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November 28, 2017

China
U.S. President Donald Trump takes part in a welcoming ceremony with China's President Xi Jinping in Beijing, China. Trump's Looming Hard Line on China

U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s first visit to Beijing was an exhibition of mutual flattery. China rolled out the red carpet for what it termed a 'state visit plus,' replete with unprecedented pomp …

October 24, 2017

China
China's President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang Empowering China’s New Miracle Workers

China’s success in the next five years will depend largely on how well the government manages the tensions underlying its complex agenda. In particular, China’s leaders will need to balance a muscula…

November 28, 2017

Economics
G20-Leaders-Summit-Germany-World-Economy The Global Economy in 2018

The global economy will confront serious challenges in the months and years ahead, and looming in the background is a mountain of debt that makes markets nervous—and that thus increases the system's vulnerability to destabilizing shocks. Yet the baseline scenario seems to be one of continuity, with no obvious convulsions on the horizon.

June 30, 2017

South China Sea
The U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer sails alongside South Korean multirole guided-missile destroyer Wang Geon during a bilateral exercise in the western Pacific Ocean. April 25, 2017. The False Choice of War or Accommodation in the South China Sea

I appreciate Hugh White taking the time to critique my essay in the current edition of Foreign Affairs, which recommends a course correction in US strategy to deter and, if necessary, deny Chinese co…

November 9, 2017

Afghanistan War
Taliban fighters in eastern Nangarhar Province attend a surrender ceremony in 2016. Why the Time Is Right to Talk to the Taliban

A peace process with the Taliban is almost certainly the best way to end the war in Afghanistan, and arguments for postponing efforts to get one underway overlook the costs of prolonging the conflict…

February 15, 2017

Cybersecurity
CFR Cyber Net Politics Russia Bear A Fancy Bear Finds Its Way Into the Middle Kingdom

Lorand Laskai, research assistant in the Asia studies program, and Alex Grigsby, assistant director of the Digital and Cyberspace Policy program, contributed to this post. Earlier this week, Chine…