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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.

Democracy

Fighting Back: How Democracies Can Check Authoritarian Aggression

TVC Advisory Board Members Dan Twining & Patrick Quirk | National Interest | July 11, 2022

Bottom Line: As Beijing and Moscow deepen their authoritarian partnership, the U.S. and its allies must think thoroughly about how to deploy their moral, legal, and financial resources as part of a larger campaign to help democracies resist authoritarian influence.

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Indo-Pacific

South Korea Ventures Into Its Indo-Pacific Strategy

Seungjoo Lee | East Asia Forum | July 11, 2022

Bottom Line: In contrast to his predecessor—who strove to balance Chinese economic integration and the U.S.-ROK security relationship—South Korea’s new president is working to deepen his country’s economic ties with America & its allies in the Indo-Pacific.

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Indo-Pacific

Shinzo Abe Invented the ‘Indo-Pacific’

TVC Board Member Matt Pottinger | Wall Street Journal | July 10, 2022

Bottom Line: Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe—who was assassinated at a campaign rally last week—died knowing that his signature geopolitical vision for a “free & open Indo-Pacific” has been embraced by Japan’s friends across the region and beyond.

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NATO

Why Sweden And Finland Joining NATO Makes Perfect Sense

TVC Advisory Board Member James Jay Carafano | 19FortyFive | June 30, 2022

Bottom Line: The addition of Sweden and Finland to NATO would bolster the defense of the alliance’s northern members. With the appetite for Nordic neutrality fast diminishing, alliance membership for Sweden and Finland is a rare win-win decision for all involved.

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NATO

Don’t Let Russia Dominate the Strategic Concept

Jordan Becker, Douglas Lute, & Simon Smith | War on the Rocks | June 28, 2022

Bottom Line: Although the war in Ukraine took center stage at NATO’s summit in Madrid last week, U.S. focus on Russian aggression cannot come at the exclusion of the persistent national security threat posed by China, which is likely to be a rival for decades.

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