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Section: The National Interest (USA)

    NATO and Russia Return to the Nuclear Precipice
    Mar31

    NATO and Russia Return to the Nuclear Precipice

    Nick Ritchie, Peter Rutland Security, Eurasia The stakes of escalation are the highest they’ve been since the Cold War. In one year’s time, it is possible that Donald Trump will be sitting in the White House. Across Europe, too, nationalist leaders are on the rise. What are the security implications of these developments? One of the...

    Saving the South China Sea Without Starting World War III
    Mar29

    Saving the South China Sea Without Starting World War III

    Van Jackson Security, Asia Washington must boost Asian nations’ reconnaissance. Greater operational transparency in the South China Sea has become a strategic imperative, and the United States needs to treat it as such by investing greater resources and political capital toward increasing the shared maritime awareness of Southeast Asian...

    Russia’s Artful Exit from Syria
    Mar28

    Russia’s Artful Exit from Syria

    Alexander Kirss Security, Middle East Moscow entered and exited the conflict all within five months. Vladimir Putin’s surprise announcement that he is withdrawing the majority of Russian troops stationed in Syria will lead to much speculation over his true motives for doing so. Has the Russian military, as his announcement claimed, actually...

    The Party’s Over: Prohibitionary Politics in Ukraine
    Mar25

    The Party’s Over: Prohibitionary Politics in Ukraine

    Matthew Pennekamp, Rachel Bauman Security, Europe The outright banning of a political party is a curiously illiberal move. In a news story that skirted the dragnet of public attention, the Kiev District’s administration court on December 16 announced that it was placing a ban on the Communist Party of Ukraine (KPU). The goal of both...

    Why Russia Is Claiming Victory In Syria
    Mar24

    Why Russia Is Claiming Victory In Syria

    Ilan Berman Security, Call it Vladimir Putin’s “mission accomplished” speech. The Russian president recently caused an international furor when he abruptly announced that his government was commencing a military withdrawal from Syria. Russia had “radically changed the situation” on the ground through its involvement, and its strategic...

    The Obama Doctrine: Made for the ’90s, Disastrous Today
    Mar21

    The Obama Doctrine: Made for the ’90s, Disastrous Today

    James F. Jeffrey Security, Americas The president is yielding to the dangerous currents that oppose the global status quo. Among the copious commentary on President Obama’s extraordinary foreign policy interview with the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg (“The Obama Doctrine”), Paul Pillar’s approving piece in the National Interest...

    The Obama Doctrine: Made for the ’90s, Disastrous Today
    Mar21

    The Obama Doctrine: Made for the ’90s, Disastrous Today

    James F. Jeffrey Global Governance, Americas The president isn’t interested in protecting the global status quo. Among the copious commentary on President Obama’s extraordinary foreign policy interview with the Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg (“The Obama Doctrine”), Paul Pillar’s approving piece in the National Interest stands...

    How Russia Views Its ‘Compatriots’ in the Near Abroad
    Mar17

    How Russia Views Its ‘Compatriots’ in the Near Abroad

    Vera Zakem, Paul J. Saunders Politics, Eurasia The Kremlin sees ethnic Russians as a powerful ally in the region. Approaching the second anniversary of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea, formalized with his signature on a parliamentary bill on March 18, 2014, Russia’s dramatic intervention in Syria has shifted...

    The Obama Doctrine and Ukraine
    Mar16

    The Obama Doctrine and Ukraine

    Steven Pifer, John Herbst Politics, Eurasia Has Washington done enough to support Kyiv? In an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic, President Obama laid out key elements of his approach to foreign policy. There is much in it with which one can agree. “Don’t do stupid s——” makes sense as an axiom of foreign policy—or of any...

    What’s at Stake in Morocco’s Royal Trip to Russia
    Mar15

    What’s at Stake in Morocco’s Royal Trip to Russia

    Ahmed Charai Politics, Africa King Mohammed VI visits the Kremlin for the first time since 2002. On March 15, Morocco’s King Mohammed VI is slated to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow—his first visit to the country since 2002. The agenda will cover a variety of bilateral issues with bearing on the two countries’...

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