Great Power Politics

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Great Protocol Politics

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

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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