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Opinion Pieces

Articles On: China, Covid, Alliance, France, Taiwan, Foreign Media, Transatlantic Agenda, and PRC-Africa Relations

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, October 25, 2020

This section collects opinion pieces from across the world commenting on the harms caused by the activities of the Chinese Communist Party and provides insight into the various solutions that experts and leaders suggest we pursue to protect our interests.

One Belt, One Road Strategy

Articles On: Zambia Debt Crisis, Highways, China's Global Push, and Italy

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, October 25, 2020

The section describes how the Chinese Communist Party employs its foreign infrastructure and development program to further its strategic interests abroad and in international institutions.

Featured Commentary

Crisis In The Eastern Mediterranean

by Barry Strauss via Strategika
Thursday, October 22, 2020

The Eastern Mediterranean, like the Middle East, is a tough neighborhood. The current standoff over natural gas rights among Greece, Turkey, and their respective allies is only the latest example.

Featured Commentary

It’s Not The Energy, Stupid!

by Zafiris Rossidisvia Strategika
Thursday, October 22, 2020

In 2020, with the strong presence of American, Russian, French, Greek, Turkish, Egyptian, Italian, and even German warships, the Eastern Mediterranean has become one of the most militarized seas in the world.

screenshot of book cover for Crosswinds: The Way of Saudi Arabia by Fouad Ajami

‘Crosswinds’ Review: Middle East Balancing Act

featuring Fouad Ajamivia The Wall Street Journal
Monday, October 19, 2020

[Subscription required] An exploration of the Saudi temper that has both the interpretative heft of scholarship and the anecdotal brilliance of literary travelogue.

A Game of Finesse

by Admiral James O. Ellis Jr.via Hoover Digest
Monday, October 19, 2020
“Cut and run” or “stay the course” in the Middle East? This is a false choice. We should think instead in terms of a continuum of ways to use both soft power and hard.

Dangers of Disengagement

by H. R. McMastervia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 19, 2020
Should we roll back US foreign commitments? When? By how much? These are serious questions, and simplistic thinking doesn’t help.

Still Shining

by Peter M. Robinson interview with Ayaan Hirsi Alivia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 19, 2020

To Hoover fellow Ayaan Hirsi Ali, America’s promise remains undimmed.

Human Rights and Religious Persecution

Articles On: Families, Activist, U.N. Rights Council, Espionage, and Hair Products

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, October 18, 2020

This section documents the myriad abuses that the Chinese Communist Party commits against its own people in violation of its commitments under the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In the News

Cooperation, Competition, Or Confrontation

featuring H. R. McMastervia The Tällberg Foundation
Tuesday, October 13, 2020

The 21st century has not started well for the United States: two big recessions, rising inequality, mishandled pandemic, racial and social strife, deeply conflicted politics, receding global reputation and power. All of that has global consequences in a world that is predicated—for better or worse—on U.S. leadership. Are there any reasons to expect those trends to change?