Russo-Ukrainian War

Wars in Ukraine and Mideast Show Why the US Needs to Dominate the Drone Industrial Base

Hamas’ use of small commercial-grade drones, generally classified by the Federal Aviation Administration as Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (SUAS), should come as no surprise to those interested in national security. The terrorists employed Chinese-made SUAS to take out sensors along Israel’s Gaza security fence and later dropped a Russian-model grenade on an […]

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Peter the Great, Stalin, and Russia’s Historical Reckoning

There are three possible objectives in a war of conquest: assimilation, imposition, and accommodation. The first was demonstrated by the Holy Roman Empire as it sought to tie its origins to the Hungarian state which, following centuries of Habsburg supervision, became formally absorbed by the Austrian Empire in 1867 as

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Ukrainian artillery in action.

Support for Ukraine Preparing US for Future Wars

The ousting of Kevin McCarthy last week as Speaker of the US House of Representatives, along with that event’s immediate predecessor, 100 congressional Republicans’ vote to withhold US$300 million in military assistance to Ukraine, is self-destructive. Unless reversed, it will stop the US from making sorely needed improvements in its

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Domestic Border Security has Nothing at All to do with our Ukraine Policy

Candidates for president and other high offices and public policy organizations alike are attempting to poke holes in U.S. aid to Ukraine by drawing comparisons to American immigration policy. Their rhetorical approach is as fatuous as it is strategically dangerous, undermining our nation’s ability to face current and impending challenges. It

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An Enduring Peace Without Victory in Ukraine: What It Might Look Like

With the war now past its one-and-a-half year mark and no decisive Russian military defeat or political surrender in sight, the public conversation should start reflecting a bit more on the possible role for diplomacy in the months – and perhaps years – ahead. The difficulties on the road to

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A Ukrainian Soldier assigned to 1st Battalion, 80th Airmobile Brigade prepares to shoot an AK-47 during a live-fire training exercise, Nov. 12, at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center. Soldiers assigned to 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division is deployed in support of the Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine.

Ukraine Needs Weapons, Not U.S. Kibitzing

Ukraine’s offensive has reached a tipping point. Russia’s military lines will snap, if given enough time. But this requires more military support from the U.S. If Kyiv is to succeed, Washington needs to supply it with critical weapons and supplies, not gratuitous military assessments. Western media commentary and professional analysis

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The Maritime Character of the Russo-Ukrainian War

Russia’s recent wave of attacks on Odesa and its surrounding ports demonstrate again the maritime fundamentals of the Ukraine War – and again reinforce the need to consider both faster materiel transfers. It also presents a major opportunity for NATO to consider the reimposition of deterrence and escalatory ceilings. The

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How Biden can Punish Russia for Abandoning its Black Sea Grain Agreement

The death of the Black Sea grain agreement should prompt a fundamental reassessment of American policy. This decision demonstrates President Vladimir Putin’s conviction that a long war remains Russia’s best, and perhaps only, strategic option. Therefore, there is no purpose to negotiations until he is disabused of this notion. Turkey, meanwhile, has demonstrated its

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Victory — Not a Peace Deal — is the Only Way to End the War in Ukraine

Henry Kissinger’s 1979 memoir, White House Years, is a trove of strategic and geopolitical wisdom. A brief anecdote from the book shines a coruscating light on the current effort of several former diplomats — including Richard Haas, president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations, and Professor Charles Kupchan of Georgetown University —

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NATO Will Only Grow Stronger, Regardless of What Happens in Ukraine

As more milestones come and go – the NATO summit, the 500th day of war – it is worth reflecting on the remarkable expansion and growing strength of the largest and most successful military alliance in history. The excellent news from Vilnius of Sweden’s imminent accession will take NATO’s membership to

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