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A US-made CH-47 helicopter flies an 18-meter by 12-meter national flag at a military base in Taoyuan on September 28, 2021.
A US-made CH-47 helicopter flies an 18-meter by 12-meter national flag at a military base in Taoyuan on September 28, 2021.

The Real Stakes of Taiwan

It’s not about democracy. It’s about power.

Soldiers of the P18 Gotland Regiment of the Swedish Army camouflage an armoured vehicle during a field exercise near Visby on the Swedish island of Gotland on May 17.
Soldiers of the P18 Gotland Regiment of the Swedish Army camouflage an armoured vehicle during a field exercise near Visby on the Swedish island of Gotland on May 17.

What Are Sweden and Finland Thinking?

European leaders have reassessed Russia’s intentions and are balancing against the threat that Putin poses to the territorial status quo. 

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china-decline-deena-so-oteh-illustration-hp

The Dangers of China’s Decline

As China’s economic miracle fades, its leaders may become more inclined to take risks.

A man walks next to the debris of a destroyed Russian tank near the village of Zalissya, northeast of Kyiv, on April 12.
A man walks next to the debris of a destroyed Russian tank near the village of Zalissya, northeast of Kyiv, on April 12.

The Ukraine War Doesn’t Change Everything

Russia’s war marks the definitive end of America’s unipolar moment and returns the world to a state best explained by realism.

Smoke rises from a military airport near Kharkiv, Ukraine, as the Russian invasion begins — Europe's 9/11.
Smoke rises from a military airport near Kharkiv, Ukraine, as the Russian invasion begins — Europe's 9/11.

Putin’s War Is Europe’s 9/11

The continent has finally woken up to the necessity of hard power.

Olaf Scholz looks on during a press conference after a meeting between German State Premiers on November 18, 2021 in Berlin, Germany.
Olaf Scholz looks on during a press conference after a meeting between German State Premiers on November 18, 2021 in Berlin, Germany.

The Gold Medal for Foreign Policy Goes to Germany

Berlin’s approach to the world is far better than its reputation.

China's President Xi Jinping gives a speech during the 8th Ministerial Meeting of China-Arab States Cooperation Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on July, 10, 2018.
China's President Xi Jinping gives a speech during the 8th Ministerial Meeting of China-Arab States Cooperation Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on July, 10, 2018.

Xi Jinping Has Transformed China’s Middle East Policy

Beijing was once wary of the region. Now, it’s all-in.

An image of Bitcoin and U.S. currency is displayed on a screen in front of silhouettes of people.
An image of Bitcoin and U.S. currency is displayed on a screen in front of silhouettes of people.

Great Protocol Politics

The 21st century doesn’t belong to China, the United States, or Silicon Valley. It belongs to the internet.

A composite image of U.S. President Joe Biden at the Democracy Summit in Washington on Dec. 9 and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Dec. 10, 2018.
A composite image of U.S. President Joe Biden at the Democracy Summit in Washington on Dec. 9 and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Dec. 10, 2018.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi attends the Forum of China and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States virtually from Beijing on Dec. 3.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi attends the Forum of China and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States virtually from Beijing on Dec. 3.

Latin America Could Profit From U.S.-China Competition

“Active nonalignment” is on display in a busy week of summits with both Beijing and Washington.

Military vehicles carry China's DF-41 nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missiles in a military parade at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on Oct. 1, 2019, to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.
Military vehicles carry China's DF-41 nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missiles in a military parade at Tiananmen Square in Beijing on Oct. 1, 2019, to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

Will China’s New Missile Lead to Escalation or Stability?

Beijing’s FOBS delivery system could provoke an arms race—or a more stable deterrence relationship.

Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping sit slightly slumped in red chairs next to one another.
Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping sit slightly slumped in red chairs next to one another.
Peacekeepers go on patrol
Peacekeepers go on patrol

In Central Africa, Russia Won the War—but It’s Losing the Peace

Putin’s pursuit of influence, arms sales, and mercenary meddling in the Central African Republic has left Moscow mired in a quagmire.

Swiss President Guy Parmelin (C) leads U.S. President Joe Biden (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin to meet media during the U.S.-Russia summit at Villa La Grange on June 16, 2021 in Geneva, Switzerland. Biden is meeting his Russian counterpart, Putin, for the first time as president in Geneva, Switzerland.
Swiss President Guy Parmelin (C) leads U.S. President Joe Biden (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin to meet media during the U.S.-Russia summit at Villa La Grange on June 16, 2021 in Geneva, Switzerland. Biden is meeting his Russian counterpart, Putin, for the first time as president in Geneva, Switzerland.

Was the Biden-Putin Summit a Success?

The White House set clear red lines on cyberwar, but don’t expect much progress in the months to come.

Margaret Thatcher Kurds Iraq
Margaret Thatcher Kurds Iraq

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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