Is the World Getting Safer?
New research debunks the theory that wars are becoming less deadly and less frequent.
Why the Liberal International Order Will Endure Into the Next Decade
It’s true that democracy, globalism, and free trade are under assault, but they may prove stronger than the forces arrayed against them in the 2020s.
For the 2020 Democrats, It’s America First, Too
The slate of Democratic candidates includes two Rhodes scholars, two ex-soldiers, and a former chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. But don’t count on them to resurrect a Pax Americana.
Can Comics Save International Relations?
Academics need to get better at reaching non-experts. Narrative media offer one possibility.
The Realists Are Wrong About Syria
Neither Trump nor the international relations experts who cheered his choice to withdraw U.S. troops have wrestled adequately with the costs of departure.
Democracy Is Fighting for Its Life
Around the world, political freedom isn’t just slipping away—it’s getting dragged down by fervent enemies.
Asia Has Three Possible Futures
The competition between the United States and China will decide the continent’s fate—and one of them has a head start.
Who Will Save the Amazon (and How)?
It's only a matter of time until major powers try to stop climate change by any means necessary.
Be Afraid of the World, Be Very Afraid
Five global problems that are getting worse—and may never get better.
The United States Will Be Shocked by Its Future
The only thing that’s clear about the changing world order is that Americans can shape their role in it—and that they’re likely to mess it up.
America Is Wide Open for Foreign Influence
If you’re an outsider with a political agenda, there’s no better country to target than the United States.
5 Very Important Things About the World Nobody Knows
The future will be determined by a handful of big questions that don’t yet have answers.
Why Some Countries Are Pathologically Shy
Six reasons some powerful states punch below their weight for lengthy periods.
Everything You Know About Global Order Is Wrong
If Western elites understood how the postwar liberal system was created, they’d think twice about asking for its renewal.
America Has a Commitment Problem
Eight reasons that Washington has repeatedly made the mistake of making promises around the world it can’t keep.
Rising Tides Will Sink Global Order
Global warming will produce national extinctions and international insurgencies—and change everything you think you know about foreign policy.
The Death of Global Order Was Caused by Clinton, Bush, and Obama
America’s post-Cold War presidents could have taken a road that didn’t end at Donald Trump.
A Preview of Your Chinese Future
China’s vision of world order is a more radical departure—and more realistic alternative—than the West understands.