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    Able Archer 83: What Were the Soviets Thinking?

    By Gordon Barrass

    The 1983 war scare was less frightening than many have claimed. Nevertheless, the Able Archer episode offers lessons on dealing with situations of great tension.

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    Closing Argument

    President Trump

    By Dana H. Allin

    In his closing argument, Dana H. Allin argues that the United States – and with it, the world – is entering terra incognita with the first overtly illiberal candidate to be elected president since the Second World War.

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    A Strong and Balanced Approach to Russia

    By Ash Carter

    The United States does not seek a new cold war with Russia. But the United States will defend its allies and partners, and the principled international order.

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