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The EU is missing a chance to address its problems with Turkey
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The EU is missing a chance to address its problems with Turkey

The belligerent state remains unresponsive to Europe’s coffee-and-croissants diplomacy. By Bill Wirtz* Last October, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan suggested that French President Emmanuel Macron ought to seek “some sort of mental treatment,” after the latter had announced a tougher stance on radical Islam. Tensions between Turkey and France have been rampant since the beheading...

The Gordian knot of Turkey’s foreign policy
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The Gordian knot of Turkey’s foreign policy

By Iraklis Millas* Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan seems determined to improve his country’s foreign relations with various landscapes. European Union sanctions that were threatening Turkey have apparently been postponed. There is talk of possible rapprochement with Egypt, while a shy dialogue has begun with neighbouring Greece. There are also gunboat policies and friendly messages...

Why China could decide to invade Taiwan, and soon
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Why China could decide to invade Taiwan, and soon

On March 23, U.S. Navy Adm. John Aquilino, President Biden’s nominee to be the next Indo-Pacific Command commander, testified during his confirmation hearing that the threat to Taiwan from an increasingly aggressive China is “closer than we think” and that the United States needs to be “prepared today” to defend its longtime ally. By R. Jordan Prescott* The admiral...

Hypersonic weapons really matter to U.S. deterrence of Russia
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Hypersonic weapons really matter to U.S. deterrence of Russia

By Dan Gouré* Hypersonic weapons could dramatically change the balance of conventional military power between the United States and its major competitors, Russia and China. Russia is investing heavily in hypersonic systems and is on the verge of deploying a variety of strategic and theater systems. The U.S. started behind its great power competitors but...

Getting tough with Egypt won’t work
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Getting tough with Egypt won’t work

A more modest approach is warranted, one that emphasizes core interests, acknowledges the limitations of U.S. leverage, and avoids going too far with funding cuts and sanctions. By David Schenker* When Congress passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in January, it included a stipulation to substantially limit U.S. military assistance to Egypt unless the...

Hypersonic research funding skyrockets as DOD looks to push capability to the field
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Hypersonic research funding skyrockets as DOD looks to push capability to the field

The government’s 70 hypersonics programs—ranging from enabling technology efforts to all-up prototyping projects—are expected to cost $15 billion from 2015 through 2024, and several have sharply exceeded cost estimates, the Government Accountability Office reported. By John A. Tirpak* Hypersonic research funding grew 740 percent, government-wide, between 2015 and 2020. Production costs have not yet been developed, the...

China could soon have the most powerful type of warship ever
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China could soon have the most powerful type of warship ever

China could also be joining the exclusive club of navies with a nuclear-powered carrier. By Peter Suciu* Currently, only the United States and France operate true nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, and this includes the United States Navy’s ten Nimitz-class carriers and one Gerald R. Ford-class carrier as well as the French Navy’s flagship Charles de Gaulle....

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