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The Iranian Threat Escalates

Michael Doran

In an interview with Neil Cavuto on Fox Business, Mike Doran discussed the escalating tensions with Iran and what a U.S. contingency plan might look l...

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Transcript: The Rise of China’s Navy: A Discussion with Capt. James Fanell

Seth Cropsey

Following is the full transcript of the May 14th, 2019 Hudson event titled "The Rise of China's Navy: A Discussion with Capt. James Fanell."...

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Palestinians Need to Get Real About Israel

Walter Russell Mead

The focus should be on prosperity and good government, not perpetual resistance....

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Transcript: Dialogues on American Foreign Policy and World Affairs: A Conversation with U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney

Walter Russell Mead & Lewis Libby

Following is the full transcript of the Hudson event titled Dialogues on American Foreign Policy a&World Affairs: A Conversation with Rep. Liz Cheney...

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Transcript: The UN vs. Israel: Strengthening U.S.-Israeli Relations in the Age of Trump

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs & Jon Lerner

Following is the full transcript of the May 9th, 2019 Hudson event titled The UN vs. Israel: Strengthening U.S.-Israeli Relations in the Age of Trump...

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Do Not Underestimate the Depth of US Concern Over Huawei

Robert Spalding

There is a mistaken impression concerning the US national security policy-making process that says somehow our government is not serious because decis...

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Why China is Not Celebrating the Unexpected Australian Election Result

John Lee

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his conservative Liberal National coalition party defied more than three years of losing national polls t...

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The False Arguments for Legal Marijuana

David W. Murray

Advocates for marijuana legalization, buoyed by success in several states, public polling numbers, and endorsement from nearly every major Democratic ...

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On Iran Strategy, Donald Trump Replaces Barack Obama’s Mirage with Containment

Michael Doran

In short, Trump has replaced the clarity of a mirage with the messiness of reality....

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Iran Regime is Beginning to Panic

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

In an interview on Fox Business, Rebeccah Heinrichs discusses the rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran....

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Can the Fed Keep This Long Cycle Going?

Brendan Brown

Our current super-long economic cycle is a monetary curse. Under sound money it would not exist, and under the pre-1914 gold standard, it never occurr...

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A Court Worth Having? Growing Pains at the International Criminal Court

Tod Lindberg

The establishment of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague is a testament to liberal normative aspiration in international politics—th...

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Is China a Threat to the Liberal International Order?

Michael Pillsbury

Michael Pillsbury participated in a Munk Debate alongside H.R. McMaster to argue why China is a threat to the liberal international order....

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Pompeo Meets with Putin Amid US Tensions with Iran

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

Hudson Institute's Rebeccah Heinrichs on Fox News discussed why Iran has warned the international community against 'making crises' in the midst of Po...

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Iran Tensions Signal 'Returning To Status Quo'

Blaise Misztal

In a radio interview with KJZZ (NPR Phoenix), Blaise Misztal discusses increasing tensions in Iran and the Trump administration’s Middle East policy...

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Rerun In Istanbul Mayoral Election

Blaise Misztal

Using claims of electoral irregularity, Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government has called for a rerun in Istanbul’s mayoral election. ...

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‘White House Warriors’ Review: A Bullpen for Strategy

Arthur Herman

The National Security Council’s unorthodox mix of personnel and flexible agenda can lead to major breakthroughs and disasters alike....

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Rising Tensions Between U.S. and Iran

Michael Pregent

Michael Pregent joined Neil Cavuto on Fox News to discuss the U.S. shifting of military assets in the Middle East amid escalating tensions with Iran. ...

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Why Russia Wants to Break the Internet

Bruno Maçães

Internet isolation increases Russia’s unpredictability....

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Trump Adviser On China Offers Grim Assessment Of Escalating Tariffs

Michael Pillsbury

In an interview with Steve Inskeep on NPR, Michael Pillsbury discusses the state of play in the ongoing U.S.-China trade war....

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Mike Pompeo’s Meeting With Putin Highlights Trump’s Reversal Of Obama’s Russia Failures

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

Despite the conspiracy theory that the American president was a Russian stooge, the Trump administration has pursued an agenda that the Russians and D...

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Why Theresa May Must Go

Arthur Herman

While the rest of the world was ogling the latest royal baby last week, a major scandal was erupting in the halls of Her Majesty’s Government. That ...

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What ‘America First’ Means to Pompeo

Walter Russell Mead

The secretary of state elaborates on Trump’s slogan, appealing to the Founders’ vision....

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China Could Have Been More ‘Ferocious’ with Tariffs

Michael Pillsbury

In an interview on Fox Business, Michael Pillsbury discusses China’s retaliatory tariffs and the possibility of progress on the talks at the next G2...

