Author: Matt Reisener

  • What is the Future of American Democracy?

    After the assault on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, many are warning that American democracy itself is imperiled. Will President-elect Joe Biden be able to fulfill his pledge to unify America or does further division loom? What are the prospects for democracy promotion abroad?  The Center for the National Interest assembled a distinguished group

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  • Facing the Realities of International Cyber Conflict

    The massive Solar Winds cyber intrusion is the latest public eruption of an intensifying shadow conflict pitting the United States against Russian, Chinese and other international cyber warriors.  Unlike traditional conflicts, these digital engagements straddle the line between war and espionage, and the motivations of the combatants are often more complicated than they appear on

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  • The Sources of Chinese Conduct: A Debate

    More than a half-century ago, George Kennan published an analysis of the sources of Soviet conduct that helped to shape US policy toward Moscow throughout the Cold War.  More recently, the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff – an organization that Kennan founded and led – published an analysis of 21st-century Chinese conduct meant to provide

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  • What Is America’s Purpose?

    As President-elect Joe Biden prepares to take office, American foreign policy is at a crossroads. Biden has promised America’s allies in Europe and Asia that Washington will be “back” after the Trump era. But can he successfully fulfill his vow at a moment when Russia and China are becoming increasingly assertive? Has the world changed

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  • How Kim Jong-Un Sees a Biden Administration—and How Kim Will Respond

    Election day has come and gone, and now North Korean leader Kim Jong-un knows he will have to deal with Joe Biden in the White House. Kim has gone through a lot over the last four years. He faced off through a period of high tensions with President Donald Trump before meeting in a historic

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