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Extending New START Is a Good Start for Biden

Eric Gomez The news that the Biden administration will seek a five‐​year extension of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or New START, is a welcome change from the Trump administration’s assault on nuclear arms control. But the Biden team should not be afraid to keep going and push arms control further. , Extending New START is an important win for U.S.-Russia strategic stability, which has frayed due to increasing...

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What ‘Action’ Can Biden Take Against Putin or Other Repressive Regimes?

Ted Galen Carpenter Americans watch with growing disgust as Vladimir Putin’s government conducts a crackdown on peaceful demonstrators protesting the regime’s many abuses. The latest demonstrations erupted in multiple cities when opposition leader Alexei Navalny returned to Russia after undergoing lengthy medical treatments in Germany for a near‐​fatal poisoning attack apparently carried out by Putin’s security agents....

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The Blob Is Addicted to Overseas Interventions

Doug Bandow Since the end of the Cold War there have been few external constraints on U.S. foreign policy. The Soviet Union’s collapse left America as the unipower. “What we say goes,” declared President George H.W. Bush. Washington’s foreign policy establishment, later termed “the Blob,” saw an opportunity to transform the world. , The 1990s featured military interventions in the Balkans, Somalia, Haiti, Panama, and...

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A Revived Foreign Policy Agenda for the Lame Duck Moon Jae‐​in Administration

Doug Bandow It isn’t easy being a progressive president of South Korea. The world has refused to conform to South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s expectations. , He hoped for détente with North Korea, especially after the country’s supreme leader, Kim Jong‐​un, held a summit with President Donald Trump. However, after the failure of the Kim‐​Trump meet‐​up in Hanoi, Kim dismissed Moon’s efforts with...

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Could Tony Blinken Start a Crisis with North Korea?

Doug Bandow President Joe Biden was not yet sworn in when his choice for secretary of state, Antony Blinken, threatened to create a crisis on the Korean peninsula. The latter said he was “reviewing options,” no harm there, regarding a “hard problem that has plagued administration after administration,” which well describes North Korea. , But what was he thinking? “One of the first things that we would do,” he told...

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The Brutal Taiwan Dilemma Trump Will Leave for Biden

Ted Galen Carpenter Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s announcement that the United States was lifting all “self‐​imposed” limitations on U.S. official contacts with Taiwan’s government may have created an immediate foreign policy crisis for the incoming Biden administration. Pompeo’s statement was blunt and uncompromising: , Taiwan is a vibrant democracy and reliable partner of the United States, and yet for several...

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Time to Rebalance the U.S.-Europe Relationship

Doug Bandow With the election of Joe Biden, America may soon have its most pro‐​European president ever. Alas, though Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Council, said she hoped for a “renewed partnership,” Biden will not find Europe to be the most pro‐​American ever. Shrunken by the departure of the United Kingdom, battered by fights with the populist right, and awash in COVID-19 cases, the continent is in...

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Call for Proposals: Junior Scholars Symposium 2021

Eric Gomez The final year of the Trump administration was one of uncertainty and upheaval in U.S. foreign policy and national security. The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted American life and liberty in profound ways, forcing many experts and policymakers to reevaluate national security priorities. The pandemic also shook the U.S. political system by pushing millions of Americans to vote by mail, which prolonged counting the vote and added...

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Shining a Light on the SolarWinds Hack

Brandon Valeriano, Erica D. Borghard, John Glaser Did Russia commit a cyber attack or cyber espionage? What is the difference and how does it affect the U.S. response and future of cybersecurity? Cato Institute’s own Brandon Valeriano and Atlantic Council’s Erica Borghard join host John Glaser to discuss the severity of the SolarWinds hack and its implications for the broader cybersecurity political landscape. Show Notes Brandon...

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