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Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and US President Donald Trump stand onstage during the annual NATO heads of government summit on December 4, 2019 in Watford, England.

Europe Needs to Push Back Against Trump

Disastrous and erratic policies demand a stronger response.

EU China Meeting

China Is NATO’s New Problem

The alliance has been so focused on Moscow that it has missed Beijing’s growing clout across Europe.

Taliban spokesman Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai greets a participant during the opening of the two-day talks between the Taliban and Afghan opposition representatives.

This Time, Russia Is in Afghanistan to Win

Putin is replicating his success in Syria in a new theater of conflict—and part of his plan is to hurt American interests once again.

John Bolton and Donald Trump

Bolton’s Book Is a Terrifying Warning About What Trump Could Still Do

Geopolitical ignorance is no longer funny when it impacts U.S. national security.

A rally takes place in Senegal..

Our Top Weekend Reads

Racism in international relations, the state of the German armed forces, and Hindu nationalism is creeping into Nepal.

A German soldier holds a machine gun during military exercises near Bergen, Germany, on Oct. 14, 2016.

The Sorry State of Germany’s Armed Forces

Trump’s calls to withdraw U.S. troops from the country are impulsive, but Germany isn’t blameless.

Russian Helicopters

Want to Avoid U.S.-Russian Conflict? Keep the Lines Open

Trump’s withdrawal from the Open Skies Treaty hurts the United States most.

The U.S. air base in Ramstein, Germany

The United States Needs German Bases More Than Germany Does

Bases in Europe have always aided American hegemony more than local defense.

Ukraine Prisoner Swap Protests

Which Way Will Ukraine Swing?

A year after Zelensky’s election, mixed messaging on the country’s relationships with Russia and Europe is raising eyebrows internationally.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks on during exercises of a NATO tank unit in Münster, Germany, on May 20, 2019.

NATO Has a New Weak Link for Russia to Exploit

North Macedonia just became NATO’s newest and weakest member. That makes it a ripe target for interference.

U.S. President Donald Trump with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at a NATO meeting in London.

NATO Chief Rebukes China Over Coronavirus Disinformation

Stoltenberg says state-backed disinformation campaigns are making the health crisis worse.

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual press conference in Moscow on Dec. 19, 2019.

As the West Panics, Putin Is Watching

The coronavirus crisis is exposing the West’s weaknesses—and adversaries of the U.S. and EU are paying close attention so they can exploit vulnerabilities in a future conflict.

A French soldier, part of the international coalition against the Islamic State, stands guard near Al-Qaim in western Iraq on Feb. 9, 2019.

Big Ideas for NATO’s New Mission in Iraq

Sharing the burden of keeping down the Islamic State makes sense. But U.S. and NATO leaders should be coldly realistic about what European allies can do—and avoid their mistakes in Afghanistan.

An Afghan boy plays on the wreckage of a Soviet-era tank alongside a road on the outskirts of Kabul on Nov. 28, 2019.

Afghans Fear Yet Another Civil War

The U.S.-Taliban truce raises some hope—but not while the Afghan government remains a stranger to the talks.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg chairs the NAC-ICI meeting of NATO member states.

The World Didn’t Change Much in 2019. That’s Bad News for 2020.

Several important events occurred this year, but few did anything to significantly alter global trends.

French President Emmanuel Macron walks during a "Prise d'armes" military ceremony at the Invalides in Paris, on November 26, 2018.

Emmanuel Macron’s New Strategy Is Disruption

The French president is intentionally trying to change NATO and the EU—and the sooner the rest of Europe realizes it’s for their own good, the better.

U.S. Ambassador to Denmark Carla Sands attends a reception in Denmark.

Trump Administration Blocks Another Critic from Speaking Abroad

The Denmark incident reveals how skittish the U.S. State Department has become when engaging with experts who have criticized the president’s policies.

U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the NATO summit in London on Dec. 4.

NATO Is Struggling Under Trans-Atlantic Tensions

After this week’s summit, members must keep turmoil in the political side of the alliance from undermining its military purpose.

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives for the NATO summit at the Grove hotel northwest of London on Dec. 4.

What Trump Gets Right About Alliances

The president is correct to call the bluff of rich allies who free-ride on U.S. military might.

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