Vladimir Putin in Nov. 2015. Ahenobarbus Henocied photo via Wikimedia Podcast — despite the budding bromance, Moscow has no idea how to handle the president-elect by MATTHEW GAULT Russia, like much of the world, thought Hillary Clinton was a lock for the U.S. presidency. Vladimir Putin seemingly took a gamble by supporting... Read more
A U.S. M-1 Abrams tank. U.S. Army photo A strong testing director is good for troops and taxpayers by DAN GRAZIER President-elect Donald Trump is now looking for more than 4,000 individuals to fill all the appointed positions in the executive branch. Parlor speculation about his potential nominees began months ago,... Read more
An MQ-9 Reaper drone flies over New York State during a training mission. Air National Guard photo We picked our poison by NICK TURSE “So is he going to win?” The question washed over me as I slumped in my hard plastic chair. I had passed the day walking through a town where... Read more
U.S. and Polish forces training together in Eastern Europe. U.S. Army photo Podcast — antagonistic Russia and failed obligations are a deadly mix by MATTHEW GAULT This is a re-release show from March 3. Donald Trump is president-elect and things don’t look good for NATO. While on the campaign trail, candidate Trump played fast and... Read more
A Chinese HQ-9 surface-to-air missile launcher. Jian Kang photo Beijing grows more assertive in post-Soviet states by PIERRE SAUTREUIL This fall, the Chinese embassy in Bishkek transformed into a medieval stronghold. Beneath its bulky walls, police officers carrying Kalashnikovs patrol ceaselessly. Bustling on the edge of muddy trenches, workers erected... Read more
Donald Trump speaks at a campaign stop in Muscatine, Iowa on Jan. 24, 2016. Evan Guest photo via Flickr We’re heading into uncharted waters by MIMI YAGOUB This article originally appeared at InSight Crime. In the wake of Donald Trump’s surprising victory in the U.S. presidential election, InSight Crime considers the impact... Read more
They just risked death to escape from extremists by KEVIN KNODELL During his campaign, U.S. president-elect Donald Trump talked up the threat of Syrian refugees turning out to be terrorists in disguise. On top of that, the Republican candidate called for complete ban on Muslims entering the United States “until... Read more
Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin. Kremlin photo Would Vladimir Putin have preferred to sabotage a President Hillary? by ROBERT BECKHUSEN Foreign policy experts have often criticized Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin for being short sighted. He’s tactically clever, the theory goes, but has a habit of making geopolitical gambles which end up... Read more
Donald Trump during a rally in Newtown, Pennsylvania in October 2016. Michael Candelori photo Neither does Trump by MATTHEW GAULT Donald Trump is the president-elect of the United States of America and we should have seen it coming. We all live in echo chambers and no longer communicate with people who don’t... Read more
A KC-135 Stratotanker prepares to refuel a B-52 Stratofortress on Oct. 30, 2016, near Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Travis Edwards Election 2016 and the Growing Global Nuclear Threat by MICHAEL KLARE Once upon a time, when choosing a new president, a factor for many voters was... Read more
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