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The Realignment Ep. 39: Michael Shellenberger's Alternatives to the Green New Deal

Marshall Kosloff & Saagar Enjeti

Michael Shellenberger, environmentalist activist, founder and president of Environmental Progress, joins The Realignment to make the pro-nuclear, anti...

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The Advertisers That Boycott Facebook Will Pay

Harold Furchtgott-​Roth

Ford, Uniliver, Pfizer, and over 500 other companies have recently pledged to suspend advertising spending on Facebook and other social networks as pa...

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Pentagon And Congress Risk Bungling Drive To Modernize U.S. Military

Bryan Clark

In the two years since America’s National Defense Strategy heralded the return of great power competition, military leaders have called for U.S. force...

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Libya’s Foul Foretaste of the Post-American World

Walter Russell Mead

Does Libya show us the future of world politics? U.S. engagement there has been minimal since a 2012 terrorist attack killed four Americans, includin...

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The CCP’s Refusal to Join the U.S. in Arms Talks Intensifies Concerns about China’s Nukes

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

China is determined to outmuscle and outmaneuver the United States in every military domain. It would be foolish to base American security strategy on...

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Everyone Knows We’re Arming Up Because of China

John Lee

Take with a large grain of salt the diplomatic denials that the 2020 Strategic Defence Update and "commitment to spend $270bn on defence across the ne...

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How the U.S. Must Respond to China’s Exploitation of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Seth Cropsey & Harry Halem

On June 30, the Chinese Communist Party’s Standing Committee, the functional seat of power in mainland China, approved a “national security” law...

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The Sun Ever Sets on the British Empire

Walter Russell Mead

Sometimes life throws you a metaphor. As my neighbors and I stood, masked and socially distanced, to watch Washington’s fireworks Saturday, a thick ...

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Checking The Power of Progressive Big Philanthropy

William A. Schambra & Michael Hartmann

Most Americans think of philanthropy or charity as benevolent activity undertaken among neighbors and fellow worshippers within small, local organizat...

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The Message in Russia's New Nuclear Weapons Strategy: Don't Mess With Us, but Let's Talk

Richard Weitz

For the first time ever, the Russian government has publicly released a document laying out the logic and principles underpinning its approach to nucl...

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‘An Unladylike Profession’ Review: New Recruits, Over There

Melanie Kirkpatrick

When bestselling mystery novelist Mary Roberts Rinehart, in 1914, asked the editor of the Saturday Evening Post to send her to Europe to cover the war...

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End the Jones Act? Ask Alexander Hamilton

Timothy A. Walton & Bryan Clark

The Jones Act celebrates its 100th birthday this year. Don’t worry if you forgot to send a gift–you're not alone. The law requires that ships enga...

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The Realignment Ep. 38: Nick Timothy, the UK's Political Realignment

Marshall Kosloff & Saagar Enjeti

Nick Timothy, author of Remaking One Nation: The Future of Conservatism and former Chief of Staff to U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, joins The Realig...

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Cutting Coast Guard Funds Threatens Our Security, at Home and in the Pacific

Seth Cropsey

America faces a series of threats that require the integration of all instruments of national power. This goes far beyond “joint operations.” At t...

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Moscow’s Evolving Southern Strategy

Richard Weitz

Despite the collapse of the Soviet Union, the newly independent states of the Caspian and Russia are still deeply intertwined in each other’s econom...

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The Multitier Battle Against Chinese 5G Dominance

Thomas J. Duesterberg

China’s ascent to global market share leadership in advanced commercial telecommunications has featured many tactics: subsidization of domestic produc...

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Protecting Undersea Cables Must Be Made a National Security Priority

Nadia Schadlow

Data is arguably the most important strategic asset to emerge in the 21st century. Access to data and the ability to protect its integrity are vital t...

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Netanyahu Needs to Slice the Annexation Salami

Walter Russell Mead

The Israeli cabinet is scheduled to begin discussions this week on the possible unilateral annexation of Israeli settlements in the West Bank along wi...

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Facing Trump, Putin, and Xi, London Needs Old Allies for New Ideas

Ben Judah

Hong Kong, where the sun finally set on the British Empire in 1997, is now the fulcrum of London’s most fateful foreign-policy decisions since Brexi...

