Author: Matt Reisener

  • 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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  • The Future of Diego Garcia: Can America Maintain Its “Footprint of Freedom?”

    The US naval facility at Diego Garcia has long been critical to American operations in the Indian Ocean, and its importance is only growing as Chinese naval power advances. But Diego Garcia’s status as a British possession is disputed by Mauritius, which is asserting its claims to the atoll with increasing determination. What should the

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  • Conflict over Hong Kong: Implications of Beijing’s New National Security Law

    Is Hong Kong a bellwether of US-China confrontation? Beijing’s promulgation of a new national security law for Hong Kong has escalated tensions between the United States and China, highlighting both the emerging competition between the two governing systems and US concerns about China’s growing international assertiveness in East Asia. Are tensions over Hong Kong contributing

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  • Milton Bearden Joins Center for the National Interest

    The Center for the National Interest is pleased to announce the appointment of Milton Bearden, a former senior CIA officer, as a Distinguished Non-Resident Fellow dealing with intelligence matters. “With Milt Bearden, we gain a true CIA legend with unmatched experience dealing with the hard realities of great power competition with Moscow and Beijing,” said

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