Beyond the Water's Edge

The Vandenberg Coalition brings you weekly roundups of news media pieces displaying honest candor in the foreign policy space. 

Beyond the Water’s Edge September 27, 2023

New Series: Countering CCP Regional Influence

How China Uses Shipping for Surveillance and Control | The West Has a Massive Chinese Spy Problem | Avoid a Sequester and Fully Fund a Preeminent Military | With Russia Distracted in Ukraine, U.S. Reaches Out to Central Asia | U.S. and Israeli Policy Aligned Regarding Saudi Arabia | Strategic Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific: U.S. and Indian Perspectives | Armenia-Azerbaijan Conflict: What to Know About Nagorno-Karabakh

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Beyond the Water’s Edge September 13, 2023

Rethinking Geopolitics: Geography as an Aid to Statecraft | The U.S. Must Help Curb Cartel Violence in Mexico | Why the U.S.-Mexico Relationship Could Get Even Worse | Iranian Drone Proliferation is Scaling Up and Turning More Lethal | A Renewed Axis: Growing Military Cooperation Between North Korea and Russia

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Beyond the Water’s Edge September 6, 2023

Perseverance and Adaptation: Ukraine’s Counteroffensive at Three Months | By Skimping on the Budget for Competition with China, Washington Makes War More Likely | Rob Malley’s Legacy of Failure: Undermining American Interests in the Middle East | The China-India Border | Japan Fisheries Become China’s Newest Geopolitical Target

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Beyond the Water’s Edge August 30

Iran Will Continue Taking Hostages if the Money Keeps Flowing | Biden’s Asia Diplomacy is Incomplete | Attacking Foreign Corruption Blunts China’s Malign Economic Influence | Winning the Influence War Against China | America’s Military-Industrial Base Needs a Revival | A Compound Problem: Dialing in U.S. Semiconductor Strategy

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Beyond the Water’s Edge August 23, 2023

Ever Since the Afghanistan Withdrawal, Biden’s Foreign Policy Has Been One Big Mess | Iran-Russia Collaboration Makes a Mess of Biden’s Foreign Policy | The Aftermath of Biden’s Dishonorable Afghanistan Exit is Still Unfolding | You Go to War with the Industrial Base You Have, Not the Industrial Base You Want | In Tanzania, Beijing is Running a Training School for Authoritarianism | Why Taiwan’s Defense is in the American National Interest

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Beyond the Water’s Edge August 16, 2023

The Disastrous Implications of the $6 Billion Iran Hostage Deal | Closing Washington’s China Gap with Middle East Partners | NATO’s Northern Flank Has Too Many Weak Spots | Since the Pelosi Visit, China Has Created a New Normal in the Taiwan Strait | India Embraces America’s Vision for Outer Space

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Beyond the Water’s Edge August 9, 2023

Americans Are Not Embracing Isolationism | How the Ukraine Counteroffensive Can Still Succeed | If Ukraine Is Any Barometer of Expenditure Rates in Modern War, America is Gonna Lose Taiwan | Suit Against Tech Giant Shines Light on U.S. Complicity in Chinese Torture | The Wagner Group in Africa Serves Putin’s Global Ambitions

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Beyond the Water’s Edge August 2, 2023

Washington Must React Realistically to the Coup in Niger | Niger’s Coup is a West African Disaster in the Making | America’s Military Trails Russia and China in Race for the Melting Arctic | Italy Intends to Leave China’s Belt and Road Initiative | What We Learned from the Korean War

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Beyond the Water’s Edge July 26, 2023

America’s Reactive Foreign Policy | We Should Not Be Cavalier About Declining Public Confidence in the Military | The Long Shadow of Oppenheimer’s Trinity Test | Why You Should Care About the Afghanistan War Commission | Washington Lays Mines in Black Sea to Block Ukrainian Ports

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Beyond the Water’s Edge July 19, 2023

The Myth of Neutrality | Iran’s Shadow War | How America Can Escape China’s Rare Earth Pincer | How One U.S. Government Agency is Helping China Win the Tech Race | Understanding the Implications of No Black Sea Grain Deal

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Beyond the Water’s Edge July 12, 2023

On Foreign Policy, the New Populists are the Old Declinists | ‘NATO Lake’ Receives Major Boost | Two Options to Prevent the Next Invasion of Ukraine | Buying Power is the Invisible Shortfall of the 2024 Defense Budget Request | China, Latin America, and the New Space Race

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Beyond the Water’s Edge June 28, 2023

Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment | Biden, Modi Hail New Era for US-India Ties and Tout Deals | President Raisi Visits Latin America | The Global South is Forging a New Foreign Policy in the Face of War in Ukraine, China-U.S. Tensions: Active Nonalignment | U.S. Influence in the Pacific Requires Congressional Action | The Netanyahu Invitation and West Bank Settlement Expansion

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Beyond the Water’s Edge June 21, 2023

