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Poznan law enforcement authorities released this photograph of a canister similar to ones stolen on 6 March
Poznan law enforcement authorities released this photograph of a canister similar to ones stolen on 6 March.


The Case Of Poland’s Stolen Radiological Material – Analysis

By John R. Haines* “The important measure is not the targets destroyed but rather the effect on the enemy’s capabilities and actions.”[1] -David A. Deptula, USAF “I have destroyed him with the weapons I abhorred, and they are his.  We have crossed each other’s frontiers, we are the no-men of this no-man’s land.” -John le […]

China
China


In China: ‘A Peaceful Democratic Transition?’ – Analysis

By Arthur Waldron* Nothing appears by accident in the Global Times, Beijing’s mass-circulation tabloid owned by the People’s Daily and run by the Communist Party. So I was astonished to read there, in an editorial feature this past March 9, the following sentence:  “The West has never thought that China will have a ‘peaceful democratic […]

Insignia of Germany's Bundeswehr.
Insignia of Germany's Bundeswehr.


Bundeswehr 2.0: A German Military For A New Normal – OpEd

By Felix K. Chang* A visit to Germany’s military history museum in Dresden reveals just how deeply ambivalent modern Germany is about its military, the Bundeswehr. One account described it as “a meditation on mankind’s addiction to state violence.” No wonder that Germany—despite being Europe’s most populous and wealthiest country—has continuously cut the size of […]

Iran P5+1
Iran P5+1


Russia, Iran And The (Increasingly) Lonely Superpower – Analysis

By John R. Haines* Leadership is the other side of the coin of loneliness.– Ferdinand Marcos There is no loneliness greater than the loneliness of a failure. — Eric Hoffer “The Lonely Superpower” is the title of Samuel Huntington’s 1999 essay in which he wrote, “The circle of governments who see their interests coinciding with […]

US flag
US flag


Open Letters, Closed Minds, And The Making Of US Foreign Policy – OpEd

By Ronald J. Granieri* Friends and colleagues have asked me several times today for my opinion on the open letter to the Iranian government signed by forty-seven Republican members of the Senate, also known as the “Tom Cotton Letter.” Since both the letter and the reactions to it have raised significant questions about the conduct […]