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Making a Killing Special | Ep. 30: A New Era for US Efforts Against Kleptocracy with Josh Rudolph

Nate Sibley et al.

The new US Strategy on Countering Corruption was released hours before the Summit for Democracy and promises to rewrite the rulebook on global anticor...

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The Realistic Path to Deterring China

Bryan Clark & Dan Patt

China’s accelerating military modernization has spurred a growing fatalism among some defense experts, maintaining that Taiwan is undefendable and t...

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The US Needs a Hypersonic Capability Now

Arthur Herman

Eighty years ago, imperial Japan used a technology first developed by the U.S. and the U.K.—carrier-based bombing and torpedo attacks—to cripple t...

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Biden’s Only Honorable Course on Ukraine and Russia

Walter Russell Mead

As President Biden tries to prevent a Russian attack on Ukraine, his administration continues to wrestle with a world that has refused to conform to i...

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America’s Enemies Fill the Vacuum She Leaves Abroad

Seth Cropsey & Harry Halem

President Biden’s meeting with Xi Jinping on November 15 shifted media attention from COP26 back to great-power politics, but a more subtle, yet per...

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A New Era in America’s Fight Against Corruption?

Casey Michel

This week, the U.S. will launch its tentpole effort at restoring global democracy to a firm footing. The Summit for Democracy, which will bring togeth...

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Counterbalance | Ep. 32: Why the Middle East Will Continue To Be at the Center of American Foreign Policy

Michael Doran & Robert Greenway

Mike talks with Hudson Institute’s Rob Greenway to provide a regional diagnosis of the Middle East. Greenway demonstrates how important American lea...

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My Time With the Bandit Warlords of Nigeria

James Barnett

Sitting in a plastic chair under the shade of a large rosewood tree, Alhaji Auta apologizes that he cannot serve me a full meal. He had planned to sla...

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Republicans Are Going To Help Democrats Draft Your Daughters Unless You Raise Cain

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

Efforts to draft America’s daughters for war is the perfect example of how the left’s quest for dissolving the distinctions between men and women ...

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Investigating COVID-19

David Asher

In an interview with Martha MacCallum on Fox News, David Asher discusses ongoing investigations into the origins of COVID-19. ...

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The WTO’s Fast Track to Irrelevance

Thomas J. Duesterberg

The Omicron scare provided a face-saving way to cancel the Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization, scheduled to open Nov. 30 in Geneva...

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Global Free Trade Is in Crisis

Walter Russell Mead

As diplomats prepare for December’s 110-government virtual Summit for Democracy, there is much hand-wringing over democracy’s global retreat. That...

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South Korea and America Must Look Beyond Pyongyang

Patrick M. Cronin

The announcement that South Korean technology giant Samsung will build a $17 billion semiconductor manufacturing facility in Texas is a bellwether for...

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Origin of Thanksgiving

Melanie Kirkpatrick

In an interview with Drew Mariani on Relevant Radio, Melanie Kirkpatrick discusses the origin of Thanksgiving. ...

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For JADC2, the Pentagon Should Learn From the 5G Community

Dan Patt

If the Pentagon wants a force that can fight jointly, it needs to abandon standards as it knows them. Since the last National Defense Strategy, senio...

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China’s Growing Aircraft Carrier Force

Seth Cropsey & Harry Halem

According to satellite imagery taken on 23 October, the People’s Liberation Army’s Type-003 aircraft carrier is nearing completion. Between 18 Se...

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Don’t Let Ideologues Steal Thanksgiving

Melanie Kirkpatrick

As we mark the 400th anniversary of what has come to be known as the First Thanksgiving, it is sadly necessary to come to the defense of the long-cher...

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A Shocking Reversal: The US Officially Turns a Blind Eye to Nigeria’s Endangered Christians

Lela Gilbert

After decades of disturbing eyewitness reports, today’s international religious freedom observers have become deeply concerned about Nigeria’s imp...

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All About Thanksgiving

Melanie Kirkpatrick

In a podcast interview on Next Round for the Pacific Research Institute, Melanie Kirkpatrick discusses the history of Thanksgiving. ...

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Thanksgiving: Four Centuries of History

Melanie Kirkpatrick

In an interview on NPR, Melanie Kirkpatrick discusses Thanksgiving. ...

