Alliances

Abdicating or Adjudicating America’s Grand Strategy Under Trump

During Trump’s presidency, America’s role as the world leader has been questioned by allies, adversaries, and the president himself.

The End of NATO? Don’t Forget the Lessons of Two World Wars
The End of NATO? Don’t Forget the Lessons of Two World Wars

Turning our backs on NATO will result in an uncertain future wrought with war and conflict that will cost America far more in the end.

Macedonia’s New Name
Macedonia’s New Name

The dispute over Macedonia’s name began in 1991 after the country broke away from Yugoslavia, but now it has decided with Greece on a new name. This is good news for the United States.

America’s Imperfect Ally: Turkey Election is an Opportune Time to Engage
America’s Imperfect Ally: Turkey’s Election is an Opportune Time to Engage

Despite tensions between Ankara and Washington, saving Turkey as an ally is worth it.

Don’t Ask Nicely: Breaking Russia’s Alliance with Syria

Russia, Syria, and Iran have successfully defied US interests in the Middle East. It will take significant and aggressive measures to separate these allies.

Japan: A Helping Hand in the Pacific
Japan: A Helping Hand in the Pacific

With his party’s lopsided victory in October’s snap elections, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is primed to steer Japan into a new era of regional and global leadership. Washington should encourage and applaud Tokyo’s return to the international stage.

Preempting Preemption: How America Can Respond to North Korea’s Nuclear Program
Preempting Preemption: How America Can Respond to North Korea’s Nuclear Program

North Korea’s nuclear-weapons tests, missile launches, and threats to attack American territory are hostile acts. What is debatable is how the United States and allies should respond.

What You Should Know About the Syria-Iran Alliance
What You Should Know About the Syria-Iran Alliance

Iran has spent billions of dollars a year propping up Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. Why are the two regimes so close? Here’s what you should know about the Syria-Iran alliance.

NATO’s Russian Ballet Latvia
NATO’s Russian Ballet

How leaders in Riga and other front line NATO capitals conduct the delicate dance between asserting their national identities and managing relations with their Russian minorities could mean the difference between war and peace.