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Religion in Russian Geopolitical Strategy
Religion in Russian Geopolitical Strategy

As daunting as it may be, closing the God gap is a necessary step to improving communication with Russia and other important actors in international affairs.

NATO Compass, Izmir, Turkey
NATO Takes the Fifth

What does NATO need to do going forward? The short answer: more and less.

The Baltics: NATO’s Soft Underbelly?
The Baltics: NATO’s Soft Underbelly?

With the consequential economic depression, the heavy influence of Russian propaganda, the presence of former Soviet officials receiving a monthly check from Moscow, and being far from Riga in so many ways, Daugavpils appears to be NATO’s “soft” underbelly.

Russia, America & National Self-Criticism
Russia, America & National Self-Criticism

This week in Moscow there was the usual lavish military parade, bristling with missiles and other weaponry, commemorating victory in…

What You Should Know About Economic Sanctions Russia Michael Flynn Donald Trump
What You Should Know About Economic Sanctions

Gen. Michael Flynn has been under scrutiny for privately discussing U.S. sanctions against Russia with that country’s ambassador to the United States before President Trump took office, which would be a violation of federal law (the Logan Act). But what are sanctions, and why do we have sanctions against Russia?

Hybrid Warfare: An Old Strategy with a New Name
Hybrid Warfare: An Old Strategy with a New Name

Following Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea, the West has become fascinated with the term “hybrid warfare.” While the term appears to be relatively new, hybrid warfare itself is not a new strategy, nor is it a threat to be taken lightly.

Eurovision Soft Power Lesson
Eurovision’s Soft Power Lesson

Jamala’s victory at Eurovision, a popular singing competition most Americans have never heard of, offers lessons in soft power.