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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.

South Asia

Sri Lanka’s President Resigns in the Face of Massive Protests

The Economist | July 9, 2022

Bottom Line: Skyrocketing food & energy prices have driven tens of thousands of protesters into the streets of Colombo. The President, Prime Minister, and multiple cabinet members have resigned or fled the capital. Sri Lanka may be a harbinger of things to come in other countries if the cost of living continues to become less and less affordable.

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Ban TikTok Now

TVC Advisory Board Member Klon Kitchen | The Dispatch | July 7, 2022

Bottom Line: Recent reporting reveals that when it comes to TikTok’s data on American users—including children—the Chinese government “has access to everything.” The time has come to dispense with excuses—the federal government must ban the app in the U.S.

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Middle East

Will Biden Seize His Middle East Moment?

TVC Advisory Board Member John Hannah | Jewish Institute for the National Security of America | July 11, 2022

Bottom Line: Despite the Biden administration’s earlier attempts to appease Iran and chastise Saudi Arabia, the President’s upcoming trip to the Middle East offers a unique opportunity to bolster regional security cooperation by Israel and its Arab neighbors.

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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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