Author: Matt Reisener

  • U.S. Middle East Policy: Ambitions Versus Reality

    America’s proper role in Middle Eastern affairs remains very much under dispute, despite decades of debate by diplomats, policymakers, and academics. On one hand, the Trump administration has presented Americans with an ambitious agenda designed to help shape the region in America’s favor. The “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran, the administration’s stated goals in dealing

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  • Renowned Russian Journalist Konstantin Remchukov Leads Private Discussion on Latest Developments in Russian Politics

    President Vladimir Putin has proposed changes to the Russian constitution potentially enabling him to maintain a predominant role after the end of his presidential term in 2024.  His announcement was quickly followed by the resignation of the whole Russian cabinet and his appointment of a new prime minister.   To discuss these tectonic shifts in

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  • Center President Dimitri K. Simes Discusses Developments in U.S.-Russian Relations

    On Monday, January 20, Dimitri K. Simes, President of the Center for the National Interest, appeared on Amanpour & Company to discuss recent developments in U.S.-Russian relations. Also joining him on the program was Evelyn Farkas, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia, and current Democratic congressional candidate from New York’s

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  • Ukraine and the Washington Consensus

    The recent impeachment hearings in the House of Representatives revealed a near unanimous consensus among U.S. government experts, media, and legislators about how the United States should approach the war between Ukraine, Russia, and Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine. However, an important new article in the latest issue of The National Interest entitled “Groupthink Resurgent”

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