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Is Pakistan nothing more than a colony of China?

BY MICHAEL RUBIN Pakistanis may soon die en masse for China’s interests, and the Pakistani government may allow it to happen. At issue is the nature of how Pakistan’s leaders have shifted their alliance partners from the United States to

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Replacing phase 1: Options for dealing with China

BY DEREK SCISSORS President Trump should stop talking about China and act. First-quarter trade numbers show his “phase one” deal is a non-starter for 2020, not to mention dwarfed by COVID. The president’s elevation of selling more to China above everything else has frozen

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Another tragedy unfolds in Syria

BY DANIELLE PLETKA On February 2, a little known anniversary passed with barely a remark. On that day in 1982, Syrian forces entered the town of Hama and massacred thousands, as many as 20,000 men, women and children. When I

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Coercing China on climate change?

BY DEREK SCISSORS The atmosphere does not respond to greenhouse gas emissions per capita or scaled by economic size or to “fairness,” only to the quantity of emissions. The latest data on those quantities reinforce that (prospective) American policy-makers who see climate

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Libya explains why Turkey has no friends

BY KORI N. SCHAKE It is hard to credit now, but there was a time, only a decade ago, when Turkey described its foreign policy doctrine as one of “zero problems with our neighbors.”  But since then, Ankara has burned its boats with

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Iraq at the crossroads

BY LINDA ROBINSON The protests gripping Iraq pose an extraordinary challenge to Baghdad’s political leadership, which must move the country ahead or step aside. The mostly youthful protesters are tired of politics as it has been practiced over the past

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KAGAN: Afghanistan is not Vietnam

BY FREDERICK W. KAGAN Afghanistan isn’t Vietnam. It isn’t even Iraq. George W. Bush did not lie America into this war. He, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, and their generals and diplomats didn’t conceal the challenges and failures the US was