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  • U.S. President Barack Obama attends a press conference with Vietnam's President Tran Dai Quang at the Presidential Palace Compound in Hanoi, Vietnam, May 23, 2016, photo by Carlos Barria/Reuters

    Commentary

    Why Has Obama Lifted the Arms Sales Ban on Vietnam?

    May 25, 2016

    The lifting of the Vietnam arms embargo needs to be understood as part of the long process of normalizing relations with a former U.S. enemy and building toward a more cooperative, economically dynamic, and strategic future-oriented relationship.

  • Chess pieces in front of an American flag, photo by mattjeacock/iStock

    Report

    Russia, China, and Iran Use Measures Short of War to Further Strategic Ends Against the U.S.

    May 31, 2016

    The United States will have to address the problems of foreign intervention and threats short of war if it is to prevent further erosion of its global influence by its competitors. Policymakers and the military services should consider ways to better identify, forestall, and counteract the use of measures short of war against U.S. and allied interests.

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