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Daniel DePetris

Fellow, Defense Priorities

Daniel R. DePetris is a fellow at Defense Priorities, and a columnist for the Washington Examiner.
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The NDAA Should Prompt a Rethinking of Costly U.S. Foreign Policy

The annual defense authorization bill offers a chance to end wars and programs that are not worth their price.

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It’s Too Late for US-Russia-China Arms-Control Fantasies

As U.S. and Russian negotiators open two days of talks in Vienna, they should waste no more time talking about a tripartite agreement.

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Cool It With the ‘America In Decline’ Talk

Clear-eyed assessment, not reductive defeatism, is required to develop a foreign policy that meets U.S. interests.

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No, ISIS Isn’t Resurging Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

A spate of recent attacks show the group’s capabilities haven’t advanced in a year.

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What If Kim Jong Un Dies?

Improvements in U.S.-North Korean relations would still largely be up to Washington.

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It’s Time for the US and Saudi Arabia to Break Up

Riyadh’s recent crude-oil dump is the latest indication that the oil-for-security basis of the special relationship is no longer applicable.

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ISIS Is No Reason to Stay in Iraq

Don’t take the wrong conclusion from recent news about the group’s “resurgence.”

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US-Iranian Diplomacy Almost Worked. Let’s Try It Again

Direct talks may be too much to ask for at this stage, but tension-reduction measures promoted by third parties are still very plausible.

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The Trump Administration’s ‘Denuclearization’ Is A Road to Nowhere

U.S. policy will remain stuck as long as the administration continues to convince itself that the North’s nuclear dismantlement can be achieved on Washington’s timeline.

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NATO Should End its Open-Door Policy

Enlarging the alliance has caused more problems than it has solved.

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Trump Made His Real Syria Mistakes Months Ago

U.S. involvement should have ended with the recapture of ISIS’ territory and a Kurd-Assad deal.

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Trump OKs Ukraine Aid — But That’s Not the Right Choice

America doesn’t gain anything by escalating an unwinnable war on Russia’s border.

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It’s High Time for Germany to Fund, and Fix, Its Military

The country is far from NATO’s 2% budget guideline, and its defense establishment is rife with dysfunction.

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The US Protects the Global Commons. Others Can Police Its Choke Points

Trump's not wrong when he says European, Mideast, and Asian nations should do more to protect Gulf shipping.

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Europe Should Do More for Regional Security — Starting with Libya

Allied “burden-sharing” ought not be about financial benchmarks, but about U.S. partners’ investment in their own regions’ security.

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The Senate Takes a Step to Void America’s Blank Check to the Saudis

Washington can continue to work with Riyadh, but it need never again accept flagrant violations of human rights, international norms, or U.S. national interests.

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Trump’s Iran Strategy Is No Strategy At All

It's a laundry list of grievances, some get-tough rhetoric, and a quixotic retreat from diplomacy that ties one hand behind the president's back.

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Want to Reduce Iran’s and al-Qaeda’s Sway in Yemen? End the War

The US-Saudi-UAE-Yemeni-government plan to double down on a military solution is a recipe for disaster.