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NATO's Nordic Expansion

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Experts discuss why Finland and Sweden, both longstanding neutral nations, moved towards NATO membership following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin meet in Stockholm on April 13, 2022.
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Senator Joni Ernst on Emerging Threats to National Defense

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Joni Ernst, senator from Iowa and retired lieutenant colonel, discussed the top challenges to US defense and security today.

Senator Joni Ernst giving speech in front of flag backdrop
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America, China, and the Avoidable War

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Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd discussed the foreign policy objectives of the United States and China and how these superpowers can prevent competition from sparking a conflict.

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The Sahel and Western Military Assistance in Africa

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A panel of experts explore the West’s changing military presence in Africa’s Sahel region and what it could mean for peace and stability across the continent.

French and Chadian peacekeepers talk at the Minusma peacekeeping base in Kidal, Mali
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Putin's Long Game in Ukraine

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Former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt, Georgetown’s Angela Stent, the Council’s Ivo Daalder, and CNN's Bianna Golodryga analyzed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intentions and potential plans after invading Ukraine.

Vladimir Putin speaking at a podium
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Town Hall with Ivo Daalder on Russia-Ukraine Crisis

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“Vladimir Putin called this a special military operation. In normal English, it's called war,” Ivo Daalder shared his thoughts on the Russian invasion of Ukraine at a public town hall.

US Defense Strategy Amid China's Quest for Power

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Former Pentagon official Elbridge Colby offers a new perspective, grounded in the realist tradition and concrete policy experience, on how America’s defense strategy must change to deal with China’s rise.

Chess pieces are shown in front of US and China flags
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President Biden's Free and Open Indo-Pacific Strategy

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An expert panel assessed how the United States can work with allies in the Indo-Pacific to realize the Biden Administration’s vision in the region.

Antony Blinken delivers remarks on the Biden administration's Indo-Pacific strategy
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Russia and Ukraine - What's Next?

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As tensions continue to grow over Russia's military build-up close to its border with Ukraine, what might be President Putin’s next move—and is there still hope for de-escalation?

President Biden holds virtual talks with Russia's President Vladimir Putin and other officials during a secure video call from the Situation Room at the White House
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Putin's Periphery: The Fight for Russian Borderlands

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An expert panel assesses Moscow’s campaign for influence over former Soviet states and what this says about the political and security outlook for the region.

A service member of the Russian peacekeeping troops walks near a tank in Nagorno-Karabakh
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