The U.S.-Iran Crisis

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  Bottom Line Up Front The U.S. and Iran are close to a conflict that would have no clear end and could quickly spread throughout the Middle East and beyond. Iran has acquired leverage by...

Protests in Hong Kong are Pushing Back against Chinese Rule

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  Bottom Line Up Front: In recent weeks, peaceful demonstrators in Hong Kong have gathered in large numbers to protest a controversial extradition bill with Mainland China. Hong Kong’s chief...

Congress Debates Whether the AUMF Has Outlived Its Mandate

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  Bottom Line Up Front For the first time since 2001, there might be meaningful Congressional oversight over the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF). From a legal standpoint, the...

Challenges in Transitioning From Violence to Politics

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  Bottom Line Up Front Shortly after being released from prison, Seuxis Pausias Hernandez, a former commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) was sworn in as a member of...

U.S. Bolstering Troop Presence in Poland to Strengthen Posture in Europe

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Bottom Line Up Front Last week, President Trump announced that the U.S. would be deploying an additional 1,000 troops to Poland. The deployment is reflective of the changing nature of U.S. alliances...

Tanker Blasts in the Gulf of Oman Escalate Tensions Between U.S. and Iran

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  Bottom Line Up Front On June 13, two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman were damaged by apparent sabotage, as explosions ripped through the side of the ships. The U.S. has publicly blamed Iran...

Tensions Continue to Escalate Between the U.S. and China over Taiwan

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  Bottom Line Up Front: The U.S. Congress was recently notified about a potential arms sale between the U.S. and Taiwan, estimated at close to $2 billion. Beijing has expressed serious concern...

In For a Penny, In for a Pound? The U.S. View on European Defense Spending

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  Bottom Line Up Front The U.S. is continuing to pressure the E.U. about defense spending, continuing a trend that has stretched back through previous administrations. The E.U. has established...

Islamic State’s Sinai Affiliate Remains a Destabilizing Force in Egypt

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  Bottom Line Up Front Just last week, the Islamic State’s affiliate in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula launched a deadly attack, killing eight police officers at a checkpoint. Since...

The U.S. Repatriates Islamic State Family Members

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  Bottom Line Up Front The U.S. government has confirmed that it repatriated eight U.S. citizens—two women and six children—who were with the Islamic State in Syria. The eight had been held...