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Ahead of parliamentary
elections this spring, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reinvented himself.
Putting aside earlier economic reforms, his talk is mostly about social
welfare. While the Indian leader focuses on wooing small-town voters, his
government has put most foreign policy initiatives on hold. Whether Mr. Modi’s
ruling BJP wins or loses, India may be due for a period of weaker government.
Pramit Pal Chaudhuri
Dr. Frank Umbach
Professor Dr. Blerim Reka
Professor Stefan Hedlund
The Trump administration has signaled its plan to maintain “peace through strength” with significant increases in defense expenditures for 2018 and 2019. However, to sustain its readiness, the U.S. military says it needs much more. The White House faces a difficult political landscape, one that will likely resist further rises in defense spending. That means President Donald Trump’s plan to rebuild the military could stall.
Dr. James Jay Carafano
Dr. Udo Steinbach
In urging Europe to become stronger, politicians like French President Emmanuel Macron and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas are right. But their statements sound more like expressions of defiance toward Washington than serious declarations of intent.
Prince Michael of Liechtenstein
Europe is politically diffuse and poorly armed for a great power at a geopolitical crossroads. Yet it has proved deceptively capable of leveraging the NATO alliance and its enormous economic “soft power” to expand eastward. Now its mettle is being tested as Russia – and, to a lesser extent, Turkey – push back.
NATO and the EU are the leading actors shaping
European security, but there are also smaller players performing important
roles. The Visegrad Group is one of them. Its member governments, though, are
increasingly perceived in some European capitals as euroskeptic. Under adverse
scenarios, this could lead to political and security problems for the EU. This
report reviews how the V4 has contributed to Europe’s security system and what
role it may play in the future.
General Stanislaw Koziej