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Can Trump Achieve His Energy Goals?
Sep24

Can Trump Achieve His Energy Goals?

Tim Boersma, Henry Bartelet Global Governance, Americas An energy dominant America and an EU yearning for an Energy Union can find each other, but that will require less ideology and more pragmatism. President Donald Trump announced his energy strategy for the United States on June 30, breaking from previous administrations’ calls for...

View from the Left: Trump, awash in Russia, pledges his undying commitment to U.S. sovereignty
Sep23

View from the Left: Trump, awash in Russia, pledges his undying commitment to U.S. sovereignty

Who could have guessed it? Amid a week of daily revelations detailing the tangled web of connections between Donald Trump’s associates and Russian operatives, Trump used the world stage at the United Nations to profess his undying dedication to U.S. sovereignty. “I will always put America first,” he told attendees during his speech....

Everything We Learned From Russia’s Massive Zapad Military Exercise
Sep23

Everything We Learned From Russia’s Massive Zapad Military Exercise

Nicholas J. Myers Security, Eurasia Is Russia’s military as good, or as bad, as they say? The conclusion of the large-scale Russian-Belarusian Zapad-2017 military exercise allows some initial reflections. Though the Zapad exercise series is a regular feature of the Russian strategic-operational exercise family, this is its first installment...

How Trump followed a Russian map straight to Paul Manafort
Sep23

How Trump followed a Russian map straight to Paul Manafort

Paul Manafort (Credit: Getty/Chip Somodevilla) It’s been the question right from the start, hasn’t it? Why Russia? And when you consider the Russians, why Trump? Well, I think I’ve got the answer: sanctions. What the Obama administration did, in effect, was put sanctions on fun, and Trump’s deal with the Russians was to...

Letter to the editor: Paul Manafort and me in Ukraine
Sep23

Letter to the editor: Paul Manafort and me in Ukraine

Paul Manafort (Credit: AP/Matt Rourke) After reading our Trump-Russia Timeline, Francine “Fran” Curro Cary wrote to us about her experiences in Ukraine as a Peace Corps volunteer. Her letter to the editor has been lightly edited for clarity. Paul Manafort had been busy working in Ukraine when I arrived in 2009 as a Peace Corps volunteer. Our...

This is the U.S. Army’s Handbook for Defeating Russia in a War
Sep23

This is the U.S. Army’s Handbook for Defeating Russia in a War

Michael Peck Security, The handbook recommends that U.S. forces train to fight in an environment where electronic warfare jams GPS and radios. The U.S. Army has published a handbook on how to defeat Russia’s hybrid-warfare strategy. The Russian New Generation Warfare Handbook, published in December 2016 and recently released over the...

US Looks to Keep Arms Control Treaty With Russia
Sep23

US Looks to Keep Arms Control Treaty With Russia

The United States sees value in the New START arms control treaty with Russia, despite Washington’s concerns about Moscow’s track record on arms control and other issues, senior U.S. officials said Friday. The remarks by the Trump administration officials, speaking to reporters on condition of anonymity, suggest the treaty will remain...

Ringside With Saakashvili’s Traveling Political Circus
Sep23

Ringside With Saakashvili’s Traveling Political Circus

Against all odds, Mikheil Saakashvili returned to Ukraine just two months after being stripped of his citizenship and banned. Now he is embarking on a wild national tour in an attempt to show he is back on the political map. …read more Source: Radio Free Europe / Radio...

The Simple Reason why Russia’s Military Is Back
Sep23

The Simple Reason why Russia’s Military Is Back

Dave Majumdar Security, North America And ready for anything. Overall, the DIA analysis—like its Cold War-era predecessor Soviet Military Power that was first published in 1981—is hawkish in its outlook. Only time will tell if the DIA’s analysis proves to be accurate, but as we learned after the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of...

After Charlottesville, The American Far Right Is Tearing Itself Apart
Sep23

After Charlottesville, The American Far Right Is Tearing Itself Apart

When white nationalist Richard Spencer coined the term “alt-right” nearly a decade ago, his movement was marginal, impotent, and striving for respectability. The phrase was a useful euphemism for his genocidal ideology, a palatable alternative to “the Ku Klux Klan” or “the American Nazi Party” to go with his suit, tie, and military undercut. In...

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