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Remarks By LTG H.R. McMaster At The Reagan National Defense Forum: Reclaiming America’S Strategic Confidence

by H. R. McMaster
Saturday, December 2, 2017

Thank you, John, for that kind introduction, and thanks to the Reagan National Defense Forum for bringing together such a talented and dedicated group of people for these discussions. Today, I would like to talk about reclaiming America’s strategic confidence.


Former Ambassador McFaul’s Testimony To Congress On Russian Sanctions

interview with Michael McFaulvia Medium
Thursday, September 6, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Michael McFaul gives testimony before the U.S. Senate Banking Committee regarding sanctions on Russia.

Analysis and Commentary

Developing Responses To Cyber-Enabled Information Warfare And Influence Operations

by Herbert Linvia Lawfare
Thursday, September 6, 2018

This article defines information warfare and influence operations as the deliberate use of information by one party on an adversary population to confuse, mislead and ultimately influence the actions that the targeted population makes. Information warfare and influence operations are hostile activity, or at least an activity that is conducted between two parties whose interests are not well-aligned.

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The Way Forward With Putin And Russia

by Chris Gibson via Strategika
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

In late August 2016, I led a Congressional Delegation trip to Israel, Latvia, Poland, and Germany to gather information and build support for the POSTURE Act, a Bill to reverse the Obama administration’s drawdown of U.S. armed forces and deter further Russian aggression in eastern Europe. On day four of that trip we were in Latvia listening intently to Edgars Rinkevics, the Foreign Minister, explain his dismay with then-presidential candidate Donald Trump’s recent comments questioning the relevancy of NATO. 

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A Russian Reset? Not Unless We Want To Declare Defeat.

by Peter R. Mansoorvia Strategika
Wednesday, September 5, 2018

It is no secret that U.S.-Russia relations are at their lowest ebb since the end of the end of the Cold War in 1989. Spurred on by President Vladimir Putin’s nationalist impulses, Russia has invaded two neighboring states, Georgia and Ukraine, seized the Crimean Peninsula, and interfered in elections in the United States and various European nations. Russian cyber warriors arguably made a difference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, won by Donald Trump by the slimmest of margins—just 80,000 votes in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. Russian agents have used nerve agent in assassination attempts on British soil. Russian aircraft have pulverized civilian communities in Syria, killing thousands in the process and generating waves of hundreds of thousands of refugees washing up on Europe’s shores.

In the News

If There Were No Borders, We Would Create Them

quoting Thomas Sowellvia Lexington Herald-Leader
Tuesday, September 4, 2018

A small, but fierce, nation known for taking territory from larger neighbors had its heyday in the 17th century, when a teenage boy became king and proved so brilliant in battle that he was later called the father of modern warfare. Because its aggression dates back hundreds of years, this now-peaceful country still inspires fear and distrust on the political left.

In the News

Migrant Crisis Continues To Haunt EU

quoting Niall Fergusonvia Gulf Times
Sunday, September 2, 2018

German Chancellor Angela Merkel won accolades for her stunning call on September 4, 2015 to keep open Germany’s doors to hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers, many fleeing war-torn Syria or Iraq.

In the News

As Elections Approach, What Is The Risk Of Russian Meddling?

quoting Michael McFaulvia Star Tribune (MN)
Saturday, September 1, 2018

Nearly a year after Russian government hackers meddled in the 2016 U.S. election, researchers at cybersecurity firm Trend Micro zeroed in on a new sign of trouble: a group of suspect websites.

Analysis and Commentary

Golden Anniversary Celebration

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Saturday, September 1, 2018

On September 1, 1968, I began my first full-time academic job as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Rochester. Fifty years later to the day, on my Academic Golden Anniversary, I am launching a new website, It presents my research on four themes: economic freedom, tax policy, race and ethnic relations, and aging policy.

Analysis and Commentary

Iran Needs A Whiff Of Grapeshot

by Bruce Thorntonvia Front Page Magazine
Friday, August 31, 2018

A “whiff of grapeshot” is how English historian Thomas Carlyle described Napoleon’s method of stopping a Royalist riot during the French Revolution. Napoleon ordered his men to fire cannon loaded with “grapeshot,” shrapnel, directly into the mob, killing some and scattering the rest. The saying has lived on as a lesson in deterrence: decisive and brutal force used at the right time can avoid a more serious engagement with higher casualties.


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