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November 15th, 2017 | Blog - European affairs

Behind the clouds, stars align for European defence, by Tania Latici

“More has been achieved in the last ten months than in the last ten years”[1] in terms of European defence, says High Representative Federica Mogherini. This November’s Foreign Affairs Council surely did just that. On 13 November, 23 EU Member States took part in a historic moment for European defence when jointly signing a notification […]


August 8th, 2017 | Blog - International security

It’s time to make America global again, by Harlan Ullman

Seemingly a long time ago, the United States could rightly be called the leader of the free world. In two world wars, America finally responded to help the allies win both. With the drawing of an iron curtain across Europe in 1946, the United States rallied friendly states to halt the spread of Soviet influence […]


August 1st, 2017 | Blog - International security

No good choices for new strategy in Afghanistan, by Harlan Ullman

The Trump administration reportedly is in the throes of concocting a “new” strategy for Afghanistan. No White House wants to lose a war, especially one that has its provenance in 1980 with the decision to arm the Afghan Mujahedeen against the invading Soviet army and in 2001 with the U.S. invasion into Afghanistan to punish […]


July 26th, 2017 | Blog - International security

Donald Trump rules like a bumbling emperor, by Harlan Ullman

Conventional wisdom holds that President Donald J. Trump is a non-politician who brought a disruptive and largely business-based approach to elected office. As a result, Trump has largely surrounded himself with Cabinet officers and senior staff who have succeeded in business. And the president bragged how easy governing would be and how great he would […]


July 20th, 2017 | Blog - International security | By Iuno Mavlea

What future for Tunisia… and its partners?

As the Arab Spring has slowly failed, Western investors in democracy focused their attention to the only democracy, however weak and menaced. Tunisia’s current challenges include terrorism, corruption, religious and economic cleavages, as well as lack of trust in its leaders. All of these influence the security environment and are crucial both for Tunisia as […]


July 18th, 2017 | Blog - International security

America, NATO and Russia: war games two can play, by Harlan Ullman

As this goes to press, most readers will be surprised to know that in Europe, from the Baltic to the Black Sea, about 30,000 NATO soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen, will be conducting major military exercises known as war games.  A flotilla of NATO warships will be entering the Black Sea as part of these […]


July 5th, 2017 | Blog - Good governance

Democracy in America and Britain under assault, By Harlan Ullman

After the disastrous parliamentary elections in Britain that produced a coalition government, the prime ministership of Theresa May remains in freefall. The problem is that there is no obvious alternative or acceptable Conservative leader to rally the nation and stabilize the party. And many Tory politicians are fearful that even the hint of a leadership […]


April 13th, 2017 | Blog - Good governance | By Corneliu Visoianu

Geuropa and European Parliament with 300 members

President Junker’s reaction to President Trump’s salutations to Brexit was to support the independence of some US states. The tensions between Brussels and Washington are basically the extrapolation of the tensions between London and Berlin to negotiate the Brexit contract, whose bill, estimated at Brussels, amounts to 50 billion pounds. The total or partial payment, […]


April 10th, 2017 | Blog - International security | By Harlan K. Ullman

President Trump’s defense budget won’t do the job

President Donald Trump has very robust plans to "rebuild" America’s defenses. He wants to add about 100,000 more ground forces; expand the Navy from 280 to 350 ships; and provide the Air Force 1,200 fighters. These are ambitious and extraordinarily expensive aspirations. But more about that shortly. In Brussels, speaking at a major conference, Chairman […]


March 30th, 2017 | Blog - International security | By Harlan K. Ullman

Donald Trump’s double hat trick damages U.S. at home and abroad

“Beware the Ides of March.” So Julius Caesar was cautioned. Caesar ignored the warning and was assassinated. Over this past Ides of March, President Donald Trump performed a double “hat trick.” The phrase was invented in 1858 at an English cricket match. The bowler, H.H. Stevenson, took three wickets with three successive bowls. To mark […]


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The 2017 edition of the Strategikon Annual Book – The Year of Challenging Choices

The 2017 edition of the Strategikon Annual Book – The Year of Challenging Choices

It’s not easy to be a leader, but the solution is closer than people may think and it has to do with returning to some good old fashioned traits that shaped leaders in past decades: will power, values and vision. Launched at the Good Governance Summit, The Year of Challenging Choices strives to understand the fault lines in international relations and the relevant actors, as they are and not how they appear to be.

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