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President Barack Obama arrives to vote early in the midterm elections, Oct. 20, 2014, Chicago, Ill. (AP photo by Evan Vucci).
The Realist Prism

GOP’s Inconsistent Foreign Policy Appeal in Midterms Could Backfire

By Nikolas Gvosdev
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The GOP is using the perception that the U.S. is not safe to bolster the narrative that America is moving in the wrong direction and that the Obama administration does not have a strategy. Yet the message coming from the Republicans is also confusing and inconsistent. more


Strategic Horizons

The U.S. Army Makes Its Case for Post-COIN Relevance

By Steven Metz
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Since the end of the Iraq and Afghanistan counterinsurgencies, the U.S. Army has struggled to reinvent itself and preserve its force structure. This week it released a new roadmap intended to explain its value in the tumultuous and complex security environment that the U.S. faces. more

The Realist Prism

For U.S., Middle East ‘Moderates’ a Fool’s Errand

By Nikolas Gvosdev
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The elusive unicorns wandering the forests of America’s Middle East policy are the so-called moderates who will battle the extremists on behalf of the West. There is a touching faith in the existence of these moderates. However, finding them has proved to be an impossible challenge. more