Howard W. French, Foreign Policy

Howard W. French

Foreign Policy

New York, NY, United States

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Past articles by Howard:

The U.S. Overreacted to the Chinese Spy Balloon. That Scares Me.

So unused to being challenged, the United States has become so filled with anxiety over China that sober responses are becoming nearly impossible. → Read More

Alexander the Great and Japan have much to teach China

The rise of China seems undeniable, but history shows that there's a limit to growth for growth's sake — and it may be coming soon. → Read More

What China Can Learn From Japan—and Alexander the Great

It’s time for Beijing to reexamine its long-standing sense of purpose. → Read More

Benin Bronzes: Europe Stole a Lot More From Africa Than Just Art

Imperial powers didn’t just steal art and artifacts. They stole Africa’s future. → Read More

2023’s Most Important Election Isn’t Where You Think

Why the world’s eyes will be—or should be—on Nigeria in the coming weeks. → Read More

China’s Government Has Fumbled Its COVID-19 Policy Shift

The country’s pandemic experience should be remembered as a political, not a public health, catastrophe. → Read More

China Protests: Xi Jinping's Greatest Challenge Will Be His Country's Rising Middle Class

Middle-class people, it turns out, have limited patience for things like intrusive social monitoring and censorship of personal expression. → Read More

Naipaul’s Unreal Africa

In 1979, fresh out of college, I moved to West Africa, thinking I might live there for a year before returning to school, and stayed for six. I took up → Read More

China Zero-COVID Protests: The Urumqi Fire Was Just the Spark

This challenge to the Chinese Communist Party and the state has been building for some time. → Read More

Megalopolis: how coastal west Africa will shape the coming century

The long read: By the end of the century, Africa will be home to 40% of the world’s population – and nowhere is this breakneck-pace development happening faster than this 600-mile stretch between Abidjan and Lagos → Read More

The Hu Jintao Drama Reveals Beijing’s Fundamental Flaw

Leninist systems, it turns out, are inherently unstable. → Read More

Xi Jinping’s Moment of Economic Reckoning

The Chinese president faces tough choices on how to restore the country’s economic momentum. → Read More

Why Putin’s Denunciations of Western Imperialism Ring Hollow

Russia is among the world’s most ambitious imperial nations. → Read More

Queen Elizabeth II Wasn’t Innocent of Her Empire’s Sins

The late queen incarnated and ably helped sell her nation and its system while never criticizing or apologizing for its past. → Read More

The History of Slavery Is All of Our History

The grim events that took place at historical sites such as Ghana’s Elmina Castle made all of us. → Read More

We’re Still Asking the Wrong Questions About War With China Over Taiwan

The priority is not who would win a war over Taiwan, but how to prevent one in the first place. → Read More

The Many Contradictions of Shinzo Abe

Even as he pushed for closer U.S. ties, Japan’s former prime minister clung to his belief in the legitimacy of Japanese conquest. → Read More

The Real Stakes of Taiwan

It’s not about democracy. It’s about power. → Read More

Confronting Belgium’s Colonial Legacy

Belgium’s King Philippe is visiting Congo this week, but the country still has much to do to make amends. → Read More

Boosting migration builds a clear pathway to economic prosperity

Research has proved that welcoming migrants improves growth and well-being for rich and poor countries. → Read More