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Relations between Russia and China, even over economic ties that should benefit both, will be tense at the best of times.

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Marines with Amphibious Assault Platoon, Company E, Battalion Landing Team 2/6, load the unit's amphibious assault vehicles aboard the USS Oak Hill (LSD-51) during the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Composite Training Exercise, July 19, 2015. Department of Defense | Flickr

The Senate’s plan to pair moderate TRICARE co-pay increases with flexible military retirement should move forward.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) shakes hands with Iran's President Hassan Rouhani during their meeting in Ufa, Russia, July 9, 2015. REUTERS/Alexander Nemenov/

Even if the Russians may have pressed the Iranians to compromise on some points, they weren’t truly “our partners” in the nuclear negotiations.

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Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-VA) sits down with former Sen. Jim Talent (R-MO) to discuss the security challenge China’s military modernization and expansion pose to the United States and its allies.

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It will fall to the next president to repair ties with Israel and to address the lingering challenge of peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

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Obama needs to make the Chinese pay a price for their actions – or the price we pay will be an even more audacious attack.

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Hard Power

In each chapter of A HARD LOOK AT HARD POWER, experts from around the world examine strategic guidance documents, current and planned defense budgets, troop strengths, deployable capabilities, procurement programs, and research and development efforts.

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The next president will make choices about the US military that will define American hard power for much of the 21st century.

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U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tameem bin Hamad Al Thani while hosting the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) at Camp David in Maryland May 14, 2015.  From left are Bahrain Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, Oman Deputy Prime Minister Sayyid Fahd bin Mahmoud Al Said, the Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmed Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Obama, Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tameem bin Hamad Al Thani, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef and Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Abdul Latif bin Rashid Al Zayani. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque   -

If the nuclear agreement is still in place by January 2017, the next president will confront a host of strategic issues set off by the deal’s implementation.

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Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) fighters take up positions inside a damaged building in al-Vilat al-Homor neighborhood in Hasaka city, as they monitor the movements of Islamic State fighters who are stationed in Ghwayran neighborhood in Hasaka city, Syria July 22, 2015. Reuters

If aid is given to the Kurds, a similar quantity should be supplied directly to the YPG. That is, of course, if the White House and Pentagon actually wish to defeat the Islamic State.

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif smiles during his meeting with Iraqi Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari in Baghdad, July 27, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmed Saad

Hamas is a new wrinkle in Iran’s growing contest with Saudi Arabia. Iran is not reacting well, unsurprisingly, to Hamas’ July 17 meeting with the Saudi king, crown prince and defense minster, the first such talks between the two sides for years.

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