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The Expanding China-Russia Defense Partnership

Richard Weitz

Over the last three decades, China and Russia have developed an increasingly close military relationship built on arms sales, joint military exercises...

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For Britain’s Tories, Election Losses Are a Wake-Up Call — and an Opportunity

Chris Gavin

On May 2nd, voters across the U.K. went to the polls to vote in local elections. Given the Conservative government’s continued failure to deliver Bre...

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The U.S. Situation with Iran

Michael Doran

In a radio interview on the Howie Carr Show, Mike Doran discusses the foreign policy in the Middle East and the situation in Iran....

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President Trump Raises Tariffs on Chinese Goods as Latest Round of Trade Talks Ends Without A Deal

Michael Pillsbury

In an interview with Paul Gigot on Fox Business, Michael Pillsbury discusses the latest impasse with China on trade talks....

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China was Misled by Obama Administration on Trade

Michael Pillsbury

In an interview with Lou Dobbs on Fox Business, Michael Pillsbury discusses the president’s new tariffs and what it means for ongoing China trade ta...

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Pompeo’s Visit to Iraq and Iranian Sanctions

Michael Doran

In a radio interview with John Batchelor, Mike Doran discusses Pompeo’s visit to Iraq and Iranian sanctions....

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Hamas Cyber Attack and Israel’s Armed Response

Seth Cropsey

Israel’s actions demonstrate that the game is changing: cyber-attacks can have a significant impact on the citizens of a country and typing on a keybo...

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Trump on Track in Middle East

Michael Doran

You can certainly argue against this approach but you can’t claim it’s incoherent....

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China’s ‘Infosphere’ of Influence

William Schneider

The establishment of a global 5G network is the critical enabler of the global infosphere, facilitating the integration of other mutually reinforcing ...

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Asia Bibi, Persecuted for Christian Faith in Pakistan, Is Now Free

Lela Gilbert

The story of Asia Bibi is almost unbelievable, particularly to those of us who enjoy unparalleled freedoms....

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Transcript: Seminar on the North Korean Abductions Issue

Kenneth R. Weinstein et al.

Please note: This transcript is based off a recording and includes an interpreter’s translation of Japanese remarks. Mistranslations may appear in t...

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Mike Pompeo Visits Baghdad Amid US-Iran Tensions

Michael Pregent

In an interview on Fox Business, Mike Pregent discusses Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to Baghdad and why Iran shouldn’t try to close the ...

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Former Drug Czar Speaks Out Against Marijuana Legalization in NH

John P. Walters

In an interview with WMUR, John Walters discusses the threat of marijuana legalization and his testimony against the legalization bill in New Hampshir...

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Why Trump Is Raising Tariffs on China

Michael Pillsbury

The president’s tough line will reduce friction later by giving Beijing an incentive to comply with a trade deal....

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North Korea's Weapons Launch: Kim Jong-un is Flailing and That is Good

Patrick M. Cronin

Trump should keep the pressure up until a deal is reached or it becomes clear Pyongyang will not yield....

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Trump’s Blunt Ambassador to Berlin

Walter Russell Mead

Richard Grenell isn’t apologizing, though he’s ruffled even pro-American feathers....

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Uprising in Venezuela

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

In an interview on Fox Business, Rebeccah Heinrichs discussed the recent uprising and unrest developing in Venezuela. ...

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Buying Russian Armaments Could Hurt India-US Military Ties

Eric B. Brown & Aparna Pande

Besides harming US-India strategic cooperation, the S-400 is part and parcel of an inferior suite of defence technologies made by a fading Russian pow...

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Trump Should Target Maduro Mafia to Restore Democracy in Venezuela

Nate Sibley

The Trump administration has responded robustly to the coup led by Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela, which began with fraudulent elections in 2018 and cont...

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Kelly Knight Craft Should be UN Ambassador and in Trump's Cabinet

Jon Lerner

United Nations ambassador nominee Kelly Knight Craft is smart, capable, and knowledgeable about the foreign policy challenges facing our country. Her ...

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The Pentagon Has a Defenseless Approach to 5G

Harold Furchtgott-​Roth

America’s enemies will laugh with anticipated victory when they read of Pentagon recommendations for 5G...

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France’s Other Burning Churches

Nina Shea

The country needs to identify the circumstances and motives behind the attacks and take decisive action....

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Party Rules Set China Apart From Global Economy

John Lee

Australia has an important choice: help shape and improve important elements of a US-led collective effort to impose carrots and sticks on China to pe...

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Problems and Prospects for 5G Deployment in the United States

Thomas J. Duesterberg

Virtual networks are well worth exploring before the U.S. gets locked into the slow-moving rollout of a solution which extends reliance on the current...

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What 'Game of Thrones' Can Teach Food Companies About Fighting Obesity

Hank Cardello

Just as the fantasy world needed former villains and warring families to unite against the White Walkers, the non-fantasy world needs all food industr...

