Global

Keep Your Friends Close: The Case for NATO


Recent NATO summits have been tense. Since his presidential campaign, President Trump has repeatedly hammered the other NATO members for not contributing adequately to the alliance. This streak of criticisms, spun as a means to get other NATO members to contribute more, has only served to drive a wedge between the...

Asia

Dissecting Russian Organized Crime and the State


The Vory: Russia’s Super Mafia by Mark Galeotti Yale University Press, 2018 The discovery of more than 850 pounds of cocaine on the grounds of the Russian Embassy in Buenos Aires and the 2018 arrests of multiple people involved in the trafficking organization that operated from Argentina to Germany to Russia made...

Global

Ensuring the Long-Term Success of U.S. Information Operations


In December 2016, Congress codified into law the Global Engagement Center (GEC), an entity housed in the U.S. State Department and established to counter the threat of global information operations from countries like Russia and China, and non-state actors...

Americas

China’s Next Target: Silicon Valley


The Sino-American Trade War is heating up.  As U.S. trade representatives wrapped up high-level trade talks in Beijing last week, all indications are that China rejected two of the United States’ biggest requests: a $100 billion cut in the $375 billion trade...

Europe

A Response to Germany’s Austerity


The European Union (EU) is at a crossroads, with increased economic inequality across the member states having the potential to further break apart the EU. Germany has a unique opportunity to step up, and fight this fracturing. To do so, Chancellor Angela...

Europe

Economic Policy Challenges for the Next Italian Government


With low growth, crippling public debt, and chronic unemployment, Italy checks all the boxes for a major financial crisis. However, with the right economic policies, the next coalition government can turn Italy around and make the country more competitive in...

Europe

NATO’s New Cold War: A Nuclear Arms Race in US-Russian relations


The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) is the world’s most effective collective defense alliance, playing a fundamental role in the structure of transatlantic security. For the United States, NATO ultimately proved triumphant when the Cold War ended...