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    How Kosovo Poisoned America’s Relationship with Russia
    May22

    How Kosovo Poisoned America’s Relationship with Russia

    Ted Galen Carpenter Washington, DC perpetuated and deepened its Balkan blunder a few years after the Bosnia intervention when it intervened in Kosovo. Civil strife in Serbia’s restless, predominantly Albanian province, simmered and then flared in the mid-and late-1990s. This time, Washington didn’t even make a gesture of deferring to...

    The Anti-Russia Inquisition Intensifies
    May08

    The Anti-Russia Inquisition Intensifies

    Ted Galen Carpenter For a brief period in April, it appeared that the campaign that Democrats and neo-conservative Republicans were waging for a comprehensive investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with the Russian government to influence the 2016 presidential election had peaked and was beginning to ebb. The Trump...

    Donald Trump: The ‘Manchurian (Neoconservative) Candidate’?
    May01

    Donald Trump: The ‘Manchurian (Neoconservative) Candidate’?

    Doug Bandow He took barely three months to reveal the truth. Donald Trump is the true Manchurian Candidate, only a tool of Neoconservatives rather than Communists. A new movie is sure to come and undoubtedly will be a smash, the biggest ever with the most Academy Awards ever, at least if President Trump has his way. Donald Trump ran as a...

    Turkey’s Erdogan Plays Dictator in Constitutional Fight: Divides Nation as Popularity
    Apr27

    Turkey’s Erdogan Plays Dictator in Constitutional Fight: Divides Nation as Popularity

    Doug Bandow Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan secured near dictatorial powers in the recent constitutional referendum. Yet all is not well for the would-be sultan. He predicted that he’d win 60 percent or more of the vote, but barely broke 51 percent after rigging the ballot, destroying a free press, and criminalizing criticism....

    NATO’s Real Alliance Dilemma
    Apr18

    NATO’s Real Alliance Dilemma

    Ted Galen Carpenter NATO’s European members, especially the newest members in eastern Europe, incessantly fret about the threat that Vladimir Putin’s Russia poses to their countries and the continent. Their worries were noticeable even before the eruption of the Ukraine crisis in 2013 and 2014. Moscow’s 2008 military...

    Don’t Blame Tillerson for Trump’s Chaotic Foreign Policy
    Apr13

    Don’t Blame Tillerson for Trump’s Chaotic Foreign Policy

    Christopher A. Preble In his less than ten weeks on the job as secretary of state, Rex Tillerson has found himself subjected to almost daily criticism. Vladimir Putin initially refusing to meet with him. In the end, the two men did meet, but made little headway. During a meeting with European foreign ministers, he wondered aloud, “Why should U.S....

    Don’t Blame Tillerson for Trump’s Chaotic Foreign Policy
    Apr13

    Don’t Blame Tillerson for Trump’s Chaotic Foreign Policy

    Christopher A. Preble In his less than ten weeks on the job as secretary of state, Rex Tillerson has found himself subjected to almost daily criticism. Vladimir Putin initially refusing to meet with him. In the end, the two men did meet, but made little headway. During a meeting with European foreign ministers, he wondered aloud, “Why should U.S....

    Don’t Start a New Cold War over Syria
    Apr13

    Don’t Start a New Cold War over Syria

    Ted Galen Carpenter Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Moscow this week for his previously scheduled official visit with Russian officials. His journey came at a time when the chill in bilateral relations is especially acute following the U.S. missile strikes on Syria in response to the Assad government’s alleged use of chemical...

    The Case for a European Nuke
    Mar30

    The Case for a European Nuke

    Doug Bandow Europe is feeling a bit abandoned these days. Used to regular reassurances from Washington on its commitment to transatlantic security, European leaders are now shifting their defense strategies in response to mixed signals from President Donald Trump on the United States’ role in NATO. Even Secretary of Defense James Mattis has...

    Why Is Trump Abandoning the Foreign Policy That Brought Him Victory?
    Mar13

    Why Is Trump Abandoning the Foreign Policy That Brought Him Victory?

    Doug Bandow Candidate Donald Trump offered a sharp break from his predecessors. He was particularly critical of neoconservatives, who seemed to back war at every turn. Indeed, he promised not to include in his administration “those who have perfect resumes but very little to brag about except responsibility for a long history of failed policies...

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