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In the Shadow of Weimar: Understanding America’s Blossoming Domestic Terrorism Problem

August 18, 2017 · Adam Garfinkle

This short analysis is very definitely about what happened in Charlottesville this past weekend. I will take you there, rest assured; but the path requires a few brief yet necessary detours lest you arrive to Cville with scales still ...

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Track II Indo-Pakistani Diplomacy (1995 – 2003): The BALUSA Group

August 8, 2017 · Hon. Shirin Tahir-Kheli

From 1995 to 2003, Ambassador Shirin Tahir-Kheli organized a small group of senior Indian, Pakistani, and U.S. experts with experience in security and diplomacy to discuss specific policy recommendations aimed at the normalization of relations between India and Pakistan. ...

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The U.S. Needs China to Act on North Korea. Now, That is Harder than Usual

July 17, 2017 · Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein

Over the past couple of weeks since North Korea successfully tested an inter-continental ballistic missile capable of reaching Alaska (potentially with nuclear weapons), the United States and much of the world have lived under a heightened sense of urgency ...

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Ghost Ships and Off-Target Cruise Missiles

July 14, 2017 · Lawrence Husick

In 2014, the U.S. Government recognized its mistake in destroying the LORAN system, and a bill authorizing eLORAN was passed. The Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2017 (H.R. 2518/S. 1129) includes authorization to implement eLORAN. The current bill requires ...

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Time for Decisions on North Korea

July 5, 2017 · Rensselaer Lee, William Severe

This briefing argues that the United States should attempt to engage Russia as a potential broker of negotiations over North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs. Russia’s ascension to a more prominent role in North Korean affairs is long overdue, ...

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The Future of Mexico, Part III: Lessons from The Rock

June 19, 2017 · David Danelo

For the past seven months, some version of this question has been a regular part of my dialogue with almost anyone who learns I live near the U.S.-Mexico border. Before the 2016 U.S. presidential election, any discussion of “The ...

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Iran, Russia, and the Taliban: Reassessing the Future of the Afghan State

June 14, 2017 · Amin Tarzi

The first combat zone utilization of the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) device by the U.S. forces in Afghanistan (USFOR-A) on 13 April 2017 brought the Islamic State–Khorasan Province (ISKP) to the headlines. ISKP emerged in Afghanistan and ...

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The Tranquil World of Donald J. Trump

June 12, 2017 · John R. Haines

“Tranquil” likely is well down the list of words that come to mind when describing the worldview of Donald Trump or Vladimir Putin. It is a fair descriptor, however, in one sense. Mr. Trump and Mr. Putin, different as ...

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The Six Day and Fifty Years War

June 5, 2017 · Adam Garfinkle

The most important lesson of the June 1967 Arab-Israeli war is that there is no such thing as a clean war. That war was very short and stunningly decisive militarily; it has been anything but politically. From the Israeli ...

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From Baghdad to Riyadh: A New Regional Security Pact?

May 30, 2017 · Brandon Friedman

President Trump’s trip to Saudi Arabia did not, as some expected, result in an announcement of an “Arab NATO.” Nevertheless, the May 20-21 Riyadh Summit, which brought more than 50 Arab and Muslim leaders to Saudi Arabia, ...

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