Trump's opposition research firm: Russia's intelligence agencies

Los Angeles Times

JUL 25, 2016

As a lifelong Republican, I don’t much care who runs the Democratic National Committee. But I am deeply disturbed by the way that Debbie Wasserman Schultz was forced to resign as the DNC head over the weekend. WikiLeaks released 20,000 stolen emails revealing a clear, if unsurprising, preference for Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders among Democratic officials. This appears to be a foreign intervention in American politics — and it may only be the beginning.

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Nervous about Trump? Wait until he has nukes

The bad news for our allies is Trump might win. The good news is he probably won't.

USA Today

JUL 18, 2016

SEOUL — Even thousands of miles from home, there is no escaping Donald Trump. I was in South Korea last week and found that, just as in the United States, the soon-to-be Republican nominee is a top topic of conversation.

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He Has Returned

Review of 'Douglas MacArthur' by Arthur Herman

Commentary Magazine

JUN 16, 2016

No American general has been as deified and demonized as Douglas MacArthur, who died in 1964. He has been hailed as a military genius who was more responsible than any other man for winning the Pacific campaign in World War II. His landing at Inchon during the Korean War has been called one of the most brilliant and daring gambits in military history. His management of the occupation of Japan has been described as one of the most successful nation-building exercises in history.

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USAID Should Become the Department of Nation-Building

Washington’s top development agency needs to focus on building governments, not democracies, in chaotic foreign countries.

BY MAX BOOT AND MICHAEL MIKLAUCIC

Foreign Policy

JUN 22, 2016

Nation-building abroad has become a neuralgic term in American politics ever since it became associated with the lengthy and costly wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Opposition to it is one of the few things that Barack Obama and Donald Trump can agree on. Both believe that “nation-building begins at home,” as the president so often says.

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Reconfiguring USAID for State-Building

Policy Innovation Memorandum No. 57

BY MAX BOOT AND MICHAEL MIKLAUCIC

Council on Foreign Relations

JUN 2016

Nation-building abroad has become a neuralgic term in American politics. Opposition to nation-building abroad is one of the few things that President Barack Obama and Donald Trump can agree on. And yet, at the same time that U.S. leaders proclaim their opposition to nation-building, they acknowledge that failing states pose a serious threat to American interests. As Obama said in his 2016 State of the Union address, "Even without ISIL … instability will continue for decades in many parts of the world—in the Middle East, in Afghanistan, parts of Pakistan, in parts of Central America, in Africa, and Asia. Some of these places may become safe havens for new terrorist networks. Others will just fall victim to ethnic conflict, or famine, feeding the next wave of refugees. The world will look to us to help solve these problems."

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Why Brexit alarms Britain’s Baltic allies

Washington Post

JUN 20, 2016

The world is transfixed by Britain’s referendum Thursday over whether to stay in the European Union. Some of the most interested and anxious spectators of the “Brexit” debate are in the Baltic republics, where I recently spent a week meeting with political and military leaders as part of a delegation from the Jamestown Foundation.

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