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Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping talk during their meeting in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, Sept. 11, 2014 (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Mikhail Klementyev, Presidential Press Service).
Diplomatic Fallout

No Passing Fad, Russia-China Friendship Puts West in a Bind

By Richard Gowan
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Russia and China are good friends these days, and their bond seems likely to be a persistent feature of international diplomacy for some time. It is less clear whether this will fundamentally undermine the current, Western-dominated international system or merely inconvenience it. 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

Diplomatic Fallout

Now Is Not the Time for a 'Grand Bargain' With Russia

By Richard Gowan
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Throughout the Ukrainian crisis, Russia has shown little concern for international agreements and institutions. Some observers even suggest changing the international system to recognize Russia’s national interests. But there are at least five good reasons not to do so at this time. more