Category: Geopolitical Perspectives

Julie Smith quoted in The Guardian article, “Washington’s Great Mystery: Trump’s Affinity for Putin and Populists Baffles Experts”

“‘Trump’s deference to Putin remains one of Washington’s greatest mysteries,’ said Julianne Smith, a former deputy national security adviser to former vice-president Joe Biden. ‘No one knows for sure whether it’s just Trump’s admiration for Putin’s authoritarian rule or it’s the fact that Trump owes Putin something.’ “’Either way, Trump’s …

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Dennis Ross writes with Dana Stroul in The Washington Post: “The Flaw in Trump’s Maximum Pressure Campaign Toward Iran”

“The Trump administration says its maximum-pressure campaign on Iran is working. If only that were true. “The administration has consistently made the argument that economic sanctions would deprive the Iranian regime of money and that less money would mean less bad behavior and more concessions at the negotiating table. “Bargaining …

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Dan Shapiro quoted in The Wall Street Journal article, “Israel’s Shadow War with Iran Widens as Netanyahu Faces Close Election Contest”

“‘Multiple engagements that are highly public on multiple fronts, with perhaps a political context attached to them, could incentivize one or more of Israel’s enemies to try to escalate into a much more expansive conflict,’ said Daniel Shapiro, former U.S. ambassador to Israel who is now at the Institute for …

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Julie Smith on The Tea Leaves podcast

“In this episode of Tea Leaves, Kurt and Rich are joined by Julianne (“Julie”) Smith, an expert on transatlantic issues and adjunct senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). The three discuss Julie’s experiences in the national security field as a woman, the complexities of Europe’s …

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Danny Russel quoted in The Straits Times article, “Trump’s China Strategy Counterproductive, Says Former Top US Diplomat for Asia Pacific”

“‘For retaliation to be smart it needs to be applied in a targeted and judicious manner for the purpose not of inflicting pain but to change behaviour,’ [Daniel Russel] said. ‘And you can’t claim that Trump’s retaliatory measures – the tariffs, the threats, the listing of companies like Huawei – …

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