Author: Matt Reisener

  • Biden vs. Trump: The Battle for America’s Foreign Policy Direction

    What kinds of foreign policies should we expect from the next presidency, whether Trump or Biden?  Would a re-elected Trump find new ways to advance his America First agenda, this time backed by a team of appointees more united and supportive of his goals?  What would Biden’s pledge to restore competence and normalcy to US foreign policy mean in practice?   The

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  • North Korean Military Modernization: How Should Washington Respond?

    North Korea’s seemingly rapid ascent to de facto nuclear weapons state with long-range missiles that threaten the U.S. homeland was no accident.  Through decades of testing, countless starts and stops, and billions of dollars of research and development spending, Pyongyang has built a military capable of killing millions of people with a variety of weapons of mass

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  • 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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