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Destroyed building in Kyiv

The Road to War

In effect, the U.S. is at war with Russia now and has been since the first shipment of aid to Ukraine arrived. There is no military action between the two, no declaration of war, but effectively we are with one side in a war. This has a number of historic precedents, and we should learn…

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Moscow’s Strategy in Ukraine Puts Russian Soldiers Through Putin’s Meat Grinder

According to reports from the front lines in Bakhmut, Russia is losing a significant number of troops to take the strategically insignificant Ukrainian city. Yet Russian President Vladimir Putin says everything is going according to plan. Unfortunately, he may be right. Read the full article at American Spectator

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Stop shouting, start talking

The new government’s actions and proposals are not ideal, but not the apocalypse either, and reasoned discourse should produce acceptable solutions. A new government has taken office in Israel. It was elected by a tiny majority of the popular vote, and a larger majority in the Knesset, due to its leader’s superior knowledge of and…

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Better Red Than Dead

Please note that the views expressed by our faculty members do not necessarily reflect the views of The Institute of World Politics. The title herein was once a widely-used slogan throughout the political globe to distinguish those who might rather live under Communism than die fighting it. While the phrase itself is outdated it shows,…

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An UNsafety Zone for the Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Plant?

Any instrument creating a safety zone around Zaporizhzhia must clearly state the plant is Ukraine’s, not Russia’s. As Ukrainians brace for a cold, dark winter and more Russian attacks against Ukraine’s critical infrastructure, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director Rafael Grossi is upbeat, working feverishly to secure Ukraine’s largest electrical generator—the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant. His…

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Defense is the silver lining in the omnibus bill

Whatever the broken processes that have led to passing a behemoth omnibus in a lame-duck session, Senate Republicans did negotiate significant improvements. And now that the bill has passed in the house, it avoids a damaging continuing resolution and precludes the defense bill from becoming a political football in the next Congress. Decades after President Reagan won the Cold War,…

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Don’t dismiss Trump’s assertion of presidential power to declassify information

The country is focused on the Jan. 6 committee’s criminal referral of former President Trump to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for four alleged crimes, including inciting and abetting an insurrection. But Trump’s decision to stash classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago residence continues to be investigated by DOJ. Although not rising to the level of insurrection, the…

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