Analysis

Analysis offers a new angle on a contemporary or historical issue. These articles are policy-oriented and cover current developments around the globe that impinge upon American foreign policy and national security priorities.

Believe Biden When He Says America Will Defend Taiwan

During a press conference in Tokyo on May 23, a reporter asked President Joseph Biden, “Are you willing to get involved militarily to defend Taiwan if it comes to that?” The president responded with a clear answer: “Yes ....

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Cameroon: Africa’s Unseen Crisis

The international community has fallen asleep at the wheel when it comes to the crisis in Cameroon. Brutal killings burned villages and hundreds of thousands of displaced people – and the reaction is a deafening silence. –Jan Egeland, Secretary...

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America Needs a Comprehensive Compellence Strategy Against Russia

The Biden administration has formulated an unprecedented response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The coordination of transatlantic diplomacy, including the condemnation of Russia at the United Nations and the implementation of a massive sanctions package, is truly impressive. The...

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India’s Neutrality and Strategic Relations with China, Russia, and the West

India has long prided itself on its strategically independent or non-aligned foreign policy.  But the 2022 Russian-Ukrainian War has put India’s approach to strategic independence under an international spotlight.  Although Indian leaders have often stated that their country’s strategic...

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Food Prices, Elections, and the Wagner Group in Africa

Despite its battlefield failures, Russia has dealt a surprising blow to an unexpected party: world food markets. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has upended the international order, triggered unprecedented Western sanctions, destabilized the global supply chain, and threatened energy markets....

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Strategies Behind China and the Asia-Pacific’s Military Base Construction

Military bases are no rarity in the Asia-Pacific.  That is hardly a surprise given the frequency and length of conflicts that were waged across the region for much of the twentieth century.  But, in the decade-and-a-half after the Cold...

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The China Initiative and its Implications for American Universities

In a speech on Chinese threats to U.S. national security on January 31, the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Christopher Wray emphasized ongoing attempts by the People’s Republic of China to spy on American companies and steal...

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Ukraine War Sparks Suspicion over Russia’s Designs on Kazakhstan

For all its years of independence, Kazakhstan has worried about Russian irredentist dreams of Kazakh territory. Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, such concerns seem well-founded. They have heard such threats coming from Russian officials and some Russians in Kazakhstan...

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Do Russians Really “Long for War” in Ukraine?

Since February 24, the day that Russian troops invaded Ukraine, the issue of the Russian people’s attitudes toward the war has been raised many times. Numerous surveys published in recent weeks show that the majority supports the war. Even...

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Rare Earths, Scarce Metals, and the Struggle for Supply Chain Security

Alerted to their vulnerability on rare earths (REEs) when China threatened to withhold supplies to Japan in September 2010, industrialized countries began to be concerned with developing alternate sources.  For Japan in particular, REEs are indispensable to the production...

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