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  • CFTNI Launches its “Unobstructed Views” Web Series

    On January 28, 2021, the Center for the National Interest began a new video series entitled “Unobstructed Views” which will run on the organization’s YouTube channel. This series of short videos will feature prominent foreign policy experts (including several analysts affiliated with the Center) discussing current topics in international affairs. “Unobstructed Views” seeks to provide

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  • Biden’s Europe Problem

    The new Biden administration has made clear that strengthening relations between the United States and Europe will be one of its top foreign policy priorities.  Biden officials view a reinvigorated NATO alliance – and a more robust community of transatlantic democracies—as  critical to containing Chinese power, reining in Russia, and tackling climate change and other

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  • What is the Future of American Democracy?

    After the assault on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, many are warning that American democracy itself is imperiled. Will President-elect Joe Biden be able to fulfill his pledge to unify America or does further division loom? What are the prospects for democracy promotion abroad?  The Center for the National Interest assembled a distinguished group

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  • Facing the Realities of International Cyber Conflict

    The massive Solar Winds cyber intrusion is the latest public eruption of an intensifying shadow conflict pitting the United States against Russian, Chinese and other international cyber warriors.  Unlike traditional conflicts, these digital engagements straddle the line between war and espionage, and the motivations of the combatants are often more complicated than they appear on

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  • The Sources of Chinese Conduct: A Debate

    More than a half-century ago, George Kennan published an analysis of the sources of Soviet conduct that helped to shape US policy toward Moscow throughout the Cold War.  More recently, the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff – an organization that Kennan founded and led – published an analysis of 21st-century Chinese conduct meant to provide

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