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Hal Brands

Hal Brands

Hal Brands is the Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor at the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies and a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. His latest book is "American Grand Strategy in the Age of Trump."

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Djibouti Is a Flashpoint in the US-China Cold War

Some states have a pivotal role in the US-China rivalry based on their size and economic weight.

India Is a Flashpoint in the China-US Cold War

The opportunity for the US in South Asia is that a powerful new alignment is coalescing.

US Needs to Deny, Not Dominate, China in the Indo-Pacific

The Donald Trump administration was not known for its transparency.

China's Foreign Policy Weapons: Technology, Coercion, Corruption

China’s drive for dominance combines timeless ambitions with 21st-century methods.

US Can Fight Domestic Insurgents with Lessons Learned Abroad

The US Secret Service has either no sense of irony or a very dark sense of humor.

Turning its Back on the World Won’t Help America Heal

It didn't take long for the Chinese government to weigh in, with mocking solemnity, on the chaos at

After 2020, an Era of Global Harmony — or a New Dark Age?

By most standards, 2020 has been an awful year, visiting death and disruption on societies around th

How to Respond to Russia’s SolarWinds Cyberattack

When Chinese hackers breached the US Office of Personnel Management in 2014, scooping up the sensit

China's Global Power Tops the US? New Measures Say No

Ever since the US reached the pinnacle of global power after World War II, Americans have worried it

China and the US Are Facing Off in the Third World

During the Cold War, the Third World was a superpower battleground, as the US and Soviet Union jocke

There’s No George Kennan in the Trump Administration

Every foreign policy planner secretly wants to be the next George Kennan.

Vaccine Diplomacy Is the New Space Race

The space race was the ultimate symbol of Cold War technological competition between the US and the

Trump Delivered Three Foreign Policy Triumphs

Foreign policy is typically a secondary issue in presidential campaigns.

Pentagon’s New Plan to Fight China and Russia in the Gray Zone

When it comes to relations among the great powers, conflict and competition are not the same thing.

Little War in the Caucasus Has Big Lessons for US and Russia

Small wars can tell you a lot about the biggest geopolitical and military issues of the day.

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