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Challenge and Response, but No Policy Change: US Strikes Assad

On the night of April 6th, US naval forces in the Mediterranean launched 59 cruise missiles against the Syrian government facility at Shayrat Air Force Base. The Tomahawk missiles were launched from the frigates USS Porter and USS Ross in response to a deadly chemical attack carried out on Tuesday the 4th against the civilians […]

Saving NATO: Europe Must Commit to a Common Defense Fund

A version of this article was originally published in 2014 and updated in 2015. Unfortunately for NATO, there is still a need for me to update it yet again in 2017. The Telegraph reported this week that the UK Ministry of Defence was unable to meet recruitment targets set for it. As a consequence, the […]

America’s Defense: Time for Raptor 5.5

Donald Trump’s tweets have a way of ruffling billion-dollar feathers, as when he complained about non-existent cost overruns in Boeing’s recent contract to build a new Air Force One. Boeing’s stock promptly dropped by 1%, which may not sound like much, but is equivalent to almost one billion dollars in market cap.  Mr. Trump has […]

Trump’s Nuclear Offer to Russia

Over the weekend, US President-Elect indicated his willingness to negotiate an end to Russian sanctions in return for a nuclear arms control agreement. This was ahead of a planned/not-planned meeting between the two leaders soon after the American Presidential Inauguration. With the typical vacuity of Mr. Trump’s policy statements, there were absolutely no details provided: […]

Trump’s Russia Policy: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Critics of Donald J. Trump point to his complete inexperience in foreign policy as one of his key weaknesses, and they have a point: Mr. Trump has no experience in this field and proudly admits it. This has not been a major issue for the American electorate; or perhaps it is more accurate to say […]

Comrades in the Kremlin

Everyone breathed a sigh of relief on November 9th whether their candidate had won or lost: at least the long, bitter, divisive electoral campaign was over. How wrong we were. Rather than settling down into the usual lame duck Presidency and transition, we have had the most tumultuous month in American politics since the 2000 […]

Ozymandias: Part One

“I met a traveller from an antique land, Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand, Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown, And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command, Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet survive, […]

Syria Fixation: Evaluation of US Strategic Options and Priorities

Tensions have increased sharply between the United States and Russia since the breakdown of the Syrian ceasefire two weeks ago. Although there have been no incidents involving forces from either side, there has been much irresponsible talk on both sides. There has also been a concrete escalation, mostly on the side of the Russians, which […]

Erdogan’s Apology: Cui Prodest?

Word leaked early this week of a potential shift in Turkey’s relations with Russia, with President Erdogan writing a letter of condolence to the Russian President Vladimir Putin and the family of slain pilot Lieutenant Colonel Oleg Peshkov. He expressed his regret over the incident and his hope that “we may be forgiven.” The Turkish […]

Spain’s Two Answers to Congressman Pitts

On the 16th of April, the USS Florida was steaming out of the Royal Navy’s facilities in Gibraltar after a short port call. In the brief period between the Florida’s departure from the dock and her entry into the international waters of the Strait of Gibraltar, the Navy ship was twice harassed by Spanish vessels: […]

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