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The Global Political Pandemic

Walter Russell Mead

Two pandemics are sweeping the planet, and so far nobody has found a cure for either. There’s Covid-19 and there’s a global democracy blight causi...

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Erdogan’s Agenda: Neo-Ottoman Ambition or Pan-Islamist Zeal?

Lela Gilbert

Turkish aggression in at least five countries has been headlined in international news reports just this month, June 2020. These accounts focus on Pre...

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Money Laundering Loophole Allows China's Shell Companies to Attack and Steal From U.S.

Nate Sibley

America faces a serious, pervasive and anonymous threat to national security. A top Pentagon official recently called it the “biggest concern [and] ...

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China is the United States' Biggest Threat

Michael Pillsbury

In an interview with Lou Dobbs on Fox Business, Michael Pillsbury discusses the need for increased FBI funding for counterintelligence against China. ...

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It's Time To Rethink Japan's Missile Defenses

Timothy A. Walton & Bryan Clark

The government of Japan’s recent decision to scrap its Aegis Ashore ballistic missile defense installations raises concerns about the Japan-U.S. allia...

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The Vanguard of Record

John Fonte

The leftist demagoguery of playing the “race card” did not begin with the candidacy of Donald J. Trump. It has been building for nearly 50 years. ...

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Qassem Soleimani’s Fall and the Battle Inside Iraq to Come

Ranj Alaaldin

Years may pass before we can fully appraise the extent to which Soleimani’s network will recover from the loss of its towering patron. ...

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Make the States More European

Mike Watson

As spring turns to summer, temperatures are rising outdoors and on the Hill. Last week, Mitch McConnell "noted()":https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/15/polit...

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Turkey Is Moving Toward A Neo-Ottoman Regime With Calls To Convert Hagia Sophia

Paul Marshall

Two decades ago, Ahmet Davutoğlu, who subsequently became Turkish foreign minister, announced that Turkey wanted a “no enemies” foreign policy. B...

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Canada's 5G Moment of Truth

Arthur Herman

It’s like an episode from Homeland. In December 2018 Canadian officials arrested Meng Wanzhou, the CFO of China’s biggest telecom equipment compa...

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Amidst Chinese Aggression, U.S. Cannot Afford to Dilute Its IP Laws

Adam Mossoff

America's trade war with China took an unexpected turn with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the global shutdown continues to ravage both countr...

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Thousands Taken: Kidnappings by North Korea’s Kim Dynasty Continue for Half a Century

Melanie Kirkpatrick

The death of Shigeru Yokota in June was a reminder of the atrocities perpetrated by North Korea under its kidnapping program in the 1970s and 1980s. ...

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70 Years After the War, No Resolution in Korea

Walter Russell Mead

The Korean War began 70 years ago, on June 25, 1950, when Kim Jong Un’s grandfather sent troops across the 38th parallel into the South. Pyongyang s...

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Big Tech’s Opposition to Section 101 Reform: Policy Rhetoric versus Economic Reality

Adam Mossoff

A year ago, the Senate held three days of hearings with 45 witnesses on a legislative proposal that would have brought much-needed reform of 35 U.S.C....

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The Great Pause Was an Economic Revolution

Bruno Maçães

We know from every disaster movie that time is supposed to accelerate, not stand still, during a catastrophe. If asked to draw a scenario months ago, ...

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America Doesn’t Need an Industrial Policy

Thomas J. Duesterberg

While the Covid-19 pandemic appears to be easing, the spending battles in Washington are as animated as ever. With both parties eager to set the econo...

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The Imperial Presidency Will Outlast Trump

Walter Russell Mead

Another week, another series of crises in the exhausting if not quite yet exhausted presidency of Donald Trump. Like a hurricane over dry land, the ad...

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Transcript: Congressman Mike Gallagher on the Importance of Strategic Alliances Amid Chinese Communist Aggression

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

Following is the full transcript of the June 8th, 2020 Hudson online livestream event titled Congressman Mike Gallagher on the Importance of Strategic...

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The Realignment Ep. 37 Re-Up: Bhaskar Sunkara, Debating the Socialist Manifesto

Marshall Kosloff & Saagar Enjeti

Bhaskar Sunkara, founding editor and publisher of the socialist magazine Jacobin, joins The Realignment to debate Marshall and Saagar on the vices and...

