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Could a Massive Economic Turnaround Guarantee Trump’s Reelection?

Desmond Lachman Lenin famously observed that there are decades when nothing happens and then there are weeks when decades happen. Since the coronavirus pandemic struck early this year, we now seem to be living in such tumultuous weeks. In this new world of rapid change, and with five …

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The True Danger of Withdrawing from the Open Skies Treaty

The demise of Open Skies bodes ill for the New START agreement, which caps the number of strategic nuclear weapons Washington and Moscow can deploy at 1,550. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty is unfortunate but hardly surprising. In the months prior to …

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Eyewitness Report: American Carnage Comes to Washington

TNI editor Jacob Heilbrunn investigates the aftermath of looting and rioting in Washington, DC. Last evening, as I strolled through my neighborhood in Friendship Heights, I stumbled onto several gangs that were intent on trashing businesses along Friendship Heights. I had enough sense to avoid continuing on to …

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Major challenges facing the inclusive government in Afghanistan

Farzad Ramezani Bonesh Senior Researcher and Analyst of International Affairs Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and his rival, Abdullah Abdullah, have finally signed a political agreement to form an inclusive government after months of disagreement over the outcome of the 2019 presidential election. The agreement was signed in …

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What is Multilateralism in European Terms?

Dr. Andrey KORTUNOV The term “multilateralism” is not specifically elaborated in Russian international relations theory. For a long time, it has remained in the shadow of the much more popular term “multipolarity,” although the latter is gradually being replaced in Russian literature by the term “polycentrism.” Sometimes, it …

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The Real and Imagined Problems of the Middle Eastern Arms Trade

Paul R. Pillar The methods and motivations behind the U.S. arms sales in the Middle East are not the stuff of sound regional policy. One of the latest steps in the Trump administration’s never-ending pressure on Iran in its attempt to extend a United Nations-imposed embargo prohibiting the export to, or import …

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Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov: “We Have No Trust, No Confidence Whatsoever” in America

Jacob Heilburnn TNI editor Jacob Heilbrunn interviews Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov about the New START Treaty and the state of U.S.-Russia relations. Jacob Heilbrunn: What is your assessment of the state of U.S.-Russia relations? Sergei Ryabkov: The current state of our bilateral relations is probably worse …

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Why the U.S. Army (of the 1800s) Would Understand China’s South China Sea Strategy

James Holmes  “Southeast Asians—and lovers of freedom of the sea everywhere—must come to terms with China’s bid for sovereignty. They must act, making common cause with likeminded partners and fashioning counterstrategies to meet Beijing’s high-plains offensive. Otherwise the region courts an American Indian fate.” This week I had …

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