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December 6th, 2016 | Blog - International security | By Harlan K. Ullman

Generals’ envy?

President-elect Donald Trump certainly is relying heavily on retired senior generals. Four four stars – Marine Generals James N. Mattis who will be announced today as Secretary of Defense and John Kelly and Army Generals David Petraeus and Jack Keane as well as Lieutenant General Mike Flynn, the next National Security Advisor – have been […]


November 29th, 2016 | Blog - International security | By Harlan K. Ullman

Needed urgently: some first-rate Kremlinologists

During the Cold War, a surfeit of Sovietologists made good livings “analyzing” what was and was not happening in the Kremlin. So-called content analysis, that is matching statements by competing Soviet political leaders to determine power and policy shifts, was not quite the equivalent of examining chicken and other animal entrails to decipher the future. […]


November 24th, 2016 | Blog - European affairs | By Corneliu Visoianu

Referendum for Referendums

2016 will go down in history as the year of great elections among which the referendums occupy a prominent place. There were many surprises and the time of the exit polls seems to have passed. Black swans for the analysts, but natural shifts for the population, these trends change the fate of the planet and […]


November 22nd, 2016 | Blog - International security | By Harlan K. Ullman

Inside Putin’s brain II

Last week’s column concluded that President Vladimir Putin was “licking his chops” over the election of Donald Trump as the next American president.  This column goes further in explaining why Mr. Putin will be one winner of this extraordinary election. Let’s assume this conversation is taking place in the Kremlin between President Putin (PP) and […]


November 15th, 2016 | Blog - International security | By Harlan K. Ullman

Putin and America’s day of national mourning

Bucharest, Romania: The election is over! But is it? The consequences will be measured over decades. President-elect Donald J. Trump is headed for an incredible rough ride even before he is inaugurated on January 20th, 2017. Abroad, rivals and adversaries from Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jingping, Iran’s Grand Ayatollah to the Islamic […]


November 10th, 2016 | Blog - International security | By Radu Magdin

US policy toward Romania will not change

Political analyst Radu Magdin argues that the US policy toward Romania will not change following the recent presidential election in the US, but a more pragmatic approach, much closer to the transactional business style of Donald Trump will become visible. “I would say that Romania and other NATO member states will have to reach their […]


November 9th, 2016 | Blog - Good governance | By Alexandru Fotescu

AMERICA WINS! Democracy Trumps Politics

Today, November 11, who won is the American people and the American Spirit. Maybe the most important consideration of this campaign – much talked about, yet little thought put into it – the American spirit and identity of the people of the United States. We have heard for months on end about just a part […]


November 7th, 2016 | Blog - International security | By Harlan K. Ullman

Two flaws do not make a right

By a wide majority, Americans do not like, do not trust and would prefer to have different candidates running for the presidency. Tomorrow could be a national day of mourning when Americans go to the polls to elect the next president. Both candidates are profoundly flawed. And a good bet is that no matter who […]


November 1st, 2016 | Blog - International security | By Harlan K. Ullman

Putin on Halloween: a case of shock and awe

Today is Halloween in America. Children (and some adults) dress up in costumes ranging from Alice in Wonderland to Frankenstein and Zombies to “trick or treat” in search of candy and other goodies from generous neighbors. Some of the costumes are meant to “shock and awe” expecting more generous handouts in exchange for restraint in […]


October 25th, 2016 | Blog - International security | By Harlan K. Ullman

P/E not Putin is the immediate danger

If you are worried about the future, READ THIS! From Nigeria on the west coast of Africa to the Pacific Ocean, dire is a fair description of events. Boko Haram, the Islamic State and radical Islam have infected several continents. Iraqi forces are attempting to retake Mosul from IS insurgents. If or when they do, […]


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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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