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Ancient Wisdom
When Deterrence Fails
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The Weak Attack The Strong

Russia may be difficult to deter at this point, with a highly motivated, overconfident and dismissive Putin believing that nothing can stand in his way.

Conrad's Counsel
The Russian Autocrat’s Eternal Return

For the Western political observer, Russia judged by common metrics always seems on the verge of being a spent force. As Joseph Conrad reminds us, Russia never seems to vanish from the map, and remains a font of imperialism and war.

Reacting to Russia
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Stand Up or Sit Down

Putin believes that the West is decadent, weak and divided. The West needs to prove him wrong.

The Ties That Used to Bind
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The MOOC Fraud

You can’t consume an education; you can only earn it.

The Vulnerability of Peripheries

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

Vacuum Wars

Failed states cause more than just humanitarian problems and terrorism; they’re potential flashpoints for great power wars as well.

The Diplomacy Fallacy

Diplomacy cannot create the conditions for its own success.

Empires and Barbarians

Pre- and postmodern “barbarians” have much in common, with sobering implications for U.S. strategy and the War on Terror.

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Commitment Issues

It goes far deeper than a failure to reach the 2% spending target.

After The Referendum

The Council of Europe re-introduces monitoring for Turkey on human rights issues for the first time since 2004.

A New Deal

For Moscow, round two of production cuts is going to be harder than round one.

How do you solve a problem like Korea?

The U.S. is rushing to deploy missile defense in South Korea before the elections.

Pyongyang Under Pressure?

Is Pyongyang rationing fuel in fear of a coming Chinese embargo?

The President vs. the Mayors

A court ruling in California marks the latest setback for President Trump’s immigration policies.

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