Prevent Nuclear First Use

As war drums beat, talk of war grows closer. Yesterday, we exchanged pre-publication messages with professor Tom Nichols over the issue of “preventive” versus “preemptive” war. We went further by asking how many Americans, who support a US attack on North Korea, even know the difference between preventive and preemptive war. A Trump-ordered first strike […]

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Corker’s Next Step?

Today we wake to the US President touting his own IQ, having been called a “moron” by the US Secretary of State, and complaining via Tweets that US Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) gave a recorded interview to the NY Times (as the Senator and his staff previously acknowledged) on record questioning the President’s mental fitness

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Incoming: How Much Longer

Will the US Dollar continue to be the world’s Exchange Currency? Let’s look closer at the question of Reserve Currency. Rivals to the U.S. have emerged. U.S. political turmoil promises less safe-haven and ongoing crises, conflict and war, threatened trade, environmental degradation and deeply damaged international relations. How much longer will the Dollar reign?

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War of Words

Count the ways words and belligerance can escalate to war. A litany comes to mind — miscalculation, provocation, preemption, a Gulf of Tonkin moment, or just a temper-tantrum acted out in a “fit of pique” (James Clapper’s words). We could go on, but words that draw the world closer to the edge, push closer to disaster

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Shifting National Security Terrain

Steve Bannon out as US presidential adviser. The Bannon agenda returns to Breitbart news with a Bannon message that he intends to ‘go to war‘. The ‘McMaster era’ begins as the national security adviser formerly at odds with Bannon reports to an unpredictable president. Will more ‘globalist’ extension, troops and conflicts across hemispheres result

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The Ayes Don’t Have It

The US National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2018 encounters the blind-eye in Congress as Rep. Perry [R-PA] attempts to block a study of climate change impacts on national security. StratDem again takes this moment to stress that definitions of national security must change to meet the urgency of a changing horizon of threats  

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Long-game Diplomacy — or War

As the US president ramps up his rhetoric in Europe, pointing at enemies ranging from a “fake news” press to North Korea, from “urban carnage” to Iran, from Democrats and those who question his “modern day presidential” tweeting to whatever and whomever he chooses to target in the daily news cycle, a clock ticks

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