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The Embassy

How big of a problem is French disgruntlement with the AUKUS submarine deal? A phone call between French President Emmanuel Macron and US President...

Politics

Since the early post-9/11 days when a frightened America looked to the military to calm their fears, we have lionized any who wore the...

The Embassy

As the world continues to grapple with the American withdrawal from Afghanistan, U.S. national security practitioners have once again returned to the question of...

Dr. James Holmes: The Naval Diplomat

Remarks delivered at “Limes” Maritime Festival, Trieste, September 18, 2021. The organizers have asked me to appraise the U.S. strategic perspective on the Mediterranean...

Dr. James Holmes: The Naval Diplomat

Dr. James Holmes: The Naval Diplomat

Et tu, Marco? Florida senator Marco Rubio gave me heart palpitations this morning with the headline of his article over at The American Conservative:...

Dr. James Holmes: The Naval Diplomat

Huzzah! The news broke this week that Australia, Great Britain, and the United States have forged a new alliance dubbed AUKUS, for Australia-U.K.-U.S. Among...

Dr. James Holmes: The Naval Diplomat

In a previous life, I was the foreign-affairs columnist for the local paper in my adopted hometown of Athens, Georgia. The month after 9/11...

Dr. James Holmes: The Naval Diplomat

You have to be there to combat terrorism—or any other martial challenge for that matter. This is Strategy 101: the likely victor is the...

Smart Bombs

Smart Bombs: Military, Defense, National Security and More

What does the AUKUS deal mean for nuclear proliferation? The answer depends on how the deal plays out for Australia, and on the risk...

Smart Bombs: Military, Defense, National Security and More

Increasing tension with China has the US military looking for ways to spread out across the Pacific in order to counter Beijing’s growing navy and...

Smart Bombs: Military, Defense, National Security and More

Stand by for Heavy Rolls. This emergency naval command, warning of imminent rough seas, seems appropriate after the Franco–Chinese responses to Australia’s termination of...

Smart Bombs: Military, Defense, National Security and More

August marked the 79th anniversary of the first special-operations raid directly supported by submarines. Decades later, submarine special-operations have become a staple of the...

Trillions

Trillions

There’s one piece of the $3.5 trillion spending bill that the media is unlikely to tell you about—their bailout. The massive, bloated $3.5 billion spending bill...

Trillions

The National Defense Authorization Act emerged from the House Armed Services Committee this month with a major addition: $23.9 billion for more weapons, research...

Trillions

The United States government enjoys a major advantage over the governments of most countries, including those in the European Monetary Union. It borrows in...

Trillions

Despite already spending trillions of dollars on COVID-19 relief legislation, for the past few months, Democrats have been focused on designing the largest tax-and-spend...

The Embassy

The Embassy

For the past few years, it’s been an issue that bubbles up as a priority, then goes away. Then again surfaces with new reports,...

The Embassy

Increasingly, Russia and China are courting nations that have long relied on the United States as a security partner. Saudi Arabia and Russia recently...

The Embassy

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has repeatedly condemned coups. Certainly, he had skin in the game: The 1997 “soft coup” led to the fall...

The Embassy

Beijing’s relentless drive to transform itself into a global power places it in direct competition with the U.S. That has affected both nations’ relations...

Coronavirus

Coronavirus Chaos

The people of Taiwan have been living in a parallel world since June 2020, with the island recording more than 250 consecutive days without any domestic...

Coronavirus Chaos

As Cato has long pointed out, the law takes a paradoxical stance toward so‐​called “off‐​label” use of drugs approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration...

Coronavirus Chaos

There’s clearly an open divide in the United States between those who are vaccinated and those who are not. But among those who are,...

Coronavirus Chaos

Over the past year, most Americans already have received three stimulus checks in total—with the latest payments amounting to more than $400 billion approved...

Politics News

Politics

Within a few years, you may have to convince your own car you’re fit to drive every time you get behind the wheel. The Biden...

Politics

In his first outing at the United Nations, President Joe Biden was bent on a singular mission: to show the world that he was...

Politics

What if an American grand strategy is not needed or necessary in the 21st century? If it means having one underlying strategy that responds...

Politics

Last week, former President Donald Trump took the trouble to express his displeasure about the removal from Richmond of a statue of Robert E....

Hermit Kingdom

Hermit Kingdom

The Korean nuclear crisis began around three decades ago. After years of negotiation, broken agreements, sanctions, threats of military preemption, and even presidential summitry,...

Hermit Kingdom

It has been a very busy week for missile tests on the Korean peninsula. North Korea tested a new type of ground‐​launched cruise missile to start the week...

Hermit Kingdom

On September 11 and 12, North Korea successfully tested a new long-range cruise missile — yet another signal of the regime’s unabated expansion of...

Hermit Kingdom

As the dust is settling from the fallout of the chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan, Americans and allies will be conducting after-action reviews to determine...