Author: Matt Reisener

  • Can the US and Russia Agree on Cyber Rules?

    Ransomware attacks targeting American businesses and critical infrastructure are highlighting how difficult it will be for the Biden administration to achieve its stated goal of stable and predictable relations with Russia.  The nature of the cyber domain blurs old lines that once separated armed combat from espionage, governments from non-state actors, and public diplomacy from

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  • Why is China Turning up the Heat on Taiwan? A Debate

    Beijing’s political and military pressure on Taiwan has been growing markedly, and some statements by senior Chinese leaders suggest a growing impatience for reunification.  These developments have spurred an American debate over the effectiveness of long-standing US cross-strait policies.  But whether and how to adjust US policy depends critically on assessments of Beijing’s motivations and

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  • Assessing the Results of the Biden-Putin Summit

    How should we interpret the results of the summit meeting in Geneva between presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin?  Did either side succeed in advancing its goals?  What impact might their meeting have on the course of relations between the world’s foremost nuclear powers?   On June 17, 2021, the Center for the National Interest

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  • What to Look for at the Biden-Putin Summit

    Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin will meet in Geneva next week under much different circumstances than those surrounding the ill-fated meeting in Helsinki between Putin and Donald Trump in 2018.  Few suspect that Biden harbors any secret affection for Putin or rejects key judgments of the US Intelligence Community.  Few believe that any grand

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  • What Does a Foreign Policy for the Middle Class Look Like?

    President Biden has talked about pursuing a foreign policy for middle class America and all Americans, but what does that actually mean? Foreign policy has become the province of elites in Washington, bypassing the views of many Americans when it comes to defense expenditures, overseas interventions, and our relationships with the rest of the world. 

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