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Patching Up Relations with Russia

Posted December 21st, 2016 at 10:56 am (UTC-4)
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NATO will celebrate its 70th birthday in 2019. Its original intent was to protect against a resurgence of Germany and to stymie the Communist bear. Times change and so must NATO. The United States and a new NATO must turn to de-escalating tensions with Russia.

All Cards on the Table: First-Use of Nuclear Weapons

Posted July 25th, 2016 at 11:47 am (UTC-4)
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First of all, we should stop believing that nuclear deterrence is Cold War thinking by people who want to retain Cold War weapon systems….Second, if the United States were to de-alert its nuclear forces, what message would re-alerting them send to an adversary during a crisis situation?

A U.S. Strategy Beyond the Cold War

Posted May 16th, 2016 at 9:21 am (UTC-4)
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Since the Cold War, the United States has been at a loss to define its national strategy. It attempted to respond to 9/11 as it did to Pearl Harbor, with a multi-theater campaign built on conventional force.  It tried to create an alliance structure to support its efforts….But this approach has not worked.

Antiterrorism After Obama

Posted March 24th, 2016 at 1:03 pm (UTC-4)
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Whatever one’s view of the Cold War…the world was united then in containing and defeating an ideology whose publicly stated goal was to displace the liberal values of the democracies. That unity was a “remnant” worth preserving. Instead, the world today is disunited in its opposition to the ideology of radicalized Islam.

Containing and Engaging Russia

Posted July 21st, 2015 at 11:43 am (UTC-4)
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Russia is working hard to weaken the European Union, courting the governments of Hungary and Greece, and funding extremist political parties in France, Bulgaria, Austria, Spain, Italy, Germany, and Belgium…. How to respond? The West needs to sharpen its approach.