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The ‘Free the Leopards’ Campaign Paid off for the West and Ukraine

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World Politics Review
Paul Poast

"Tanks alone will not be enough for Ukraine to win the war. But if used properly, they are still a vital component of modern warfare," Paul Poast writes.

A Leopard 2A6 and a Leopard 2 PSO of the German armed forces Bundeswehr
Reuters
US Foreign Policy

Why the Wagner Group's Influence in West Africa Is Growing

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Chicago Tribune
Elizabeth Shackelford

Western countries should use national and international tools to hinder Wagner’s growing global abuse, Elizabeth Shackelford writes.

Men hold Russian flags as they gather to show their support to the Junta leader Ibrahim Traore and demand the departure of the French ambassador in Burkina Fas
Reuters
US Foreign Policy

Paul Heer on the Danger of Overstating China’s Ambitions

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The Wire China
Paul Heer

"We have to deal with China and the way to deal with it is to engage with it," argues Nonresident Senior Fellow Paul Heer in the Wire China.

Xi Jinping seen from the shoulders up looking to his right.
Reuters
US Foreign Policy

US-China Rapprochement Will Not Come Quickly

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The National Interest
Paul Heer

“Both sides continue to pursue policies that appear aimed more at competition and confrontation,” writes Paul Heer in the National Interest.

Qin Gang (left) stands next to a Chinese flag at right.
Reuters
US Foreign Policy

The GOP's Extremists Now Hold America—and the World—hostage

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World Politics Review
Paul Poast

The election for speaker of the Republican-majority House was a bad omen for US aid to Ukraine and US democracy, Paul Poast writes.

Rep. Matt Gaetz gets into a verbal confrontation with Rep.  Kevin McCarthy
Abaca Press
US Foreign Policy

Biden and Kishida Shore up Alliance at US-Japan Summit

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Alhurra
Craig Kafura

Craig Kafura offers insights into Washington's ties with Tokyo.

Craig Kafura speaks via video call US Foreign Policy

Let’s Avoid Another Nuclear Arms Race

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Chicago Tribune
Elizabeth Shackelford

"If the United States presses for arms control and agrees to limits itself, it could convince others to follow suit," Elizabeth Shackelford writes.

yellow nuclear sign US Foreign Policy

For Kishida and Biden, a Stronger Japanese Defense Posture Is Only Half the Battle

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The Diplomat
Craig Kafura

It’s one thing to commit to a stronger military and another thing to use it, Craig Kafura argues.

Joe Biden meets Kishida Fumio on the way to a NATO meeting
The White House
Public Opinion

The Long War in Ukraine

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Foreign Affairs
Ivo H. Daalder

"The West needs to contemplate a world in which the conflict continues with neither victory nor peace in sight," Ivo Daalder and James Goldgeier write.

Ukrainian soldiers near Kreminna, Ukraine, on January 3, 2023
Reuters
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National Security This Week

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KYMN Radio
Elizabeth Shackelford

Elizabeth Shackelford joins host Jon Olson to discuss the militarization of American foreign policy.

U.S. Marines conduct a live fire exercise US Foreign Policy