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Senator Vandenberg called for “honest candor” in discussions on U.S. foreign policy. The Vandenberg Coalition is proud to continue this tradition by sharing the best analysis from across the country and around the world.

China

The Lab-Leak Theory: Inside the Fight to Uncover COVID-19’s Origins

Katherine Eban

Vanity Fair

June 3, 2021

 

Bottom Line:  TVC Governance Board member Matthew Pottinger and Advisory Board member David Feith, who both served at high levels in the Trump administration, are quoted extensively in this Vanity Fair essay on Covid origins.  The piece draws on months of investigation, more than 40 interviews, and the review of numerous documents.

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Grand Strategy

Biden’s Risky Risk-Averse Foreign Policy—Why It’s Not Smart To Mimic Obama

Jim Carafano

Heritage

May 25, 2021

 

Bottom Line: Carafano argues that the same people who incorrectly branded President Trump’s foreign policy as isolationist are now embracing an internationalism on the part of President Biden that in fact constitutes the kind of pernicious isolationism likely to invite aggression, as we saw during the Obama administration in multiple regions.

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American Politics

Reputation Laundering in the University Sector of Open Societies: An International Forum Working Paper

Alexander Cooley, Tena Prelec, John Heathershaw, Tom Mayne

National Endowment for Democracy International Forum for Democratic Studies Working Paper

May 2021, 2021

 

Bottom Line: The authors explore the effects of kleptocratic reputational laundering through donations and other means at universities and think tanks. They argue that addressing this type of laundering must be a priority for academic institutions, recommending a number of changes to donation and giving policies.

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