Research

  • July 30, 2015 | Bruce Weinrod

    ‘Barack Obama, You’re No Ronald Reagan’

    The current president’s approach to dealing with an adversary lacks strength

     

    In a recent interview defending the proposed nuclear agreement with Iran, President Obama argued that that his approach to Iran is essentially the same as that which Ronald Reagan took toward the Soviet UnionMr. Obama said that ” where I completely admire him was his recognition that [an agreement would be worth doing] if you were able to verify an agreement that you would negotiate with the evil empire that was hell-bent on our destruction and was a far greater existential threat to us than Iran will ever be.”

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  • June 22, 2015 | TPF Staff

    Beyond Minsk II – Prospects for a New Russian Offensive

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  • June 16, 2015 | TPF Staff

    Eastern Europe Needs “Deterrence” not “Assurance”

    The Potomac Foundation applauds U.S. plan to deploy heavy weaponry to Eastern Europe; calls for reestablishing a meaningful NATO Deterrence Posture.

    The Potomac Foundation strongly endorses the Pentagon’s decision to introduce battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and other heavy weapons for up to 5,000 troops to several Baltic and East European countries, as reported by the New York Times over the weekend.

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  • June 13, 2015 | Harry Kazianis

    China’s East China Sea ADIZ Gamble: Past, Present, and South China Sea Future?

    “Aggressive,” “coercive,” “antagonistic,” and “hostile” are some of the words various Asia-security experts have used over the last several years to describe recent Chinese foreign-policy choices. Such talk heated up dramatically in November 2013 when China declared—with no official advanced warning—an Air-Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea, a geographic flashpoint between various powers in the region. This unilateral action sparked intense global debate as to the logic of such a move, but also amplified larger concerns over Chinese intentions throughout the Asia-Pacific and wider Indo-Pacific regions.

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  • June 5, 2015 | TPF Staff

    Trip Report: Observing Minsk II “Ceasefire”–Pisky Front

    In May 2015, the Potomac Foundation President Phillip Karber made his 14th trip to the Ukrainian front  to observe the implementation of Minsk II ceasefire.

    In this video, he interviews volunteers in the critical position of Pisky, at the edge of the Donetsk Airport, where some of the most intense fighting had taken place in the preceding six months.  WATCH VIDEO >

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  • May 27, 2015 | Phillip Karber

    Russia’s New Generation Warfare

    For over a decade, Russia has been developing a new approach to war, – one with the versatility to address three very different types of military opponents: high tech in the West, mass armies in the East and unconventional threats from the South.

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  • May 11, 2002 | Phillip Karber

    Re-constructing Global Aviation

    The attacks of September 11 have had both an immediate and a long-term impact on global aviation. In the short term we have been overwhelmed by the loss of life, the systemic disruption of flying, and the international war on terrorism. But there is also a delayed impact, like that of a Jurassic meteor strike, in which the long-term impact was not a function of the local devastation but a changed environment, one that slowly starved out even the largest of species. We are witnessing a second order effect: an industrial “Armageddon,” with traffic cut from 9 to 7.5 million passengers a week,  airline revenue down by more than one-third,  400,000 aviation employees around the world laid off,  over 10 percent of the U.S. commercial fleet grounded,  international airlines hemorrhaging on the brink of bankruptcy,  and a ripple effect throughout major sectors of an interdependent worldwide transportation economy.

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