Keep America Great (Don’t Count on It!)

by Dilip Hiro Make America Great Again? Don’t count on it. Donald Trump was partly voted into office by Americans who felt that the self-proclaimed greatest power on Earth was actually in decline — and they weren’t wrong. Trump is… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Withdrawal from the JCPOA Could Boost China’s Support for It

by Nicolai Due-Gundersen Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA in 2018 should come as no surprise. The abandonment of a framework years in the making fits Trump’s muddled modus operandi… Continue Reading  

Will G20 Summit Cement Deep Freeze Between Trump and Xi?

by Daniel Wagner When the Trump administration imposed unilateral tariffs on the majority of Chinese imports, it badly miscalculated the Chinese response. Rather than buckle under the pressure, the Chinese government has doubled down and dug in its heels. It… Continue Reading  

The Pentagon’s Spoiling for a Fight, But With China, Not Iran

by Michael T. Klare The recent White House decision to speed the deployment of an aircraft carrier battle group and other military assets to the Persian Gulf has led many in Washington and elsewhere to assume that the U.S. is… Continue Reading  

Pakistani Woes Likely to Dominate Chinese Vice President’s Visit

by James M. Dorsey Security and the viability of China’s massive investment is likely to top Chinese Vice President Wang Qishan’s agenda when he lands this weekend in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad. A series of violent attacks, including on… Continue Reading