To Prepare for War at Sea Over Taiwan, Look to the Land War in Ukraine | Time to Wean Ourselves from Chinese Semiconductors | China’s Real Military Budget is Far Bigger Than it Looks | Saudi Arabia, China Undermine U.S. Influence in the Middle East | How the U.S. is Pushing China Out of the Internet’s Plumbing

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Beyond the Water’s Edge June 14, 2023

Russia’s Improved Weaponry and Tactics Challenge Ukraine Offensive | History Repeats Itself: Cuba, China, and the New Cold War | U.S. Must Expose China’s Hidden Hand in America’s Deadly Fentanyl Crisis | Spend More on Defense? Let’s Focus on Spending Better | America’s Power Competition Goes Awry in Lula’s Brazil

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Beyond the Water’s Edge June 7, 2023

Early Stages of Ukraine’s Counteroffensive Appear to be Underway | Key Ukrainian Dam Blown Up, Kyiv Blames Russia | The Enemy Next Door | Thinking About Post-War Ukraine | What if Putin Loses the War in Ukraine? | Don’t Delay Ukraine’s Path to NATO Membership | Ukraine’s Survival is Vital to Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan

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Beyond the Water’s Edge May 31, 2023

Memorial Day is More than Just the Start of Summer | China’s Latest Cyberattack is an Active Threat to Critical U.S. Infrastructure | Decoupling is Already Happening—Under the Sea | Decoding China’s Escalation of the Chip War | Hizbullah and Russia’s Nascent Alliance

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Beyond the Water’s Edge May 24, 2023

Russian Offensive Campaign Assessment | Putin’s Accidental Restoration of NATO | Why Xi is Ghosting Biden | ‘In a Lot of the World, the Clock has Hit Midnight’ | Why is the Chinese Communist Party Educating Children in American Classrooms? | What a Debt Default Would Mean for National Security

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Beyond the Water’s Edge May 17, 2023

The Case for American Global Leadership | If China Targeted Canada’s Elections, America Must Act | Insulate, Curtail, Compete: Sketching a U.S. Grand Strategy in Latin America and the Caribbean | How Title 42’s Expiry Will Upend the Immigration System | The Pentagon Needs a Real Budget, Not Stop-Gap Solutions

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Beyond the Water’s Edge May 10, 2023

Reframing the U.S. Policy Debate on a ‘Long War’ in Ukraine | David vs. Goliath: Southeast Asia Can Resist China’s Gray Zone Aggression in the South China Sea…with Help | Xi Jinping Can’t Handle an Ageing China | Sudan’s Double Crises | How Sanctions Can Help Bring Home American Hostages | What Will Happen if China Blocks Black Sea Grain Ships?

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Beyond the Water’s Edge May 3, 2023

Great Powers Don’t Default | The Incomplete Evacuation of Sudan | Island Nations Key to Maintaining U.S. Position as a Pacific Power | U.S. Must Prepare for Chinese Sabotage | ‘Bleeding to Death’: The Russian Military Looks Stuck in Ukraine

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Beyond the Water’s Edge April 26, 2023

Companies Thought They Could Ignore Geopolitics. Not Anymore. | Jordan’s Threat to the Middle East Order | Ukraine Shows the Need for Speed | Why the U.S. is Losing the Race for the Arctic | China’s Proxy War Against Faith

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Beyond the Water’s Edge April 19, 2023

Defunding the Deadly Fentanyl Drug Trade | Back to the Future in U.S.-Mexico Relations | U.S. Defense Industry Plans First Trip to Taiwan in Four Years | The Imperative to See Food Security as Integral to Maritime Strategy | Prepare for Iran’s Nuclear Breakout | The State Department Should Provide Congress the Dissent Channel Cable on the Afghanistan Withdrawal

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Beyond the Water’s Edge April 12, 2023

Paying the Defense Bill: Financing American and Chinese Great Power Competition | Russia’s New National Security Concept | Biden’s Weakness on Russia’s Hostage-Taking Puts Americans Abroad at Risk | Macron Has Made a Fool of Himself in China | Taiwan Needs More than Weapons to Thwart China’s Ambitions

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Beyond the Water’s Edge April 5, 2023

The Future of the U.S.-China Nuclear Arms Race | All Talk, No Action on China | Biden Needs to Broaden Semiconductor Sanctions on China | An Arsenal of Democracies Can Best the China-Russia-Iran Axis | ‘Sinking Our Future’: Budget Cuts Funds to U.S. Navy as China Ramps Up Shipbuilding | Bitcoin and Geopolitical Rivalry

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Beyond the Water’s Edge March 29, 2023

Congress United Against Chinese Atrocities | U.S. Needs an Assertive Eurasia Strategy | In a New Cold War, Diplomacy Matters More Than Might | Xi and Putin Meeting Signals the Return of the China-Russia Axis and the Start of a Second Cold War | How Iran Won the Iraq War

