Articles and Posts by Seth Cropsey

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Monograph: A Strategic Concept for the United States Merchant Marine

Monograph PDF Summary of Recommendations: To rebuild the US’ logistics system and revitalize the US Merchant Marine, the US should: Modernize the US Ready Reserve Force and increase its size by a third, and modernize the National Defense Reserve Fleet, over the next five years. This can be done quickly […]

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Step Up Pressure on Iran’s Proxies

Iran’s April 13 attack on Israel marked the death of a longstanding regional paradigm: deterrence. The Biden administration—and Israel—must shift from a policy framework that deters Iranian escalation to one that imposes costs on Iran’s actions and puts pressure on its proxy network. Although Iran’s bombardment did little damage, with

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Further Reading: Three Seas Initiative Plus and Black Sea Security

Yorktown Institute’s Seth Cropsey and Grant W. Turner contributed an article on the Three Seas Initiative to EIR’s report, “From Synergy to Strategy in the Black Sea Region: Assessing Opportunities and Challenges.” Due to formatting restrictions, we have assembled a supplementary document to attribute sources, make additional points, and provide

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To Thwart Iran, Fight a War of Attrition

The tensions between Jerusalem and Washington demonstrate that neither understands the situation. Israel needs to learn to fight an attrition war against a much larger adversary, Iran. The U.S. must accept the strategic requirements of its regional partner, despite the politically driven drivel offered by President Biden, Senate Majority Leader Chuck

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Drivers pass a billboard in Palestine Square that depicts Iranian missiles and a threatening message to Israel in Tehran, Feb. 19

The U.S. and Israel Play into Iran’s Hands

As Israel pushes deeper into Gaza and prepares for war with Hezbollah in the north, Iran’s campaign against the Jewish state and the U.S. is approaching an inflection point. Jerusalem and Washington need a new strategy that recognizes Tehran as their true enemy, whose proxies function like an empire. Instead

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The ‘Cold War’ as We Know it is a Myth, yet Its Underlying Conflict Never Ended

Americans believe that they “Won the Cold War” — that is, that the U.S. defeated the Soviet Union’s bid for global dominance. Washington outlasted Moscow, leading to the USSR’s imperial collapse. Yet the Cold War itself was not a singular, isolated event. It is more properly understood as one period

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Two Taiwanese fighter jets flying

PRC Lawfare With Commercial Air Routes

Compared to international expectations and expert hand-wringing, William Lai’s victory in Taiwan’s presidential election last month has yet to trigger an overwhelming Chinese response.  China did conduct spy balloon overflights in Taiwanese airspace, while the PLA did probe the Taiwan Strait’s median line, but by and large, its activity was

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