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The Campaign to Distract Biden From Asia

Walter Russell Mead

Asia First does not mean Asia Alone. That is the hard lesson the world is busy teaching the Biden administration and the U.S. In Europe, American dipl...

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Five Best: Books on Thanksgiving Dinner

Melanie Kirkpatrick

The year following the famous feast that has come to be known as the First Thanksgiving, a slim volume of Pilgrim writings titled “Mourt’s Relation” ...

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How the Next Republican President Can Restore US Leadership on Climate Change

Nate Sibley

With the armada of private jets departed from Glasgow after the COP26 climate change conference, the world is left to reflect on "yet another round()"...

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Making a Killing | Ep. 29: American Kleptocracy with Casey Michel

Casey Michel et al.

Casey talks to Nate and Paul about his debut book, which chronicles the rise of US financial secrecy through the colorful stories of two famous klepto...

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COP26’s Unintended Consequences: Pushing Our Allies Into China’s Hands

Seth Cropsey

Careful observers of international affairs must remain attentive to the COP26 spectacle in Glasgow. The Biden administration seems fully committed to ...

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The US Military and the Coming Great-Power Challenge

Andrew F. Krepinevich, Jr.

For many of the last 30 years, the notion that the United States was locked in direct contest with other great powers seemed as outdated as the Cold W...

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Little Change After Biden-Xi Virtual Meeting

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

In an interview with Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business, Rebeccah Heinrichs discusses the Biden-Xi virtual summit. ...

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Dire Straits

Seth Cropsey

China poses the most direct challenge to America’s international position since the Soviet Union. True, since 2016, the U.S. public has become incre...

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Of Course Biden Didn’t Press Xi at Their Summit: The Feds Are Part of the COVID Coverup

David Asher

Call it Wuhangate. The scientific and circumstantial evidence that the COVID-19 pandemic resulted from a lab accident at the Wuhan Institute of Virol...

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The COP26 Summit and the Global Age of Shams

Walter Russell Mead

If there is one thing the world should take away from the Glasgow COP26 summit, it’s that the most dangerous greenhouse-gas emissions come from the ...

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Biden and Xi Virtual Meeting

H.R. McMaster

In an interview on CNBC’s Squawk Box, H.R. McMaster discusses the U.S.-China relationship ahead of the Biden-Xi summit. ...

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Our Vets, Our Enemies And The State Of Our Military

H.R. McMaster

In an interview with Trey Yingst on Fox News Rundown, H.R. McMaster discusses the importance of honoring those who served. ...

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Counterbalance | Ep. 31: The Gaza War, 2021

Michael Doran & Marshall Kosloff

Jonathan Schanzer, the Senior Vice President for Research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies has written the first book-length assessment of...

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The Fight Over Electric Vehicles and Taxes

Peter Rough

In an interview with James Rosen, Peter Rough discusses green energy technology and national security. ...

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Why America Needs National Conservatism

Christopher DeMuth

Proponents of communism often say it’s never really been tried. Progressivism can no longer make that excuse. Its doctrines are being widely impleme...

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As Xi Becomes the New Mao, America Must Wake Up to Beijing’s Deadly Ambitions

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping and . . . Xi Jinping? Five years ago, China’s Communist Party bestowed on Xi the title of “core” leader, placing the ...

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Making a Killing | Ep. 28: How Corruption Drives Climate Change

Nate Sibley et al.

Casey, Nate and Paul discuss the kleptocrats at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), the role of bribery in driving environmenta...

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All Things Thanksgiving

Melanie Kirkpatrick

In an interview on Radio Free Hillsdale, Melanie Kirkpatrick discusses Thanksgiving and Sarah Josepha Hale. ...

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China-US Rivalry Rests MAD Theory

Patrick M. Cronin

An intensifying China-U.S. rivalry may soon test the limits of deterrence theory. ...

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Memo Mr. Keating: We’re Not Crazy Brave on China

John Lee

A caricature of Australian strategic policy since Federation is that we slavishly attach ourselves to the dominant Western naval power of the day in t...

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Honor Veterans by Having the Will to Win a War

H.R. McMaster

On Veterans Day, it’s hard to look away from the catastrophe in Afghanistan. The consequences of a war lost through incompetence, delusion and self-...

