Thanks to Obama and Trump, Russia the 'regional power' has added a new region.
For Hal Brands's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
The U.S. needs a cost-benefit analysis to decide whether the Middle East is still a priority.
An undisciplined U.S. president and weakened advisers are a recipe for disaster.
Beijing has a plan to divide the EU and keep it on the sidelines.
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is rebalancing the geopolitical order in the South China Sea.
Critics who want to pull all U.S. troops out of Afghanistan are ignoring 20 years of experience.
It took 70 years to build the interagency process that brought structure and discipline to U.S. leadership. It took less than three years for one man to shred it.
U.S. global warming policy undermines the geopolitical advances it's making on Beijing.
The Pentagon's new Arctic strategy isn't enough to counter Russia and China.
For decades U.S. politicians and analysts told us economic growth in China would spur liberalism. Denying that fact could lead to more big mistakes.