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Biden needs to take the Wayne Gretzky approach to foreign policy

President-elect Joe Biden’s instinct is to look for common ground, so it will be difficult for him not to try for bipartisanship in the short-term. But the politics of conviction, not the politics of compromise, have best chance of bringing about a fruitful cross-party consensus on the most important international […]
Biden needs to take the Wayne Gretzky approach to foreign policy
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Keeping US troops in Syria to counter Russia has the opposite effect

Four more US troops were injured in Syria in late August in an encounter with Russian forces. The incident again raises the question of why US troops are in Syria, a presence that can’t be justified by a desire to compete with Russia, writes Christopher Mott, an author and international-relations […]
Keeping US troops in Syria to counter Russia has the opposite effect
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The US already fought a cold war with China — it went very badly

US officials and policymakers have embraced a “new Cold War” framing of competition with China. But the Cold War between the US and the Soviet Union also featured competition with China, and it was a contest in which the US fared poorly and millions suffered. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for […]
The US already fought a cold war with China — it went very badly
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China-bashing won’t solve the US’s problems with China

China is becoming one of the most contentious issues of the looming US 2020 presidential election. There are issues that must be address with China, but the US also needs to balance security and potential economic harm, writes Defence Priorities senior fellow and retired Army Lt. Col. Daniel L. Davis. […]
China-bashing won’t solve the US’s problems with China
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Why German women voted for Hitler, in their own words

Adolf Hitler rose to power in the 1930s with the support of millions of Germans, men and women alike. More than 30 essays written in 1934 and long forgotten shed light on why German women voted for a movement that mostly focused on its male party members. Visit Business Insider’s […]
Why German women voted for Hitler, in their own words
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As the coronavirus spreads, Americans have to flatten the misinformation curve too

The coronavirus outbreak has pushed social-media platforms even closer to the centre of America’s information ecosystem. These platforms are straining under a new flood of misinformation, and the public must practice extreme caution when sharing information about this crisis online, write Megan Lamberth and Chris Estep of the Centre for […]
As the coronavirus spreads, Americans have to flatten the misinformation curve too
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A big element of US power is missing from Trump’s Syria policy

US troops are still in Syria, despite President Donald Trump’s high-profile announcement about their withdrawal. By relying on the military for solutions to the crisis in Syria, the US is foreclosing what is likely its best option to achieve its goals: a diplomatic resolution, writes Defence Priorities fellow Shahed Ghoreishi […]
A big element of US power is missing from Trump’s Syria policy
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Top lawmakers sent a letter to the Pentagon warning about special operations on the same day the official overseeing them resigned

Senior congressional leaders have expressed concerns to the defence secretary about the status of the office tasked with overseeing US special operations. The letter outlining their concerns was sent the same day that the acting official overseeing that office announced his resignation. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. The […]
Top lawmakers sent a letter to the Pentagon warning about special operations on the same day the official overseeing them resigned
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The 3-letter word that’s missing from the showdown with Iran

The US is in the middle of a showdown with Iran, stoked by incidents in the Persian Gulf and a protracted dispute over the 2015 nuclear deal. But behind the present round of tensions is the US’s long-running desire to the control the movement of a resource that Iran is […]
The 3-letter word that’s missing from the showdown with Iran