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Do Merkel And Germany Have A Future?
Articles - March 6, 2018

Germany has a new grand-coalition government (GROKO) in sight thanks to the decision by Social Democratic Party (SPD) rank and file to agree to another link-up with Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU). SPD dues-paying members voted by two-thirds in a postal referendum to play second fiddle once again under Merkel at the national level. Both parties are motivated by palpable fear that failure to agree would provoke new elections in which they could both lose even more votes to the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) than they did in the shocking general election last September.

China Reform Monitor - No. 1318
Bulletins - March 1, 2018

China's maritime build-up;
Autonomous shipping takes shape

Resource Security Watch - No. 11
Bulletins - February 16, 2018

The hidden cost of cryptocurrency;
Tehran's toxic air;
Reclassifying climate change;
China moves to manage carbon emissions;
Indonesia's sinking city

Germany's Social Democrats Meet Their Day of Reckoning
Articles - February 10, 2018

Government formation in Germany is approaching a crunch point. The main center-right (CDU/CSU) and center-left (SPD) parties have reached an agreement on a new grand-coalition government, similar to that which preceded inconclusive national elections last September. The crunch point will be a referendum on that agreement by the dues-paying, card-carrying membership of the Social Democratic Party.

Trump Believes In U.S. Power
Articles - January 31, 2018

In the national security section of Tuesday's State of the Union speech, President Donald Trump had a single, unifying message: The administration will confront America's international challenges with a realistic appreciation for the importance of U.S. power and leadership.

Russia Reform Monitor - No. 2185
Bulletins - January 26, 2018

Whitewashing Stalin's purges;
Soviet nostalgia rears its head anew

Freedom On The Wane
Articles - January 23, 2018

When Great Britain told the United States in February of 1947 that it could no longer protect Greece and Turkey, President Harry Truman and his top aides realized that America would have to step up to protect freedom or cede the Mediterranean and maybe Europe and other regions to the Soviets.

A New Approach To Iran
Articles - January 17, 2018

The recent protests in Iran may be petering out, but the White House is ramping up its response to them. Last week, in tandem with his most recent decision to prolong the controversial 2015 Iran nuclear deal for another three months, President Trump opened a new front against the Islamic Republic by levying fresh human rights sanctions on a number of key regime figures and institutions.

What Trump Needs To Know To Reform US Broadcasting
Articles - January 16, 2018

The announcement last week by Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), the powerful chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, that he plans to resign at the end of his current term in office will unquestionably have enormous ramifications for the shape of U.S. foreign policy toward Syria, Ukraine, North Korea and Iran, as well as a host of other topics on which the congressman has distinguished himself during his eleven terms in office. But Royce's impending retirement will be felt in another area as well: that of U.S. public diplomacy.

Unconventional Wisdom in the Middle East
Articles - January 9, 2018

Recent events across the Middle East put the lie to one of the foreign policy establishment's most enduring tenets of conventional nonsense: that Israeli-Palestinian peace is key to greater regional peace and stability.