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Can China Dislodge Russia in Central Asia?

Walter Russell Mead

In one former Soviet republic, Beijing’s blandishments get it only so far....

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How A New Space Launch Rule Will Benefit Florida

Sean Kelly

The FAA's proposed new rule for the licensing of commercial space launch and reentry is just the kind of regulatory tweak needed for the state’s ambit...

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T-Mobile-Sprint Merger Would Be Win for David, Not Goliath

Robert M. McDowell

Monday marks one year since T-Mobile US Inc. Opens a New Window. and Sprint Corp. announced their planned merger, and regulators at the Justice Depar...

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The City of Europe’s Future

Ben Judah

Forget economic anxiety. Rotterdam is a warning that the emerging political fight across Europe really is about cultural assimilation after all....

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How Kim-Putin Relationship Impacts U.S.-North Korea Negotiations

Richard Weitz

In an interview with Newsy, Richard Weitz discusses how the Kim-Putin relationship could affect US-NK negotiations. ...

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Can The US Choke Iran’s Radical Islamist Regime?

Lela Gilbert

For four decades, the Islamic Republic of Iran has continued to be one of the world’s worst violators of religious freedom. Its cruelty has not only...

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US Needs India as an Ally Against China and Can’t Afford to Bully it Over Iran Oil, Trade

Aparna Pande

Washington cannot penalise India on the economic front and expect New Delhi to collaborate with the United States on the Indo-Pacific front. ...

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The Fallout of the Sri Lanka Easter Bombings

Husain Haqqani

Husain Haqqani discussed the why the Sri Lanka bombings caught analysts by surprise, and what government's can learn from the tragedy. ...

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Euroskeptic Parties Cast Outsize Shadow Over EU Elections

Peter Rough

With one month to go before the EU parliamentary elections, euroskeptic parties are poised to capitalize on establishment missteps and emerge stronger...

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Is Security Framework Between USA, Japan, India and Australia Dead?

Satoru Nagao

The United States, Japan, India, and Australia have continued to promote cooperation, even if not under the name Quad. As in 2007 and 2017, the Quad w...

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Welfare and Debt: A Moynihan Assessment

Christopher DeMuth

If Pat Moynihan were still with us today, he would be impressed by our comprehensive rejection of constraint....

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A Realistic Foreign Policy Should Diplomacy With North Korea Fail

Patrick M. Cronin

The deterrence and containment of North Korea remain both feasible and less undesirable than the stark alternatives of war and appeasement....

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Trump Takes Aim at Caracas and Havana

Walter Russell Mead

Russia hopes to repeat in Venezuela the humiliation it inflicted in Syria....

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How U.S. Can Beat China on Infrastructure

Robert Spalding

Instead of spending money in China, we should be investing in the U.S. economy. ...

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The Attacks on Sri Lanka

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

Rebeccah Heinrichs discussed the attacks in Sri Lanka. ...

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War on Christians is Intensifying

Nina Shea

Nina Shea discusses the recent Sri Lanka bombings and the growing attacks on Christians worldwide. ...

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An American Perspective on Israel's Election

Douglas J. Feith

Washington could encourage a strategic realignment in the Middle East and a helpful reframing of the Israel-Palestinian conflict....

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Pakistani Generals Want to Restore Their Golden Era & That’s Why Musharraf’s Team is Back

Husain Haqqani

Musharraf’s team was competent because it secured western assistance, pledging to fight terrorists while covertly assisting them at the same time....

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Scapegoats of Wrath, Subjects of Benevolence: Turkey’s Minorities Under Erdoğan

Aykan Erdemir

Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Turkish government over the course of the last 16 years has demonstrated a mixed track record with regard to religious minor...

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Beg, Borrow, Repeat: Pakistan’s IMF Addiction Continues Even as its Finance Minister Leaves

Husain Haqqani

Pakistan’s military-driven economic decision-making is based on ‘Jazba’ and 'Chanda'....

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North Korea Negotiations, and Russia's Reaction to the Redacted Mueller Report

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

In an interview with Fox Business, Rebeccah Heinrichs discusses ongoing negotiations with North Korea and Russia’s reaction to the redacted Mueller ...

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Indonesian Presidential Election Win for Jokowi Is Good News

Paul Marshall

Widodo's reelection helps cement democracy in Indonesia, a vitally important reason the US should warmly welcome it...

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The UN and Israel in the Nikki Haley Era

Jon Lerner

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations stood up to the most powerful anti-Israel organization in the world...

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The West Has Been Naïve About China

John Lee

In an interview with ABC, John Lee discusses whether the West has been naïve about China....