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Will Quantum Computers Burst The Bitcoin Boom?

Arthur Herman

Everyone was stunned when the new mayor of New York City Eric Adams announced he was planning to receive his first three paychecks in Bitcoin, the cry...

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Rising Tensions with China

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

In an interview with Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business, Rebeccah Heinrichs discusses rising tensions with China. ...

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I Was Born in a Chinese ‘Reeducation Camp.’ I’m Watching History Repeat Itself

Nury Turkel

I was born in a Chinese reeducation camp, where my mother was detained in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, which many Uyghurs call East Turkista...

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Biden Administration Needs to Face Reality: China Is an Enemy

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

The United States is finally, at least rhetorically, committed to competing in an age of great power competition. The Trump administration made the co...

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Investigating COVID-19's Connection to Wuhan Lab

David Asher

In an interview with Martha MacCallum on Fox News, David Asher discusses COVID-19 origins. ...

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Xi Jinping Battens Down the Hatches

Walter Russell Mead

“A man of determination and action,” gushed China’s official news outlet Xinhua in a courageously fawning 12,000-word profile. “A man of profo...

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After the Election: The Security of Japan and the Japan-US Alliance

James J. Przystup

With the election over, it is now both the best of times and the worst of times for Prime Minister Kishida and the security challenges facing Japan. ...

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More Than Just a Fire: The Bonnie Dick Reveals a Navy in Shambles

Seth Cropsey

The final assessment of the USS Bonhomme Richard fire reveals that the U.S. Navy is hobbled by questionable training, a shortage of personnel, and a g...

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Making a Killing | Ep. 27: America's Real Estate Laundromat

Casey Michel

Casey speaks with Lakshmi Kumar, policy director at Global Financial Integrity, about the damaging - and deadly - consequences of money laundering in ...

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The US and EU Shake Up Global Trade

Walter Russell Mead

The Group of 20 summit in Rome last weekend was highly unusual. Unlike most global gabfests, it actually mattered—not because the sterile G-20 forma...

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Needed: A Military Strategy for China

Seth Cropsey

‘Strategic ambiguity” is the longstanding U.S. policy toward Taiwan, but President Biden’s approach has been more ambiguous than strategic. Aske...

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Passage Through India

Mike Watson

During a visit to the ruins of the city of Gauda, Suchitra Vijayan ran across a honeymooning couple from Gujarat. “I salute our armed forces!” sho...

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Preserving the Warrior Ethos

H.R. McMaster

The warrior ethos that emerged in the modern Western world has its origins in the warrior myth as embodied by Achilles, the hero of the Trojan War in ...

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Learn the Right Lessons from the Chinese Hypersonic Missile Test

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

The Financial Times reported earlier this month that China launched two hypersonic missiles last summer. The launch—using what's called a "fract...

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Making a Killing | Ep. 26: Rethinking Sanctions

Paul Massaro & Casey Michel

Casey and Paul discuss the US Treasury Department's recent sanctions review, raids on sanctioned Russian oligarchs, and why targeted sanctions rema...

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Libya’s Islamists: A Fragmented Landscape

Alison Pargeter

Post-Qadhafi Libya has been defined by chaos, division and disintegration. With the once-strong center in tatters, the country has fragmented into an ...

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US Benefits From Stronger Bond Between Seoul and Tokyo

H.R. McMaster

Our enemies see a diminished America as a win for them. Our friends see it as a loss. When we work together with friends and allies, we — and all th...

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Chinese Hypersonics?

Seth Cropsey

The Financial Times report about China's new hypersonic weapon has caused a stir among the Washington policy class. The FT indicated that Chin...

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The North-South Divide: Nigerian Discourses on Boko Haram, the Fulani, and Islamization

Michael Nwankpa

Nigeria, Africa’s most populous state, faces intersecting and multidimensional security crises in nearly every part of the country. In northeastern ...

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Salafis, Sufis, and the Contest for the Future of African Islam

Joshua Meservey

For centuries, most African Muslims observed their faith according to Sufi practices. Syncretic, mystical, and emphasizing experiencing God, Sufism wa...

