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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov addresses the Security Council, United Nations, New York, Sept. 24, 2014 (U.N. photo by Amanda Voisard).
Diplomatic Fallout

At U.N., Russia Is Now the Indispensable Nation

By Richard Gowan
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Commentators in the U.S. and Europe increasingly fear that Russia is set on a destructive course. Yet Western diplomats at the U.N. are often impressed by Russian maneuvers there. A recent spurt of diplomacy in particular demonstrated Moscow’s continued ability to use the U.N. to its advantage. more


Strategic Horizons

Making Libya a U.N. Protectorate Would Be Wise but Impossible

By Steven Metz
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Libya is a mess and rapidly getting worse, as the Islamic State moves in. Only one option has even a theoretical chance of turning Libya around: a United Nations protectorate. But there are very few nations with enough surplus military power to commit to what could be a very long-term operation. more

World Citizen

One Month On, Gauging Saudi Arabia’s New King

By Frida Ghitis
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One month has passed since King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud ascended to the throne to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He took power at a moment of turbulence and potentially lasting, dramatic change. Understanding how he will steer his country is a matter of great interest around the globe. more

Global Insights

As China Ponders BMD Options, U.S. Must Consider Responses

By Richard Weitz
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China has been researching ballistic missile defense for years, albeit on a low-key basis and with no clear commitment to deploy a national system. Nevertheless, China’s BMD capabilities could eventually affect strategic stability between China and the U.S., putting the issue on policymakers’ radar. more

Strategic Horizons

The U.S. Must Prepare for the Dissolution of Iraq

By Steven Metz
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Iraq is an artificial creation cobbled together from provinces of the old Ottoman Empire by outsiders. Dissolution into three parts—a Sunni Arab west, a Kurdish north and a Shiite section in the south—is so likely that American strategists should be thinking about how to respond. more

The Realist Prism

Crises in Ukraine, Libya Confront NATO With Risk of Division

By Nikolas Gvosdev
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This past weekend, militants in Libya aligned with the so-called Islamic State brutally executed 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians. Even as most of Europe’s attention remains focused on the east and the fighting in Ukraine, the horrific murders highlight the threat the continent faces to the south. more

Strategic Horizons

U.S. Civil-Military Relations’ Neglected Component: Congress

By Steven Metz
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When Americans think of civil-military relations, what jumps to mind is the interaction of the armed services and the president. But in many ways, the relationship with Congress is more complicated, since it lacks the clear chain of command that defines the military’s dealings with the executive. more