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The Twilight of Pax Americana

KABUL, AFghanistan (Sept. 11, 2010) Fire Controlman 1st Class Andrew Eden, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Joint Command disclosure officer, right, and French Air Force Sgt. Lydia Briand prepare to raise the American Flag at Kabul International Airport in Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joseph Swafford/released)

The United States bears many of the hallmarks of a hegemon in decline.

Virtue Out of Necessity: Turkey to Roll Out World’s First Drone Carrier

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In building the world’s first drone carrier, Ankara is making the most out of its exclusion from the F-35 program. But the plan isn’t perfect.

What Afghanistan Teaches about the Art of the Possible

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Once again, the old adage is vindicated: Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

Civil War Looms ahead of US Withdrawal from Afghanistan

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Surging violence is a grim reminder that there is no credible peace process for post-NATO Afghanistan.

Pakistan Faces Tough Choices in Post-US Afghanistan

Afghan uniform police use sticks to eradicate a poppy field near the city of Qalat, Zabul province, Afghanistan, May 4. Photo by 1st Lt. Brian Wagner, cc Flickr ResoluteSupportMedia, modified, https://flickr.com/photos/isafmedia/5688713447/in/photolist-9EK57G-9EG95P-81JFMe-8PLWnK-9EG9jk-82Jn5D-62nTzJ-9EK4Ns-81N9Qq-81MRRf-62jWoe-81K1G6-bs9TR3-62iBDB-62iNDg-bs9TSU-62pbXm-62pdqA-62iAer-81K1f8-62jVre-62nPWE-5ZwCnW-81Na57-5Zsnm8-81MQdf-62iyGR-bF4N7g-7G91jC-81N9io-7ujqo6-7PXF82-5ZsAWx-81MRBm-bF4NeT-62nNAS-81MQTm-81MRi7-p7Sp3M-bF4Ndi-9CZLjW-7G52MV-q4rzxx-5ZwKR3-5BWeE3-d7EtLQ-d7Ev4o-d7EriL-5BWeGu-5GgxxS

President Biden may have ended Washington’s endless war. But for Pakistan, the real struggle might just be beginning.

Backgrounder: Geopolitics of the Eastern Mediterranean Conflict

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Who is backing who in simmering geopolitical tensions over energy deposits in the Eastern Mediterranean?

NATO Nuclear Sharing: Why it Still Matters

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Despite geopolitical landscape changes, one strategic dictum endures: the best way to avoid war is to increase its potential costs.

‘QUAD of the West’ Forms against Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean

MEDITERRANEAN SEA (Aug. 26, 2020) The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81), not pictured, executes a passing exercise with Turkish Navy frigates TCG Barbaros (F-244) and Burgazada (F-513) in the Mediterranean Sea, Aug. 26, 2020. Winston S. Churchill is deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in support of regional allies and partners and U.S. national security interests in Europe and Africa., modified, cc Flickr Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet, https://www.flickr.com/photos/cne-cna-c6f/50271831981/in/photolist-2jAmhcP-2haMApM-2haNErD-2gaP4QR-2hD6juY-RH5CUJ-2bF67ti-VxBNes-2hGRkqA-HCFGuD-2hqdMu5-2gEg8cf-2gUiawX-2hDgcCX-SZ1JT1-2gaN4qq-2hqfRnp-2gVhEXN-2hGDfKh-2haMAkF-2hFdvj2-2hGn39m-znkBA5-2gUirnE-2hDctte-2haQaMz-2hFnDn3-H43vF2-2gaNDEb-2gaN4jh-2gWgQxW-2hrHEYA-2hqchm2-2g5ya9R-2hHNyyf-2hFoA2d-2haRtoR-2haRirw-2hmSiv2-2gaNhSi-BdTSWE-2hGy2zf-2gaNooQ-2h5oRbS-2hFnuSh-2ghxo1s-2g5DKwy-2hrMBEh-24qHQwD-2cRhAAQ

Turkish actions in the Eastern Mediterranean have mirrored China’s actions in the South China Sea. And they’ve begun to produce the same kind of geopolitical response.

Invisible Warfare: NATO and the Geopolitical Storm on the Market Economy Horizon

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NATO states face a multitude of threats that transcend the military realm, and its high time that the Alliance’s planners took notice.

NATO Relations under a Biden Presidency

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Can a President Biden put the toothpaste back into the tube and restore faith in the North Atlantic Alliance?

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