Lithuania’s Choice: Nuclear Safety or Spare Vehicle Parts

LIthuaniaNuclear, CC PIxabay, modified,

Lithuania doesn’t need to rely on EU funding to advance key projects like Rail Baltica and decommissioning the Ignalina nuclear power plant.

China: Friend, Foe, or Something in Between

China's first aircraft carrier - the Liaoning. CC Flickr Simon Yang, modified,

It’s time for US policy planners to deal with the China that exists, and not the imaginary one they have long hoped for.

Munich Shows More Cracks in the Transatlantic Alliance

A U.S. Air Force F-16C Fighting Falcon deployed from the 177th Fighter Wing, NJ Air National Guard, prepares to launch from Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, on Nov 28, 2011. U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht

The Munich Security Conference was supposed to underscore the ties that bind the transatlantic alliance. Instead, it emphasized what’s pulling it apart.

Assad Jumps into the Afrin Conflict

YPG fighters in Afrin, CC Flickr Kurdishstruggle, modified,

In a further escalation of the Syrian civil war, Damascus has vowed to help the Kurds of Afrin repel the advance of Turkey’s “Operation Olive Branch.”

Turkey: NATO’s Rogue Member State

A US Patriot missile system deployed in the Turkish city of Gaziantep in 2013. cc Flickr U.S. Army Europe, modified,

Is it time to consider kicking Turkey out of NATO?

Turkish Offensive against the Kurdish Enclave of Afrin

The United States Marine Corps provide fire support to the SDF during the Battle of Raqqa., public domain, USMC

Turkish forces have launched an operation against the Kurdish-majority enclave of Afrin, marking a new chapter in the Syrian civil war.

Trump Approves Lethal Arms Sales to Ukraine

UkraineSoldier, cc Ministry of Defense of Ukraine Flickr, modified,

Will greater parity along the ceasefire line deescalate conflict, or trigger a wider arms race?

Outlook 2018: Retrospective


Looking back on the major geopolitical trends of 2017.

The Rebirth of Russia’s Global Interests

Vladimir_Putinddd, cc The Russian Presidential Press and Information Office, modified,

In a case of history repeating, Moscow is making new diplomatic inroads into both the DPRK crisis and the Israel-Palestine peace process.

Turkey’s Domestic Crackdown: No End in Sight

Erdogan2, cc Flickr AMISOM Public Information, modified,

Turkey’s post-coup purges have come to a head with the trial of 11 human rights activists on terrorism charges.

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