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Birds of a Feather: As Viktor Orbán’s Cronies Unload on President Trump, Orbán Sidles Up to President Putin

April 17, 2017 · John R. Haines

The Hungarian proverb Madarat tolláról, embert barátjáról translates roughly as “You can tell a bird by its feathers, and a person by his friends.” If so, it says much about Hungarian President Viktor Orbán. ...

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Mar-a-Lago: The Summit that Wasn’t

April 10, 2017 · June Teufel Dreyer

Palm Beach heaved a collective sigh of relief as Chinese President Xi Jinping’s plane lifted off from the county airport. Gone were the noisy cheers of his supporters and the anti-Xi banners and jeers of Falongong practitioners, human rights ...

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Khan Sheikhoun, Shayrat Air Base, and What Next?

April 7, 2017 · Adam Garfinkle

By now the world knows that U.S. military forces for the first time since the onset of the Syrian civil war in 2011 have attacked regime targets. Plenty of the basic facts are known about what transpired about 18 ...

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The Future of Mexico, Part I: The Other Mexican Border

April 7, 2017 · David Danelo

Even though Mexico has its own motives for securing its southern border, the United States has an interest as well. From an American security perspective, the 21st century’s international border management system is a fragile ecosystem of cooperation through ...

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Thinking Beyond China When Dealing with North Korea: Is There a Role for Russia?

April 4, 2017 · Artyom Lukin

Washington’s continued fixation on China as the only route to the solution of the North Korea nuclear problem is misplaced. It ignores other factors and actors that have an impact and can contribute to the resolution of the ongoing ...

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Counterinsurgency From the Bottom Up: Colonel H.R. McMaster and the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Tel Afar, Spring-Fall 2005

March 17, 2017 · Mackubin Thomas Owens

By the time Col. H.R. McMaster led elements of his 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment (3rd ACR) into northern Iraq’s Nineveh (Ninewa) Province in May of 2005, he had already established a reputation within the Army as a highly-respected and ...

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Donald Trump is No Friend of Taiwan

March 16, 2017 · Shelley Rigger

When President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan called then-President-elect Donald Trump, it should have been the beginning of a beautiful friendship. The presidents elected in Taiwan and in the U.S. in 2016 both were committed to building friendly relations ...

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Making NATO Less “Obsolete”

March 15, 2017 · Frank G. Hoffman

The German Chancellor, Mrs. Angela Merkel, is coming to Washington this week to visit the White House and gain a better understanding of U.S. foreign policy under the new administration. President Donald Trump had startled our alliance partners in ...

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Keep Your Eye on the Balkans

March 9, 2017 · Col. Robert E. Hamilton

Renewed war in Bosnia-Herzegovina is not something that Western policymakers may wish to consider, but it is a distinct possibility unless the international community acts to assist the country in addressing its problems. These problems are similar to those ...

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President Trump’s Defense Budget: Just a Down Payment

March 7, 2017 · Frank G. Hoffman

President Donald Trump has once again confounded his critics. His proposed Defense increase of $54 billion fulfills another of his campaign pledges. He promised to restore America’s military forces to higher levels of readiness and to begin a sizable ...

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