by | Oct 30, 2019

Introduction: With the Cold War still raging, I joined a group of 10 American specialists on the Middle East and related topics who traveled to Moscow in November and December 1983. We met intensively over four days with Soviet counterparts…

by | Oct 25, 2019

The outcry was swift and sharp following the October 16 SEAL Team episode, whose plot featured Navy SEALs on a mission to retake an Azerbaijani power plant from suspected “Armenian loyalists” who were later identified as Iranian forces. Armenian media…

by | Oct 14, 2019

The stock markets rose abruptly Friday on President Trump’s announcement of a ceasefire in our trade war with China. There is no agreement on a trade deal — not even an agreement to agree — but the president suspended application…

by | Oct 10, 2019

Receiving limited attention in mainstream media is India’s recently expressed desire to hit the “refresh” button in its relations with the United States. As recently reported in USNI News, a publication of the U.S. Naval Institute, the Minister of External…

by | Oct 4, 2019

In his telephone conversation with Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky, President Trump requested Ukraine’s help in getting “to the bottom of” the Russian collusion narrative and the role of CrowdStrike, a private computer security company, in propagating that story. Lost in…

by | Oct 2, 2019

While strategic alliances are crucial for ensuring any nation’s safety and security, they are particularly indispensable for relatively small countries. Israel, which has long faced diplomatic isolation and hostility among its neighbors, has relied on its relationships with the U.S….

by | Jul 22, 2019

While Washington’s experts and pundits continue taking Moscow’s pivot to Beijing with a grain of salt, China and Russia announced yet another joint mega-project that will help to accelerate the formation of what many dubbed the “Eurasian supercontinent.” From an…

by | Jun 30, 2019

The Russian guided missile frigate Admiral Gorshkov arrived in Cuba with a small group of support vessels early last week as relations between the U.S. and Russia reached their lowest point in decades. The Associated Press reported that the military…

by | May 4, 2019

Venezuela has become the next major front in the ongoing shadow war between the loosely aligned axis of autocracies and the U.S.-led coalition of democracies. From Ukraine to the South China Sea to Syria, the two blocs now vie for…

by | Apr 22, 2019

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to Colombia to strike a Reaganesque pose when he called on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to open a bridge to allow entry of humanitarian aid. The effort fell flat. The bridge didn’t offer much…

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