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A Stronger Executive Can Help NATO Counter Emerging Threats

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Special Executive Presidential Privilege (SEPP) is a necessary counterweight to safeguard against the People’s Republic of China and the Russian Federation

A World Remade? Lessons from the Ukraine War

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The Ukraine war is producing some bitter lessons for those who believed that global society had moved beyond nation-based geopolitics.

War and Peace

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How to fight one and keep the other.

Making Sense of the Kazakhstan Protests

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What triggered the recent wave of protests and riots in Kazakhstan? And what’s next for the country?

Afghanistan: Another Missed Chance for EU Strategic Autonomy?

English: The 44th Mechanized Battery Infantry Regiment, Charlie Company, 2nd Platoon, conduct counter ambush and bounding techniques with light infantry soldiers and heavy armor CV90 tanks during exercise European Union Battle Group. European Union Battlegroup 2014-02, the European Union’s quick reaction force, is training 1,550 soldiers from Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Spain and the former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia as part of the certification training. (Photo by U.S. Army Spc. Franklin R. Moore/Released) https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:European_Battle_Group_Excercise_140220-A-OO646-027.jpg

Those hoping for greater EU strategic autonomy in the wake of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan are setting themselves up for disappointment.

How Long until the Next Iron Curtain Speech?

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Cold War history seems to be repeating, with Eastern Europe now swapped for the Indo-Pacific region. All that’s left is a parallel to Churchill’s iconic speech in 1946.

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.

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