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Sean Keeley
China's Big Money Diplomacy
One Belt, One Road, One Boondoggle?

Xi Jinping’s ambitious infrastructure push is off to a slow and troubled start.

Asia's Game of Thrones
Is China Trying to Play Trump?

And what happens when Trump loses his patience with Beijing?

Mixed Messages
Trump Sows Confusion in Seoul

Trump’s latest outburst on THAAD and trade will hardly help shore up U.S.-South Korean relations.

Commitment Issues
The Trouble with NATO Burden Sharing

It goes far deeper than a failure to reach the 2 percent spending target.

Middle East Aflame
Mattis Wants a Political Solution in Yemen

But he may bomb the Houthis to the negotiating table first.

How do you solve a problem like Korea?
Why Beijing Pussyfoots Around Pyongyang

China and the US retain fundamentally different assumptions about the Kim regime’s vulnerability.

Peaceful Rise
Xi Reshuffles Chinese Military

Xi Jinping has taken another step forward on his reform agenda, with a massive reorganization and streamlining of China’s armed forces.

Islamism in Indonesia
Islamists Score a Victory in Jakarta

Politicized Islam is becoming an increasingly potent force in Indonesia.

Trading Blame
Pence Presses Asian Allies on Trade

A return to the mercenary posture of the campaign, or part of a larger strategy?

Oh Snap
May Calls for Early UK Elections as Brexit Looms

With her opponents in disarray and tough Brexit negotiations looming, May sees a chance to strengthen her hand.

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retirement crisis

Young Americans expect to lean more heavily on Social Security when they retire. But the system is underfunded.

Hail Shale

Give shale the credit it’s due this holiday weekend.

Pressuring Pyongyang

An analysis of their trade flows suggests so.


We are greatly saddened here at The American Interest to hear about the death of our friend, colleague, and mentor Zbigniew Brzezinski.

China's Big Money Diplomacy

China wants to help Egypt construct a new capital—but can they follow through?

social norms

The President’s assault on P.C. was at least partly successful. That is both good and bad.

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