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Iraq: Post-conflict Stabilization Redux

February 17, 2017 · C. Alexander Ohlers

As the U.S.-backed forces in Iraq move to reclaim west Mosul, the Islamic State’s (IS) final territorial stronghold in Iraq, U.S. policymakers are certain that the group will be eradicated, but are uncertain as to what will follow. ...

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Trump and Trudeau: A Successful “First Date”

February 15, 2017 · David T. Jones

One of the classic descriptions of the U.S.-Canada bilateral relationship is that “We are best friends—like it or not.” And all too often “not” has been in ascendancy. The practical parameters of that simple characterization are relatively complex. ...

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Uber’s Taiwan Trauma

February 13, 2017 · Shelley Rigger

If you were planning to take an Uber in Taiwan, you’re too late: the ride-hailing app has ceased operations on the island. According to a company statement released on February 2, Uber decided to “press pause” on February 10 ...

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Darker Shades of Gray: Why Gray Zone Conflicts Will Become More Frequent and Complex

February 13, 2017 · Nora Bensahel

The United States has long fielded the world’s most capable armed forces. It spends more on its military than the next nine nations combined, of which five are U.S. treaty allies. It fields more active-duty military personnel than ...

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The Sinews of Peace Revised

February 3, 2017 · Frank G. Hoffman

The recent visit by British Prime Minister Theresa May to the White House included a photo opportunity of her and President Donald Trump beside the famous bust of Winston Churchill, now returned to a prominent spot in the Oval ...

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Mr. Bannon Joins the National Security Council

February 2, 2017 · John R. Haines

The Washington commentariat continues to roil over President Donald J. Trump’s naming of Chief Strategist and Senior Counselor Stephen K. Bannon to a seat on the National Security Council Principals Committee (NSC/PC). For the new president’s first National ...

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Executive Order 13769: America at Its Best and Its Worst

February 1, 2017 · Kermit Roosevelt III

The boat held 907 passengers, refugees fleeing war and religious persecution. Denied permission to land in the United States, it circled offshore while Coast Guard cutters prevented the captain from executing his last-ditch plan of grounding the vessel. After ...

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What Does Russia Want From President Trump?

January 30, 2017 · Stephen Blank

As the Trump administration begins to formulate its policies, it is clear that both Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin want to improve ties between Moscow and Washington. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev correctly described U.S.-Russia relations as having hit ...

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Trump and Taiwan: A Fresh Start or a Turn for the Worse?

January 17, 2017 · June Teufel Dreyer

From the beginning of the 2016 presidential campaign season, it was clear that the Republican Party envisioned changes in American policy toward Taiwan. Its convention adopted a platform that devoted a lengthy paragraph to Taiwan, noting the two ...

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Tillerson the Realist

January 16, 2017 · Colin Dueck

Last week, President-elect Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, underwent Senate confirmation hearings. Venues like The Washington Post were predictably critical, especially on the issue of human rights. But the critics seem to ...

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