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‘You Live With a Degree of Paranoia’

Inside North Korea’s campaign to penetrate the U.N. sanctions experts’ wall of secrecy.

Then-Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi (R) speaks with other participants at the Iran nuclear talks on Apr. 27, 2021 in Vienna, Austria.

The Threat of War Is the Only Way to Achieve Peace With Iran

Tehran no longer takes Washington seriously. To revive the nuclear deal, the threat of military escalation needs to be on the table.

Modi and Biden sit next to each other in the White House.

It’s Time to Formalize an Alliance With India

A U.S.-India alliance would allow both countries to expand their global strength.

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) talks to reporters  at the U.S. Capitol on Aug. 4.

The United States Needs to Get Serious

Washington isn’t behaving like a competent great power due to partisan gridlock, recycling of discredited ideas, and a lack of focus on real threats.

Activists attend a rally for the protection of Asian communities at McPherson Square in Washington, D.C., on March 21.

‘The Loneliest Americans’ Asks What Being Asian American Really Means

Jay Caspian Kang turns a sharp eye on conventional narratives of identity.

Jennifer Klein speaks at the White House.

Jennifer Klein on the U.S.’s ‘First Ever’ National Gender Strategy

“We want it to be aspirational,” said co-chair of U.S. President Joe Biden’s policy council.

Then-Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (left) and then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden

Cleaning Up the Mess of Post-Trump China Strategy

A new book points to how best to handle alienated allies in a growing struggle.

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.

A preventive medicine services sergeant administers a COVID-19 vaccine.

U.S. Army Failed to Warn Troops About COVID-19 Disinformation

Most soldiers said they weren’t told how to deal with Chinese and Russian propaganda.

A police officer is silhouetted.

Unvaccinated Police Officers Could Become America’s Own Insurgents

Iraq and Egypt show how hard it is to get rid of a militarized security force.

A vigil for the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy movement in Beijing

Biden’s Summit for Democracy Will Include Some Not-So-Democratic Countries

Countries such as Poland, Mexico, and the Philippines have all undermined their own democratic credentials in recent years.

A Chinese military band prepares for celebrations.

A Dangerous Decade of Chinese Power Is Here

Beijing knows time isn’t on its side and wants to act fast.

Flags of the EU and China are seen as European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Council President Charles Michel, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a video conference to approve an investment pact between China and the European Union on December 30, 2020 in Brussels, Belgium.

Will Europe Ever Really Confront China?

The Biden administration is gearing up for a long-term struggle in China—but shouldn’t expect its closest allies by its side.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a joint news conference with Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Mexico City on Oct. 8.

The U.S.-Mexico Drug War Gets a Rebrand

Can the “Bicentennial Framework” be a turning point?

Yale University buildings

Yale’s Grand Strategy Program Has Always Been Broken

The university set out to train the next generation of U.S. leaders—but it often failed to educate them.

Protesters hold signs reading "Peace Through Strength" and "I Support U.S. Troops."

Americans Got the Foreign-Policy Blob They Asked For

The problem isn’t the establishment, it’s reconciling what Americans want in their foreign policy.

Philippe Étienne in 2014

French Ambassador on AUKUS: ‘Every Crisis Is an Opportunity’

Philippe Etienne spoke about the controversial sub deal, his recall to Paris, and a new way forward for U.S.-French relations.

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