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Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. December 6, 2017. “I cannot think of a military mission that does not depend on space,” Wilson recently said (Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press). Keywords: Heather Wilson, Air Force, space

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Analysis & Opinions - The Washington Post

Will Our Next War Be Fought Among the Stars?

| Apr. 19, 2018

Space is the new frontier of warfare. That was the theme of a “Space Symposium” here this week that gathered thousands of military and corporate experts from around the globe. A variant of the Boeing simulator may someday be training the 21st-century version of space-drone pilots.

Berlaymont Building with E.U. Flags

Eoghan OLionnain

Analysis & Opinions

Europe’s Increasingly Complicated Relationship with Russia

| Apr. 18, 2018

The bipolar world that framed international relations for nearly half a century may have fallen alongside the Berlin Wall, but the aftermath was far from the “End of History” as Francis Fukuyama posited at the time. While the breakup of the Soviet Bloc and subsequent economic and political reforms significantly altered the geo-political landscape, many of the institutions created during the Cold War still persist today, none so obvious as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

Next year will mark 70 years since the founding of NATO, and if the end of the Cold War marked a major shift in the organization’s mission, escalating tensions with Russia in recent years seem to be moving it back towards its initial purpose.

Lord Peter Ricketts, Nicholas Burns, and Radek Sikorski

Benn Craig/ Belfer Center

Analysis & Opinions

Conversations in Diplomacy: Lord Peter Ricketts

| Apr. 16, 2018

In this installment of “Conversations in Diplomacy," the Future of Diplomacy Project's Faculty Director Nicholas Burns is joined by Lord Peter Ricketts, the former National Security Advisor to the U.K. and a life peer in the House of Lords, for a conversation on Brexit and its geopolitical implications for the U.K. and the E.U.

In this March 10, 2012 photo, Aida, 32, reacts as she recovers from severe injuries after the Syrian Army shelled her house in Idlib north Syria, Saturday, March 10, 2012. Aida's husband and two of her children were killed after their home was shelled. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

(AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Analysis & Opinions - Daily Star

Portraits of Those on the Front Lines of the War in Syria

| Apr. 11, 2018

One face of the war in Syria that Americans don’t often see is the U.S. Army trauma surgeon, standing in the midday sun on the outskirts of Raqqa, taking a brief break from her near-constant duty in the operating room treating Syrians whose limbs have been shattered by bombs and booby traps.

Amb. Nuland with Prof. Burns

Benn Craig/ Belfer Center

Analysis & Opinions

Conversations in Diplomacy: Ambassador Victoria Nuland

| Apr. 11, 2018

In this installment of “Conversations in Diplomacy," the Future of Diplomacy Project's Faculty Director Nicholas Burns is joined by Ambassador Victoria Nuland, the former Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, for a conversation on the current situation in Syria and the recent developments in US-Russia relations.

Amb. Sherman and Prof. Burns

Benn Craig/ Belfer Center

Analysis & Opinions

Conversations in Diplomacy: Ambassador Wendy Sherman

| Apr. 11, 2018

In this installment of “Conversations in Diplomacy," the Future of Diplomacy Project's Faculty Director Nicholas Burns is joined by Ambassador Wendy Sherman, the former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, for a conversation on the fate of the JCPOA and the possible global consequences of a US withdrawal from the agreement.

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Magazine Article - Vanity Fair

"Trial By Fire”: Will John Bolton Push Trump Toward War in Syria?

| Apr. 09, 2018

According to Nicholas Burns, a former U.S. ambassador who served Bill Clinton and in both Bush administrations, Trump’s approach in Syria has more in common with Obama’s than either would likely admit. “I think that the president’s tweet yesterday was specific enough that he has effectively drawn a red line as well. I think that the president needs to respond to this.”