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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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Here’s Why China Wants Trump to Win

Why would the government of China — a country that President Donald Trump has hit with tariffs and s

US-Germany Crisis Goes Deeper Than Trump’s Planned Troop Cuts

Not every American troop withdrawal from foreign bases is a catastrophe.

China, US, India and the Landscape of the 21st Century

A flare-up in a long-running border dispute between China and India has raised the temperature in th

Coronavirus Hasn’t Killed the Global Balance of Power

Is the global balance of power passe after Covid-19?

What Does China Really Want?

Can we pay the Chinese Communist Party the compliment of acknowledging that it means what it says an

China Rivalry May Put the US Back in the Coup Business

By all accounts, the US government was not involved in the failed plot this month to overthrow Presi

China Has No Reason to Make a Deal on Nuclear Weapons

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has informed his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, that any future

The World’s Bad Actors See Coronavirus as an Opportunity

Geopolitics doesn’t stop during a pandemic, even if life as we know it does. Before coronavirus,

On the US International Role

John Quincy Adams isn’t who you think he is. Adams, who was a mediocre president from 1825 to 182

Afghanistan Papers Reveal US Strategic Mistakes

Is America’s two-decade war in Afghanistan a tragedy or a crime?

US Bets Old Ideas in a New Package Can Deter China

Through nearly three years in office, the Donald Trump administration has made a lot of noise about

Macron Wants to Lead Europe

In early November, Macron remarked that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was suffering from “b

Europe and America Are Refighting the Cold War

It’s a sign of the times that an anniversary that should have showcased US-German unity has instead

Kremlin's Nuclear Strategy Could Easily Get out of Hand

Would the US fight a nuclear war to save Estonia?

The US and Russia: Who Has the Upper Hand

Russia, President Barack Obama taunted in 2014, was a “regional power”: a country capable of making


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