The West consistently underestimates the Russian president's willingness to take extreme risks.
For Hal Brands's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Seventy years ago the Korean War raised legitimate fears that one U.S. loss could set off communist victories across the globe.
Cracking down on an authoritarian regime, even a seemingly inconsequential one, would send a message to America's other backsliding allies.
The U.S.-German relationship has held the key to European security for seven decades.
India’s long history of nonalignment is giving way to the threat of a shared enemy.
Americans who hail a new era of global cooperation haven’t been paying attention to what China is up to.
Stop debating Beijing’s intentions and take Xi Jinping both seriously and literally.
As in the Cold War, Washington might once again find itself seeking covert options to prevent important countries from aligning with Beijing.
The coronavirus has united Americans against Beijing’s aggressions, but it will also devastate the Pentagon budget.
But the Trump administration is right that dealing only with Russia makes no sense.