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The Strategic Nihilism of Hamas

October 16, 2023

Hamas’s attack on Israel was clearly more than a well-synchronized audacious and savage operation based on several months, if not years, of planning.  It also is an act of deliberate mass terrorism.  But beyond that it represents an example of strategic nihilism.  Indeed, for all this operation’s audacity it is difficult to discern a rational […]

Video: Ukraine – What is Putin Thinking?

January 27, 2022

The U.S. and Russia have made no breakthrough at talks on Ukraine. The Kremlin continues to escalate its rhetoric – perhaps to justify an invasion of its southern neighbor. Is war inevitable? Can NATO deter Vladimir Putin from military action? Can Washington? What if they can’t.? Join the JPC for a conversation with Stephen Blank, […]

The Present Anarchy

October 13, 2021

Today, the concept of a legitimate international order is under serious and constant attack from many quarters. Merely to recount these attacks gives readers a sense of the unrelenting assaults upon the very idea. The invasion and annexation of Crimea and the Donbas; poisonings and assassinations of Russian dissidents and ex-secret agents, as well as […]