Reports

Israel’s Foreign Policy under Benjamin Netanyahu

The ways in which Prime Ministers of Israel have shaped Israel's foreign policy have often reflected a fairly balanced combination of political, personal, and national interests. This balance is reflected when Prime Ministers sometimes prefer to challenge the political...

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Benjamin Franklin and the Crisis of the British Empire

In this talk, Pulitzer Prizewinning historian Walter A. McDougall will explore the nature of the crisis that led to the split between Britain and the colonies between 1763 and 1776, with emphasis on Benjamin Franklin’s role as the colonies’...

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Geopolitics, Sanctions, and Russian Sovereign Debt Since the Annexation of Crimea

This report illustrates how the Russian Federation’s sovereign debt, particularly foreign currency bonds, have become an arena for interstate competition in the aftermath of Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea. Sanctions, both real and threatened, on Russia’s government, state-owned enterprises,...

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Anatomy of a Muddle: U.S. Sanctions against Rusal and Oleg Deripaska

Download Anatomy of a Muddle: U.S. Sanctions against Rusal and Oleg Deripaska Executive Summary The purpose of The Countering America’s ...

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Under Pressure: Russian Energy Cooperation with Japan and South Korea since Western Sanctions

This report will examine Russian-Japanese and Russian-South Korean energy cooperation. Neither Japan nor the Republic of Korea imposed energy sanctions on the Russian Federation, and both U.S. allies continue to expand their energy deals despite Western sanctions. In the...

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Russia in Venezuela: Geopolitical Boon or Economic Misadventure?

In December 2018, the Russian Federation sent two Tupolov-160 supersonic bombers around the world to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. On January 23, 2019, the U.S. and a series of Latin American countries recognized Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido...

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China’s Black Sea Ambitions

The People’s Republic of China is actively engaging Black Sea littoral states through various initiatives to open new markets for Chinese goods, facilitate the acquisition of valuable or strategic local industries, and offer loans for large development projects. These...

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The Sources of Post-Soviet Conduct

The Russian Federation’s recently provocative foreign policy results in part from structural weakness in the Russian domestic regime, a quasi-feudal system that requires certain actions abroad to maintain itself in power at home. Lacking real enemies, the Kremlin must...

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Why Did Greece Turn Against Russia?

In the summer of 2018, Greece and Russian Federation went through one of the worst crises in their traditionally friendly relations. The falling out was triggered by allegations of Russian meddling in Greek domestic politics aimed at undermining the...

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Rebuilding Iraq’s Public Works Infrastructure Following the Defeat of ISIS

This report studies the challenges of rebuilding Iraq’s public works infrastructure following the “perfect storm” of the ISIS insurgency and low oil prices. The major challenge is that the Government of Iraq’s estimate of $88 billion severely understates total...

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