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  • Where Is the Confrontation Over Ukraine Headed?

    What factors will be pivotal in determining the prospects for war or diplomatic resolution in Ukraine? What key assumptions should the United States examine about how events might unfold? What kind of attack could Russia launch? And what might be the unanticipated consequences of various U.S. policy options? On January 5, the Center for the

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  • Is Washington Encouraging an Anti-American Coalition?

    The Biden administration’s recent virtual democracy summit was aimed at promoting democracy and unifying much of the world in opposition to authoritarianism in Russia and China.  But in seeking to unite the free world and isolate our great power rivals, is Washington inadvertently creating a countervailing coalition that is increasingly prepared to challenge U.S. interests

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  • Is Russia Poised to Invade Ukraine?

    The United States is increasingly concerned by a large buildup of Russian military forces along the border with Ukraine.  Secretary of State Tony Blinken has publicly warned Moscow against launching military operations against Ukraine, American officials have briefed NATO allies about these concerns, and CIA director Bill Burns reportedly raised the matter with Kremlin officials

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  • Can the United States Discourage Sino-Russian Alignment?

    Preventing adversaries from dominating the Eurasian landmass is a strategic imperative for the United States.  Although Washington has recently awakened to the dangers that growing Chinese power poses in this regard, another threat has received comparatively little attention: the emergence of an increasingly anti-U.S. partnership between China and Russia.  The combination of China’s economic and

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  • CFTNI Announces its 2021 Student Essay Contest

    The Center for the National Interest is proud to announce its 2021 Student Essay contest! Please see below for details and for information about how to participate: Prompt:  United States foreign policy is in a transitional period.  The principle that has animated our approach to the world since the end of the Cold War –

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