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  • Watching the Watchers: The State of America’s Community of Russia Experts

    America’s success in dealing with Moscow depends to a great degree on our ability to understand Russia in all its complexities.  Yet the striking number of times that Washington has been surprised by Russian behavior over the past few decades suggests that American experts are struggling in this endeavor.  What is the state of our

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  • A New Technological Cold War?

    Technology has emerged as a central front in competition among the United States and its two principal geopolitical rivals, China and Russia. From 5G communications to artificial intelligence, quantum computing, autonomous weapons, and clean energy, new and emerging technologies can provide considerable strategic and economic opportunities while reshaping societies and relations among states. In an effort to

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  • Understanding and Managing Great Power Competition with China

    Tensions between the United States and China are escalating in what appears to be a renewal of strategic “great power competition.” But policymakers and analysts disagree on whether the two countries are engaged in a situational contest for power and wealth or an existential ideological struggle. What is driving the strategic competition between Beijing and

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  • Secrets and Lies: The Role of Truth in Great Power Information Warfare

    The widely divergent narratives about such incidents as the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Aleksey Navalny and China’s involvement in unleashing COVID-19 have put a recent spotlight on the role of trust in international affairs.  It is said that truth is the first casualty of war.  In an age of intensifying information warfare, should we

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  • Biden vs. Trump: The Battle for America’s Foreign Policy Direction

    What kinds of foreign policies should we expect from the next presidency, whether Trump or Biden?  Would a re-elected Trump find new ways to advance his America First agenda, this time backed by a team of appointees more united and supportive of his goals?  What would Biden’s pledge to restore competence and normalcy to US foreign policy mean in practice?   The

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