Category: Geopolitical Perspectives

Michèle Flournoy testifies before the House Armed Services Committee on DOD’s role in the competition with China

Chairman Smith and Ranking Member Thornberry, distinguished members of the House Armed Services Committee, it is truly an honor to testify before you today on the Department of Defense’s role in the United States’ strategic competition with China. U.S.-China Competition Broadly Strategic competition between the United States and China is …

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Julie Smith writes in the Washington Monthly: “What the Next President Can Do to Save Our Alliances with Europe”

“The transatlantic relationship has suffered a series of near-fatal blows in recent years. President Trump has openly questioned America’s Article 5 commitment to defend any attacked NATO member, dubbed the European Union a ‘foe,’ and repeatedly disparaged some of America’s closest allies—for example, calling Germany ‘captive to Russia.’ The people …

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Michael Camilleri quoted in POLITICO article, “U.S. plans for Venezuela hit turbulence as Maduro tries Assembly takeover”

“Now, ‘the trend lines point toward increasing authoritarian consolidation, a stronger Nicolas Maduro and a more fragmented opposition,’ said Michael Camilleri, who served in the State Department and the National Security Council during the Obama administration. ‘Those in the opposition who had deluded themselves into thinking Trump was going to …

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Julie Smith quoted in The New York Times article, “Blocked in U.S., Huawei Touts ‘Shared Values’ to Compete in Europe”

“’The Chinese have started brazenly claiming that it is China, not the United States, that shares more values with Europe,’ said Julianne Smith of the German Marshall Fund in Washington. “’Chinese scholars and officials also frequently remind European audiences that unlike the United States, China believes in climate change and …

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Dennis Ross writes with Dana Stroul in Foreign Policy: “The United States Can Offer the People of Lebanon and Iraq Something Tehran Can’t”

“Protests and upheaval are sweeping Iraq and Lebanon. The wrath of demonstrators in the streets is being directed against their own political classes and at Iran’s government. Citizens in Lebanon and Iraq are not only fed up with economic mismanagement, ineffective governance, and entrenched corruption of political elites at home, …

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