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Foreign Policy Essay

Drawing the Line on U.S. Reassurance to Eastern Europe

Editor’s Note: The United States is considering deploying permanent forces to Poland to signal the U.S. security commitment to that country. Such a move would be a massive strategic shift and one that raises many questions. Sara Bjerg Moller of Seton Hall assesses this move and argues that the deployment would not solve Poland's fundamental security problems but would create risks for the United States.

Daniel Byman

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Foreign Policy Essay

Germany’s Strategic Repositioning

Editor’s Note: For many years, Germany and the United States cooperated to advance mutual foreign policy goals while Germany embedded itself in the European Union. This mutually beneficial arrangement is now in crisis as the Trump administration questions the German alliance and as Europe turns on itself. Gunther Hellmann of the University of Frankfurt gives us a picture of Germany at a crossroads and discusses the perils of each possible path.

Daniel Byman

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Egypt

Egypt’s Long-term Stability and the Role of the European Union

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on Order from Chaos.

In Europe, the combination of the migration crisis, terrorist threats, economic pressures, and the rise of the populist far-right have highlighted the fact that instability in the Middle East has a direct bearing on stability in the West.

Foreign Policy Essay

Children of the Caliphate: Victims or Threat?

Editor’s Note: Of the many horrible things the Islamic State has done, one of the worst is its indoctrination of children and use of them in its gruesome deeds. The children are both victims and perpetrators. Governments have a responsibility to care for them yet must also guard against possible threats they may pose. Robin Simcox of the Heritage Foundation lays out the challenges ahead for several European states, as well as how they might confront this knotty problem.

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Foreign Policy Essay

Can We Stop Terrorist Vehicular Attacks?

Editor’s Note: Among the many terrifying forms of violence ISIS and other terrorist groups are using, one of the newest, and deadliest, is the use of cars and trucks to run down innocent people. So far, governments have struggled in vain to stop this type of attack. Robin Simcox of the Heritage Foundation analyses the threat and identifies a range of policies that can make it less deadly.

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Western Europe

The United Kingdom and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: A Summary of Joint Doctrine Publication 0-30.2

The six-year wait is finally over. On September 12, the U.K. Ministry of Defence (MoD) published its doctrine on best practices for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS): Joint Doctrine Publication (JDP) 0-30.2, Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

Foreign Policy Essay

Round-Trip Tickets: How Will Authorities Know When Foreign Fighters Have Returned?

Editor’s Note: As the Islamic State's territorial control shrinks and its prestige declines, many volunteers will try to find their way home—perhaps to conduct terrorist attacks there on the group's behalf. Colin Clarke of the RAND Corporation argues that one of the most productive ways to identify and disrupt returning fighters is to focus on the criminal underworld. Many foreign fighters began as criminals, and many might turn to crime on their return.

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Foreign Policy Essay

Brexit: The UK Goes Back to the Future

Editor's Note: Is the United Kingdom part of Europe? Perhaps influenced too much by my childhood Risk board, my answer has long been “yes.” But the Brexit vote calls this identity into question, and uncertainty seems the order of the day. As a guide for the perplexed, Yale’s Jolyon Howorth offers us a review of the UK’s tortured history with the European Union to explain the problems the UK faces today and where it might go in the future.

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