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The Pentagon Must Not Falter in Its Drive To Network Its Weapons and Sensors

Seth Cropsey

The dominance in coordination, intelligence, and targeting that enabled American victory in conventional conflicts throughout the post-Cold War period...

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Google's Antics Harm the Internet, Aid Its Critics

Harold Furchtgott-​Roth & Kirk R. Arner

"Google’s attempt()":https://www.wsj.com/articles/nbc-tries-to-cancel-a-conservative-website-11592410893?mod=opinion_lead_pos5 to “demonetize” "...

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America’s Dangerous Game of Drones

Arthur Herman

From World War II until today, America’s unsurpassed military power has been built on air supremacy. All experts agree that the future of air power ...

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Western Pacific Problems: Why We Must Preserve America's Bombers

Andrew F. Krepinevich, Jr.

Margaret Thatcher famously said that “Power is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.” The Air Force’s recent “e...

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It’s Not Broke! And You’re Not Fixing It!

Martha Bayles

There’s a lot of blood on the floor in Washington these days, so the reader may not be focused on the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM). But it...

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What Should India Do Now to Fight China's Provocations?

Satoru Nagao

Since late May, China has positioned nearly 5,000 troops and occupied at least three areas along its disputed border with India, known as the Line of ...

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Even if COVID-19 Goes Away, the Economy Isn't Going Back to "Normal"

Brendan Brown

Speculative frenzy in the midst of recession is not a new phenomenon. Yet the extent of the “madness” this time might well beat records in the sma...

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What Guyana Needs Now

Tod Lindberg

Any victory for democracy and the rule of law is worth celebrating in these tumultuous times, no matter how small the country. Guyana, an English-spea...

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Prioritizing Security Over Speed in the New Space Race

Richard Weitz

Media elation at the recent U.S. space achievements needs to be tempered by recognizing that the history of space exploration is one of the setbacks. ...

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Three Ways To Fix The Meat Industry’s Empathy Problem

Hank Cardello

Like many of its beleaguered workers — almost 27,000 of whom have tested positive for Covid-19 — the American meatpacking megalopolis is showing up fo...

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2019 Annual Report

Hudson Institute

Hudson Institute was made for policy moments like these....

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‘From Here to Equality’ Review: The Work of Atonement

Walter Russell Mead

The idea of compensating the descendants of American slaves for the injustices inflicted on their ancestors, as William A. Darity and A. Kirsten Mulle...

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Trump Administration Takes on the Chinese Communists

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

Over the last few months, President Trump has unleashed the most intense round of U.S. actions against the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in decades. ...

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Red Storm Rising

Michael Pillsbury

In an interview with Lou Dobbs on Fox Business, Michael Pillsbury discusses Secretary Mike Pompeo’s meeting with China’s top diplomat. ...

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Can We Keep Our 'Grey Zone' Edge Over Our Enemies?

Seth Cropsey

Chinese fighter jets crossed the Taiwan Strait’s “mid-line,” the unofficial boundary between Taipei and Beijing, on Feb. 10. Since then, Chinese...

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Diplomatic Considerations for LCRs

Thomas J. Duesterberg

Michael Lind’s essay on local content requirements (LCRs) has an Occam’s Razor-like elegance and plausibility, proposing LCRs as the most effective to...

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Coronavirus and the Climate

Walter Russell Mead

As Covid-19 continues to disrupt the world economic and political order, the global climate-change movement faces a choice: Learn the lessons of the p...

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U.S. Policy Regarding Turkish, Russian Moves in Libya

Richard Weitz

In an interview with Al Arabiya, Richard Weitz discusses Turkey and Russia military action in Libya. ...

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Yes, We Can Win the Cold War With China — Here's How

Robert Spalding

The United States is in the midst of a 21st century cold war with China. A shockwave that started in Wuhan last December, when the "novel coronavirus(...

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USCIRF Hearing: Applause and Alarm for Syria’s Fledgling Northeast Government

Lela Gilbert

On June 10, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) hosted a crucial hearing in response to numerous reports of religious free...

