Foreign Policy Corner

James Mattis, a Warrior in Washington

The former Marine Corps general spent four decades on the front lines. How will he lead the Department of Defense?

Real Clear Foreign Policy

Whistling Past the Geopolitical Graveyard

Even with geopolitical conflicts proliferating around the world, global financial markets have reached new heights. But while there are many explanations for why investors might be underpricing...

Why Does Russia Still Favor China, Its More Powerful Partner?

Bobo Lo's new Lowy Institute Paper on Russo-Chinese relations dazzles with the brilliance, clarity of thought, precision, and vigour we have come to expect from his work. This essay should be...

Trump's Troubling South China Sea Policy

For those nations that believed in and depended on the U.S. to defend them and their shared principles, Trump has kicked off a whole new ball game fraught with uncertainty.

The U.S. and Turkey Are on a Collision Course in Syria

America's relationship with Turkey has entered a period of deep crisis. At the heart of the matter is continued U.S. support for Syrian Kurds fighting the Islamic State. The partnership between the...

The Incompetence Doctrine

Through Donald Trump's first 100 days in office, foreign policy analysts have been hard at work seeking to divine the guiding precepts of his administratio

Trump's Smart Strategic Impatience With North Korea

When it comes to Pyongyang, the administration is doing the best it can with the cards it was dealt.

The Brilliant Incoherence of Trump's Foreign Policy

Every 20 years or so—the regularity is a little astonishing—Americans hold a serious debate about their place in the world. What, they ask, is going wrong? And how can it be fixed? The...

Britain's Decline, America's Rise, China's Future

Developing strong, pragmatic and principled national security and defense policies.

Illiberal Stagnation

Vladimir Putin and other post-communist autocrats sell their system of illiberal democracy on the basis of pragmatism, not some universal theory of history. But while they have certainly been...