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Three reasons why the US doesn’t have a coherent China strategy
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Three reasons why the US doesn’t have a coherent China strategy

By Bu Le and Dingding Chen* Although in the last five or six years there seems to have emerged a so-called new consensus on China within the United States, particularly following the 2017 Trump administration’s National Security Strategy report, in reality there are still major disagreements with regard to how to define China, how to compete with or confront...

Why Russia isn’t worried about U.S. hypersonic missiles
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Why Russia isn’t worried about U.S. hypersonic missiles

The U.S. military is deploying a slew of hypersonic systems that are expected to reach operational maturity by the turn of the decade. However, not only does the United States currently lack parallel capabilities, but it may not have a reliable means of countering these threats. By Mark Episkopos* Russian commentators are mocking the Biden...

U.S. bases in Central Asia: Where will they go?
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U.S. bases in Central Asia: Where will they go?

The U.S. is attempting to evacuate its troops and contractors from Afghanistan by 11 September 2021, the 20th anniversary of the al-Qaeda attacks. By James Durso* American officials say they will keep the ability to collect intelligence and strike against terrorist threats to the U.S. by locating facilities and equipment in nearby countries. Negotiations to...

Hypersonic Weapons: Soon the Backbone of Russia’s Military?
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Hypersonic Weapons: Soon the Backbone of Russia’s Military?

In the development of hypersonic weapons, Moscow has been seen to have a significant head start over Washington. By Peter Suciu* Here’s What You Need to Know: Moscow has a head start over Washington, but America is rushing to catch up. Even as the United States has put an increased emphasis on the development of hypersonic weapons,...

Analysts question uniqueness of hypersonic weapons capabilities
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Analysts question uniqueness of hypersonic weapons capabilities

As the U.S. armed forces plow forward with their multifaceted campaign to develop hypersonic weapons, national security analysts are raising questions about how the new capabilities will impact great power competition. By Meredith Roaten Hypersonics are a top research-and-development priority for the Pentagon. The weapons are being pursued by the Air Force, Army and Navy....

Russia’s soft takeover of Belarus completes anti-NATO military buffer
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Russia’s soft takeover of Belarus completes anti-NATO military buffer

After protracted domestic unrest in 2020 in the form of massive protests attempting to oust Belarus’ president Alyaksandr Lukashenka, the country’s government is teetering on the verge of collapse. Moscow has rushed in to fill the vacuum. By Sarah White* Lukashenka has suddenly fallen in line with Moscow’s agenda, despite years of resistance to encroaching Russian...

Wargaming for the New Great Game
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Wargaming for the New Great Game

In the opening days of the Iraq invasion in 2003, then secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld infamously quipped, “You go to war with the army you have, not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time.” The offhand remark ignited indignation, but the United States had the Army it wanted. This Army won...

Countering China’s global great game
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Countering China’s global great game

Washington’s instinctual response to compete with the Belt and Road Initiative dollar-for-dollar is a losing proposition that plays into China’s long game. But with an offensive framework, American policymakers could turn the tables and transform the BRI into an albatross for the Communist Party. By Michael Sobolik* The relationship between the United States and the...

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