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Israel’s Tiny Dolphin-Class Submarines Have A Big Secret (Like Nuclear Weapons)

Israel’s submarine corps is a tiny force with a big open secret: in all likelihood, it is armed with nuclear weapons. The five Dolphin-class submarines represent an ace in the hole for Israel, the ultimate guarantor of the country’s security, ensuring that if attacked with nukes, the tiny …

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The Logic Behind Obama’s Controversial Syria Solution

There is something odd about a political culture in which trying to strangle a regime economically and arming its opponents, traditionally acts of war under international law, are seen as sitting back and doing nothing. Tulsi Gabbard and Hillary Clinton have recently been trading shots over the question …

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Trump Isn’t Serious About Removing U.S. Troops from the Middle East

The war in Afghanistan goes on despite the president’s supposed revulsion about the conflict. Like all presidential candidates, Donald Trump made a boatload of promises when he was running for the nation’s top job in 2016. He was the overly blunt, prickly, obnoxious non-politician who was going to …

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Soleimani in Iraq

Giancarlo Elia Valori The current presence of Qassem Alì Soleimani, leader of the Al Quds Force of the “Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps” in Iraq is strategically significant. Certainly, according to the Iranian press, Soleimani was the sole responsible for the destruction of the so-called “Caliphate” of Al Baghdadi, …

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The Russian Federation in the new Middle East

Giancarlo Elia Valori In mid-October of last year, President Trump’s order to leave the Syrian territory as quickly as possible led the Russian military to quickly filling the void left by the U.S. forces. Certainly some U.S. special forces are still operational, but the strategic aim is obviously …

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America’s Great-Power Problems Will Come Back to Haunt It in the Middle East

In the past, when great powers exited a geopolitically critical region, a strategic vacuum ensued. Trump’s hasty withdrawal of troops in Syria, just like his predecessor’s pullout from Iraq, is no exception. When assessing the implications of President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw some one thousand U.S. servicemen …

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Tension in Hong Kong

Giancarlo Elia Valori After about three months of riots, often particularly violent and destructive, on October 23, 2019 the Chief Executive of Hong Kong, Carrie Lam, alias Chen Yuet-Ngor, withdrew the bill on mandatory extradition to China, which had sparked protests in the former British colony. Never evaluate …

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How the Taliban Won America’s Nineteen-Year War

It is likely that more and more Afghans will start either associating themselves with—or relating to—the Taliban insurgency. As a supporter of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, I hoped that we Afghans—in addition to ridding Afghanistan of the Taliban menace—would utilize this opportunity to revive our economy, build …

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Trump Needs to Reestablish Deterrence with Iran

The escalation ladder with Iran has lost several rungs. The attack attributed to Iran on Saudi Aramco oil facilities is the latest in a series of Iranian escalations—the May 14 and June 13 tanker attacks, the June 20 downing of a U.S. drone, and July 19 seizure of …

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