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Germany’s Military an Unexpected Star in Pandemic Relief

The Bundeswehr’s ubiquity and effectiveness in various facets of the COVID response has created an unusual problem.

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Biden Should Sink This Proposed Nuclear Weapon

None of the arguments for the nuclear-armed sea-launched cruise missile hold water.

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Afghanistan Will Know No Peace Without Pressure on Pakistan

Inconsistent global powers, foreign politics, and indifference to Pakistan’s Taliban sponsorship continue to frustrate Afghans and spoil peace efforts.

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Release the Last ‘Low-Value’ Afghanistan POW Held at Gitmo

International law required the U.S. to release Asadullah Haroon Gul five years ago. Now there is truly no reason to hold him.

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The USAF’s Bad Bets on Pilot Retention Show It Needs Outside Help

Service leaders think the same old tactics can reverse a pilot shortage in a resurging economy.

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No F-35s for UAE, Please

The sale is likely to deepen existing conflicts and further enmesh the U.S. in the region.

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Can the US and Russia Agree to Disagree?

The relationship is cold, but there are still some areas of mutual interest.

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Biden Can Redeem His Mistake

In 1975, he failed to see what America owed the Vietnamese who had bet their lives on American promises.

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It Was Never All or Nothing in Afghanistan

This is not something we hoped to see from national security leaders and a president we admire so much.

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Exit Strategy

There will be no power-sharing, no reconciliation, no peace of the brave.

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Biden’s Foreign Policy Starts at Home

For the administration, strengthening the middle class is essential to national security.

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Afghanistan’s Situation Didn’t Change. American Politics Did

The Biden administration says it can fight terrorism in a way that its predecessors called impossible. Can it?

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What America’s Vaccination Campaign Proves to the World

The U.S. stumbled early in the pandemic, but the vaccine rollout could reboot the country’s image.

Ideas

What a Real People-First Pentagon Budget Would Include

Family-support and mental-health services need a long-overdue plus-up.

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The Intelligence Community’s Deadly Bias Toward Classified Sources

Its willful blindness to publicly available information is hurting national security.

Ideas

American Support is Needed to Resolve a POW Crisis in the Caucasus

Azerbaijan is illegally holding some 200 Armenian troops and civilian captives.

Ideas

The Arctic Is No Substitute for Suez. We Should Keep It That Way.

One obvious way to reduce tensions in the region is to slow climate change and the use of northern sea routes.

Ideas

The Pandemic's Tornado Phase

Some communities won’t see the storm, others will be well fortified against disaster, and the most at-risk places will be crushed.

Threats

US Aims to Diversify Its Quantum Workforce Early On

To fill a shortage of quantum scientists, leaders in the field are working to build an inclusive community — starting in grade school.

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