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    The National Interest

    Over almost three decades, The National Interest, founded in 1985 by Irving Kristol and Owen Harries, has displayed a remarkable consistency in its approach to foreign policy. It is not, as the inaugural statement declared, about world affairs. It is about American interests. It is guided by the belief that nothing will enhance those interests as effectively as the approach to foreign affairs commonly known as realism—a school of thought traditionally associated with such thinkers and statesmen as Disraeli, Bismarck, and Henry Kissinger. Though the shape of international politics has changed considerably in the past few decades, the magazine’s fundamental tenets have not. Instead, they have proven enduring and, indeed, appear to be enjoying something of a popular renaissance.

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  • Donald Trump’s Huge Policy Mistake in Iran0

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    • November 23, 2019

    The National Interest 23 November 2019 Trump has allowed his foreign policy for Tehran to be mismanaged by people who have made the resumption of diplomacy difficult. by Daniel R. DePetris Follow @DanDePetris on Twitter L On November 4, Iran took its latest step away from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the 2015 multilateral

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  • Pakistan Prepares to Fight India for Kashmir0

    by Max Frost August 8, 2019 Kashmir was once the most dangerous place in the world. Disputed between India and Pakistan—two nuclear weapons states—the stunning Himalayan redoubt is India’s only Muslim majority state. Until the arrival of India’s Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi, tensions in Kashmir were on the wane. Terrorist incidents and deaths

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  • The Myth of Indian Strategic Restraint0

    Indian security policy is guided more by pragmatism than by moralism. by Sumit Ganguly S. Paul Kapur July 18, 2019 INDIA HAS emerged as a central partner in U.S. efforts to balance rising Chinese power. To this end, the United States has invested heavily in India, brokering an agreement to afford it access to nuclear materials and

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  • Is Iran Close to Collapse? Three Things You Need To Know about the US-Iran Showdown0

    June 20, 2019 | The National Interest Washington must hold its red lines while not giving in to Tehran’s wishes or escalating into a shooting conflict. Iran’s national flag Iran and the United States are as close to direct conflict as they have been for three decades, since Operation Praying Mantis in 1988 which was, at the

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  • Winning in Afghanistan Requires Taking the Fight to Pakistan0

    The stability of Afghanistan—and the denial of its territory to terrorist groups—requires a good-faith Pakistani agreement to cease backing extremists, and after nearly two decades, this means, coercing Pakistan. by Michael Rubin* June 3, 2019 U.S. Special Envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad was in Washington, DC last week to brief Capitol Hill on his ongoing

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  • Pakistan and India Can’t Escape the Conflict Cycle0

    Why do Islamabad and New Delhi remain mired in a volatile and perilous status quo, despite that neither side desires escalation nor the prospect of continued conflict?by Adam Lammon The outbreak of violence last week between India and Pakistan once again reaffirmed that South Asia is home to one of the most dangerous rivalries on

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  • Shining a Spotlight: Revealing China’s Maritime Militia to Deter its Use0

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    • November 26, 2018

      November 25, 2018 ChinaSouth China SeaAmericaMaritime MilitiaHybrid Warfare How China’s maritime militia threatens U.S. and allied interests—and how to counter it. by Andrew S. Erickson At the U.S.-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue press conference on November 9, Defense Secretary James Mattis made a great contribution by using his top-level authority to shine a spotlight

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  • The MEK and the Bankrupt U.S. Policy on Iran0

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    • November 14, 2018

        November 13, 2018 by Paul R. Pillar The MEK and the Bankrupt U.S. Policy on Iran The fact that a group as dubious as the Mujahedin-e Khalq figures so prominently in the Trump administration’s policy on Iran demonstrates the bankruptcy of that policy. Among the many indicators of misdirection in the Trump administration’s policy

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  • The Case for a U.S.-India Partnership0

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    • November 4, 2018

    October 20, 2018   A stronger India offers the prospect of a more stable balance of power in the Indo-Pacific, the world’s most economically dynamic region which stretches from the eastern shores of Africa to the west coast of the Americas. by Chris Coons Puneet Talwar The United States must infuse its relationship with India with a renewed

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  • How Bangladesh Can Improve Indian Ocean Security0

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    • February 10, 2018

    The Trump administration should consider increasing the number of port calls and high-level defense exchanges with Bangladesh as well as bilateral and trilateral military exercises. James Jay CarafanoJeff Smith     February 3, 2018 It’s not just relations with the United States that are on the upswing. Bangladesh has made significant strides in recent years improving ties with

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