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Seven Theories for Why Biden Is Losing (and What He Should Do About It)

It’s not Joe Biden’s poll numbers that worry me, exactly. It’s the denial of what’s behind them. Among likely voters, Biden is trailing Donald Trump by one point in Wisconsin and three points in Pennsylvania. He’s ahead by a point in Michigan. Sweeping those three states is one …

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A Compact for a Free and Open Black Sea

The Black Sea’s present and future are tied up with the progression and outcome of Russia’s war of aggression in Ukraine. The world at large has an essential stake in the Black Sea’s freedom. Its security is simply too important to be left to the vagaries of the …

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How to Win the New Great Game in Central Asia

In the nineteenth and early twentieth century, during the “Great Game” between the Russian Empire and British Empires, Central Asia was divided into spheres of influence. Five of the modern “stans” were under St. Petersburg’s control. The Emirate (then Kingdom) of Afghanistan was neutral. Pakistan was then a …

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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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Jordan’s Upcoming Elections: A Chance for Revival

Eng. Saleem Al Batayneh In a world where money and politics often intertwine to corrupt societies, the upcoming parliamentary elections in Jordan provide a glimmer of hope. Slovenian philosopher and critic Slavoj Žižek once said that the marriage of money and politics leads to corruption, undermining national security …

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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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How would the new NATO leader manage alliance amidst the Ukrainian conflict or Trump’s re-election?

While traditionally conducted behind closed doors, elections for the NATO Secretary General are now facing the demands of a changing public diplomacy landscape, calling for increased transparency. As citizens of NATO member states, it’s crucial for us to be informed and engaged in these elections, given their direct …

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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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