U.S. Foreign Policy

China Provides no Solution for Taiwan

Once again, Taiwan’s participation in the World Health Assembly (WHA) as an observer was the focus of heated debate in ...

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Taiwan on (the) Edge

Over the past 30 years there have been many moments when Taiwan-watchers worked themselves into a tizzy worrying about the ...

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New Baltic Defense Discussions and Beyond at Vilnius Security Forum

On March 20-22, 2019, a new annual Baltic security conference was inaugurated: the Vilnius Security Forum. It joined the ranks of security conferences already held in Estonia and Latvia—the Lennart Meri Conference, the Annual Baltic Conference on Defense, and...

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The “Blue Chip” and the Little Blue Bird: Change and Continuity in NATO Policy from Nixon to Trump

The 25th anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization was not a cheery one. It was held in Brussels, but also occurred under the shadow of Watergate. The Alliance had just been through 1973’s agonizing “Year of Europe,” during...

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One Voice, But Whose Voice? Should France Cede Its UN Security Council Seat to the EU?

France and Germany recently decided to share the presidency of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), and jointly do the agenda-setting and public communication tasks it involves, over the next two months. What could be an important symbol appears,...

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Are the Russians Coming?: Russia’s Military Buildup Near Ukraine

Long before the Kerch Strait incident in October 2018, Russia had already begun to strengthen the forces in its Southern Military District, which spans from near Volgograd to Russia’s border with Georgia and Azerbaijan. Naturally, that has caused concern...

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The Increased U.S. Commitment to Europe under the Trump Administration

Headlines such as “Trump calls NATO obsolete,” “Trump bashes allies,” and “Trump says Putin meeting easiest” fuel speculation that the U.S. is on the verge of abandoning its traditional allies in Europe in favor of an improved relationship with...

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ABLE ARCHER at 35: Lessons of the 1983 War Scare

In their seminal account of the Cuban Missile Crisis, political scientists Graham Allison and Phillip Zelikow summarize its effects on U.S.-Soviet relations: “Having peered over the edge of the nuclear precipice, both nations edged backwards toward détente. Never again...

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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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Holding the Global Center

These familiar words were penned at the conclusion of World War I and captured the sense of foreboding and despair that shadowed Europe. As it happens, November 11 was the centenary of the Armistice that ended that cataclysm. But...

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