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Trump and Tsai: A Sign of Things to Come?

December 6, 2016 · Thomas J. Shattuck

On December 2, President-elect Donald Trump spoke with Tsai Ing-wen, President of Taiwan, shattering nearly 40 years of diplomatic protocol. It has been characterized as everything from brilliant to petty and everything else in between. Since defeating Hillary Clinton ...

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The U.S.-Russia Relationship: Trump Can’t Fix It, but He Can’t Break It, Either

December 6, 2016 · Col. Robert E. Hamilton

Over the past several months, much has been made of President-elect Donald Trump’s attitude toward and connections with Russia and its leader Vladimir Putin. Some observers have charged that Trump is naïve about Putin’s real objectives and have implied ...

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Another Brick in the Wall: Northern Mexico and the Trump Presidency

December 6, 2016 · David Danelo

“Mexico. It’s unbelievable what’s happened,” President-elect Donald Trump said at an August 10 Fort Lauderdale rally, after warning the audience of the impending departure of 1,400 Carrier Air Conditioning jobs from Indiana. “A friend of mine—he’s one of the ...

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Why Did a Pro-Russian Candidate Win the Presidency in Moldova?

November 23, 2016 · Mihai Popșoi

On November 13, over 52.1% of Moldovans voted for Igor Dodon of the Socialist Party. He is the country’s fifth elected president and only the third elected directly by the people. Those dissatisfied with the outcome took to social ...

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8 Foreign Policy Questions Trump Needs to Ask

November 21, 2016 · Derek S. Reveron, Nikolas K. Gvosdev

President-elect Donald Trump is in the midst of selecting his national security team. He not only needs to decide the “who,” but also the “how” of national security decision-making. It is unclear whether he will adopt Ronald Reagan’s model ...

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Conference Report – New Dawn: Russia and the West after the U.S. Presidential Elections

November 18, 2016 · Alexandra Wiktorek Sarlo, Reggie Kramer

On Thursday, November 3, 2016, FPRI co-sponsored a conference, New Dawn: Russia and the West after the U.S. Presidential Elections, with the Atlantic Council, which hosted the conference in Washington, D.C. Other sponsors included the University of Pennsylvania, Johns ...

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Suspend the Iran Nuclear Agreement, Mr. Trump

November 16, 2016 · John R. Haines

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quick to warn President-elect Donald Trump that the United States is "duty-bound . . . to abide by the country's commitments" to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). That document ...

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Implications of Emerging Chinese Surveillance and Strike Complexes

November 16, 2016 · Austin Hale, Frank G. Hoffman

China appears determined to assert itself throughout the Asia Pacific region and undercut United States’ alliances with potentially destabilizing effects on regional security. Its increasingly aggressive actions in the Western Pacific, coupled with rising defense spending have elevated the ...

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Searching for a Trump Grand Strategy

November 15, 2016 · Nikolas K. Gvosdev, Derek S. Reveron

During his Presidential campaign, Donald J. Trump continuously emphasized several themes: the United States was on the “losing” end of a number of security and trade deals with other countries, while “free-riders” were both draining U.S. military capacity and ...

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Moldova Torn between Past and Future Ahead of Presidential Run-offs

November 9, 2016 · Mihai Popșoi

On November 13, 2016, Igor Dodon and Maia Sandu will face off in a run off election for the presidency of Moldova. The winner will determine whether the country moves closer to Russia or the European Union. ...

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