Robert Zapesochny

Robert Zapesochny is a researcher who specializes in the end of the Cold War and the future of Eastern Europe.

Happy Birthday to Our Greatest President

 

In the Revolutionary War as well as the formative years of our nation’s independence, no one played a bigger role than George Washington. The late historian James Flexner called him “the indispensable.” Without his leadership, it is hard to imagine the fledgling nation surviving intact. At Washington’s funeral, Rep. Henry Lee famously eulogized him as, […]

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The Global Water Crisis

 

I just finished a wonderful recent book by Seth Siegel on the global water crisis. The book, Let There Be Water, should be a wake-up call for world leaders to take the water crisis more seriously. Let me summarize some of its most important findings. In recent years, 600 million people have begun experiencing water […]

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Elliott Abrams Almost Pulled Off a Larry David

 

Before Larry David became famous from his work on Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm, he was a writer for a year on Saturday Night Live. He only managed to get one sketch on the show the whole season. After six weeks of being treated poorly, Larry confronted the producer five minutes before the show was […]

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The Great Shift in Defense Spending

 

The Trump administration and Secretary of Defense James Mattis in particular will be judged by what I refer to as the “Great Shift” in defense spending. Much of our military equipment is still more from the Cold War than the post-Cold War era, and much of it is going to have to be replaced in […]

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How Trump Won Michigan: A Case Study

 

Four states in the 2016 election were decided by less than 1 percent of the vote. In percentage terms, Michigan was the closest (0.22% percent), followed by New Hampshire (0.37%), Pennsylvania (0.72%), and Wisconsin (0.76%). Donald Trump won Michigan by only 10,704 votes. Fortunately, he had one volunteer that made 32,133 phone calls. In early […]

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A Tale of Two Cities: New York and Chicago

 

Earlier this month, New York and Chicago released their crime statistics. It is alarming that, in 2016, Chicago (762) had twice as many murders as New York (334). In 2016, there were 3,550 shooting incidents in Chicago. This was over 1,100 more shootings than in 2015. In contrast, New York had a total of 998 […]

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Cutting the Waste in the Defense Budget

 

Republicans will have far more credibility on budget issues, if they can convince voters that they are just committed to cutting waste, fraud, and abuse in the defense budget as they are in other areas of the budget. Frankly, there is no other choice. Defense spending peaked in 2011 at just over $705 billion. By FY 2015, […]

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Angela Merkel Is the Second Worst Postwar Chancellor of Germany

 

Since 1949, Germany has elected eight chancellors. Six of them were able to advance German interests. Angela Merkel is not one of them. Merkel is not a bad person, but she is failure. Germany, along with much of Western Europe, has four major domestic problems: (1) an unsustainable welfare state, (2) low birth rates, (3) […]

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The UN Resolutions Have No Validity Over Israel

 

Thomas Friedman once wrote, “Criticizing Israel is not anti-Semitic, and saying so is vile. But singling out Israel for opprobrium and international sanction — out of all proportion to any other party in the Middle East — is anti-Semitic, and not saying so is dishonest.” Earlier this month, outgoing UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said […]

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Rex Tillerson: The Next George Shultz?

 

Over the past several weeks, President-elect Trump’s selection of Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State has brought much rebuke from the left for his dealings in Russia and close relationship with President Putin. Notwithstanding the other 100 plus leaders Mr. Tillerson has met with during his esteemed professional career, Tillerson would complement President-elect […]

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