Author Archives: Sarah White, M.A.

Virginia-Class Submarine: A Vital Weapon To Counter Russia In Mediterranean (From 1945) This June, the Virginia-class attack submarine USS New Mexico finished interoperability training with Navy SEALs in the Mediterranean Sea. The locations of these submarines are rarely confirmed because their missions are so secretive. The Navy seldom reveals any details of [Read More...]
Turkey’s Welcome Of Taliban Rule Will Make The Mediterranean More Dangerous (From 1945) The Taliban takeover of Kabul has thrown Afghanistan’s future into a world of chaos and uncertainty, but there is no question that it has destabilized the geopolitical status quo in Southwest Asia, with consequences that will reverberate for decades. Taliban [Read More...]
French Pullout From NATO Naval Mission Is A Sign Of Fraying Ties With Turkey (From 1945) Recently France withdrew from a NATO operation in the Mediterranean Sea, apparently in response to the unwillingness of other alliance members to address aggression on the part of Turkish warships against their official allies. This development speaks to a growing [Read More...]
Eastern Europe’s Strategic Balance Is Shifting (From RealClearWorld) Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya met with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on July 19, a conversation she described as very friendly and warm, and one that seemed to promise meaningful U.S. action on Belarus in the near future. [Read More...]
Russian Encroachment In Eastern Europe Drove Poland’s Purchase Of Abrams Tank (From RealClearDefense) This month, the sale of 250 U.S.-produced Abrams tanks to Poland was officially announced. The sale, valued at USD $5.9 billion, is positive news for Polish national security. Though it had already purchased the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), [Read More...]
How The F-35 Has Reshaped The Strategic Balance In Europe (From RealClearDefense) Because of its heavy investment in military technology, Russia was recently thought to have achieved an edge in air power over its NATO rivals. However, that advantage is now up for debate due to the purchase of the F-35 by [Read More...]
Bolsonaro’s Days As Brazil’s President May Be Numbered (From RealClearWorld) Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro walked into office with seemingly invulnerable approval ratings. His re-election in 2022 seemed all but guaranteed, no matter what he did or said. This was true in the some of the worst days of the COVID-19 [Read More...]
Russian Aggression In The Baltics Will Not Look Like Crimea (From RealClearDefense) In 2014, Russia invaded and annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in the largest land seizure in Europe since World War II. Since then, experts have made various predictions of what Moscow’s next target for expansion might be. The Baltic states—Estonia, Latvia, [Read More...]
Russia’s Soft Takeover Of Belarus Completes Anti-NATO Military Buffer (From RealClearDefense) After protracted domestic unrest in 2020 in the form of massive protests attempting to oust Belarus’ president Alyaksandr Lukashenka, the country’s government is teetering on the verge of collapse. Moscow has rushed in to fill the vacuum. Lukashenka has suddenly [Read More...]
Why Greece Needs The F-35 Stealth Fighter (From The National Interest) The deterioration of Turkey’s role in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) means Greece is now effectively the alliance’s southern flank. Because of the somewhat outsized nature of this role for a small country, Greece needs a more [Read More...]
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