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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.


What’s Missing From Mearsheimer’s Analysis of Ukraine War

Joe Cirincione | Russia Matters | July 29, 2022 Bottom Line: Prominent critics who argue that NATO expansion provoked Russia’s invasion of Ukraine ignore Moscow’s own statements of intent, minimize the criminal brutality of Russia’s actions, and deny the agency of both Russia and the allies who chose to join NATO for protection from Moscow’s predation.

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Germany Has Only Itself to Blame

TVC Advisory Board Member James Kirchick | Washington Post | July 26, 2022 Bottom Line: Moscow is restricting energy sales to Europe—and in particular Germany—to limit its support to Ukraine. Between the decision to phase out nuclear power and its blind loyalty to the NordStream program, Berlin has only itself to blame as the price of energy skyrockets.

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Defense Budget

Is the Pentagon at Risk of Running Out of Weapons?

Maj. Gen. John Ferrari (U.S. Army, ret.) | The Dispatch | July 27, 2022 Bottom Line: The American defense industrial base is in steep decline, calling into question our ability prevail in a long war against a capable adversary. The decline of U.S. manufacturing, dearth of STEM talent, high regulatory burden, and the uncertainty of Congressional appropriations have atrophied a once vital U.S. strategic asset.

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Tehran, the Day After

TVC Advisory Board Members Reuel Marc Gerecht & Ray Takeyh | National Review | July 28, 2022 Bottom Line: A military strike on Iran’s nuclear program would be designed to eliminate the regime’s capacity to build a bomb; however, if successful it could also undermine the legitimacy of the Khamenei regime and spark a revolt from the Iranian people.

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CHIPS Act Won’t Help China

Oren Cass | The American Conservative | July 27, 2022 Bottom Line: Opponents of the CHIPS Act who erroneously claim that the legislation would subsidize semiconductor production in China make the perfect the enemy of the good and twist the facts of the bill to score their own political points.

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