Geopolitical shifts

The world order is being reshaped: this week Russia’s Putin glows with triumph at his summit with Trump, China tries to decipher US strategy and Pakistan’s new leader is watched for signals. Here’s the best of our opinion and analysis

We should take their vision of unfettered state sovereignty seriously

The president is the first US leader in decades to challenge China on multiple fronts

The Russian president draws satisfaction from embarrassing America

The only way to end the war in Afghanistan is to negotiate

The man set to lead Pakistan is buoyed by self-belief, despite a lack of experience

Imran Khan is on track to become Pakistan’s next prime minister

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