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      Ukraine may not yet escape US domestic politics

      Commentary / February 12, 2020

      Ukraine unhappily found itself at the center of the impeachment drama that played out in Washington last fall and during the first weeks of 2020. That threatened the resiliency of the U.S.-Ukraine relationship, a relationship that serves the interests of both countries.

      With Donald Trump’s impeachment trial now in the past, Volodymyr Zelensky and Ukrainians undoubtedly hope that their country will no longer feature so prominently in U.S. domestic politics. That would be good, but it may not happen.

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      China and East Asian Security Expert Oriana Skylar Mastro to Become FSI’s Newest Center Fellow

      News / February 10, 2020

      The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) at Stanford University is pleased to announce that Oriana Skylar Mastro has been appointed an FSI Center Fellow.

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      Iowa caucuses did one thing right: Require paper ballots

      Commentary / February 4, 2020

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      Pompeo visited Ukraine. Good. What next?

      Commentary / February 3, 2020

      Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spent January 31 in Kyiv underscoring American support for Ukraine, including in its struggle against Russian aggression. While Pompeo brought no major deliverables, just showing up proved enough for the Ukrainians.

      The U.S. government should now follow up with steps to strengthen the U.S.-Ukraine relationship, which has been stressed by President Donald Trump’s bid to drag Ukraine’s leadership into U.S. politics.

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      Don't Let New START Die

      Commentary / February 3, 2020

      The 2010 New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) expires in one year. Unfortunately, President Trump’s attitude seems to reflect disinterest, if not antipathy. Last April he asked for a proposal to involve Russia and China and cover all nuclear arms, but it has yet to emerge. Neither Moscow nor Beijing has shown any real interest in the concept.

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      Russia Is Updating Its Nuclear Weapons: What Does That Mean for the Rest of Us?

      Q&A / January 29, 2020

      This article originally appeared on the website of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where Rose Gottemoeller is a nonresident senior fellow in Carnegie’s Nuclear Policy Program. She is also the Payne Distinguished Lecturer at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

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      Bipartisan US support for Ukraine at risk as Republicans echo Kremlin

      Commentary / January 22, 2020

      Speaking on Monday about Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, Ukraine’s foreign minister said “please don’t drag us into your [America’s] internal political processes.”  Unfortunately, Republicans appear intent on doing precisely that, as they repeat the false Russian claim that the Ukrainian government interfered in the 2016 US election.

      Republicans see this as part of their effort to defend President Trump. In doing so, they put at risk America’s long-standing support for its Ukrainian partner.

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      In the Wake of Soleimani’s Death, Experts Discuss What’s Next for Iran, the U.S., and the Middle East

      News / January 16, 2020

      Following the death of Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s Quds Force, five international affairs experts from the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) gathered to discuss Soleimani’s prominence in Iran, the potential consequences of Soleimani’s death on the surrounding Gulf states and U.S.-Iran relations, and the rising presence of Russia and China in the region.

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      Why Invading Iran Would Be a Military Disaster

      Commentary / January 12, 2020

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      On the Integration of Psychological Operations with Cyber Operations

      Commentary / January 9, 2020

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      Sixth Young Professional Nuclear Forum Held in Moscow in November

      News / January 7, 2020

      The sixth Young Professional Nuclear Forum (YPNF6), sponsored by the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University and the Moscow Engineering and Physics Institute (MEPhI), was held at MEPhI, Moscow, on November 4-7, 2019.


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      Trump Is Playing With Fire in the Middle East

      Commentary / January 4, 2020

      With Suleimani’s death, the months-long tit-for-tat cycle of pressure and provocation between Washington and Tehran has entered a much more dangerous phase. The risk of a regionwide conflagration is higher than ever. Shortly before the strike, U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper threatened preemptive action to protect U.S. forces, saying "the game has changed." But this is not a game—and the stakes for both sides could not be higher.”

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      Smallpox Was Eradicated 40 Years Ago, So Why Are the U.S. and Russia Still Holding Stocks of the Virus?

      News / December 16, 2019

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      Do Americans approve of Trump’s pardons for court-martialed military officers?

      Commentary / December 16, 2019

      Americans show much less tolerance for war crimes than they did during the war in Vietnam.

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      Ratcheting up the Pressure: Assessing the Risks of Trump's Iran Policy

      Q&A / December 15, 2019

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      What we learned from the Afghanistan Papers

      News / December 11, 2019

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      Life after Yucca Mountain: The time has come to reset US nuclear waste policy

      Commentary / December 9, 2019

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      Why care about Ukraine and the Budapest Memorandum

      Commentary / December 5, 2019

      Original written for Brookings.Com


      Since 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine, the United States has provided Ukraine with $3 billion in reform and military assistance and $3 billion in loan guarantees. U.S. troops in western Ukraine train their Ukrainian colleagues. Washington, in concert with the European Union, has taken steps to isolate Moscow politically and imposed a series of economic and visa sanctions on Russia and Russians.

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      Q & A: Brett McGurk, former envoy for coalition fighting ISIS under Obama, Trump

      Q&A / December 2, 2019

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      Naimark's New Book Makes Financial Times Best History Books List

      News / November 22, 2019

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      How to End the War in Ukraine

      Commentary / November 21, 2019

      For more than five years, Russian forces and their proxies have waged a bloody war against Ukrainian forces in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine. The conflict has claimed more than 13,000 lives, driven almost two million people from their homes, and caused immense material damage. France and Germany have together sought to broker peace but failed to produce a durable cease-fire—let alone a political settlement....

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      Post-political uncertainties: Governing nuclear controversies in post-Fukushima Japan

      News / November 21, 2019

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      Former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter Reflects on Government and Tech and Discusses Why Young People Should Pursue a Career in Public Service

      News / November 19, 2019

      Two former Department of Defense (DoD) officials shared the stage at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI), where they discussed the decision to remove U.S. troops from northern Syria, women in the military, and the importance of public service.

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