Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Kosovo and Serbia’s Long Frozen Conflict

Alexander Miguel // Just as Milosevic lost control of a unified Yugoslavia during the decline of the Soviet Union, the SNS may have to cut their losses in Kosovo and join the EU. The United States has already encouraged both Pristina and Belgrade to make peace. From here, Washington should keep a delicate hand and welcome Serbian integration into the rest of Europe, though be realistic in its expectations.

Is Salt Driving Russia’s Conquest of Bakhmut?

Grant W. Turner // In an expansionist empire that operates on corrupt networks of patronage, where internal stability and military power rely increasingly on domestic resources, acquiring a supply of salt closer to Russia’s industrial heart is undeniably in the interests of Putin’s regime and those who keep him in power. 

Zelensky’s Visit, “Kossuth Mania,” and America’s Altered Foreign Policy Debate

Lajos Kossuth on Broadway. New York Public Library Digital Collection. Public domain. Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky’s speech to Congress Wednesday night saw the leader receive a standing ovation roughly once every ninety seconds. The enthusiasm brought to mind a similar episode 171 years ago: a visit by Hungarian revolutionary Lajos Kossuth. Kossuth had led Hungary … Continue reading Zelensky’s Visit, “Kossuth Mania,” and America’s Altered Foreign Policy Debate

U.S.-China Competition: Is China Winning Without War?

Garrett Ehinger // China is not as affected by U.S. deterrence as American leaders might think. It recognizes the high costs that war with the United States would have...Thus it seeks to provoke the United States into further investment in deterrence while patiently entrenching itself around the globe.