Commentary

  • 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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  • 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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