FPI's Eric Edelman and Hal Brands explain why the United States needs a Reagan-style military buildup

White, Yes

President Trump's new National Security Advisor, LTG H.R. McMaster, spoke at the 2016 FPI Forum.

White, Yes

FPI's Tzvi Kahn shows how Trump can compel Iran to abide by the JCPOA by raising the costs for its misbehavior

White, Yes

FPI Board Member Robert Kagan says America must check the rising powers of Russia and China before it's too late

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Overnight Brief

February 24, 2017

FPI’s Edelman, Hal Brands: The military build-up we need

Foreign policy establishment defends itself from Trump

Syrian rebels are losing out to extremists

Dunford: US mulling “long-term commitment” in Iraq

Kim Jong-nam killed by VX, WSJ + Epstein: Re-designate N. Korea a terror sponsor

China reinforced SAM sites near disputed islands

“Frustrated” Baucus: Don’t let China push us around

Trump wants to make sure nuclear arsenal at “top of the pack”

Military trio gain influence w/Trump, Krauthammer on the “madman theory”

Rogin: State Dept writes anti-leak memo, which promptly leaks


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James Kirchick | February 22, 2017

The defining ideological battle of our present moment can best be understood as a competition between two individuals: White House Senior Counselor Stephen Bannon and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The fate of the Western world as we know it may very well depend on whose worldview succeeds.

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James Kirchick | February 16, 2017

We may never know the extent to which, or if at all, Edward Snowden cooperated with foreign powers when he perpetrated the greatest seizure of classified intelligence material in American history. This is a question that the veteran investigative journalist Edward Jay Epstein sets out to answer in How America Lost Its Secrets: Edward Snowden, the Man and the Theft.

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Eric Edelman | February 16, 2017

By FPI Board Member Eric Edelman and Whitney Morgan McNamara

From the mid-1930s through the Cold War, Europe was critical to U.S. strategic thinking, which developed around the assumption that foreign domination of Europe was inimical to U.S. national security.


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