Nikolas K. Gvosdev, a contributing editor at the National Interest.
Will a future, formal Trump-Putin summit be a game changer?
The principal agenda item during the Putin-Trump summit is going to be the situation around North Korea—with Trump asking for additional Russian help in containing the crisis.
The “thousand-ship navy” dream is over.
We face the prospect of a clash between the two main coalitions led by the United States and Russia over the disposition of a post-IS Syria.
If Russia stops using Ukraine as a transit country for energy exports a major hole will open in the Ukrainian economy which Europe and the United States do not appear prepared to fill.
Moscow has used its new-found influence in the Middle East to thwart the U.S. effort to use Saudi Arabia as a pressure point against the Russian economy.
Vladimir Putin has to decide whether pride requires a Russian response, or whether he is willing to accept the current state of play and stop the cycle altogether.
Afghanistan cannot be viewed in zero-sum terms.
In Kiev, Mattis could provide no definitive answers to questions about what is likely to change.
The president, his national security team and Congress will have to work together to find the answers.
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