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Derek Chollet

Derek Chollet
Derek Chollet is executive vice president of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and senior advisor for security and defense policy. He is also a former Defense One contributor. Chollet is author of the book "The Long Game: How Obama Defied Washington and Redefined America's Role in the World." During the Obama administration, Chollet served as assistant defense secretary for international security affairs and in positions at the White House and State Department.
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Where is NATO? And Where is Trump?

The virus is destroying economies and paralyzing societies in ways Russian military planners could only dream.

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Don’t Be Surprised the Next Time Trump Ends a US Mission

No one knows why the president pulled the plug on Syria now, but NATO and South Korea should be worried.

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John Bolton Will Not End Well

Wait until Trump starts working with this swamp veteran with bad press and Pentagon push-back who likes to name-drop Edmund Burke.

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Let’s Call Trump’s Parade What it Is: Another Dangerous Attempt to Divide Us

I know a thing or two about good military ceremonies, and Trump’s parade is a bad idea.

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Easy There, Blob. With Obama, We Faced A Different Syria

Four years ago, everything was different in Syria. I support these strikes, but two of our worries remain the same: escalation and loss of control.

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When the House of Trump Met the House of Saud

The Saudi and Trump families looked cozy in their first state visit, but beneath the gilded surface, don’t expect much to change in U.S.-Saudi relations.

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Obama and Eisenhower, Two Legacies In Arms

On national security, the most illuminating presidential comparison is the one Obama most often made of himself. Barack likes Ike.

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As Trump's Foreign Policy Emerges, Watch His Temperament in Washington

By what Trump has shown, even where there's policy continuity the world will see Washington as more erratic and less reliable.

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Will Obama’s Mattis Be Trump’s Mattis?

In General Mattis, Trump picked an insider warrior-diplomat who worked with the Obama administration, respected Hillary Clinton, and knows the Middle East better than most.

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Inside Obama's Syria Choices (A Guide for Dissenting Diplomats)

Here are six ways we in the administration could’ve approached Syria differently – and why we didn’t.

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The Myth of American Disengagement

For too many in the foreign policy debate, "engagement" is code for unilateral military intervention. Here's a more honest way to measure Obama's record.

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In Defense of the Obama Doctrine

Obama is still trying to win Washington over to American power as he sees it: limiting military interventions while convening players for peace.

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Don't Chase Putin Out of Syria — Let Him Fail On His Own

Putin is no chess master. He overstretched and misstepped in Syria, and U.S. would be wiser to wait him out than chase him out.

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We Never Thought Training Syrians Would Be Easy

When it comes to building capable foreign forces, one can have all the will, skill, money, and allies – but no guarantees.

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America's Allies Want More From the US

The next president has to figure out how to give it to them – more presence, more forces, more aid.

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After Ukraine, NATO's Chance for a New Normal

Can Defense Secretary Ash Carter and European leaders turn NATO's historic Ukraine response into a new future for the alliance?

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35 Years On, It’s Time to Extend the Carter Doctrine

The upcoming Camp David summit may produce a long-sought framework for security in the Middle East.

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The Part of Obama’s Arms-To-Egypt Deal That Matters

The shift to cash-flow financing may sound arcane, but it represents the most significant shift in the Washington-Cairo security relationship since 1979.

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Meet Europe’s Rising Defense Stars

Below the radar, a new generation of female European leaders is offering bold ideas on defense and taking political risks.