Author: Matt Reisener

  • Unrest in Belarus and Russia’s Response

    Protests across Belarus continue unabated in response to the country’s August 9 presidential election. Will Russia be part of the problem or part of the solution in Belarus? John Herbst, director of the Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council and a former US ambassador to Ukraine, posits that Russia is likely to be a big

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  • North Korea and America 2021: What Comes Next?

    No matter who wins the White House come November 3rd, either Donald Trump or Joe Biden will have no choice but to make critical choices when it comes to North Korea, the threat its weapons of mass destruction and missile programs pose to the United States and its allies, and the policies Washington could pursue

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  • Will the Israel-UAE Agreement Bring Peace or Instability to the Middle East?

    What are the regional implications of the recently-signed Israel–United Arab Emirates peace agreement? The agreement has been heralded as a new breakthrough in Israel’s relations with the Arab world and has won bi-partisan support in Washington. Many experts believe that this accord will lead other Arab states to normalize relations with Israel, and that Israel in

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  • Belarus: Eye of a New Geopolitical Storm in Europe?

    Will Belarus become a geopolitical pivot point that leads to a dangerous divide in Europe?  The rapidly developing situation in Belarus could potentially trigger the most significant shift in the European status quo since events in Ukraine in 2014.  How likely is regime change in Minsk?  Could Russia realistically take military action to forestall it?  Might an incipient struggle

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  • Taiwan, Hong Kong, and US National Interests

    Taiwan has long been an important American ally in East Asia and a critical element of America’s interests in the region. However, China’s recent imposition of a new national security law that strips Hong Kong of its unique legal status and autonomy calls into question the future of the tenuous relationship between China and Taiwan,

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