Publications

  • Staffing Will Be Key for Trump’s Russia Policy

    Paul J. Saunders, Executive Director | President-elect Donald Trump was remarkably courageous in consistentlycalling for “easing of tensions and improved relations with Russia—from a position of strength” despite widespread criticism among Washington’s foreign policy establishment and in the mainstream media. He will need the same political courage to make this goal a reality. But he will

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  • Russia Is Neither Friend Nor Foe

    Nikolas K. Gvosdev, Adjunct Senior Fellow | There is no basis for any claims about a “stolen” presidential election. Nobody stole anything. No Russian operatives altered ballots or tampered with election machines, which is why the Obama administration itself has declared that state-by-state election results “reflect the will of the people.”

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  • Do Republicans Really Want Tax Cuts?

    Pratik Chougule, Managing Editor | The coming debate over tax cuts will be a debate about the rich. “Middle-class tax cut” may be the Washington mantra, but the reality is that any broad-based reduction in personal income taxes, under the current tax code, would redound primarily to the benefit of the wealthy. As the latest

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  • Donald Trump’s Taiwan Call Just Step One of a New Asia Strategy

    Harry J. Kazianis, Director of Defense Studies | To be honest, it was quite amusing to watch the American and in many respects, international media, go into total meltdown when US President-elect Donald Trump took a simple phone call from the President of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen.

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  • Nuclear War Is No Longer “Unthinkable” for Russia

    Nikolas K. Gvosdev, Adjunct Senior Fellow | The newly-released “Foreign Policy Concept” of the Russian Federation contains some interesting changes and updates. Given that this document reflects the Kremlin’s strategic mindset and how it views international relations, it is important to take what is says seriously.

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