Essays
U.S. Army Europe (Public Domain)
The German Drawdown Debacle
Bad Policy, Worse Reasons

The Trump Administration finally offers a rationale for the German troop drawdown. It doesn’t make sense.

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High-Tech Blockade
How to Beat China’s Military-Civil Fusion

China’s strategy relies on poaching foreign technology. Ours should be geared toward stopping them.

Bloody November
The Danger of Electoral Violence in the United States

The 2020 election could result in widespread civil unrest unless immediate action is taken.

(Courtesy of Criterion Collection)
Retroview
The Radical Empathy of Do the Right Thing

More than 30 years later, Spike Lee’s classic resonates for its honest attention to interracial tensions, and its sad observation of how legitimate grievances can spiral out of control.

Purge Without Purpose
It’s Not Broke! And You’re Not Fixing It!

A former President of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and a longtime observer of America’s public diplomacy weigh in on Michael Pack’s “Wednesday night massacre.”

Bulgaria & Macedonia
The Age-Old Struggle for Narrative

In a complex, crowded world, each nation needs a way of expressing its identity that does not antagonize another. An ongoing crisis in the Balkans contains broader lessons.

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A Wake Up Call
Geoeconomic Strategy in the COVID Era

In the wake of coronavirus and debates over “decoupling,” the United States needs a new approach to national security: one based on geoeconomics, not geopolitics.

Give and Take
The Problem with Friendship

Why is it so difficult for China and the United States to develop, find, and keep friends in the world?

political reform
Revamping U.S. Anti-Corruption Assistance

Congress could take historic action on anti-corruption. Will it seize the opportunity?

(Wikimedia Commons)
Shropshire Calling
The Poet of Social Distancing

Why the work of A.E. Housman resonates in a time of enforced isolation.

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