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North Korea: Push Comes to Shove

North Korea: Push Comes to Shove

North Korea’s July 4 launch of an ICBM pushes us to a full reckoning with our motives, values, and national existence. In columnist Charles Krauthammer’s words, for “25 years and five administrations, we have kicked the North Korean can down the road. We are now out of road.” North ...

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The Department of State’s Listening Survey Calls For A Mission

The Department of State’s Listening Survey Calls For A Mission

The State Department issued the report on an internal “listening survey” on July 5. The report is not public, but reports indicate that its first recommendation is to define a mission for the Department of State. It also addresses a host of other concerns, and current and past State ...

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“We Don’t Want The Smoking Gun To Be A Mushroom Cloud.”

“We Don’t Want The Smoking Gun To Be A Mushroom Cloud.”

Washington's Russiagate obsession risks isolation both from international partners and, infinitely more crucial, its own citizenry.

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Trump and the Russians: Collusion or Sowing Discord?

Trump and the Russians: Collusion or Sowing Discord?

Did the Russians really need Trump's collusion? And if not, could the appearances of collusion have been intended to foment chaos in U.S. politics?

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The Need for a New ICBM Strategy

The Need for a New ICBM Strategy

The first week in July in 2017 saw the launch of a medium range Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, or ICBM out of North Korea. The Hwasong-14 missile was launched from a mobile launcher, similar in function to that of the Russian Topol-M launch vehicle. While tested from a mobile platform, ...

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Obama, the Russian Hacking, and the Folks Who Write about Them

Obama, the Russian Hacking, and the Folks Who Write about Them

The key take-away from the pundit discussion regarding Obama and the Russian cyber attacks is that Obama did nothing in the face of Russian aggression. The critics rarely if ever say what he should have done; often neglect to mention what he did do; and completely ignore the reasons for not doing more.

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India Continues Building Trade Ties With Africa

India Continues Building Trade Ties With Africa

India’s external trade has grown significantly with the continent across the Indian Ocean. There are many similarities the regions share in both challenges and opportunities, and plans are evolving to strengthen partnerships.

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Painting Targets in the Syrian Conflict

Painting Targets in the Syrian Conflict

This week conflict between the United States and its allies in Syria against the Syrian regime, Russia, and Iran heated up.

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Energy Security in North Korea: From Defiance to Survival

Energy Security in North Korea: From Defiance to Survival

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station photographing East Asia were surprised when they saw a ‘black hole’ between China and South Korea.

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President Trump’s War Room on Russia, As If Russia Were Running It

President Trump’s War Room on Russia, As If Russia Were Running It

Trump is setting up a “war room” to counter the Russia probe. With talk about Russian government tactics for meddling in Western democratic processes, what would the Kremlin do in such a war room?

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Remembering My Mentor Zbigniew Brzezinski

Remembering My Mentor Zbigniew Brzezinski

When I first met Zbigniew Brzezinski, a giant of American foreign policy, I was a recent college graduate looking for a job.

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Is The Five Eyes Network Still Relevant Today?

Is The Five Eyes Network Still Relevant Today?

In one word—yes.

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The Dangerous Tool of Russian Military Exercises

The Dangerous Tool of Russian Military Exercises

Understanding what Russian large-scale military exercises are designed to accomplish could offer answers and highlight areas that NATO should closely watch.

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Actual and Perceived Defense of the Homeland

Actual and Perceived Defense of the Homeland

What prevented nuclear war between the U.S. and the Soviet Union for decades were the efforts to communicate and ultimately reduce the stockpiling of ICBMs.

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Qu Yuan, Zbigniew Brzezinski, & Why Strategy is Necessary for Survival

Qu Yuan, Zbigniew Brzezinski, & Why Strategy is Necessary for Survival

Both Qu Yuan and Zbigniew Brzezinski serve as lessons for the role effective foreign policy strategy can play in a state's survival.

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