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War Fever

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Recently, I grabbed a taxi in Moscow. When the driver asked me where I was from, I told him the United States.  “I went there once,” he said, “to Chicago. I really liked it.”

“But tell me something,” he added. “When are we going to war?”

The question, put so starkly, so honestly, shocked me. “Well, I hope never,” I replied. “No one wants war.”

NATO 2.0

If you are working at North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Headquarters in Brussels, these are heady and daunting times. If you are Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, NATO’s military commander, your adrenaline is up, there is urgency in your step, but you may not be getting much sleep. Last week, the 28-member grouping convened for a biennial summit, this one in Poland, in President Obama’s words, “at the most important moment for our transatlantic alliance since the end of the Cold War.”

Reappraising Extended Deterrence

How should the US manage its alliances? Should the US establish a multilateral nuclear policy dialogue in Asia? What capabilities might reassure European allies in light of current Russian revisionism? Do nuclear weapons strengthen these alliances, or do they introduce a divisive bone of contention?

Making Peace with the West, One Country at a Time

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Trust, but Verify: The Politics of Uncertainty and the Transformation of the Cold War Order, 1969–1991

Trust, but Verify: The Politics of Uncertainty and the Transformation of the Cold War Order, 1969–1991 uses trust—with its emotional and predictive aspects—to explore international relations in the second half of the Cold War, beginning with the late 1960s.

Unpredictability: Tactical Virtue Turned Strategy

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Nuclear Illusions and Protectorate Reality

Nuclear Illusions and Protectorate Reality

A Reappraisal of West German Nuclear Security Policy (1956-1963)

Research Intern (Italian Language Specialist)

Research Intern (Italian Language Specialist)

Call Number WC-CWIHP-SU2017-I-17

Can Hollande Lead the Fight Against ISIS?

Can French President Francois Hollande turn a coalition of the risk-averse, self-interested, and unwilling, into a functional coalition finally willing and ready to defeat the Islamic State? The Nov. 24 shoot-down of a Russian fighter jet will make the already challenging task only that much more daunting. To succeed, Hollande will have to overcome four key obstacles.

An Unnecessary Crisis

Turkey’s NATO allies have by and large stood by Ankara in the wake of Turkey’s downing of a Russian Su-24 bomber this past Tuesday. As President Obama has argued, every country has the right to defend itself. The Turks and the Russians have been on opposing sides of the Syrian civil war, with Moscow intervening to bolster the fragile regime of strongman Bashar al-Assad and Ankara almost from the beginning supporting a slew of armed opposition groups wanting to overthrow Assad.

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