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Congress, Russia, and sanctions

...Steven Pifer Congressional interest is growing in enacting sanctions on Russia related to its continuing aggression against Ukraine and its efforts to influence the U.S. presidential election. These would codify and supplement sanctions applied by the Obama administration through executive action. Congress should proceed in a smart way that maximizes the prospects

Suspected U.S. drone strike kills 3 alleged al-Qaida in Yemen

SANAA, Yemen — Suspected U.S. drone strikes have killed three alleged al-Qaida operatives in Yemen's southwestern Bayda province, security and tribal officials said, the first such killings reported in the country since Donald Trump assumed the U.S. presidency Friday. The two Saturday strikes killed Abu Anis al-Abi, an area field commander,

America First Begins

Consistent with his penchant for rebelling against the conventional rules, Donald Trump delivered more of a campaign speech than a traditional inaugural address. There were no paeans to American democracy or freedoms in his address. He didn’t quote any of the Founding Fathers or previous presidents. There was no attempt

Trump’s intel chief must modernize the intelligence community

Improve relations with decision-makers by becoming a partner in strategic decision-making. Intelligence agencies traditionally serve as (ostensibly) objective reporters of reality. As Trump has already (bluntly) stated, he does not need yet another "newsfeed" - i.e., the presidential daily brief. What he needs is someone who will help him strategize.

In test for Donald Trump, Chinese aircraft carrier enters Taiwan no-fly zone

Taiwan ordered warships and fighter jets into the strait separating the country from China, after China’s sole aircraft carrier steamed through a restricted area in an aggressive show of force by Beijing just days before President-elect Donald Trump takes office in Washington. Taiwanese forces only surveilled the Russian-built carrier, dubbed the Liaoning, as it traversed a defensive no-fly