Taiwan's national flag hangs from a long cable beneath a helicopter.

The Case for Defending the Little Guy

Sticking up for smaller powers and Westphalian principles is worth it.

A US-made CH-47 helicopter flies an 18-meter by 12-meter national flag at a military base in Taoyuan on September 28, 2021.

Pentagon Quietly Puts More Troops in Taiwan

Deeper U.S. engagement comes as the wisdom of strategic ambiguity is increasingly questioned.

A man holds a Taiwan flag as passengers disembark from the Diamond Princess cruise ship, in quarantine due to fears of new COVID-19 coronavirus, at the Daikoku pier cruise terminal in Yokohama on February 21, 2020.

Europe Is Doubling Down on Taiwan

As China gets more aggressive in its region, the European Union is refusing to back down.

U.S. seaman Xi Chan in the Taiwan Strait

The U.S. Is Getting Taiwan Ready to Fight on the Beaches

Biden continues Trump’s “porcupine strategy” to harden the island’s defenses.

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks in the South Court Auditorium.

‘Now You’re in a Situation’: Democrats Pressure Biden on Taiwan

Moderates want to give U.S. President Joe Biden more war powers to stave off a Chinese invasion. Progressives don’t agree.

A Taiwanese soldier waves a flag.

Is Defending Taiwan Worth the Risk?

Chinese incursions and U.S. training of Taiwanese forces raise the specter of war. Is it a conflict the United States can handle?

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis addresses the media at a press conference.

Pressured by China, Lithuania Won’t Back Down Over Taiwan

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis said his country is working to find a diplomatic solution.

An air crew prepares an evacuation flight out of Kabul.

Taiwan Isn’t Afghanistan, Whatever Beijing Says

The fall of Kabul is a crisis of competence, not credibility, for U.S. power in Asia.

Pedestrians pass a military propaganda poster in Beijing.

China’s Neighbors Hope Afghanistan Pullout Means Pivot to Indo-Pacific

With the withdrawal completed, Washington’s strategic shift can commence.

Taiwan's former President Chen Shui-bian arrives at the High Court in Taipei on July 19, 2010.

Taiwan Showed How to Prosecute an Ex-President

The trial of Chen Shui-bian strengthened democracy, despite fears of division.

KMT supporters rally in Taipei

Even a Short War Over Taiwan or the Baltics Would Be Devastating

Scenarios and war games rarely take full account of civilian losses.

Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso

Taro Aso’s Taiwan Slip Was Likely Deliberate

The gaffe-prone Japanese politician was the perfect vehicle for plausible deniability when signaling support for Taipei.

Anthony Fauci briefs the press on COVID-19.

The Pandemic Proves Only Technocrats Can Save Us

Populist politicians love to belittle experts, but when it’s a matter of life and death, the precautionary principle and expertise are what counts.

Medical personnel receive the Moderna vaccine in Taiwan.

U.S.-China Spat Over Taiwan Extends to Vaccine Diplomacy

The United States is providing hundreds of thousands of vaccines right in China’s front yard.

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