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With Eyes on Russia, the U.S. Military Prepares for an Arctic Future

March 27, 2022

After parachuting into the frigid Alaska interior, Capt. Weston Iannone and his soldiers navigated miles through deep snow, finally setting up a temporary outpost on a ridgeline next to a…

Developing economies must act now to dampen the shocks from the Ukraine conflict

March 25, 2022

The war in Ukraine could not have come at a worse time for the global economy—when the recovery from the pandemic-induced contraction had begun to falter, inflation was surging, central banks…

The invasion of Ukraine unites a divided America

March 25, 2022

By the standards of today’s polarized politics, the unity members of Congress displayed on Ukraine at President Biden’s State of the Union address was extraordinary. The hall was dotted with…

Why the US rejected Poland’s plan to send fighter jets to Ukraine

March 25, 2022

Washington (CNN)The Pentagon said Wednesday that it is bluntly opposed to a Polish plan to provide fighter jets to Ukraine. US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin told the Polish minister…

Ukraine Relief

Support for Ukraine Relief Efforts

March 22, 2022

BENS Members, Like me, I recognize many of you are paying very close attention to the evolving situation in Ukraine. What we are seeing is unprecedented in many ways –…

The Post-Post Cold War World

March 20, 2022

In this quarterly analysis of events driving trends in politics and strategy, government relations firm Mehlman Castagnetti shares its take on the surprises, uncertainty and disruption of the Russia-Ukraine war…

Russia-Ukraine War Reading List

March 20, 2022

The Pritzker Military Museum & Library (PMML) has developed a list of books for recommended reading by those seeking a better understanding of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, their histories and cultures,…

FBI’s Made in Beijing: The Plan for Global Market Domination

March 13, 2022

The FBI has created a new tool to assist in its mission to identify, expose, prevent, and investigate intelligence activities on U.S. soil. It is a short documentary titled Made in Beijing:…

Video Profile from Ambassador Pyatt on Ukraine’s Military

March 6, 2022

On January 20, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt joined Maj. Gen. Gregory J. Lengyel, Commander of U.S. Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR), on his trip to Khmelnytskyi, where U.S.…