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.

Mending Historical Memory: Improving People-to-People Ties Between Japan and South Korea

Japan-Korea relations, historically strained by disputes over historical memory, seem to be experiencing a cautious upswing. Despite the lingering effects of historical, political, and economic disagreements, the rapprochement best seen in 2023’s Camp David summit between the leaders of...

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Funding Deterrence: Breakdown of the Indo-Pacific Supplemental Bill

In October 2023, the White House requested emergency supplemental appropriations for Fiscal Year 2024 to provide additional aid to Ukraine, Israel, and the Indo-Pacific. After months of debate, the House of Representatives passed an emergency $8.1 billion supplemental appropriations bill to support Indo-Pacific...

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Mobilizing Against Thai Hydropower: Information is Power

The explosive growth of development along the Mekong river since 1995 has produced an estimated 167 hydropower plants, with eleven mainstream facilities on the way in Laos, Cambodia, and along the Laos-Thailand border. With its electricity generating capacity projected...

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Without Tallinn, What Would the Future Hold for Estonia’s Center Party?

On March 26, a majority in the Tallinn City Council declared no confidence in its elected mayor, Mihhail Kõlvart, who has governed since 2019. His replacement by Acting Mayor Madle Lippus (Social Democratic Party) marks the end of almost...

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A Digital Threat to Dollar Dominance

Fear and lack of knowledge of cryptocurrency at the highest levels of the US government pose a major threat to national security.  The emergence of the technological solution provided by the Bitcoin protocol in 2008 (and the myriad of...

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The Battery of Southeast Asia: Challenges to Building a Regional Transmission Grid

The mighty Mekong River, a life source for millions across Southeast Asia, now faces an existential threat. An ambitious regional plan developed by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) incorporates the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) as...

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Niger’s Pivot to Moscow: What’s Next for US Engagement in Africa?

On March 12, a delegation of US officials arrived in Niamey in a highly anticipated meeting on the future of US-Niger relations. The entourage of high-level US diplomats and military officials included the AFRICOM Commander General Michael Langley, Assistant...

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Could Togo’s New Constitution Jeopardize its Stability?

Togo’s political landscape has undergone a significant shift with the adoption of a new constitution on March 25, 2024. This revision marks a fundamental change, transitioning the nation from a presidential system to a parliamentary one. The adoption has...

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The Visegrád Four: From Troubled to Broken

Since the Foreign Policy Research Institute published “The Visegrád Four: Disunity in Central Europe” on February 23, 2024, the group of Central European nations has experienced a complete breakdown in relations. Despite efforts to display some semblance of cooperation...

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Havana Syndrome: The History Behind the Mystery

This article is based on an earlier work by Mr. Regenstein published in the Association of Former Intelligence Officers magazine Intelligencer, The Journal of US Intelligence Studies, Volume 28, Number 1, Winter-Spring 2023. The Mysterious Malady In late 2016,...

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