Commentary

  • The North Korea threat will only get worse. Here’s what Trump must do now.

    Harry Kazianis, Director of Defense Studies | “The North Korea threat will only get worse. Here’s what Trump must do now.” The First Korean War—largely forgotten by the American public and the planet—tragically took the lives of 2.5 million people. A potential Second Korean War, with both sides armed with nuclear weapons, could turn cities like Seoul,

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  • Why the sudden collapse of North Korea would be hell on Earth

    Harry Kazianis, Director of Defense Studies | “Why the sudden collapse of North Korea would be hell on Earth” There is no nation on the planet more dangerous than North Korea — and that’s putting it charitably. The leader of the so-called “hermit kingdom,” Kim Jong Un, is the master of his own personal hell six

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  • Trump’s NATO shake-up

    Paul J. Saunders, Executive Director | The Trump administration’s approach to NATO is sensible and long overdue. Moreover, rather than being a threat to the alliance, as some of Mr. Trump’s ideological opponents seek to portray his approach, it is an enormous opportunity. An expected NATO summit in late May could begin this critical conversation. Rethinking

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  • Staffing Will Be Key for Trump’s Russia Policy

    Paul J. Saunders, Executive Director | President-elect Donald Trump was remarkably courageous in consistently calling 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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