Deal or No Deal

Putin
Donald Trump styles himself as the ultimate deal-maker. So he must understand that any successful deal requires the use of leverage to get more than your negotiating partner initially wants…
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The Russo-Iran Axis Expands

Russian-Iranian
Critics pounced on President George W. Bush when he described Iran, Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, and North Korea as part of an “Axis of Evil” almost 15 years ago. After all,…
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Russia’s Coming Jihadi Problem

Russia
When Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared himself caliph of the Islamic State, he captured the imagination of a generation of young Islamists. More than 30,000 foreign fighters from more than 100…
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What Motivates Putin’s Interference?

Vladimir Putin
Controversy continues to swirl about allegations that Russia was behind the hacking that plagued Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic National Committee in the run-up to last month’s presidential elections.…
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The Eternal Russian Reset

Russia
It was inevitable that the allegation Russian intelligence meddled in the American presidential election would become a partisan football. The claims that Moscow’s cyber intelligence assets infiltrated independent and private…
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Merkel Is Next

Angela Merkel
If Angela Merkel wins reelection to her post as German Chancellor next year, she will tie Helmut Kohl’s record as the longest-serving democratically elected German leader in the post-war period.…
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Is Russia More Dangerous than ISIS?

Russia
As President-elect Donald Trump begins to fill his top administration spots, his selection of retired General Michael Flynn suggests that Trump’s  campaign trail flirtations were not empty rhetoric and he intends…
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A U.S. Ally Prepares for Hell

Trump
There’s no use pretending that the election will turn on either candidate’s foreign policy positions. But there are some people for whom the question of whether the U.S. will remain…
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