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In Europe, Confusion Reigns About the US

Walter Russell Mead

After almost two years of Covid-induced absence from Paris and Berlin, I returned to the old world to make a surprising discovery: Europe no longer un...

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The Counterterrorism Conundrum: Exploring the Evolution of South Africa’s Extremist Networks

Brenda Githing'u

In March 2021, the Mozambican jihadist group Ahlus Sunnah Wal-Jama’ah (ASWJ) launched a highly coordinated attack on Palma, a coastal town in northe...

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Counterbalance | Ep. 30: The Geopolitics of Energy

Michael Doran & Marshall Kosloff

Professor Brenda Shaffer, Research Faculty Member at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, Senior Advisor for Energy at the Foundation for the Defense o...

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Hudson Institute Honors Neal & Linden Blue with 2021 Herman Kahn Award

Hudson Institute

On October 19, 2021, Hudson Institute honored Hudson Trustee Linden Blue and Neal Blue with the 2021 Herman Kahn Award, in recognition of their contri...

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Stripping Intellectual Property Rights from COVID-19 Vaccines Is Disastrous

Adam Mossoff

The Covid-19 pandemic grinds on with the Delta variant dashing hopes of a return to normalcy this fall. Throughout, politicians and activists have mad...

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The Distracted Defense Department

Nadia Schadlow

The Defense Department is in trouble under the Biden administration. It surrendered to the Taliban and has been slow in responding to the challenge po...

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China’s COVID Coverup and Its Terrible Costs Demand Accountability. US Must Step Up

Michael R. Pompeo & Lewis Libby

The Biden administration’s mounting Afghanistan, immigration, and spending woes threaten to obscure its failure to hold Beijing accountable for the ...

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The US Is Wholly Unequipped to Resupply Forces in a Great-Power Conflict

Seth Cropsey & Harry Halem

The current American consumer goods crisis presages the effects of a militarized Sino-American confrontation. Indeed, confrontation is increasingly i...

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Taiwan's Special Operations Forces

Seth Cropsey

The confirmation on 7 October that U.S. Special Operations Forces have been training the Taiwanese military since last year is a welcome sign of polic...

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Can the Australia-India-Japan Strategic Triangle Counter China?

James J. Przystup

Henry Kissinger thought in triangles. His strategic triangle featured the United States, the Soviet Union, and China. Today, there is a new strategic ...

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What We Risk If We Fail to Fully Modernize the US Nuclear Deterrent

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

Central to the effectiveness of U.S. strategic deterrence is convincing our enemies of our resolve to defend American vital interests from aggression ...

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Energy Crisis Hobbles Biden’s Green Agenda

Walter Russell Mead

As energy prices soar around the world, the key assumption behind President Biden’s foreign policy faces a severe test. That assumption is that aggr...

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Thinking about Deterrence for Japan and Stability in Asia

Masashi Murano & Yoko Iwama

As China continues its rapid rise to power, the East Asian region can expect to see instability remain a fact of life for some time to come. What mu...

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WHO Creates New Team To Study COVID Origins

David Asher

In an interview with David Asher on Fox News, David Asher discusses COVID origins. ...

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Oil Prices on the Rise

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

In an interview with Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business, Rebeccah Heinrichs discusses oil prices. ...

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Why China Is Winning the War for High Tech

Arthur Herman

"China Demonstrates Most Powerful Quantum Computer.” That was the headline from the Australian scientific journal Cosmos this July, which came w...

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Making a Killing | Ep. 25: Pandora Papers Fallout

Nate Sibley et al.

Casey, Nate and Paul discuss the biggest stories emerging from Azerbaijan, Chile, Czech Republic, Pakistan and elsewhere, amid calls for heightened sc...

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Counterbalance | Ep. 29: Great Power Competition and Future of American Defense Policy

Marshall Kosloff

Elbridge Colby, author of The Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an Age of Great Power Conflict, joins Marshall to discuss how great power compet...

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Growing China Threat

H.R. McMaster

In an interview on CNBC’s Squawk Box, H.R. McMaster discusses China’s increasing threat in the Indo-Pacific. ...

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Xi Jinping’s Two-Track Foreign Policy

Walter Russell Mead

Xi Jinping stunned the world over the weekend. The Chinese leader’s Oct. 9 speech left no doubt about his commitment to the ultimate incorporation o...

