Grand Strategy

America’s Incoherent Mideast Policy

On December 18, the Department of Defense announced the multinational Operation Prosperity Guardian, a U.S.-led, multinational force meant to restore commercial freedom of navigation in the Red Sea and through the Suez Canal against Yemen-based Houthi attacks. The operation is yet another violation of the United States’s own Middle East […]

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Henry Kissinger, Geopolitical Giant

Henry Kissinger — former secretary of state and assistant to two presidents for national-security affairs, Cold War statesman, historian, and political celebrity — passed away in November shortly after celebrating his 100th birthday. Quite possibly, no other person to hold his positions has had his or her life and tenure

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Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei meeting with newly Parliament members

To Deter Iran, Biden Must Be Bold

On Nov. 21, the Department of Defense confirmed a fourth round of retaliatory strikes against Iran-backed proxy militias, which had attacked the U.S. 66 times during the preceding month, injuring 62 U.S military personnel. Considering the pattern of the conflict and the previous three attacks, this will not deter Tehran. The first

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The fictional sixth-generation Darkstar, as seen in Top Gun: Maverick. While this is not a real program (as far as we know), China positioned satellites above filming locations in order to capture data on it.

The West’s Geopolitical Situation is Deteriorating: Five Scenarios for the Next Decade

In a world of war, we must recalibrate our grand-strategic thinking. Here are five geopolitical scenarios for what could happen in the coming years It is beyond doubt that the “rules based international order” chapter of History is coming to a close, removing from the real world many of the traditional assumptions

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It’s Looking Like the 1930s

With the Middle East primed for a conflagration, American policy-makers must recognize two realities. First, the United States is embroiled in a major Eurasian rimland war, one that must be fought and won to preserve American power. Second, the benefits of fighting forward — and fighting limited small wars rather than

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Crimean Bridge Blast

Strategic Nexus: The Black Sea, Great Power Competition, and the Russo-Ukrainian War

View Full PDF EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The Black Sea is a key node in Eurasian strategic competition. This has been true since the 16th century. The Black Sea is part of a broader interconnected maritime space that includes the Levantine Basin, Red Sea, and Western Indian Ocean. This maritime space is

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