Will Biden’s 2021 foreign policy failures reverberate in 2022?

This article appeared in The Hill on January 1st, 2022. Click here to view the original article. From a national security perspective, Americans will not remember 2021 fondly. Self-inflicted wounds, delusional policy objectives, underestimated strategic menaces and impotence against immediate threats unfortunately characterized the Biden administration’s approach. Good news was sparse. But continuing a 61-year bipartisan tradition, […]

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Biden’s weakness is a danger. The West needs Britain to keep him in check

This article appeared in The Telegraph on December 29, 2021. Click here to view the original article. As 2022 nears, Joe Biden and his party are in political trouble. Elected largely to restore pre-Trumpian normalcy, Biden campaigned as a safe pair of hands, promising effective Covid-19 programmes, a more-complete economic recovery, and a leader who […]

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Now Is The Time For NATO To Stand Up To Russia

This article appeared in 19FortyFive on December 28, 2021. Click here to view the original article. Thirty years after the Soviet Union dissolved on December 31, 1991, events in its former space seem headed in the opposite direction. Despite initially remaining passive as the USSR split into fifteen independent states, Moscow has more recently steadily pursued a […]

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How China uses the UN and WHO for its own nefarious ends

This article appeared in the New York Post on December 13, 2021. Click here to view the original article. One unforeseen consequence of the pandemic was seeing the World Health Organization perform like China’s puppet.  WHO’s ponderous bureaucracy repeatedly accepted Beijing’s version of the pandemic’s origins; yielded to crippling restrictions on independent epidemiological experts trying to assess the virus, and resisted […]

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Biden is losing contest of wills with Iran over nukes

This article appeared in The Hill on December 12, 2021. Click here to view the original article. Finally, the last whimper seems at hand for President Biden’s effort to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement. Inherently flawed, with grievously inadequate verification provisions, and now overtaken by events, the deal’s demise comes not a moment too soon. We face […]

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Russia Has Bigger Plans Beyond Ukraine And Belarus

This article appeared in 19fortyfive on November 26, 2021. Click here to view the original article. During the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, after learning Nikita Khrushchev had broken his commitment not to deploy nuclear-capable ballistic missiles on the island, John F. Kennedy called Khrushchev a “f*cking liar” and an “immoral gangster.” Hours later, JFK told […]

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Congress must not let Biden bungle nuclear posture review

This article appeared in The Washington Examiner on November 22, 2021. Click here to view the original article. The Biden Administration’s ongoing Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) is extraordinarily consequential.  Unlike previous NPRs, which assessed a bipolar Moscow-Washington contest, the 2021 edition must establish nuclear doctrine to confront Beijing’s rising threat and increasingly dangerous Iranian and […]

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Biden Has a Summit With Xi, but No Strategy for China

Beijing’s arms buildup and menacing of Taiwan make U.S. directionlessness dangerous for the world. This article appeared in The Wall Street Journal on November 17, 2021. Click here to view the original article. America has no China strategy 10 months after President Biden’s inauguration. Monday’s Zoom meeting between Mr. Biden and Xi Jinping only highlighted […]

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Offering Lukashenko a graceful exit could be the best way to stop a Putin land grab in Belarus

Western lassitude is enabling Russia’s possible total reabsorption of the former Soviet republic This article appeared in The Telegraph on November 13, 2021. Click here to view the original article. By John Bolton November 13, 2021 Short attention spans, willful ignorance, wishful thinking, and no strategic planning have preceded international debacles throughout history. That brings […]

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India’s S-400 missile system problem

This article appeared in The Hill on November 10, 2021. Click here to view the original article. By John Bolton November 10, 2021 India’s nearly completed, $5.43 billion purchase of Russian S-400 air-defense systems raises serious obstacles to closer politico-military relations between Washington and New Delhi. It requires rigorous strategic thinking to avoid hampering deeper […]

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