The World in 2016

Dec. 2, 2015 We look ahead at the major geopolitical developments the world can expect to see in 2016. These include fragmentation in the European Union, as a result of the continuing refugee and financial crises, and a reluctant confrontation between Turkey and the Islamic State.

Pacific Aid and Allegiances

In recent weeks, the Solomon Islands' allegiance to Taiwan appeared shaky as mainland China sought to coax the island nation into its camp. The strategically located Pacific Islands are a soft-power battleground between the U.S. and China; here, we take a closer look at the evolution of aid - a key tool for maintaining allegiances - to these islands between 2011 and 2017.

Tonga, a New Ally in the Fight Against China’s Debt Trap

The small island nation doesn’t want to pay back the money it owes Beijing. Nor do its neighbors.

Midway: The Battle That Almost Lost the War

June 7, 2017 Japan’s defeat at Midway was a freak, and that freak created the world we live in.

The South Pacific: Aligned Against China

Australia is the region’s major power, but now there are signs of life from New Zealand.

Australia Weighs Its Relationships With the US, China

For Australia, the dilemma ultimately comes down to the fact that its key security partner is at odds with its top economic partner.

Daily Memo: The Global Economic Outlook Is Grim

All the news worth knowing today.

When and Why the Suppliers of Oil Matter

More often than not, it doesn’t matter where oil comes from. But the exceptions to this rule can be critical.

The Importance of Australia to the United States

Feb. 3, 2017 Personalities aside, both countries need each other.