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Will the West Fall Like Ancient Rome?

Are the Chinese the new barbarians, intent on triggering the fall of the West? Or is China risking internal failure? The geopolitical dominance and future of the “West” seem threatened. Hard right-wing commentators like Steve Bannon and Nigel Farage draw parallels with the fall of ancient Rome. In …

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America’s Biggest Foreign Policy Weakness: No Grand Strategy

Michael DiCiana As 2024 begins, the global threat to American interests is on the rise as the interests of adversaries continue to align. However, Washington policymakers appear either unable or uninterested in displaying resolve As 2024 begins, the global threat to American interests is on the rise as …

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Farmer Protests Spreading Like Wildfire Across Europe

Farmers’ protests have already caused disruptions in France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Poland, Romania and the Netherlands. Europe has experienced an explosion of protests for weeks now by farmers against what they say is excessive red tape, high fuel costs and unfair competition coming from the EU’s liberal trade …

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Why a U.S. Recession in 2024 Could Still Happen

Given their poor forecasting track record, the economic profession could benefit from a dose of humility. Wall Street traders are fond of saying that the consensus economic view is seldom proved correct. Today’s stronger-than-expected GDP numbers and inflation’s welcome deceleration offer yet another example of where the consensus …

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Trump’s Ukraine Opportunity

Supporting a compromise on Ukraine aid and border protection seems more likely to yield electoral advantage for Donald Trump both immediately and in the long term. With prospects for a Senate border compromise looking increasingly murky amid opposition from former President Donald Trump, further substantial U.S. military assistance …

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The Linchpin of Central Asia Looks East

Harun Karcic Kazakh leaders support an increased American and European role in Central Asia to help promote the region’s security and economic development without undermining Astana’s multi-vector foreign policy approach. Kazakhstan has officially begun construction of its third railway connection with China. The double-track railway is expected to …

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Understanding the Franco-Indian Relationship

Don Gill Among Western countries, France has often been the first to illustrate a mature understanding of India’s position on varied issues ranging from nuclear tests to the ongoing Russia-Ukraine War. French President Emmanuel Macron has accepted the invitation to be the chief guest at India’s Republic Day …

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The Gaza War and the Moral Rectitude of Western Democracies

James Dorsey The Israeli-Palestinian conflict’s role in undermining the moral backbone and pillars of democracy goes far beyond Western support for Israel in Gaza. The question is no longer if, but when, the United States will support a ceasefire in the Gaza war. While the need for a …

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The Biden Administration Is Quietly Shifting Its Strategy in Ukraine

With U.S. and European aid to Ukraine now in serious jeopardy, the Biden administration and European officials are quietly shifting their focus from supporting Ukraine’s goal of total victory over Russia to improving its position in an eventual negotiation to end the war, according to a Biden administration …

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