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Chinese President Xi Jinping leaves after making a toast during a welcome banquet for the Belt and Road Forum at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 14, 2017. Wu Hong/Getty Images

China Is a Declining Power—and That’s the Problem

The United States needs to prepare for a major war, not because its rival is rising but because of the opposite.

Royal Australian Navy submarine HMAS Sheean arrives for a logistics port visit on Apr. 1 in Hobart, Australia.

Will AUKUS Hit China Where It Hurts?

The submarine deal could reshape the balance of power in the Pacific—and draw Australia into future conflicts.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in addresses the U.N. General Assembly.

Stalled North Korea Talks Show UNGA’s Limits

World leaders have little to celebrate on the 30th anniversary of South Korea and North Korea joining the United Nations.

A U.S. Border Patrol agent on horseback tries to stop a Haitian migrant from entering an encampment on the banks of the Rio Grande near the Acuña-Del Rio International Bridge in Del Rio, Texas, on Sept. 19.

The View From Haiti

Many decry U.S. policy toward the country—and its migrants—as anti-Black racism.

French President Emmanuel Macron takes part in a military ceremony before the official launch of the new French nuclear submarine "Suffren" built by Naval Group at the French naval base on July 12, 2019, in Cherbourg, France.

How France Can Avoid Being Reduced to a Symbolic Power

After AUKUS, the French face the same fate on the world stage as the British unless they pursue EU strategic autonomy led from Brussels rather than Paris.

Biden meets with Modi and other Quad leaders

AUKUS, the Quad, and India’s Strategic Pivot

As Joe Biden and Narendra Modi meet in Washington, the business of balancing China enters a serious phase.

United Nations headquarters

NGOs Frozen Out of U.N. Building

Civil society representatives are blocked over COVID-19 concerns, even as foreign diplomats and journalists pass freely through the headquarters.

Biden and Macron at NATO in Brussels

Don’t Underestimate the AUKUS Rift With France

Paris doesn’t speak for Europe, but it can disrupt transatlantic ties.

U.S. President Joe Biden meets with his national security team.

Is Joe Biden Missing a Team of Rivals?

The U.S. president appointed longtime staffers to his most powerful foreign-policy roles—and is now suffering the consequences.

Then-presidential candidate Joe Biden

When the White House Changed Hands, It Changed Tone but Not Policies

Whether snubbing allies, abusing tariffs, or expelling refugees, the Biden administration at eight months looks little changed from Trump’s.

Taliban fighters pass a billboard in Kabul.

The Myth of Moderate Jihadis

The unspoken pact between Washington and anti-Islamic State jihadi groups is a short-sighted move that will reward extremists.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi remotely addresses the U.N.

Separate the Iran Deal From Regional Security Negotiations

U.S. allies have already taken the initiative on regional issues. Insisting on a package deal could permanently derail nuclear talks.

French President Emmanuel Macron gestures next to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping following their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris on March 26, 2019.

Europeans Want to Stay Out of the New Cold War

New polling shows that Europeans think a struggle between Washington and Beijing is unavoidable—but want no part of it.

U.S. President Joe Biden and U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres hold a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Sept. 20.

Inside Biden’s Presidential UNGA Debut

The U.S. president has yet to convince the world that a post-Trump America is here to stay.

John Ruggie speaks onstage during the United Nations Global Compact 15TH Anniversary Celebration at Cipriani 42nd Street on June 25, 2015 in New York City.

A Realist Tribute to an Extraordinary Idealist

John Ruggie straddled the worlds of academia and policymaking—and was a powerful force in each.

The Royal Australian Navy submarine HMAS Ranki

Australia Badly Needs Nuclear Submarines

The country’s maritime scope, and China’s rise, makes the AUKUS deal a no brainer.

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