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Praise for Pakistani Food but Silence on Terror Won’t Help & German Envoy Must Know That

Husain Haqqani

Reassuring bad governments that all is well is diplomatic equivalent of a doctor telling a diabetic he needn’t limit his sugar intake....

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What Is Nationalism: A Conversation with Chris DeMuth

Christopher DeMuth

In a podcast interview with The American Mind, Chris DeMuth discusses nationalism and conservatism in the era of President Trump. ...

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Why America Needs the Ability to Track Enemy Missiles from Space

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

China merely having the uncontested ability to target American bases in the region, even if its leaders chose not to attack preemptively, could cause ...

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Kim Jong Un’s Latest Denuclearization Ultimatums

Patrick M. Cronin

In an interview with Brian Todd on CNN, Patrick Cronin discusses Kim Jong Un’s latest ultimatums for any future denuclearization talks with the U.S....

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The West and Middle East Dictators

Walter Russell Mead

Sudan and Algeria topple despots, but experience teaches us not to expect much....

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Adapting Command and Control for 21st Century Seapower

Bryan McGrath

As the United States winds down from two regional land conflicts that have dominated the 21st century, great power competition with China and Russia r...

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Australia should learn from Malaysia and Japan

John Lee

Regardless of the result, China, which has placed Australia in the diplomatic freezer since the first half of 2018, will offer Australia a diplomatic ...

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Israel Has Reached ‘Peak China’

Mario Mancuso

US pressure and domestic concerns mean relations won’t improve from here...

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Is Islam Receptive to Religious Freedom?

Paul Marshall

The short-term outlook appears grim, says scholar Daniel Philpott, but there are grounds for hope....

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Democratic Self-Government or Mass Migration?

John Fonte

Whether migration is decided by Davos, by the migrants, or by the __demos__ will determine the direction of the West in the 21st century....

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Sudan’s Bashir Must Face Justice for His Genocides

Nina Shea

One of the world’s most brutal dictators has just fallen. What comes next is key....

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Imran Khan said Pakistan doesn’t have use for militant groups. Take it with pinch of salt

Husain Haqqani

Imran Khan should know learning English and Math did not deter Osama bin Laden from becoming a terrorist, they won’t deradicalise others....

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Culture and Religion Divide Europe, Affecting US-Europe Relations

Peter Rough

Today’s continent is fractured along fault lines that are only growing wider....

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The Menace of Sub-Zero Interest-Rate Policy

Brendan Brown

Sub-zero interest rate policy as Europe and Japan have practiced for many years menaces global economic prosperity. Yet Congress and the White House a...

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The Fault Lines Behind Trump-Moon Summit

Patrick M. Cronin

A Moon-Trump press conference at the White House is unlikely to erase festering doubts about bilateral relations or Kim Jong Un....

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America's Global Role in the Age of Trump

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

In a podcast interview with Providence Magazine, Rebeccah Heinrichs discusses America’s foreign policy, China, Russia, and America’s moral leaders...

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What's The State Of U.S. Foreign Policy?

Walter Russell Mead

In a radio interview with KJZZ, Walter Russell Mead discussed U.S. foreign policy in the Trump administration, including threats from Russia and China...

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How the EU Can Take On Dirty Money, the Darker Side of Globalization

Nate Sibley

When the European Commission recently attempted to blacklist 23 countries that it accuses of maintaining deficient systems to restrict money launderin...

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How Europe Learned to Fear China

Bruno Maçães

Not too long ago, Europeans shrugged at Beijing’s rise....

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Make-Believe Meat and the Future

Walter Russell Mead

Shamburgers won’t replace steaks, but perhaps they’ll ease global warming a bit....

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What is Japan’s China Strategy?

Satoru Nagao

Japan-China relations have not changed from confrontation to cooperation, but in some strategic instances, Japan is cooperating with China as part of ...

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Retiring the USS Harry S. Truman Is a Terrible Idea

Seth Cropsey

The Navy needs to keep it while increasing its fleet of aircraft carriers...

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Financial Secrecy is Undermining American Foreign Policy

Nate Sibley

The State Department’s "International Narcotics Control Strategy Report()":https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2019/03/290746.htm (INCSR) is an annual...

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Iranian Revolution, Phase Two: Hidden in Plain Sight

Lela Gilbert

Those who oppose the US sanctions on principle may be unaware of the severity of the regime’s misdeeds, since much of the Islamic Republic’s malicious...

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Trump's Plan To Zap Incoming Missiles With Lasers Is Back To The Future

Rebeccah L. Heinrichs

In a radio interview with NPR’s Geoff Brumfiel, Rebeccah Heinrichs discusses the president’s space-based missile defense strategy....

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Trans-Atlantic Trade Is Headed Toward Disaster

Thomas J. Duesterberg

Trump is mulling new auto tariffs that could send the global economy into a tailspin....

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