Foreign and Defense Policy

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Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech as he attends a session at the General Prosecutor's Office in Moscow, March 24, 2015. Reuters

Nine leading Russian scholars gather to discuss the rise of Putin’s Russia, its status quo, and the crises it faces through Russia’s next election in 2018.

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Former US Representative Frank Wolf and two other religious freedom experts address how American foreign policy leaders should tackle religious persecution in Iraq and around the globe.

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Brigadier General Paul W. Tibbets IV recently become commander of the 509th Bomb Wing, which operates America’s 20 B-2 stealth nuclear bombers.  His grandfather flew the Enola Gay in WWII.

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The administration has yet to think about its role in Tokyo’s policies toward security in Asia.

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On Thursday, President Barack Obama revealed that a U.S. drone strike had killed Warren Weinstein and Giovanni Lo Porto, two aid workers held hostage on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. But it is not only terrorist groups that try to reap reward from the taking of hostages.

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The Clintons are like the Tudors of the Ozarks. They believe they are royalty, but they also understand that even monarchs need friends. The Clinton Foundation is the perfect vehicle for their ambition.

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Iran’s seven ship cargo convoy, joined by two naval vessels previously tasked to the area, is an unusually high profile operation for Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

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Women from an anti-North Korea and conservative civic group attend a rally marking the fifth anniversary of the sinking naval ship Cheonan in central Seoul March 26, 2015. Reuters

Kim Jong-un currently controls around a dozen nuclear bombs, with as many as 20 by next year.

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Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has an important week ahead of him. Between ironing out a pivotal trade deal and discussing US-Japan defense relations, Prime Minister Abe’s upcoming trip to the USA will be packed with substance. In anticipation of the prime minister’s summit with President Obama and a historic address before a joint session of Congress, AEI scholars outline key priorities for a successful visit.

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Cpl. Nashion Crutchfieldward, a Marine with Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa, signals an MV-22 Osprey during an external-lift drill at Morón Air Base, Spain, Jan. 19, 2015.  Department of Defense | Flickr

The sequester cuts forced on the Pentagon by the Budget Control Act of 2011 are dramatically degrading the combat preparedness of our troops at the small-unit level — the level at which most battles are won or lost.

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Last week, AEI’s Critical Threats Project in partnership with Norse Corporation released, “The growing cyberthreat from Iran: The initial report of Project Pistachio Harvest.” For the praise, thank you to all the insightful readers who appreciated the work and the information.  For the more serious critiques, some clarity.

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News recently broke that the Iranian convoy suspected of carrying weapons intended for Yemeni rebels, and subsequently shadowed by U.S. warships, had turned around and was now headed in the direction of home. In addition, the recent warning from China that North Korea’s nuclear threat is on the rise is discussed.

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