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The Identity Divide That Defines Central Europe’s Stance on Ukraine

As the more hesitant members of Europe’s pro-Ukraine coalition, Hungary, Austria, and Slovakia wield disproportionate sway over the EU’s consensus-driven decisions on Ukraine. Viktor Orban, Hungary’s right-wing Prime Minister, persistently hinders the approval of nearly every EU aid package for Kyiv. Left-leaning populist Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico pledged to likewise oppose these measures during the […]

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The West Can Still Get Things Done: The Ramp-up in Allied Ammo Production Is a Reminder of Our Inherent Strength

There is no hiding the fact that across key Western nations the mood is darkening in relation to the Ukraine war. Kyiv’s counter-offensive, which transfixed the world’s attention throughout most of this year, is now widely seen as a costly failure. When the Ukrainian army began its much-anticipated push back

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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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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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US solider launching Switchblade 300

Ukraine Needs American Drones

China’s recent decision to restrict exports of drones will blind Ukraine’s reconnaissance advantage in the war with Russia and constitutes an active intervention on Moscow’s side. The U.S. and its allies should respond by developing an industrial base that makes unmanned aerial systems. Failing to do so would all but guarantee that

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Ukraine counter-terrorism operation

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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Tallinn NATO meeting of foreign ministers 2010

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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The Kahovka Soviet-era dam in the Russian controlled part of southern Ukraine was blown on 6 June 2023, unleashing a flood of water across the war zone.

The Kakhovka Dam’s Destruction Shows a Russian Military on its Back Foot

In the early hours of June 6, the Kakhovka Dam burst. The most probable culprit is Russia, given its control over the dam throughout the occupation of right-bank Kherson Oblast. The incident will have significant, tragic humanitarian effects.  But as a matter of warfare, it illustrates how badly off-balance Russian forces are

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NATO rockets fly from the Black Sea coast in support of Exercise Saber Guardian 23

The United States Needs a Black Sea Strategy

As the Ukraine War runs on into another summer, the United States should face facts: it needs a strategy for the Black Sea to adapt to a long-range period of geopolitical strife. A public articulation of a U.S. Black Sea strategy, along with the tangible kinetic steps to implement it,

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Arleigh Burke Class destroyer operates in the Black Sea

The U.S. Needs a Black Sea Strategy

American foreign policy has always sought to ensure the Western Hemisphere remained free of Eurasian political influence. Since World War I, this has meant active participation in the Eurasian balance to disrupt or defeat aspiring Eurasian hegemons. Today, America needs a Black Sea strategy that furthers its Eurasian interests. Sens.

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