Military

Afghan security forces conduct a military operation.

Biden’s Withdrawal Plan Sets the Clock Ticking in Afghanistan

With troops to depart on Sept. 11, the next five months are critical for any chance of peace.

Ukrainian soldiers on the front line in Donetsk.

Ukraine Needs a Clear Path to NATO Membership

Russia’s recent aggression along its border shows why Kyiv needs decisive action from the alliance.

A monitor displays a virtual meeting between U.S. President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison at Suga’s official residence in Tokyo on March 12.

Sanctioning India Would Spoil the Quad

Let India buy its weapons from Moscow. The real strategic threat is Beijing.

Russian President Vladimir Putin inspects military exercises.

Is Russia Preparing to Go to War in Ukraine?

Troop buildup near Ukraine’s border is the largest since 2014.

Protesters at a vigil in Myanmar.

Are U.S. and Chinese Interests Really Opposed in Iran and Myanmar?

Beijing is making moves to ensure regional dominance in Southeast Asia and oil supplies from the Middle East. It could be shooting itself in the foot.

Members of the Koglweogo, a self-defense militia, attend an annual gathering in Siguinvousé, Burkina Faso, on Feb 14.

Biden’s Strategy in the Sahel Looks a Lot Like Trump’s

U.S. diplomacy is back in West Africa—but the United States is also back to its old counterterrorism playbook.

U.S. President Joe Biden with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin at the White House, Mar. 8.

Austin Calls for ‘Responsible’ End to Afghan War

The U.S. defense secretary, in a surprise visit to Afghanistan, warned that Taliban violence remains “pretty high” as Biden weighs withdrawal.

Protesters make the three-finger salute as security forces continue to crack down on demonstrations against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, on March 13.

The Quad Can End the Crisis in Myanmar

Experts are overlooking the powerful influence of New Delhi and Tokyo.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi meet in Brazil.

Russian Arms Sale Clouds U.S.-India Ties

New Delhi’s deal for the Russian S-400 system could limit burgeoning military ties with Washington.

US Secretary of Defence Lloyd Austin arrives for a bilateral meeting with Japan's Defence Minister Nobuo Kishi at the Defence Ministry in Tokyo on March 16, 2021.

U.S. Seeks to Counter China’s Full-Court Press in Asia

Top U.S. officials on trip to Asia under pressure to push back on Taiwan and maritime disputes.

Protesters defend themselves against riot police in Myanmar.

Myanmar’s Protesters Adapt Under Siege

Activists have changed their tactics in response to deadly crackdowns, frustrating the military regime.

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