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How Islamists are Ruining Islam

Mustafa Akyol

The great crisis of the great Islamic civilization is generated by the conflict between those Muslims who want to uphold a pre-modern worldview and......

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China is Afraid of Decoupling

Michael Pillsbury

In an interview with Lou Dobbs on Fox Business, Michael Pillsbury discusses China’s intent to fight back against attempts at decoupling. ...

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On Terms of Trade

Thomas J. Duesterberg

After the fall of the Soviet Empire and the entry of China into the global trading system, a new idea was added to the canon of neoliberalism: that fo...

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It's Time to Revisit Section 230 - But Not For the Reasons You Think

Harold Furchtgott-​Roth & Kirk R. Arner

Reacting to the perceived political bias of certain social media platforms, President Trump recently issued an executive order...

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The Primacy of Pragmatism

Samuel Tadros

A plague has occurred that is unprecedented and the likes of which we have never heard of before … it has spread throughout the country, east a...

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A Big Step for Religious Freedom

Nina Shea

For decades religious freedom has been treated as the unwanted stepchild in the human-rights side of U.S. foreign policy. But in a rare ray of light t...

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Pentagon Needs To Go Faster — And Slower —On Unmanned Systems

Bryan Clark

Robots, unmanned systems, autonomous vehicles–they go by many names, but ships and aircraft without an onboard operator are increasingly portrayed a...

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The Case for Limited Conscription

Seth Cropsey & Harry Halem

The pandemic that began in, and spread from, China will lead to serious, linked financial and security challenges for the United States. As America lo...

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George Floyd's Killing Exposes Flaws in U.S. Political System, but No Other Country's Is Better

Seth Cropsey

I've been in downtown Washington, D.C., several times in the past few days and have watched protesters insist on accountability for the "killing of Ge...

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‘The Arab Winter’ Review: The Dreams of Youth

Michael Doran

Noah Feldman, Harvard law professor and Middle East expert, is a democracy promoter who’s been mugged by reality. In “The Arab Winter: A Tragedy,...

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The Thinking Behind Trump’s Troop Cut in Germany

Walter Russell Mead

President Trump’s decision to withdraw 9,500 troops from Germany stunned officials in both countries—including many in his own administration. The...

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Forget the G-7, Build the D-10

Ben Judah

The canceled G-7 summit this week, unfortunately, is no great misfortune. Though it’s a shame that the group of seven major industrialized nations...

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Not the Time to Recycle Bad Ideas

Tim Morrison

If you were hoping that the Chinese coronavirus would be an opportunity to work together to develop a bipartisan approach to making sure this can’t...

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Is Trump Losing Trust in China?

Michael Pillsbury

In an interview with Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business, Michael Pillsbury discusses the growing list of tensions between the U.S. and China. ...

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China’s Propaganda Machine

Michael Pillsbury

In an interview with Lou Dobbs on Fox Business, Michael Pillsbury discusses China’s propaganda machine and the CCP’s use of channels of influence to e...

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Navy Force Structure

Bryan Clark

In a podcast interview on the Defense and Aerospace Report daily podcast, Bryan Clark discusses Navy force structure and his recent testimony to the H...

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The Pandemic: A Global Review

Walter Russell Mead

The coronavirus pandemic is not, by the standards of the great plagues of the past, a particularly deadly disease. The plague that struck the Athens o...

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Will Trump Follow Nixon's 1968 'Law and Order' Playbook?

Bruno Maçães

On the campaign trail in 1968, a bold memo by a young aide, “Middle America and the New Republican Majority,” started circulating among the Nixon ...

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Who’s Winning—And Who’s Losing—The War Over 5G

Arthur Herman

The outbreak and spread of the Coronavirus aroused global doubts about the Chinese government’s credibility and trustworthiness—and no wonder. Wit...

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'Black Lives Matter' Around The World, Including In Nigeria Amid Rising Violence

Lela Gilbert

For good reason, there has been a national outcry about the brutal death of George Floyd, a black man who died under the knee of a white police office...

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Remember Megumi Yokota, the Girl North Korea Snatched in 1977

Melanie Kirkpatrick

For Americans, the face of North Korea’s human-rights depredations is Otto Warmbier, the University of Virginia student who died three years ago at ...

