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Coming to Terms With the American Empire

Coming to Terms With the American Empire

"Empire" is a dirty word. Considering the behavior of many empires, that is not unreasonable. But empire is also simply a description of a condition, many times unplanned and rarely intended. It is a condition that arises from a massive imbalance of power. Indeed, the empires created on purpose, ...

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The Middle Eastern Balance of Power Matures

The Middle Eastern Balance of Power Matures

Last week, a coalition of predominantly Sunni Arab countries, primarily from the Arabian Peninsula and organized by Saudi Arabia, launched airstrikes in Yemen that have continued into this week. The airstrikes target Yemeni al-Houthis, a Shiite sect supported by Iran, and their Sunni partners, ...

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Cold War? How Uncool: A New Generation

Cold War? How Uncool: A New Generation

Relax, there will be no revival of the Cold War. "The new generation doesn't believe in a new Cold War," according to an article in the online version of The National Interest entitled "Debunked: Why There Won't Be Another Cold War."

The authors, Matthew Rojansky, the Director of the Kennan ...

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China's Fragile Evolution

China's Fragile Evolution

By Rodger Baker and John Minnich

Last week, China's anti-corruption campaign took a significant turn, though a largely overlooked one. The Supreme People's Court released a statement accusing former Politburo Standing Committee member Zhou Yongkang, the highest-ranked official thus far ...

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Proposed Deal with Iran Not Legal; Iranian Nukes in South America

Proposed Deal with Iran Not Legal; Iranian Nukes in South America

The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) forbids any of it signatories to have nuclear weapons. Full stop.

Under the terms of the NPT, the P5+1 have no legal authority to amend the treaty unilaterally, to abrogate the treaty, or to allow nations that are signatories to the NPT to abrogate the ...

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The Vulnerability of Putin and His Bomb

The Vulnerability of Putin and His Bomb

The media have been alive with reports that Russian president Vladimir Putin was ready to use atomic weapons if the West forcefully intervened to prevent Moscow's annexation of the Crimean peninsula, a part of the nation of Ukraine. Putin's use of force and his readiness to resort to nuclear ...

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Revisited: Can Putin Survive?

Revisited: Can Putin Survive?

Editor's Note: This week, we revisit a Geopolitical Weekly first published in July 2014 that explored whether Russian President Vladimir Putin could hold on to power despite his miscalculations in Ukraine, a topic that returned to prominence with his recent temporary absence from public view. While ...

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A Bridge over the Mediterranean: The French-Egyptian Arms Deal

A Bridge over the Mediterranean: The French-Egyptian Arms Deal

A recent arms deal between Egypt and France may indicate a change in the regional balance of power; Egypt's traditional reliance on U.S. arms and assistance may be gradually shifting towards other actors such as France, the UAE, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.  Because Israel has a fundamental ...

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A Bad Agreement with Iran Will Undermine Middle East Stability

A Bad Agreement with Iran Will Undermine Middle East Stability

While Iran negotiates an agreement with the West on its nuclear program, it holds naval exercises near the Straits of Hormuz, sinking a mock-up of the USS Nimitz, an American aircraft carrier.

(AFP Photo/Fars News/Hamed Jafarnejad)

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