is heavy on rhetoric and light on goals. Articulating a clear set of objectives—from trade to defense—will help policymakers focus their efforts.

Policemen march in front of the U.S. consulate in Chengdu, China on July 26. The Chengdu mission was ordered shut in retaliation for the forced closure of Beijing's consulate in Houston, Texas.

Is This the Beginning of a New Cold War With China?

The clash between Washington and Beijing could be the start of a new ideological confrontation—or the inevitable fallout from a power transition.

U.S. President Donald Trump looks on as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks during a briefing about the coronavirus outbreak  at the White House on March 17.

How Will the Coronavirus Pandemic Reshape the U.S. Election?

A major outbreak and looming recession in the United States has transformed the 2020 campaign—and could have major consequences for the future of great power politics.

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

The U.S. Trade War Has Caught Beijing’s Attention. Now Washington Needs a Longer-Term Plan.

The United States needs to build global alliances while demarcating clear areas of trust and competition with China.

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.