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Point Counterpoint: Turkey Belongs in NATO

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NATO needs Turkey, and Turkey needs NATO.

Cuba’s Intelligence Masterstroke in Venezuela

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The many accomplishments of Cuban intelligence in Venezuela stand as an instructive example of how a smaller agency can punch far above its weight.

Point Counterpoint: Turkey Should Be Expelled from NATO

cc Flickr Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet, modified, 170819-N-QR145-042 BLACK SEA (Aug. 19, 2017) Sailors aboard Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78)look out to Turkish replenishment oiler TCG YB. Kudret (A 595) while making an approach to conduct a replenishment-at-sea in the Black Sea Aug. 19, 2017. Porter, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. national security interests in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Krystina Coffey/ Released)

Turkey’s purchase of the Russian S-400 missile system is just the latest of many transgressions against the Atlantic Alliance. It’s time for Ankara to go.

Glacier Watch: Indus Basin

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Pakistan’s water issues will go from bad to worse after glaciers in the Indus Basin pass the peak water mark later this century.

India’s Water Crisis: Beyond Chennai

A water truck in Kolhapur, Maharashtra; author: Arne Hückelheim, modified, https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Datei:WaterTruckCropped.JPG

For India, the road to great power status is frought with critical water management challenges.

Backgrounder: Iran’s Military Strategy in the Persian Gulf

An S-300 anti-aircraft system missile launcher in a Russian military parade. , modified, cc SLonoed, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Side_view_of_a_S-300_launcher.JPG

Iran’s military strategy calls for asymmetric warfare against a much more powerful foe in the United States, with a focus on increasing the military and economic costs of any potential conflict.

Backgrounder: China’s Arctic Strategy

XueLong, cc Bahnfrend, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Xue_Long,_Fremantle,_2016_(4).jpg

Beijing isn’t letting geography get in the way of it establishing a robust presence in the next great frontier of geopolitical competition.

Backgrounder: Turkey and the S-400 Affair

Russia's S-400 system, cc Vitaly V. Kuzmin - http://vitalykuzmin.net/?q=node/370, modified, https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/S-400_Triumf#/media/Datei:BAZ-6909-022_chassis_for_S-400_system_-06.jpg

Turkey has officially been kicked out of the F-35 program after purchasing Russia’s S-400 platform, but there’s still plenty more time before relations with the West truly hit rock-bottom.

Backgrounder: Greek Elections

Kyriakos Mitsotakis, cc European People's Party, modified, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:A23A8701_(43572169160).jpg

New Democracy has swept to power in the Greek elections. But will it be the same old story in austerity-plagued Athens?

New Leader Slate Finalized in EU

SD meeting with German MinDef, cc Flickr Archive: U.S. Secretary of Defense, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

After four summits and countless hours of closed-door negotiations, the new slate of leaders in Brussels is finally official.

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