Category: Geopolitical Perspectives

Dennis Ross writes in The Hill: “Trump’s Aversion to Alliances Is Making the World A More Dangerous Place”

“Donald Trump does not like alliances. Inevitably, they require obligation and commitments and don’t fit his idea of narrow transactions that serve our interests temporarily. Like Sen. William Borah (R-Idaho) and the ‘belligerent isolationists’ of the 1920s and 1930s, President Trump sees no need for allies and does not want …

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Dan Shapiro quoted in The Washington Post article, “Israelis See Trump’s Syria Pullout as A Betrayal That Could Help Unravel the Region”

“’He ran his campaign as a man in another league who had mastered the delicate diplomacy of this moment,’ said Dan Shapiro, former U.S. ambassador to Israel and research fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv. ‘This definitely weakens the argument.’ “Israel would have objected to …

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Danny Russel quoted in The New York Times article, “China Wants the World to Stay Silent on Muslim Camps. It’s Succeeding.”

“‘Many, many governments are looking the other way and self-censoring on the issue of Xinjiang,’ said Daniel R. Russel, the Obama administration’s assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs. ‘Beijing is notoriously prickly about its self-declared ‘core interests,’ and few countries are willing to put the economic …

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Michèle Flournoy writes with Stephen Hadley in The Washington Post: “Don’t Leave The Afghan Peace Talks For Dead”

“President Trump’s decision this month to call off peace talks with the Taliban should not obscure the fundamental fact that a political settlement of the Afghanistan conflict remains the best way to protect U.S. national security interests and prevent terrorist attacks from originating in the region. “The U.S.-Taliban talks conducted …

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