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Beyond the Water’s Edge March 22, 2023

How the War in Iraq Changed the World | The Saudi-Iran Deal Reflects a New Global Reality | Defeat Putin, Defeat Xi | Little Giants, Single Champions: China’s Blueprint for Asymmetric Industrial Advantage | America Needs to Grow its Capacity to Produce Weapons

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Beyond the Water’s Edge March 15, 2023

They Make a Desert and Call it Peace | Biden’s Military Budget: Better Never Than Late | The Age of American Naval Dominance is Over | How Beijing Boxed America Out of the South China Sea | China’s Three Roads to Controlling Taiwan | The Black Sea

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Beyond the Water’s Edge March 8, 2023

GOP Gears Up for Afghanistan Probe | A United States-Pakistan Rapprochement? | Four Nuclear States Can Ruin Your Whole Strategy | Russia-China-South Africa Naval Exercises & Indian Ocean Geopolitics | Will Russia’s Global Influence Continue to Decline? | Waking Up to the Threat of the Chinese Communist Party: A Call to Action from Congress

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Beyond the Water’s Edge March 1, 2023

How Biden Missed a Chance to Use the State of the Union to Illuminate a Foreign Policy | Israel Must Prepare to Save the World from a Nuclear Iran | Confrontation with Russia and U.S. Grand Strategy | What Pentagon Leaders Say They Have Learned One Year On from the Battle in Ukraine | Lessons from Germany’s Visit to South America’s Lithium Triangle | Philippines Eyes South China Sea Patrols with U.S., Australia

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Beyond the Water’s Edge February 15, 2023

We Still Don’t Know the Truth About COVID | The New Warsaw Pact | How Moscow Bought a New Sphere of Influence on the Cheap | Russia’s New START Breach Means U.S. Nuclear Weapons Modernization is a Must | China’s Spy Balloon Could Be America’s Awakening

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Beyond the Water’s Edge February 8, 2023

Biden Bungles China Spy Balloon Challenge | America and China: Whose Timeline is it Anyway? | Global Energy Scarcity and the South China Sea | Minefield of Dreams: Finding the Critical Minerals Needed to Get to Net Zero | Who are the Real ‘Realists’ on Ukraine? | Tanking Up: Understanding the Materiel—and Moral—Implications of the New Armor Heading to Ukraine

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Beyond the Water’s Edge January 11, 2023

Vandenberg Coalition Open Letter on the Origins of COVID-19 | Mexican Cartels’ War on Americans | Australia’s Contribution to AUKUS Should Be a Next Generation Conventional Submarine | How to Bankrupt Russia and Protect Our Supply Chains | U.S. Convincing U.K. to Approve F-16 Fighters to Argentina Amid Reports of Chinese Military Base in South America | Containing Isolationism

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Beyond the Water’s Edge December 21, 2022

Biden’s Venezuela Policy: Something for Nothing | Republicans Press Biden Official for Answers on TikTok Security Concerns | CCP Weapons of Mass Persuasion | Americans Are Losing Trust in the Military | Japan’s New Security Strategy: Rising to the Challenge | ‘Can We Actually Build It?’ Defense Industry Leaders Look Ahead to Uncertain 2023

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Beyond the Water’s Edge December 14, 2022

U.S. Support for Ukraine: The Reagan Doctrine in Action | The Merchant of Death Can Now Return to Business | Putin’s Eternal World | Disentangling the Digital Battlefield: How the Internet has Changed War | Mexican Cartels Have Turned to Fentanyl

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Beyond the Water’s Edge December 7, 2022

2023: A Year of Living Dangerously | America, China, and the Spirit of Enterprise | No, Iran Didn’t Ban Morality Police—It Duped Press and Biden Administration | Cardinal Zen’s Trial: More Oppression Than Meets the Eye | The Long-term Risks of a Premature Ceasefire in Ukraine | ‘We Haven’t Got This Figured Out Just Yet’: Pentagon, Industry Struggle to Arm Ukraine

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Beyond the Water’s Edge November 30, 2022

Within Our Borders: The CCP’s Silent Domestic Invasion | China is No. 1 Domestic National Security Threat and Biden Administration Won’t Admit It | How China is Trying to Turn the U.S. Against Itself | China’s Ally in Stealing Western IP: the United States | Espionage with Chinese Characteristics | U.S. Bans Gear from China’s Huawei and ZTE Over Security Risk | Incoming House Committee Chairs Accuse TikTok of Lying to Congress | The Drug That’s Killing Young Americans

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Beyond the Water’s Edge November 16, 2022

The Fight for the Future of Republican Foreign Policy | The Return of American Exceptionalism | White House Won’t Say How It Spent $1 Billion in Taliban Controlled Afghanistan | The U.S. Military is in Decline While China Grows More Powerful | South Korea to Sell Arms to U.S. for Ukrainian Forces Fighting Russia

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