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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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Triumphalism in Wake of Court’s South China Sea Ruling is Futile

Triumphalism in Wake of Court’s South China Sea Ruling is Futile

The Permanent Court of Arbitration’s verdict will have little weight in Beijing’s strategic considerations in the South China Sea.

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A Divided NATO: From Agenda To Budget

A Divided NATO: From Agenda To Budget

Deterring adversaries and assure peace in the transatlantic region will require more pronounce commitment from all of NATO members.

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To Drone, Or Not To Drone—That Is The Question

To Drone, Or Not To Drone—That Is The Question

Over the last 15 years, the fervent embrace of drone strikes have helped the U.S. create the most far-reaching counterterrorism apparatus in history.

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Terrorists Attacks at Home & Abroad, Police Officers Shot Down in Dallas – Why Is Anyone Surprised?

Terrorists Attacks at Home & Abroad, Police Officers Shot Down in Dallas – Why Is Anyone Surprised?

Those events are symptoms of larger problems that need to be addressed by U.S. society.

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One Year On: Iran and the World

One Year On: Iran and the World

One year after the nuclear deal, how has the lifting of sanctions affected regional security after Iran’s return to the international scene?

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Security Context of Illegal Wildlife Trade in East Africa

Security Context of Illegal Wildlife Trade in East Africa

Illegal wildlife trade is of immense value to criminal organizations and armed non-state actors such as al-Shabaab in Somalia.

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The Warsaw Summit and the Future of NATO-Russia Relations

The Warsaw Summit and the Future of NATO-Russia Relations

At a gathering of NATO’s defense ministers, it was announced that nearly 4,000 troops forming four battalions would be stationed in the Baltics and Poland.

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The Security Implications of Brexit

The Security Implications of Brexit

A British vote to leave the EU on 23 June would have grave implications for the security of the UK, Europe, and NATO as a whole.

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Chinese Implacable Defiance in the South China Sea

Chinese Implacable Defiance in the South China Sea

Tensions between China and the U.S. in the South China Sea dominated the issues at the now-concluded Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore.

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A Case of Improper Airmanship

A Case of Improper Airmanship

Coinciding with Kerry’s visit to Beijing for high-level security talks, a Chinese fighter jet carried out an “unsafe” intercept of a U.S. spy plane.

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Ambiguity Plagues the Shangri-La Dialogue

Ambiguity Plagues the Shangri-La Dialogue

The South China Sea played a prominent role at the Shangri-La Dialogue. However, ambiguity on several issues might prolong these very same tensions.

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The Times Profile That Roiled Washington

The Times Profile That Roiled Washington

A newspaper profile of the President’s foreign policy spokesman has created an uproar based on a distorted notion of the role of foreign policy messaging.

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NATO and Russia Increase Contacts, Yet Rift Lingers

NATO and Russia Increase Contacts, Yet Rift Lingers

While continued attempts at dialogue seek that elusive common ground, some transparency and risk-reduction measures are in trial mode to keep open channels.

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