The Baltic States: Assets or Liabilities?

American F-16s police the Baltic Sea in 2017. Photo Credit: Sgt. Jonathan Snyder/DVIDS By Matthew Mai President Biden has pledged to put America “back at the head of the table” by restoring confidence in the NATO alliance. Yet, regardless of the current attitude in the White House, the United States’ defense commitments to countries on … Continue reading The Baltic States: Assets or Liabilities?

One Belt, One Road, Many Misconceptions

The Case for a More Measured Assessment of China’s “New Silk Road” Photo Credit: Sgt. Amber Smith/DVIDS   Alison O’Neil and Andrew C. Jarocki Massive. Weaponized. Even a “stalking horse to advance security concerns.”   These are just some of the dramatic terms high-ranking officials, including top American military brass and defense secretaries, have used … Continue reading One Belt, One Road, Many Misconceptions

The Nation That Won Too Much

Image Credit: Sgt. Nicholas Brown-Bell/DVIDS By Thomas Brodey Few countries have enjoyed as much military success as the United States. Throughout the last two hundred years, most other modern nations have suffered catastrophic defeats and humiliating treaties. The United States, on the other hand, has never lost a war over its core interests.  While the … Continue reading The Nation That Won Too Much

The Only Known Known: Rumsfeld, Iraq and the End of Both

Photo Credit: Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo/DVIDS By Scott Strgacich On June 17, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) against Iraq. Donald Rumsfeld, the war's chief architect, died just two weeks later at age 88.  Prepare for the impending onslaught of respectable opinion. Eulogies … Continue reading The Only Known Known: Rumsfeld, Iraq and the End of Both

National Security Priorities for the Biden Administration

By Fiona Harrigan President Joe Biden’s campaign success largely hinged on promises of change. He spoke of prioritizing alliances, promoting U.S. leadership abroad, and transmitting American values across the world. In the first weeks of his presidency, however, he fell into a concerningly familiar foreign policy rut. By the one-month mark, he had dropped bombs … Continue reading National Security Priorities for the Biden Administration

Mining to Win: The Growing Strategic Imperative for Domestic Mineral Supply

By Andrew C. Jarocki The Hull-Rust-Mahoning Mine is one of the largest active open pit mines in the US. Photo Credit: CC/Wikimedia Commons/Chipcity The rise of electric vehicles and other energy technologies will dramatically increase demand for strategic minerals. As a result, domestic mining has a new importance to the national interest and the US … Continue reading Mining to Win: The Growing Strategic Imperative for Domestic Mineral Supply

Biden and Belarus

By Jack Corso Despite the downturn in coverage by western media outlets over the past few months, the popular movements in Belarus against Alexander Lukashenko, the incumbent president, have continued. Lukashenko’s unpredictable behavior has been on full display in recent months as he seemingly expressed a willingness to step down if constitutional reforms were implemented. … Continue reading Biden and Belarus

Forever Is Now: Leaving Afghanistan

Photo Credit: Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder, United States Air Forces Central/DVIDS  By Andrew C. Jarocki It’s increasingly popular and bipartisan to call for an end to “forever wars” like Afghanistan.  President Biden seems to have recognized this reality, writing on the campaign trail that “staying entrenched in unwinnable conflicts drains our capacity to lead on … Continue reading Forever Is Now: Leaving Afghanistan

Strategic Autonomy and Future U.S.-India Partnership

By Ethan Kessler One of my college professors, a State Department veteran and Cold Warrior whose office bore a picture of him with President Gerald Ford in Vladivostok in 1975 (talking Michigan football, as proud Wolverines are inclined to), always liked to talk about a Soviet diplomat he spoke with as the U.S.S.R. was nearing … Continue reading Strategic Autonomy and Future U.S.-India Partnership

Belarus Arrests Realign Attention to the Shadow World of Russia’s Private Military Companies

Image Source: Belta News  By Anastasia Couch When the Belarus protests were still burgeoning, Minsk officials arrested 33 men for suspected involvement with Russia’s private security group, Wagner. A Minsk-based source reports that the arrested men held alleged connections with two known citizens of Belarus who each face criminal counts of instigation and suspicion of … Continue reading Belarus Arrests Realign Attention to the Shadow World of Russia’s Private Military Companies