If the Atlantic Ocean is the New Black Sea, What’s the Black Sea? Aegis Ashore and the Black Sea Region’s Changing Security Dynamic

Is the Black Sea a distinctive strategic space? That provocative question is begged by Russia's maritime doctrine, the newest version of which was approved last summer by President Vladimir Putin. One answer comes from Vladimir Anokhin, a retired military...

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Editor’s Corner Summer 2016

In These PagesWe begin our summer issue of Orbis with Colin Dueck’s fine essay on how the next U.S. President can use strategic planning as a way to negotiate the difficult tradeoffs that he or she will face. He...

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Putting Nuclear Security in Historical Perspective

Books in Review William J. Perry, My Journey at the Nuclear Brink (Stanford University Press, 2015). Brad Roberts, The Case for U.S. Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century (Stanford University Press, 2016). Since the end of the Cold War,...

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Woodrow Wilson Still Fuels Debate on ‘Who Lost Russia?’

Abstract This article wrestles with the question: could there have been something in the Woodrow Wilson presidency that remains germane to the continuing debate about whether the United States and its Western allies “lost” Russia following the ending of...

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Epic Misadventure or Historic Achievement: The Remarkable Story of the Czecho-Slovak Legion

This essay draws on the author’s new book Dreams of a Great Small Nation: The Mutinous Army that Threatened a Revolution, Destroyed an Empire, Founded a Republic, and Remade the Map of Europe (Public Affairs, 2016). An educated person...

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The Baltic States in European Security: A Report of an FPRI Roundtable at the 25th Biennial Meeting of the American Association of Baltic Studies

On May 27-30, 2016, the American Association of Baltic Studies held its 25th biennial meeting at the University of Pennsylvania.  FPRI was pleased to be a sponsor of the meeting, host of a roundtable discussion, and co-host of the...

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Four Geopolitical Consequences of Brexit

The shock waves from the Brexit referendum are still being absorbed in Britain, Europe and around the world. But the landmarks of global security have already been reshaped. Here are four consequences of Brexit: 1. Brexit completely transformed the...

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How Russia Could Help Curb North Korea’s Nukes

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia — Russia is a key strategic player in Northeast Asia, borders on North Korea, has long experience in dealing with various Pyongyang regimes and provides goods and services vital to the North’s survival and well-being. The country...

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How NATO’s Fear of Trump Benefits America

A Revitalized U.S.-Russian Relationship