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August 8th, 2017 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 […]


April 10th, 2017 | 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 | 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 […]


March 21st, 2017 | International security | By Harlan K. Ullman

What will Russia’s Vladimir Putin do next?

What might Russian President Vladimir Putin’s next steps be toward Europe, the West and the United States for advancing Russian interests globally? Obviously, the policies of the Trump administration are, at best, unclear if not contradictory. Hence, Putin needs to understand who in the White House and administration is key in making policy. An iron […]


March 15th, 2017 | International security | By Harlan K. Ullman

Repairing U.S. – Russia rift vital for global security; can it be done?

One of the most crucial issues for international security is the future of the rift between the West and Russia. Is this rift reparable? If the answer is yes, how might this be achieved? Or is this confrontation a 21st century version of the past Cold War in which the inimical interests of the parties, […]


March 7th, 2017 | International security | By Harlan K. Ullman

NATO facing a challenge of relevance in time of “no world order”

Since its creation in 1949, NATO has been at many “crossroads” when its future was often seen in doubt. The most serious rift came in 1966. French President Charles de Gaulle, fearful of the risks of automatic nuclear escalation in the event of war with the Soviet Union and angered at what he saw as […]


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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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