Articles by: "Brahma Chellaney"
One hundred years of devastation

On 1 July, the Chinese Communist Party will stage a patriotic extravaganza to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its founding. Among the achievements it will celebrate is the Baihetan Dam, located on the Jinsha River …

Global terror and the Taliban’s return

One of the most crucial early tests for US President Joe Biden concerns Afghanistan. An emboldened Taliban have escalated their campaign of assassinations and terrorist attacks since reaching a deal with the Trump administration that …

Biden should follow Trump’s lead on China

In his inaugural address, US President Joe Biden declared that Americans ‘will be judged’ for how they ‘resolve the cascading crises of our era’. He expressed confidence that the country would ‘rise to the occasion’, …

Will China turn off Asia’s tap?

Even after Asia’s economies climb out of the Covid-19 recession, China’s strategy of frenetically building dams and reservoirs on transnational rivers will confront them with a more permanent barrier to long-term economic prosperity: water scarcity. …

The message of Islamist beheadings

Last month, an 18-year-old Chechen immigrant stalked, stabbed and decapitated history teacher Samuel Paty in a Paris suburb near the middle school where he worked. Soon after, a Quran-carrying Tunisian man beheaded a woman and …

The Quad sharpens its edges

The Quad, a loose strategic coalition of the Indo-Pacific region’s four leading democracies, is rapidly solidifying this year in response to China’s aggressive foreign policy. Following a recent meeting of their foreign ministers in Tokyo, …

China alone

In his most recent New Year’s speech, Chinese President Xi Jinping declared that 2020 would be ‘a milestone’. Xi was right, but not in the way he expected. Far from having ‘friends in every corner …

China’s five-finger punch

As the world struggles to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic, which first emerged in China, Chinese President Xi Jinping is pursuing his quest for regional dominance more aggressively than ever. From the Himalayas to Hong …