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Clint Watts

Russia is Hammering the U.S. in Cyberspace, Why is Biden Meeting with Putin at All?

June 14, 2021

In 2009, while working in Washington, D.C., I remember the issue of Russian criminal syndicate hacking arising for the first time. Discussions about an appropriate measured response—one that would deter criminal hacking groups in places like Russia—quickly led to...

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Una Bergmane

The Reset of U.S.-EU Relations and the Baltic States

June 12, 2021

In the context of the new transatlantic rapprochement initiated by the new US administration, this policy paper offers an overview of possibilities to reinforce and deepen the long-term strategic partnership between the US and the Baltic states. After four...

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Nikolas K. Gvosdev

The First G-7 Summit in the Wake of the COVID Pandemic

June 10, 2021

The June summit of the Group of Seven—along with the participation of other major democratic states, especially from the Indo-Pacific basin—provides a first test of whether nation-states can increase their connective tissue to cope with transnational challenges which are...

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Joshua Krasna, Aaron Stein

Israel Moves on from Netanyahu

June 7, 2021

As always, politics in Israel is never boring. I wanted to dive in and get more clarity on exactly what has happened. ...

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Nikolas K. Gvosdev

Revisiting the Perils of Forecasting

June 3, 2021

2021 appears to be shaping up as a year for media retrospection, whether in missing key developments, misinterpreting emerging trends, or simply failing at efforts to predict. Part of the criticism is that journalists have become less willing to...

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Nikolas K. Gvosdev

Small Satellite Proliferation, Advanced Technologies, and Their Security Implications

June 2, 2021

The growing presence of private companies in space, as well as the increase in the number and size of so-called “space junk,” is changing the nature of the last of the global commons. In contrast to the early years...

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Joshua Krasna

A Wave of “Smile Offensives” in the Middle East: Why, and How Real?

May 27, 2021

Regional power politics in the Middle East have, since the Arab Uprisings of 2011-13, played out on two overlapping axes. The older one is a geopolitical and ideological competition between the “Resistance Front” led by the Islamic Republic of...

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Robert Murray

How China Seized the Initiative on Blockchain and Digital Currency

May 26, 2021

Global information networks are undergoing unprecedented innovation, driven in large part by the emergence of disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence, the internet of things, and 5G. Unfortunately for the United States, two other critical, but underappreciated, components of...

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Thomas J. Shattuck

Taiwan and the Future of its International Participation Efforts

May 25, 2021

On May 24, the World Health Assembly began its annual meeting, again focusing on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. And again, for the fifth straight year, Taiwan has been excluded from participating as an observer despite significant international support. Last...

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Felix K. Chang

China’s Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile Capability in the South China Sea

May 24, 2021

In August 2020, China fired what were reported to be anti-ship ballistic missiles (ASBM) into the South China Sea. The missile firings were the second time that China launched such missiles into the disputed waters. The first occurred in...

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