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China's Rise
China's Rise
China’s Aggressive Beginning to 2016

President Xi Jinping appears set to steam ahead with an aggressive foreign policy in 2016.

China's Rise
Chinese Military Building First Africa Base

With the security situation deteriorating everywhere from Nigeria to Burundi to Mali to Libya, China needs to be able to protect its infrastructure and personnel.

China's Rise
Smile North, Kick South?

A trilateral summit in Seoul suggests Beijing may be softening towards Japan and South Korea.

China's Rise
China Improving Its Ballistic Systems

As the Pentagon muddles and U.S. military equipment ages, Beijing is investing in advanced ballistic weapons.

China's Rise
China Retools Military

Don’t be fooled. Personnel cuts are part of broader effort to strengthen the Chinese military.

China's Rise
China Holds a Coming out Party

At its grand Victory Day parade, China claimed to seek peace, but analysts aren’t buying it.

China's Rise
Dreams of Empire

Chinese President Xi has found in Confucianism (as he understands it) an ideology useful to the construction of a Chinese model of modernity—which is intended to contribute to the task of empire-building.

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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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