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A zero-sum game: How the war in Ukraine is helping Iran achieve its national security objectives

By Aaron Pilkington, U.S. Air Force Analyst of Middle East Affairs, PhD Student at Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver The war in Ukraine is helping one country achieve its foreign policy and national security objectives, but it is neither Russia nor Ukraine. It is Iran. Iran is among Russia’s most vocal supporters in the war. This has little to do with Ukraine and everything to do with Iran’s long-term strategy vis-à-vis the United States. As Russia’s war on Ukraine passes six months and continues eroding Russia’s manpower, military stores, economy and diplomatic connections, leader Vladimir Putin...

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Magruder’s Principle: The rapid advance by Ukraine against Russia shows its skill in modern warfare

By Benjamin Jensen, Professor of Strategic Studies, Marine Corps University; Scholar-in-Residence, American University, American University School of International Service Ukrainian forces, aided by Western firepower, have upset traditional military logic once again. Advancing deep into Ukrainian territory seized by Moscow earlier in its invasion, a counteroffensive launched in September 2022, has forced back the invading Russian army. In the process Kyiv has recaptured over 2,000 square miles of land in the country’s northeast and left Moscow’s prized units like the 1st Tank Guards Army in disarray. The success of the counteroffensive has shown that what is known in military...

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A show of weakness: Partial military mobilization reveals Putin’s desperation and perhaps his last stand

By Stefan Wolff, Professor of International Security, University of Birmingham; and Tatyana Malyarenko, Professor of International Relations, National University Odesa Law Academy Declaring a partial mobilization and threatening the use of “lots of Russian weapons” in response to alleged western nuclear blackmail, Russia’s president Vladimir Putin has upped the ante once more in his war against Ukraine. Indeed, Putin nearly went so far as to say so: “When the territorial integrity of our country is threatened, we will use all the means at our disposal to defend Russia and our people – this is not a bluff.” This latest...

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Illegal Annexation: Putin escalates war to dangerous new phase as ploy to avoid accepting defeat

By Alexander Gillespie, Professor of Law, University of Waikato A lot has changed since world leaders last met in person at the United Nations General Assembly: a global pandemic, a looming food crisis, economic stress, climate disasters – and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This week’s 77th session of the General Assembly coincides with Ukraine making impressive military gains against Russian forces. But right on cue, Russian president Vladimir Putin has unveiled a new strategy: annexation. Russia-backed officials in the self-styled people’s republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, both of which Putin recognized as independent just before his tanks crossed...

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Tilting toward a recession: The risks of a domestic economy in an interconnected global world

By D. Brian Blank, Assistant Professor of Finance, Mississippi State University The U.S. Federal Reserve holds inordinate sway over the world’s economies. Yet it acts, in some ways, like they do not really matter. Its power is primarily because of the dominance of the U.S. dollar, which soared in recent months as the Fed’s aggressive interest rate hikes made the greenback more attractive to investors. But this has a downside for other countries because it is fueling inflation, raising the cost of borrowing and increasing the risk of a global recession. If you only paid attention to the words...

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Voluntary Motherhood: When suffragists embraced a right to reject unwanted sex for fear of pregnancy

By Lauren Thompson, Assistant Professor of History and Interdisciplinary Studies, Kennesaw State University The history of abortion in the U.S. guided some of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s arguments in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision. Alito argued that abortion has never been a “deeply rooted” constitutional right in the United States. But as a historian of medicine, law and women’s rights, I think Alito’s read of abortion history is not only incomplete, it is also inaccurate. Alito argued in the opinion that abortion has always been a serious crime, but there were no laws about abortion...

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