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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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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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Decompressing A Crisis Through Safe Zones

Decompressing A Crisis Through Safe Zones

Approaches to create safe zones are being sought by Russia, Turkey and Iran in an effort to reverse the mass migration out of Syria.

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With Its Second Aircraft Carrier, China Extends its Global Reach

With Its Second Aircraft Carrier, China Extends its Global Reach

By expanding its land reclamation activities in the South China Sea and growing the PLA’s global clout, China is reinforcing its influence in the Asia-Pacific.

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Isolationism and its Consequences for Conflict Prevention

Isolationism and its Consequences for Conflict Prevention

Could Trump’s “America First” isolationism, professed during his electoral campaign, decrease the U.S.’ role in the world, and ultimately its security?

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Missiles as Part of the Peace Making Equation

Missiles as Part of the Peace Making Equation

The idea of using weapons to achieve equilibrium between powers to maintain peace is not novel, but its effectiveness depends on the technological balance between competing powers.

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AFCEA West 2017 Conference (Pt.1): What are the Major Threats to the U.S.?

AFCEA West 2017 Conference (Pt.1): What are the Major Threats to the U.S.?

Senior military leaders fear that the administration will develop a foreign policy that focuses too heavily on military solutions with little regard to other “tools” in the U.S. policy kit.

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The Politicization of the F-35 Program

The Politicization of the F-35 Program

The plane destined to replace the various types of aircraft flown by NATO forces and its allies has been targeted by U.S. politicians for various reasons.

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NATO-Russia Relations in a Post-Truth World

NATO-Russia Relations in a Post-Truth World

Moscow has tried to undermine the coherence, unity, and indivisibility of NATO. In fact, Russian actions were aimed at holding NATO-Russia relations hostage in a post-truth world.

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North Korea’s ICBM Threat and the Trump Administration

North Korea’s ICBM Threat and the Trump Administration

Pyongyang could decide to conduct a new ballistic test in the early weeks of the new administration to gauge President Trump's response.

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On Turkey, NATO and Needing New Allies

On Turkey, NATO and Needing New Allies

After almost a century of marching in lockstep with the secular ideas of Ataturk and the Kemalists, Erdogan is taking a hammer to the entire edifice.

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Nuclear Weapons Proliferation and Missile Defense

Nuclear Weapons Proliferation and Missile Defense

Pyongyang wants to develop a nuclear capable ICBM, capable of hitting the United States' west coast. This could become a reality as early as this year.

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The Global Security Benefits of TPP’s Death

The Global Security Benefits of TPP’s Death

The TPP raised security issues, offering many loopholes in user safety, digital privacy, preservation of intellectual property, and government surveillance.

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