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China Has ‘Politicised and Weaponised’ Race

John Lee

In an interview on Sky News Australia, John Lee discusses increasing tensions between Australia and the CCP. ...

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Enemies See a Weak and Divided U.S.

Walter Russell Mead

As the White House fumbles with its response to the country’s most disruptive mass movement since the Vietnam War and U.S. society reflects on the a...

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India Could Emerge as the Global Power the World Has Been Waiting for After COVID

Aparna Pande

The crisis unleashed by the coronavirus pandemic will almost definitely create a new global order, and India could emerge stronger. But for that, Indi...

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Why Germany's Nuclear Mission Matters

Peter Rough & Frank A. Rose

Earlier this month, the influential head of the Social Democratic Party’s (SPD) parliamentary group, Rolf Mützenich, called...

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What's Behind Beijing's Latest Power Play?

Eric B. Brown & Charles Horner

On May 22, China’s ruling Communist Party acted to end the autonomy that Hong Kong had enjoyed since its return to Chinese sovereignty in 1997. Hong...

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Statement: Future Force Structure Requirements for the United States Navy

Bryan Clark

Chairman Courtney, Ranking Member Wittman, and distinguished members of the committee, I am honored to appear today for this discussion of the U.S. Na...

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Future of Indo-Pacific in Post COVID-19 World

Satoru Nagao

In a panel discussion for NIICE Nepal, Satoru Nagao discusses the future of the Indo-Pacific in the post coronavirus political landscape. ...

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Riots, Looting and America Burning — The End of the Progressive Dream

Arthur Herman

There is a big debate about designating Antifa a terrorist group and what if any steps the federal government can take to stop the rioting. But we all...

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US-China Relations: Are Our Adversaries Contributing to Unrest?

Michael Pillsbury

In an interview with James Rosen on Sinclair, Michael Pillsbury discusses Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the WHO. ...

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ECB’s 500 Billion Euro Bond Buying Is Already Priced In

Brendan Brown

In an interview on Bloomberg Daybreak Europe, Brendan Brown discusses the European Central Bank’s extension of the QU purchase program and the Europea...

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A Global Strategy That Can Appeal to Trump Voters

Walter Russell Mead

Donald Trump will be president for either 7½ more months or 4½ more years. The voters who support him will be around for much longer. For students...

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Making America Quantum-Safe In The Post COVID-19 Era

Arthur Herman

The traumatic events of the past months have underlined one fundamental truth: the only thing more important than the safety and security of Americans...

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W.H.O. Covers for China

Michael Pillsbury

In an interview with Lou Dobbs on Fox Business, Michael Pillsbury discusses China’s aggressive rhetoric towards Trump administration officials. ...

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How China's Hawks Still Exploit the 1989 Tiananmen Protests

Michael Pillsbury

In his Friday address on Hong Kong, President Donald Trump mused that we once hoped that "Hong Kong would be a glimpse of China's future." What he mea...

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The China Factor in U.S.-Israel Relations

Douglas J. Feith

Over the years, disagreements on China have damaged the US-Israeli relationship. At the moment, they are irritants, but if mishandled, they could seve...

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The World Waits Out Trump

Walter Russell Mead

As a beleaguered Trump administration struggles with an unprecedented surge of domestic challenges, foreign leaders friendly and otherwise are recalib...

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Intelsat and the Tragedy of the Satellite Commons

Harold Furchtgott-​Roth & Kirk R. Arner

Saddled with $15 billion of debt, the satellite operator Intelsat "recently announced a Chapter 11 bankruptcy....

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The Realignment Ep. 35: John Lee, Decoupling from China After COVID-19

John Lee et al.

Hudson Senior Fellow Dr. John Lee returns to The Realignment to make the case for decoupling the American and Chinese economies after the COVID-19 cri...

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BRI Deal Won't Bring a Windfall

John Lee

Chinese President Secretary Xi Jinping openly refers to the BRI as the primary blueprint to herald the arrival of a Sino-centric strategic and economi...

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Spacex Is an Inspiration but US Leadership in Space Is Under Threat

Robert M. McDowell

Two brave American souls are expected to lift off from Apollo 11’s historic launch pad on Saturday afternoon. When they do, the feat will mark the f...

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