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Republican Party Foreign Policy: 2016 and Beyond

July 22, 2016 · Colin Dueck

Republican voters today are divided between three broad tendencies: internationalist, nationalist, and non-interventionist. Donald Trump won the GOP presidential primaries this year partly by playing upon these divisions in an unconventional way. ...

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Everything Old Is New Again: Russia Returns to Nicaragua

July 22, 2016 · John R. Haines

Two Western media outlets reported on 23 June that Russia was engaged in building a signals intelligence (SIGINT) base in Nicaragua as "part of a recent deal between Moscow and Managua involving the sale ...

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Force Planning Considerations for the Force of the Future

July 21, 2016 · Frank G. Hoffman

Congress and the Pentagon are pursuing a number of initiatives that should significantly reshape tomorrow’s force. Defense Secretary Ash Carter has advanced a “Force of the Future” project with a series of proposals ...

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A Cherry Tree Doesn’t Resemble a Cherry Stone: Can Gábor Vona Remodel Hungary’s Jobbik?

July 15, 2016 · John R. Haines

The Hungarian political party commonly known as Jobbik—its full name is Jobbik Magyarországért Mozgalom, or "Jobbik, the Movement for a Better Hungary"—certainly looks to amplify its particular star in the Hungarian political constellation. And ...

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The Next Arab-Israeli Peace Process

July 14, 2016 · Adam Garfinkle

The world of statecraft is so fraught with risk that it is tempting, just to reduce the range of maddening uncertainty a tad or two, to assign either inevitability or impossibility to future propositions ...

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The South China Sea Arbitration Decision: China Fought the Law, and the Law Won….Or Did It?

July 12, 2016 · Jacques deLisle

When the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague issued its unanimous decision on July 12 in the case that the Philippines had filed against the People’s Republic of China two and a half ...

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Georgia’s NATO Aspirations: Rhetoric and Reality

July 8, 2016 · Col. Robert E. Hamilton

At the recent Georgian Defense and Security Conference, Western policymakers expressed strong support for Georgia’s accession to NATO, and Georgian policymakers reiterated that there was no turning back from their country’s western course. Neither ...

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If the Atlantic Ocean is the New Black Sea, What’s the Black Sea? Aegis Ashore and the Black Sea Region’s Changing Security Dynamic

July 5, 2016 · John R. Haines

Is the Black Sea a distinctive strategic space? That provocative question is begged by Russia's maritime doctrine, the newest version of which was approved last summer by President Vladimir Putin. One answer comes from ...

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Epic Misadventure or Historic Achievement: The Remarkable Story of the Czecho-Slovak Legion

June 30, 2016 · Kevin McNamara

This essay draws on the author’s new book Dreams of a Great Small Nation: The Mutinous Army that Threatened a Revolution, Destroyed an Empire, Founded a Republic, and Remade the Map of Europe (Public ...

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The Baltic States in European Security: A Report of an FPRI Roundtable at the 25th Biennial Meeting of the American Association of Baltic Studies

June 30, 2016 · Otto Kienitz

On May 27-30, 2016, the American Association of Baltic Studies held its 25th biennial meeting at the University of Pennsylvania.  FPRI was pleased to be a sponsor of the meeting, host of a roundtable ...

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