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Background Essay

Turkey In The Eastern Mediterranean Crisis

by Soner Cagaptayvia Strategika
Thursday, October 22, 2020

Three wars that Turkey is currently involved in, namely in Syria, Libya, and the South Caucasus, suggest that Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s foreign policy has settled into a new phase. Erdoğan is building a “mini Empire” by—often—simultaneously fighting and power- brokering with his Russian homologue, and to this end the Eastern Mediterranean provides ample opportunities for him.


Paul Gregory On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Paul R. Gregoryvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Paul Gregory discusses his Hill article "Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict adds to Putin's headaches, West's worries."

Analysis and Commentary

The Puzzle Of The GRU Indictment

by Jack Goldsmithvia Lawfare
Wednesday, October 21, 2020

It’s about two weeks before the 2020 presidential election. According to a bipartisan report released by the Senate Intelligence Committee, Russia engaged in “an aggressive, multifaceted effort to influence, or attempt to influence, the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.” And in the words of the FBI director, Russia is engaged in “very active efforts ... to influence our election in 2020.” 

Analysis and Commentary

Challenges For Central Banks.

by John H. Cochranevia The Grumpy Economist
Tuesday, October 20, 2020

On October 20, I was graciously invited to give a talk at the ECB Conference on Monetary Policy: bridging science and practice.

Analysis and Commentary

Why Is Free Speech Something You Can Be Murdered For In Western Europe?

by Ayaan Hirsi Alivia The Washington Examiner
Monday, October 19, 2020

Shortly after the most recent, gruesome terror attack in France, security expert Eric Delbecque said, “Freedom of expression should not live under house arrest.” A history teacher, Samuel Paty, had been stabbed and beheaded near his school for showing his middle school students caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad during a class focusing on freedom of expression.

Analysis and Commentary

Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict Adds To Putin's Headaches, West's Worries

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Hill
Sunday, October 18, 2020

The last thing Vladimir Putin needed is another hotspot in Russia’s “near abroad” — Russia’s term for the 14 republics that once were part of the old Soviet Union, along with the Russian Republic.

Analysis and Commentary

Europe’s Futile Search For Franco-German Leadership

by Josef Joffevia The Strategist
Friday, October 16, 2020

For decades, France and Germany have been known as Europe’s ruling ‘tandem’ or ‘couple’, even its ‘engine’. Together, they aimed to work to unify the continent. But, to pile up the metaphors, the French want to drive the jointly leased Euro-Porsche, while the Germans insist on rationing the petrol money. As a long list of crises—from Belarus to Nagorno-Karabakh—now shows, the two countries are not following the same road map.

Military and Security Threats

Articles On: Air Force, Hollywood Clips, Taiwan Buffer Zone, Australian Space Station, Indo-Pacific, Arm Smuggling, and South China Sea

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, September 27, 2020

Articles on the comprehensive military modernization and expansion program undertaken by the Chinese Communist Party, which supports an increasingly aggressive foreign policy and threatens the safety of China's neighbors.

Cyber and Information Technology

Articles On: WeChat, Hackers, RedDelta, Data Grab, and Digital Surveillance

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, September 27, 2020

The Chinese Communist Party seeks to control information technology as a means to shape and censor the communications and opinions of its own people, as well as the communications of individuals beyond China's borders.

Industrial Policies and Economic Espionage

Articles On: Foreign Technology, Economics Risk, Japanese Companies, Trade, EU Envoy, and Hackers

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, September 27, 2020

This section highlights articles and reports on the harmful impacts of the commercial and economic policies employed by the Chinese Communist Party.