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Obama, Trump and Drones

Obama, Trump and Drones

Will the Obama administration's recent report on the use of military force influence the Trump's administration conduct of foreign policy?

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From Russia With (No) Love: A Hard Heart Works Best For Russia

From Russia With (No) Love: A Hard Heart Works Best For Russia

U.S. relations with Russia can only improve through a more transactional, pragmatic approach based on shared interests, not values.

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Bubble Trouble: Russia’s A2/AD Capabilities

Bubble Trouble: Russia’s A2/AD Capabilities

Russia's A2/AD "bubbles" around the Baltics, the Black Sea, the Eastern Mediterranean and the Arctic could dramatically constrain NATO's freedom of movement.

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NATO Post-Warsaw: Challenges to Alliance Cohesion

NATO Post-Warsaw: Challenges to Alliance Cohesion

Alliance cohesion—a crucial requirement to successfully implement the Warsaw Summit commitments and tackle current security threats—is increasingly being tested.

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The Snowball Effect of Continued U.S.-Russia Strategic Mistrust

The Snowball Effect of Continued U.S.-Russia Strategic Mistrust

The unthinkable has happened as rising U.S.-Russia tensions in Syria have started to undermine global security through a key nuclear deal cancellation.

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NATO’s Strategic ‘Six-Pack’

NATO’s Strategic ‘Six-Pack’

The transatlantic community faces threats on multiple fronts, rendering NATO as essential to its security as it has ever been.

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The Fall of North Korea: A Wikistrat Crowdsourced Simulation

The Fall of North Korea: A Wikistrat Crowdsourced Simulation

Drawing from the opinions of 70 analysts, the simulation “gamed out” the various pathways to collapse and the response of major actors in the region.

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GailForce: Aspen Security Forum—Final Thoughts

GailForce:  Aspen Security Forum—Final Thoughts

"I've been, in one capacity or another, in the intel business for 52 years and I don't remember a time when we had been beset by more crises and challenges around the world" -James Clapper

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Why Obama Needs a Second Thought on “No First Use”

Why Obama Needs a Second Thought on “No First Use”

Maybe the U.S. is ready to adopt a “no first use” policy for its nuclear arsenal but its allies, dependent on America's "nuclear umbrella", are not.

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The Strategy Behind Single-Assailant Terrorist Attacks

The Strategy Behind Single-Assailant Terrorist Attacks

The recent surge of “lone-wolf” operations, is part of ISIS' strategy to create a climate of insecurity and portray itself as wide-reaching.

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Gailforce: Aspen Security Forum Part II

Gailforce: Aspen Security Forum Part II

During the Forum, Secretary Johnson focused on the evolving nature of the terrorism threat, what we need to do in response, and the need for resiliency.

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Russian South China Sea Drills Complicate Japanese Security

Russian South China Sea Drills Complicate Japanese Security

Japan's desire to become a more "normal" power through South China Sea proclamations has just become more complicated thanks to Russia.

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GailForce: Aspen Security Forum Part I

GailForce: Aspen Security Forum Part I

The Aspen Security Forum offers the opportunity to hear directly from the people developing and executing our security strategy.

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THAAD Fuels Tensions in South Korea-China Relations

THAAD Fuels Tensions in South Korea-China Relations

After months of intense negotiations, the US-South Korea Joint Working Group announced the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD).

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Hybrid Warfare: A Known Unknown?

Hybrid Warfare: A Known Unknown?

Since the 2014 Russian annexation of the Crimean peninsula, hybrid warfare became a buzzword used in all transatlantic security policy circles.

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