Oct 18, 2021
British Defence Strategy Is Undergoing a Naval Tilt
The promotion of an admiral to run the armed forces accentuates the turn to the seas. IN A COUNTRY of grand titles, no official holds a loftier one than Britain’s first sea...
Oct 9, 2021
The Second World War Was Fuelled by Imperial Fantasies
And it sounded the death knell of the colonial era, argues Richard Overy in a new history Blood and Ruins: The Great Imperial War, 1931-1945. By Richard Overy. Allen Lane; 1,040...
Oct 6, 2021
Pakistan Got Its Way in Afghanistan. Now What?
The victory of its friends in the Taliban may exacerbate Pakistan’s economic and diplomatic problems Other Pakistanis see the end of the Western-sponsored Kabul regime as an...
Sep 18, 2021
XX-rated: Women Will Soon Become Eligible for the Draft
The prospect of this actually happening is remote, but a bipartisan consensus is about to become law
Sep 17, 2021
The Biden Doctrine Has Yet to Emerge
Managing America’s complicated relations with China is an aspiration in search of a strategy. ANDREI GROMYKO, the Soviet Union’s pre-eminent America-watcher, remarked...
Sep 11, 2021
How America Wasted Its Unipolar Moment
The war on terror improved neither the nation’s standing nor the nation itself WHEN, IN 1998, President Bill Clinton fired cruise missiles at terrorist bases in Afghanistan and...
Aug 14, 2021
Afghanistan Is Disintegrating
America and Britain send troops to evacuate their citizens after Herat and Kandahar fall into the hands of the jihadists KANDAHAR AND HERAT, Afghanistan’s second- and...
Aug 6, 2021
The Promise of Open-Source Intelligence
It is a welcome threat to malefactors and governments with something to hide THE GREAT hope of the 1990s and 2000s was that the internet would be a force for openness and freedom. As...
Jul 9, 2021
America’s Longest War Is Ending in Crushing Defeat
The consequences of the conflict for Afghans, already catastrophic, are likely to get worse “I WANT TO talk about happy things, man!” protested President Joe Biden in...
Jul 3, 2021
China’s Next Aircraft-Carrier Will Be Its Biggest
The Chinese navy is fast learning how to use them JIANGNAN SHIPYARD lies on an alluvial island at the mouth of the Yangzi river. It has grown rapidly since it moved there from nearby...
Jul 2, 2021
Xi Warns Against Western 'Bullies'
On its 100th birthday, China’s Communist Party boasts that autocracy is better than Western democracy. Sooner or later, a crisis will test its legitimacy
May 15, 2021
A Cyber-Attack Exposes Risks to America’s Energy Infrastructure
Pipelines, like cables and substations, are the type of dull, critical infrastructure that Americans don’t think about until, suddenly, they must. On May 7th a...
May 4, 2021
Even Doveish China-Watchers in America Are Becoming Hawkish
On this, the difference between the Biden and Trump administrations is small When richard nixon made his historic visit to Beijing in February 1972, he reassured Mao Zedong that...
May 1, 2021
China’s Growing Military Confidence Puts Taiwan at Risk
All-out conflict may not feel imminent, but America is deeply concerned On june 29th 1950 the uss Valley Forge, flagship of America’s Seventh Fleet, passed...
Apr 24, 2021
Putin’s Next Move
Russia’s president menaces his people and neighbours - The West should raise the cost of his malign behaviour
Apr 17, 2021
Why Is Tension Rising in Ukraine?
It is a reminder that Vladimir Putin calls the shots RUSSIAN TROOPS are once again massing along Ukraine’s eastern border, as well as in Crimea, raising fears of a return...
Apr 16, 2021
America Rediscovers Its Alliance With Japan
The pair are getting on better than ever, with Japan taking more of the initiative It is customary for new American presidents to lavish attention on their closest neighbours,...
Apr 15, 2021
Will an Attack on Iran Derail Efforts To Revive the Nuclear Deal?
An explosion in Natanz will be felt in Vienna On april 10th Iran had two occasions for cheer. One was the resumption of talks, earlier in the week, in Vienna to revive the...
Apr 7, 2021
China Is Betting That the West Is in Irreversible Decline
The country’s leaders see their moment, and are seizing it Its gaze fixed on the prize of becoming rich and strong, China has spent the past 40 years as a risk-averse...
Mar 29, 2021
The French Armed Forces Are Planning for High-Intensity War
After a decade of counter-insurgency, plans are changing IN THE FORESTS and plains of the Champagne-Ardenne region, where once the great powers went into battle, the French armed...
Mar 19, 2021
How To Deal With China
Last week China slapped down democracy in Hong Kong. The imposition of tight mainland control over the territory is not just a tragedy for the 7.5m people who live there, it is...
Mar 5, 2021
Can Joe Biden Get America Out of the Middle East?
The past two American presidents thought they were too involved with the Middle East, but the Middle East refused to let them go.
Mar 2, 2021
The Rivalry Between America and China Will Hinge on SE Asia
China’s advantages in the tussle are not as big as they seem
Feb 27, 2021
Conflict in the Caucasus
when the soldiers are younger than the war they are fighting There is a certain mood in Azerbaijan these days. My first taste of it came on a recent flight from Istanbul to Baku. As...
Jan 29, 2021
The World Is Facing an Upsurge of Nuclear Proliferation
To stop it, the nuclear powers need to act Thirty-one countries, from Brazil to Sweden, have flirted with nuclear weapons at one time or another. Seventeen launched a formal...
Jan 1, 2021
How the Pandemic Strengthened the Chinese Communist Party
Xi Jinping has tightened his grip at home, but caused nervousness abroad
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