China Is NATO’s New Problem
The alliance has been so focused on Moscow that it has missed Beijing’s growing clout across Europe.
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.
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.
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Racism in international relations, the state of the German armed forces, and Hindu nationalism is creeping into Nepal.
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.
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 United States Needs German Bases More Than Germany Does
Bases in Europe have always aided American hegemony more than local defense.
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.
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.
NATO Chief Rebukes China Over Coronavirus Disinformation
Stoltenberg says state-backed disinformation campaigns are making the health crisis worse.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.