Tuesday’s protests across Brazil were a significant gamble by President Jair Bolsonaro. People showed up, but most wore black instead, in a sign of opposition — paving the way for Congress to get rid of him.
But it is finally possible to say, 20 years later, that 9/11 has shattered the U.S. pretension to global indispensability. Two decades more and the United States might yet become a nation among nations, no longer lording its power over others to get what it needs.
China’s party state is multiplying disciplinary and regulatory actions that amount to a top down shake up of China’s urban economy and society.
Shibani Mehta and Manoj Kewalramani examine the hedging strategies of South Asian states amid China’s rise to illustrate how smaller powers can be rather adept at playing the geopolitical game.
If China offers a model of economic prosperity under autocratic rule, can the U.S. counter with a more positive vision—one that also considers the young generation’s aspirations for justice, rule of law, and governance?
With no deal with the United States in sight, North Korea has restarted its main nuclear reactor and resumed its production of nuclear material. How should the United States respond?
What's going on in Tunisia, the only surviving democracy from the Arab Spring?
Although the administration does not use the phrase “arms control” in describing its North Korea policy, achieving any “practical progress” would require limiting the quantitative growth and qualitative improvement of North Korea’s nuclear capabilities.
At stake in Tunisia are the hard-won political gains of the last ten years: the increases in freedom of expression and association, individual rights, and the Tunisian constitution.
President Biden clearly wanted to give a presidential speech to mark the end of America's longest war and to avoid a wonky to-do list for the challenging follow-up that might be more appropriate for a Secretary of State.
North Korea’s nuclear and missile capabilities present huge challenges. Nevertheless, innovative and even unorthodox approaches and tools can help render these challenges more manageable.
Autocrats have bent the internet to serve anti-democratic purposes. Can democracies halt their march?
The Taliban are back in power in Afghanistan. How will they deal with the other Islamic extremist groups that have mushroomed in the region since the Taliban were last in charge?
China’s central bank has plans to roll out a digital yuan, which could circumvent the U.S. dollar in important global financial transactions. Here are some ways the digital yuan could pose a challenge to the dollar’s prominence.
The challenge for Western policymakers is to avoid viewing Russian activism in the Eastern Mediterranean and North Africa through an exclusively zero-sum lens. The region’s political disarray, complexities, and especially the unpredictability of local rulers all present built-in buffers to Russian influence—as they do to all external players.
Russia has been eying the departure of U.S. troops from Afghanistan with schadenfreude. But the Kremlin does not relish the prospect of an unstable Afghanistan.
One of the great myths of the latter half of the 20th century is that humanity had in some way “succeeded” in building a “liberal international order,” underpinned by deep commitments from the most powerful Western nations on the one hand and acquiescence by non-liberal states on the other.
So many of today’s public discussions about Islam and Muslims are through the lens of security, and that has led to an absence of nuance and understanding around engaging domestically with our own Muslim communities of the West.
China has announced that the political ideology of its president, Xi Jinping, will now be taught in schools from elementary through the university level.
As its time as the sole superpower concludes, U.S. influence in the Middle East is inevitably waning. But the process is being hastened by rapid change in what have long been the three pillars of American policy in the region: stability, Israel, and oil.