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A. Wess Mitchell
The Revisionists
Predators on the Frontier

America’s rivals are probing U.S. defenses across the globe.

The Revisionists
The Case for Deterrence by Denial

Russia’s and China’s new focus on “limited war” capabilities is challenging America’s traditional methods of deterrence by punishment. To deal with this problem, the United States needs to strengthen its frontline allies’ ability to deter by denial.

The Best Defense
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A Preclusive Strategy to Defend the NATO Frontier

In light of Russia’s recent moves, NATO would do well to rethink its defense-in-depth strategy in favor of a more forward-leaning posture.

The Revisionists
“Salami Slicing” and Deterrence

The question for NATO leaders is not only how to shore up the deterrence that remains, but how to restore the deterrence that has been lost.

Atlanticism in Retreat

The ambitions of post-Cold War U.S. policy in Central Europe have hit a wall.

The Vulnerability of Peripheries

The United States must disprove the thesis of its decline, now being tested in three global hingepoints.


Today’s European Union is yesterday’s Austro-Hungarian Empire on the gameboard of world politics.

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Walter Russell Mead & Staff

The Philippine pivot to China is just the latest consequence of Obama’s feckless foreign policy.


America’s peculiar system for choosing presidents may help avoid post-election chaos.

Third Debate Recap

Trump shortchanges his supposed signature issue to defend man-crush on Putin.

Frozen Ukraine

The latest round of peace talks only mask Europe’s lack of leverage and commitment in Ukraine.

Asia's Game of Thrones

The Philippine president has now definitively cast his lot with China. How will elites in Manila react?

Follow the Money

Why hasn’t the increase in K-12 investment translated into better student outcomes?

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