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5 Oct 2015

Sea Power: The Rise of the Aircraft Carrier in the Asia-Pacific

With China’s maritime aggression provoking a regional arms buildup, countries from India to Japan and South Korea to Australia are rushing to buy and build aircraft carriers.
30 Apr 2015

Imperial Ambitions: Russia’s Military Buildup

Russian defense spending has increased significantly in the last decade—and shows no sign of slowing. The security of Europe requires more than sanctions and goodwill.
19 Jun 2014

Iran, the New Force for Regional Stability?

Tehran’s mastery of regional geopolitics, coupled with reluctance in Washington, allowed the Assad regime to survive the Arab Spring. The same elements might be in play once again in Iraq.
18 Nov 2015

Dissidents, Scholars, Human Rights Activists Call for Obama to Urge Rights Reform During Hanoi Visit

On the eve of Obama's trip to Hanoi, leading intellectuals, dissidents, and human rights activists request Obama use the Asia summits to call for the government of Vietnam to respect human rights.
2 Jul 2015

Fast Forward: US Diplomacy in an Untethered World

Despite the challenges facing US diplomacy, American values still have much to offer the world, not least the sense of a responsibility to act to make things better wherever possible.
5 Oct 2015

Whose Pope?: Francis and Cuba

The “liberal” pontiff might not be thinking of his church’s affinity for monarchs and dictators when he visits Havana, but the irony is not lost on the people of Cuba.

‘Tragic’ Flaw: Russia and MH17

When applied to Russian aggression and obfuscation of international justice, the word “tragedy” lends an air of inevitability that seems to absolve wrongdoers of responsibility.
28 May 2015

Vladimir Kara-Murza Unconscious, on Life Support in Moscow Hospital, Possibly Poisoned

Vladimir Kara-Murza, a leading opposition figure in Russia and blogger for World Affairs, remains in critical condition, on life support.
17 Jun 2014

Year Four: The Arab Spring Proved Everyone Wrong

Tunisia surprised the pessimists, just as Egypt devastated the optimists. Syria is on its way to becoming another Afghanistan, while Morocco holds some hope for slow reform.
31 Dec 2014

Democracy: Four Reasons to Be Optimistic in 2015

2014 was a bleak year for the development of democracy around the world, but history has shown we are often blind to the democratic possibilities unfolding amidst the turmoil.
26 Feb 2014

Innovation in Taiwan: Will It Work?

Taiwan’s president says innovation will remedy his country’s stagnant economy. But a culture of conformity and manufacturing dependent on others’ designs could stand in the way.
16 Jul 2015

Iran Is No ‘Strategic Ally’

The former British ambassador to the US has written that shifting interests in the Middle East make Iran a rising “strategic ally,” especially in the wake of the nuclear deal. He’s wrong.
5 Oct 2015

The Trouble with Turkey: Erdogan, ISIS, and the Kurds

The Turkish government’s entrenched opposition to the Kurds in Syria has led it into a bizarre symbiosis with the Islamic State, one that the US and its allies should have no part of.
30 Apr 2015

Caught in the Middle: India, China, and Tibet

The border that separates India and China marks a tense and uncertain boundary between two giants—one communist, one democratic—with Tibet caught precariously in between.
26 Feb 2014

After the Fall: Russia in Search of a New Ideology

The origins of Putin’s authoritarian approach come less from Stalinism and more from the regime the Bolsheviks overthrew. The approach may be popular today, but will it work in the longer run?
5 Jan 2015

The Surrealism of Realism: Misreading the War in Ukraine

When Ukraine started grabbing headlines a year ago, more than a few scholars began writing as if they were experts on the country. Trouble is, they were merely self-serving realists.
8 Jul 2015

The Impossible Dream: Obama, Israel, and Iran

In his new memoir, the former Israeli ambassador Michael Oren wryly compares himself to Don Quixote. But it is President Obama’s Middle East policies that are truly quixotic.
1 Mar 2015

The Breakup: American Foreign Policy in the 1970s

When Henry Kissinger came to the White House in 1969, America’s global supremacy was in crisis. A new book recounts how he and the presidents he served fared in these troubled waters.
31 Jan 2014

New Hope for Central African Republic?

The new interim president of the Central African Republic is said to favor reconciliation. Could her election, coupled with assistance from abroad, help to end a year of deeply divisive warfare?
13 May 2015

Why Ukraine's Success Is Pivotal

Putin wants Ukraine to fail. But Putin will fail if Ukraine succeeds. The democratic West needs to live up to its values to ensure Ukraine's success.
26 Jan 2015

The Reality and Myth of Ukrainian Neutrality

Recent Russian escalation in Ukraine shows that the Kremlin is still acting while the West is still reacting. The only thing that can change this dynamic is a strategic alliance with Kyiv.
30 Dec 2012

Democracy on the Brink: A Coup Attempt Fails in Romania

Since its bloody revolution, Romania’s progress to democracy has been uneven but forward. But recent bitter political warfare has left the country’s young democracy vulnerable to collapse.
30 Apr 2015

The Saudi Connection: Wahhabism and Global Jihad

Ties between the House of Saud and Wahhabism have been around longer than the US itself, and Riyadh has a history of promoting extremism even as Saudi leaders denounce it.
24 Jun 2015

Weapons Pre-Positioning in Eastern Europe Inadequate to the Task

President Obama’s decision to pre-position heavy weaponry in Central and Eastern Europe is an important show of support, but the strategic benefits should not be overstated.
11 Jan 2015

Editor’s Introduction

as it is commonsensical: “We need new institutions to monitor and rapidly respond ...

