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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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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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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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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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Donald Trump’s Arabian Nights

Donald Trump’s Arabian Nights

From the moment he arrived in Riyadh, the Saudis astutely sized up Trump and gave him a welcome tailor-made to appeal to his ego and self-perception.

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US Intel Officials: Comey Was ‘One Of The Most Loved Leaders’

US Intel Officials: Comey Was ‘One Of The Most Loved Leaders’

Senior US intelligence officials reacted with dismay after learning moments before taking the stage at a speaking event in New York that director of the FBI James Comey had been fired.

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Soft Power: Russian and American University Students Find Common Ground

Soft Power: Russian and American University Students Find Common Ground

While U.S.-Russia relations remain uncertain, students at the Volgograd Institute of Management engaged their American counterparts in some diplomatic bridge-building.

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May 3rd: World Press Freedom Day

May 3rd: World Press Freedom Day

According to the UNESCO, 827 journalists lost their lives while on duty over the last decade, and 8% of these cases remain unresolved.

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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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Trump’s Pivot from Isolationism to Interventionism?

Trump’s Pivot from Isolationism to Interventionism?

Trump's interventionism while staying the course on his approach to immigrants and refugees reveals the fundamental incoherence of his worldview.

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Death by a Thousand Cuts (and Tweets): The Impending Train Wreck of U.S. Foreign Policy

Death by a Thousand Cuts (and Tweets): The Impending Train Wreck of U.S. Foreign Policy

If the "America First" myopic vision becomes reality, the U.S.’ place in the world will become a lonely, isolated one, its security and well-being fundamentally jeopardized.

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