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Where the U.S. and Russia Still Cooperate

Can the U.S. and Russian normalize relations in the wake of the Ukraine crisis? Continued cooperation on a supply route for the dwindling war effort in Afghanistan suggests there is still hope.

A Turn to the Right: The Future of the European Union

In the wake of the Second World War, the world turned toward collective security and economic liberalism, leading to the establishment of the European Community (today known as the European Union). Jean Monnet first articulated the vision of a European Community in which “economic integration would be vital to eliminating intercontinental conflict and prosperity.” Political integration was the…

Partially Controlled Chaos and What It Means for Global Politics

Over the past several months, the world has witnessed a resurgent Russia using military force to impose a sphere of influence, increased Chinese aggression in the South China Sea, sectarian violence ripping apart the Middle East, and the establishment of the BRICS bank as an alternative to the World Bank and IMF.  Each of these…

The Price of Sanctions

In the last few months we have watched violence engulf Gaza, Russia trample Eastern Ukraine, and the ravages of civil war and ISIS decimate Syria and Iraq. These events pose a greater and more frightening threat every day to all nations.

“The party system has been killed.” An interview with Azerbaijan’s Razi Nurullayev

The same family has ruled Azerbaijan since October 1993, first with Heydar Aliyev ruling from 1993 to 2003, and then with his son Ilham Aliyev from 2003 onwards. Since 1993, Azerbaijan has seen a steady drop in political liberties while the government and economy have been strengthened through the promotion of the extractive industries with…

NATO’s Choice Remains “Out of Area or Out of Business”

At NATO’s summit in Wales this week, the transatlantic military alliance has an opportunity to chart its strategic trajectory for the 21st century. The war in Afghanistan dominated proceedings for the past few summits, but this time NATO’s post-Afghanistan organizing principles will take center stage. Many, including former Supreme Allied Commander Europe James Stavridis, have suggested that…

For a True ‘Geopolitical Commission’ the EU Must Put Its Money Where Its Mouth Is

The outcome of the EU's negotiations around its next long-term budget will have a pivotal effect on the bloc's ambitions to become a stronger geopolitical actor on the global stage. To make these ambitions a reality, the bloc's leaders must reconsider their spending priorities.

Recommitting to NATO, Resisting Putin’s Aggression

Questioning assumptions about war, and remaining committed to NATO, prepared the United States to stare down a Russian march toward Kyiv.

Ensuring Europe’s Security Post-Brexit

The United Kingdom’s recent departure from the European Union may disrupt Europe’s ability to effectively cooperate and deal with various threats to its security. To mitigate this disruption, the UK should remain closely involved in EU security and defense efforts, and a European Security Council should be established.

A Failed Multilateral Consensus on Women, Peace, and Security

NATO is now five years out from the institution of its women, peace, and security action plan. How has the trans-Atlantic treaty organization pursued the WPS agenda, and what shortcomings still remain?

Did Russia Achieve its Goals in the Sochi Summit?

President Putin’s Sochi Summit brought an unprecedented number of African leaders to Moscow, developing Russia’s prestige as a supplier of arms to the continent and rattling the U.S. foreign policy establishment.

Against Tyranny: An Interview with Waller R. Newell

A discussion of the history of tyranny from the Bronze Age of Homer to the contemporary transnational white supremacist factions spreading across the globe.