2 Jul 2015

The Iran Delusion: A Primer for the Perplexed

So long as Tehran fuels violence in the Middle East’s most dangerous places, trading sanctions relief for weapons inspections will have no effect on the deeper threat Iran poses.
6 Mar 2015

The Downward Spiral of Putin’s Garrison State

The tightening grip of state control and corruption is transforming Russia into a garrison state whose elites are incapable of acknowledging truth or self-correction.
4 Jun 2015

Chinese Dreams: The Fight for Democratic Pluralism

Pro-democracy activists of all stripes must continue to build common cause in the face of Communist repression and instability—and Western powers should help.
30 Apr 2015

Too Many Parties? Governing Britain after the Election

Separatist parties in the UK have so diminished the major ones that mild political chaos, the likes of which British politicians used to mock in places like Italy, could follow next week’s vote.
2 Jul 2015

Time for a Rethink?: Libertarians and Foreign Policy

Libertarians must recognize that the world the US faces today is different from the one in which Thomas Jefferson called for peace, commerce, and no entangling alliances.
30 Apr 2015

Houellebecq’s ‘Submission’: Islam and France’s Malaise

The French novelist Michel Houellebecq often gets labeled as an “Islamophobe,” but his new book seems to express far more anxiety about the French political establishment than Islam.
5 Jan 2015

Energy Remapped: Yesterday’s Winners, Tomorrow’s Losers?

The unprecedented and unpredicted shifts taking place in the world’s energy market will have geopolitical consequences unimaginable a decade ago.

The Big Chill: The Battle for Central Europe

Those who see Vladimir Putin’s expansionism as a regional problem miss the point: the Kremlin’s strategic goal is to degrade transatlantic ties, not just dominate neighboring lands.
21 Jan 2015

A Fight for Democracy: Why Ukraine Matters

The US has a profound stake in Ukraine’s future because its struggle for democracy, independence, and territorial integrity has consequences well beyond its borders.
20 Mar 2015

Netanyahu’s Win

The victory of Benjamin Netanyahu in Israeli elections this week will mean a stronger, more conservative government less likely to join the US in the peace process or talks with Iran.
30 Aug 2013

Blue Gold: The Coming Water Wars

Forget global warming and peak oil—the looming wars of this century will be fought over water, that indispensable resource that democracies typically share but strongmen use as a weapon.
1 May 2011

Letter from the Editor: May/June 2011

the earth’s surface. New and deadly faults blindsided the scientific world when they wreaked havoc in New Zealand and Haiti in the past two years, ...

29 Apr 2015

Japan PM Abe’s Visit to Washington—and California

Prime Minister Abe capped off his Washington visit with a historic address to Congress today, but his four-day visit to the West Coast could be equally critical to his agenda to rebrand Japan.
11 Dec 2014

The Land of Magical Thinking: Inside Putin’s Russia

With the precision of a reporter and the wry wit of a modern novelist, Peter Pomerantsev in his new book lays bare the corruption and insanity (and more) that pervade Russia today.
23 Mar 2015

Editor’s Introduction

“masterful” new book, A Superpower Transformed .  As always, we welcome your ...

26 Feb 2014

China and Russia: An Axis of Weak States

Economic weakness has driven Vladimir Putin’s Russia into a “strategic entente” with the Chinese, who in turn get a powerful global ally. The alliance could prove formidable for the West.
1 Mar 2015

Yesterday’s People: Taiwan Votes Against Beijing

In November Taiwan’s ruling party, the Kuomintang, suffered its worst defeat ever in an election that became a referendum on its long-held policies to integrate the island into China.
5 Jan 2015

Great Power Conflict: Will It Return?

The centennial of the Great War is a fitting time to remember that wars between great powers are not so easily consigned to the past, especially given the makeup of the world today.
30 Apr 2015

The Putin Principle: How It Came to Rule Russia

In the wake of the Cold War, Vladimir Putin and his revanchist clique have taken control of Russia by means of a system of mass corruption and predation on a level not seen since the czars.
31 Oct 2014

In Search of Allies: Vaclav Havel and the Expansion of NATO

Contrary to Kremlin spin, the expansion of NATO was a good thing. Europe is safer today because of it, just as Vaclav Havel, with the help of Bill Clinton and Lech Walesa, envisioned years ago.
5 Jan 2015

North Africa: Beyond Jihadist Radicalization

In the two years after the Arab Spring, Tunisia’s security situation disintegrated disastrously. Problems persist, but in the field and at the polls Tunisia has made significant progress against jihadists.
27 Aug 2014

The Russia-China Gas Deal: Implications and Ramifications

Russia and China agreed to a thirty-year, $400 billion energy deal in May. The specifics remain murky, but it’s clear the neighboring powers have sealed a major, long-term partnership.
23 Dec 2014

Reaffirming US-European Commitment to Democratic Universalism

On the anniversary of Vaclav Havel’s death, President of the National Endowment for Democracy Carl Gershman warns of the creeping threats to historic democratic achievements around the world.
1 Mar 2015

The Ukraine Invasion: One Year Later

Vladimir Putin’s aggression against Ukraine is an assault on Western values, legitimacy, and security—not to mention world order. His victims deserve the West’s unambiguous support.

Mind Games: Alexander Dugin and Russia’s War of Ideas

Alexander Dugin has emerged from a complex and contradictory intellectual career to provide Vladimir Putin the ideological weaponry for his aggression at home and abroad.

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