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Proxy Wars and the Global Stage: How Major Powers Fight Without Fighting

Great powers are once again resorting to proxy wars, manipulating weaker nations to fight their battles. This allows them to achieve strategic goals and avoid direct confrontation. Proxy wars, a timeless fixture of geopolitics, have returned amid escalating strategic rivalries. Major powers, avoiding direct confrontation, manipulate third-party forces …

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Trilateral Militarization: From Missiles to Nukes

In the Philippines, the proponents of the trilateral alliance frame it as a response to the “threat of assertive China.” In reality, the unwarranted trilateral alliance seems to be the result of a longstanding US maritime counter-insurgency (COIN) campaign, resting on the work of the US Navy Department …

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What Jews, Palestinian Israelis, and Turkish Kurds have in common

Diaspora Jews, Palestinian Israelis, and Turkish Kurds have more in common than meets the eye. The similarities in how the three minority communities define themselves offer insights into what will make either a one- or two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict viable. To be sure, it’s hard to …

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How Do Alliances End?

James Holmes The United States’ standing in the world hinges on alliances and fellowships of all types—chiefly in the rimlands and marginal seas ringing the Eurasian supercontinent. America has no strategic position in the rimlands without them. So I winged out to Chicago last month for a symposium …

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Israel cannot stand alone and Netanyahu knows it

The American decision to restrict arms sales could be a turning point in the US-Israel relationship Et tu, Joe? For many months, Benjamin Netanyahu has shrugged off international criticism of Israel, secure in the knowledge that the president of America had offered ironclad support. If you have the …

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The Two Armenias Debate and the Quest for Peace with Azerbaijan

The Armenian Church-led opposition movement against its government’s ongoing quest for peace with Azerbaijan represents a clear and present danger to that country’s future and a direct threat to stability in the Caucasus. Earlier this week, the Armenian Apostolic Church came out in overt opposition to the border …

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Biden says US will cut off offensive weapons to Israel ‘if they go into Rafah’

Israel’s military plans have been the source of tension with the U.S. “We are deeply grateful for President Biden’s unprecedented support for Israel and its security,” said Mark Mellman, president of the advocacy group Democratic Majority for Israel. “At the same time we are deeply concerned about the …

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What India Can Teach the U.S. About Multipolarity

Understanding power distribution in purely “zero-sum-game” terms is not the best approach to a multipolar world. The idea of an emerging multipolar world order has become a buzzword in the post-pandemic global geopolitical discourse. Politicians, strategic experts, diplomats, and business leaders from diverse backgrounds solemnly intone that multipolarity …

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Charting a New Future for the Mediterranean

To build a more strategically coherent approach to the Mediterranean region, the West must expand and deepen its relationship with African partners. In just under two months, the heads of state and government from the Group of Seven (G7) countries will convene on Italy’s southeastern coast near Fasano, …

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