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The Similarities Between Germany and China

The Similarities Between Germany and China

I returned last weekend from a month-long trip to both East Asia and Europe. I discovered three things: First, the Europeans were obsessed with Germany and concerned about Russia. Second, the Asians were obsessed with China and concerned about Japan. Third, visiting seven countries from the Pacific ...

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Yemen Changes Hands. Will an Iranian Stronghold Emerge Near the Entrance to the Red Sea?

Yemen Changes Hands. Will an Iranian Stronghold Emerge Near the Entrance to the Red Sea?

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Turkey, the Kurds and Iraq: The Prize and Peril of Kirkuk

Turkey, the Kurds and Iraq: The Prize and Peril of Kirkuk

In June 1919, aboard an Allied warship en route to Paris, sat Damat Ferid Pasha, the Grand Vizier of a crumbling Ottoman Empire. The elderly statesman, donning an iconic red fez and boasting an impeccably groomed mustache, held in his hands a memorandum that he was to present to the Allied powers ...

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Centripetal and Centrifugal Forces at Work in the Nation-State

Centripetal and Centrifugal Forces at Work in the Nation-State

"Here begins our tale: The empire, long divided, must unite; long united,  must divide. Thus it has ever been." This opening adage of Romance of  the Three Kingdoms, China's classic novel of war and strategy, best  captures the essential dynamism of Chinese geopolitics. At its ...

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The Virtue of Subtlety: A U.S. Strategy Against the Islamic State

The Virtue of Subtlety: A U.S. Strategy Against the Islamic State

U.S. President Barack Obama said recently that he had no strategy as yet toward the Islamic State but that he would present a plan on Wednesday. It is important for a president to know when he has no strategy. It is not necessarily wise to announce it, as friends will be frightened and enemies ...

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Ukraine, Iraq and a Black Sea Strategy

Ukraine, Iraq and a Black Sea Strategy

The United States is, at the moment, off balance. It faces challenges in the Syria-Iraq theater as well as challenges in Ukraine. It does not have a clear response to either. It does not know what success in either theater would look like, what resources it is prepared to devote to ...

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Putin’s Ukraine Reset

The invasion of southeastern Ukraine is the latest indicator of how Russian president Vladimir Putin regards the "reset" of relations with the United States, Western Europe, and the entire world.

At least two columns of Russian armor and troops have been reported to have entered the Ukraine in ...

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Iraq and Syria Follow Lebanon's Precedent

Iraq and Syria Follow Lebanon's Precedent

Lebanon was created out of the Sykes-Picot Agreement. This agreement between Britain and France reshaped the collapsed Ottoman Empire south of Turkey into the states we know today -- Lebanon, Syria and Iraq, and to some extent the Arabian Peninsula as well. For nearly 100 years, Sykes-Picot defined ...

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Putin’s Pride – Danger for the World

As the Obama administrations draws down our forces to pre-WWII levels, and even front-line military officers are dismissed when in action against the enemy, Russia is doing something quite different. Russian president Vladimir Putin is proudly boasting of his nation's "offensive and defensive" ...

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