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Analysis and Commentary

Denying China's Quest For Regional -- And Global -- Hegemony

by Peter Berkowitzvia Real Clear Politics
Sunday, November 14, 2021

One might quarrel with Sun Tzu’s numbers in this famous formulation from the approximately 2,500-year-old Chinese classic “The Art of War.” But Western authorities on war starting with Thucydides, Machiavelli, and Clausewitz agree with Sun Tzu that knowledge of one’s strengths and weaknesses and knowledge of the enemy’s strengths and weaknesses are essential to sound strategy.

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Not One Inch: America, Russia, and the Making of Post-Cold War Stalemate

via Hoover Podcasts
Friday, November 12, 2021

Not one inch. With these words, Secretary of State James Baker proposed a hypothetical bargain to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev after the fall of the Berlin Wall: if you give up your part of Germany, NATO will “not shift one inch eastward.”

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The Future Of Putin's War In Syria

by Michael McFaulvia Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Monday, November 8, 2021

A former U.S. ambassador to Russia joins two experts for a discussion on what the six-year intervention can tell us about Moscow’s broader foreign policy.

Co-Authors: Anna Borshchevskaya and Lester Grau

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Pacific Century: Is China Playing Defense?

interview with Andrew J. Nathan, Michael R. Auslin, John Yoovia The Pacific Century
Thursday, November 11, 2021

Andrew Nathan on Beijing’s world view.

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Boardwalk Empire: Chris Christie’s Unfinished Political Journey

interview with Chris Christievia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, November 11, 2021

In this interview, former New Jersey governor Chris Christie discusses chapters of his life, including giving us his view of the Bridgegate scandal, and what it was like to be on the debate stage with Donald Trump in the 2016 Republican primary race. But it’s not all politics: we also cover the governor’s views on China, COVID policy, and domestic economic policy. Finally, while he doesn’t make any announcement about his future plans, Christie does describe why he might be the best choice to run—and win—in the 2024 presidential election.

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Boardwalk Empire: Chris Christie’s Unfinished Political Journey

interview with Chris Christievia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, November 11, 2021

In this interview, former New Jersey governor Chris Christie discusses chapters of his political life, including giving us his view of the Bridgegate scandal, and what it was like to be on the debate stage with Donald Trump in the 2016 Republican primary race. But it’s not all politics: we also cover the governor’s views on China, COVID policy, and domestic economic policy.

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Honor Veterans By Having The Will To Win A War

by H. R. McMastervia The Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, November 10, 2021

[Subscription Required] If civilian leaders send troops into battle without a commitment to victory, who will sign up to serve?

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A Gig Surveillance Economy

by Elizabeth E. Johvia Aegis Paper Series
Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Gig surveillance work is short-term, freelance, temporary surveillance that generates data later sold for profit. This essay describes gig surveillance work, what potential legal and policy questions it raises, and what it means for further entrenchment of reliance by the government on the private information market.

Analysis and Commentary

Europe Must Seize This Chance To Help Restore Democracy In Hungary

by Timothy Garton Ashvia The Guardian
Tuesday, November 9, 2021

An opposition united behind a conservative Catholic anti-corruption candidate could be a real challenge to Viktor Orbán’s regime

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Initiative Persistence And The Consequence For Cyber Norms

quoting Herbert Linvia Lawfare
Monday, November 8, 2021

In a useful thought experiment considering the implications of other cyber powers adopting the approach of “defend forward” and “persistent engagement,” Herb Lin focuses on the potential impact on cyber norms. He suggests that, to best support the U.S. Department of State effort to establish international cyber norms, U.S. Cyber Command’s (CYBERCOM’s) 2018 Command Vision should be explicit in how it does or, at least, does not violate those norms.

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