Articles and Posts by Seth Cropsey

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A Ukrainian serviceman walks on a destroyed Russian fighting vehicle in Bucha, Ukraine, Thursday, April 7, 2022.

Putin Can’t Control His Ukraine Cataclysm — and the US Must Get Ready

As the Russo-Ukrainian war grinds into its sixth full month, we must reckon with strategic reality. Russia is losing ground, and its strategic position will only deteriorate in coming months; further military reversals will intensify its strategic quandary. Three possibilities exist — revolution, a palace coup, or horizontal escalation — and …

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Ukrainian grain field burning

Russia’s New War Strategy: Destroy the Global Economy

Upheaval in Sri Lanka and spiking global energy prices are the result of Russia’s new strategy in Ukraine. By causing international shocks, Russia hopes to overawe the West once again, both presenting it the prospect of a winter energy shortage and stoking crises in the developing world. The West should …

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Ukraine counter-terrorism operation

Blood and Toil

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has triggered a NATO renaissance, at least rhetorically. It appears rejuvenated, robust, and capable of confronting Russia in the long-term. Nevertheless, the Ukraine War has merely obfuscated severe political fissures within NATO. Ironically, they are the inverse of the difficulties NATO faced in the early …

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Snake Island

With a Whimper – The Fall of Snake Island

The Fall of Snake Island is an Inflection Point in the Ukraine War Perception and reality are difficult to untangle in any conflict.  But the Ukraine War is the first great power conflict waged fully in the Information Age.  Both parties have sought to influence global narratives and manipulate international …

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Erdogan

Diversionary War: Turkey’s Actions against Greece are a Growing Threat to NATO

Turkish obstructionism against Swedish and Finnish NATO membership, its limited offensive in Iraq, and its prospective offensive in Syria have grabbed international attention. But more significant is Turkey’s growing diplomatic tension with Greece, an ever-festering lesion that threatens to burst. Considering Turkey’s domestic situation and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the United States must …

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Project 0901 Hypersonic vehicle

Countering Hypersonics

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has thrust conventional capabilities back into the fore, particularly cruise missiles.  Russia has demonstrated its hypersonic capabilities multiple times, testing an anti-ship hypersonic cruise missile in May and a super-heavy Intercontinental Ballistic Missile capable of carrying hypersonic glide vehicles in April.  It has also used hypersonics …

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Grain field fire in Kherson

How to Stop Russia’s Plan for Global Food Chaos

About 25 million tons of grain now sit in Ukrainian silos blockaded by Russian ships. By disrupting global food and energy supplies, the Kremlin seeks to spark multiple international crises, forcing the West to pressure Ukraine into negotiations. The U.S. should spoil Russia’s strategy by establishing a maritime corridor with …

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