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Asia's Looming Power Shift

The choices of China, India and Japan will define Asia's future. Their lack of unity and diversity of weaknesses will leave big problems unaddressed.

The Deepening Chaos in Sinai

A security vacuum in the Egyptian peninsula has created a dangerous haven for terrorists and all sorts of illicit actors.

America's Default Foreign Policy

Humanitarian interventions have become the reflex position in Washington. But the American public is more nationalistic and more skeptical of foreign do-goodery. Could a reckoning be at hand?

U.S., China and Thucydides

How can Washington and Beijing avoid typical patterns of distrust and fear?

Wasting the Golden Hour in America's Iraq Meltdown

A firsthand account of the U.S. failure to seize the initiative in the early days of the Iraq occupation.

Beware Collusion of China, Russia

U.S. policies have created a risk of pushing two great powers together.

Commentary

Syria's Real Threat: Biological Weapons

The chemical weapons aren't the most dangerous tool Bashar al-Assad has.

South China Sea Festers

While the world watches Syria, tension builds.

The Sources of the Sino-American Spiral

Almost all of China's foreign-policy options would lead to more conflict with America—and vice versa.

Blogs

Anne-Marie Slaughter Conquers Uncertainty

Did Syria use chemical weapons in December? State Department officials aren't sure. But Anne-Marie Slaughter is.

Never Forget the Iraq War

Learning the many lessons of Operation Enduring Freedom—and making sure America does not repeat its mistakes.

Books & Reviews

Tracing China's Long Game Plan

Many Western observers think China is due to liberalize as it rises. Yet Chinese reformers have long favored Western ideas merely as a means to a different end: wealth and power.

Lifting the Veil on North Korea

Is North Korea an irrational state or a survivor against all odds?

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April 16, 2014