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Azerbaijan’s Defiant Message to Iran

Michael Doran

A picture is worth a thousand policy briefs. On Oct. 4, Ilham Aliyev, the president of Azerbaijan, mugged for the cameras. Beaming before reporters, h...

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Counterbalance | Ep. 28: The Dream Palace of American Foreign Policy

Michael Doran & Marshall Kosloff

Mike & Marshall return from their fall break to reflect on how group-think within academia today has created a dangerous culture of consensus of analy...

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How an African Dictator’s Son Used Dirty Money to Build the World’s Largest Michael Jackson Memorabilia Collection

Casey Michel

The following is an excerpt from Casey Michel’s book, “American Kleptocracy: How the U.S. Created the World’s Greatest Money Laundering Scheme...

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China Is Clearly the Biggest National Security Threat to the US

Bryan Clark

In an interview on Government Matters, Bryan Clark discusses the China threat and U.S. national defense strategy. ...

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Making a Killing | Ep. 24: Inside the Pandora Papers with Miranda Patrucic

Nate Sibley & Paul Massaro

Miranda Patrucic, a senior Organized Crime and Corruption Project journalist who worked on the Pandora Papers, explains how she followed the money as ...

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National Diversity Is the Sine Qua Non of EU Reform and European Revival

Christopher DeMuth

A conversation with Sándor Lénárd, Institute for American Studies, Hungarian University of Public Service ...

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Former State Department Official Flags WHO Probe Into COVID-19 Origins as ‘Incomplete,’ Potentially ‘Corrupt’

Thomas DiNanno

In an interview with Bill Hemmer on America’s Newsroom, Tom DiNanno discusses COVID origins. ...

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The Fatal Flaw in the West’s Fight Against Autocracy

Casey Michel

To hear Western politicians tell it, liberal democracies are in an existential fight against the forces of autocracy, despotism, and dictatorship arou...

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China’s Unstable Political Economy

John Lee

The world has been watching as the Chinese real-estate giant Evergrande flails, and some have been asking whether Beijing will soon have a moment akin...

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China Tests Both Taiwan and the US

Seth Cropsey & Harry Halem

Since last Friday, 1 October, the Chinese Communist Party has escalated its incursions into Taiwanese airspace. Initially, this coincided with China'...

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Betting on a ‘New’ Afghanistan? Forget It

Seth Cropsey & Harry Halem

It is a question of time until terror attacks occur again with their roots in a Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. The news cycle, of course, has alread...

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Biden’s Biggest Tests Aren’t in Washington

Walter Russell Mead

Political junkies are fixated on the stalemate over two (two!) trillion-dollar-plus spending bills whose failure could derail Joe Biden’s presidency...

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The 3 Pillars of Asia’s New Security Architecture

Patrick M. Cronin

Asean, the Quad and Aukus are the load-bearing pillars on which Indo-Pacific security will rest in the coming decades. The first is a norm-builder, th...

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America's Quad Fallacy

Arthur Herman

Last Friday, President Biden met with his Indian, Australian, and Japanese counterparts for their Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (the “Quad” for ...

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Top Generals Grilled on Capitol Hill

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

In an interview with Neil Cavuto on ‘Your World,’ Rebeccah Heinrichs discusses Gen. Mark Milley and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s congression...

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Making a Killing | Ep. 23: Hunter Biden’s Anonymous Art Problem and China’s Hostage Diplomacy

Nate Sibley et al.

Casey, Paul and Nate discuss why Hunter Biden’s plan to auction his artwork to anonymous bidders engages serious money laundering risks, what Meng Wan...

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It’s Time To Pull the Plug on Our Toxic Relationship With Pakistan

Arthur Herman

There’s a familiar saying: Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. “Fool me three times, however, and all is forgiven” has become ...

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Aukus Is the Indo-Pacific Pact of the Future

Walter Russell Mead

International summits almost inevitably end in grandiose joint communiqués, most of which are quickly forgotten. This month’s announcement of the A...

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AUKUS Reverberations

Seth Cropsey & Harry Halem

Although thankfully rescinded now, France’s recall of its American ambassador risked transforming the diplomatic row over AUKUS, the newly-formed Au...

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