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    How the U.S. Air Force Trains for a War with Russia (or Russian Fighters)
    May03

    How the U.S. Air Force Trains for a War with Russia (or Russian Fighters)

    Dave Majumdar Security, A Flanker was spotted engaged in a dogfight over the Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, range with against an F-16. As the United States Air Force continues its struggle with fielding enough aggressor aircraft for its combat aircraft crews to train against, contractors are stepping up to the plate. In some cases, contractors...

    New Report Suggests Russia’s Enclave of Kaliningrad Might Need to be Militarily ‘Neutralized’
    Apr29

    New Report Suggests Russia’s Enclave of Kaliningrad Might Need to be Militarily ‘Neutralized’

    Michael Peck Security, Europe Would NATO do it in time of war? Russia is not happy over a new RAND Corporation study that suggests the Russian city of Kaliningrad—the former German city of Königsberg—might need to be militarily “neutralized.” “Just Try It,” warned the headline of a Sputnik News article on the RAND study, which Sputnik described...

    Finland Seeks Continued U.S.-Russian Cooperation in the Arctic
    Apr27

    Finland Seeks Continued U.S.-Russian Cooperation in the Arctic

    Kenneth Yalowitz, Stacy Closson Security, Asia Could Russia’s defenisve measures and other geopolitical tensions negatively impact the Arctic Council’s cooperative efforts? Finland will assume the chairmanship next month of the eight-member Arctic Council at a time of heightened geopolitical tension. The council, which includes the...

    Get Ready, Russia: America’s Stealth F-35 Is Heading to the Baltics
    Apr26

    Get Ready, Russia: America’s Stealth F-35 Is Heading to the Baltics

    Saagar Enjeti Security, Europe Putin won’t be happy. The U.S. Air Force is dispatching the F-35A to Estonia Tuesday to reassure its European allies just days after Russian bombers flew near the coast of Alaska, CNN reports. The fighter jets will likely not be permanently stationed in the country but are part of the European Reassurance...

    Americans Are Not Ready to Go to War for Ukraine
    Apr25

    Americans Are Not Ready to Go to War for Ukraine

    Christopher A. Preble Security, Europe What should Americans be willing to risk, and to spend, to affirm Ukraine’s territorial integrity? Secretary of State Rex Tillerson committed what amounts to an unconscionable sin in the eyes of many foreign policy watchers when he wondered aloud two weeks ago during a meeting in Lucca, Italy,...

    What Does Russia Want? What Does America Need?
    Apr20

    What Does Russia Want? What Does America Need?

    TNI Staff Security, Europe A recent panel discussion tries to tackle the issue head on. Editor’s Note: You can find a video of the event described below here. On April 17, the Center for the National Interest hosted a panel discussion entitled “What Does Russia Want? What Does America Need?” Speakers included Steven Pifer, director of the...

    NATO’s Real Alliance Dilemma
    Apr17

    NATO’s Real Alliance Dilemma

    Ted Galen Carpenter Security, Europe NATO’s European members fret about Russia but don’t take the actions necessary to strengthen their militaries. 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...

    Why Russia’s Massive Zapad Military Exercises Scare the World
    Apr17

    Why Russia’s Massive Zapad Military Exercises Scare the World

    Kyle Mizokami Security, Europe And another is coming soon… A military exercise with origins in the former Soviet Union is now exacerbating tensions with NATO, particularly those members facing the Baltic Sea. Conducted four years ago, Zapad (“West”) 2013 was deeply illustrative not only of Russia’s strategic goals, but of how it...

    Is America’s Alliance with Turkey Doomed?
    Apr16

    Is America’s Alliance with Turkey Doomed?

    Sukru Hanioglu Security, Middle East The historic breakdown in Anglo-Ottoman relations is a useful model for evaluating today’s troubled alliance between the United States and Turkey. SHORTLY BEFORE his death in 1869, the pro-Western former Ottoman grand vizier and foreign minister Keçecizâde Mehmed Fuad Pasha commented, “It appeared...

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

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

    Christopher A. Preble Politics, Americas So far, Trump’s secretary of state has been virtually invisible. 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...

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