28 April – 4 May 2019
1. Revisiting China’s One Belt One Road Ambitions
Dr. Lamont Colucci again addresses the One Belt One Road plans put forth by the PRC. China continues to use the One Belt One Road Initiative to both spread its presence and take control, geographically and ideologically, of strategic locations around the globe. Dr. Colucci writes that the OBOR is now seeking to expand all the way to the final frontier, outer space. China seeks dominance in space, using it for both economic reasons as well as a new venue for weapons. The One Belt One Road Initiative remains a threat to the United States and the world.
2. Vlad the conqueror
Clifford May of the Washington Times writes about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s goals to make Russia the most powerful nation in the world. May explains that Putin’s domestic and international actions fall in line with his grand strategy of making Russia “great again”. Putin has utilized a repressive legal system to control his citizens through fear and silencing. On the international stage, Russia’s use of trade deals solidifies relationships with nations who the United States refuses to work with. Putin’s policies reflect his time in the KGB, pursuing any route which he believes can add to Russia’s influence and power.
3. Beyond the Ballot: How the Kremlin Works to Undermine the U.S. Justice System
Suzanne Spaulding, Devi Nair and Arthur Nelson of the Center for Strategic and International Studies analyze Russian meddling in the United States Justice System. Since even before the days of the Soviet Union, Moscow has attempted to undermine and discredit the United States in all ways possible. Major disinformation campaigns have been launched from the Kremlin with the intent of propagating “destructive discourse” within the US. Political leaders and their constituents are habitually at risk of Russian interference, thus knowing and actively combatting their mission is vital to America’s lasting viability.
4. Sanctuary policies don’t promote trust, they harm innocents
Washington Examiner contributor Ken Sondik analyzes the real-world effects of sanctuary city policies. Sanctuary city governments refuse to work with ICE and other federal agents as they release illegal immigrants with dangerous criminal records back into the public. Oftentimes, the only way for federal agents to pursue illegal immigrant cases in sanctuary cities is to get a federal warrant, giving more than enough time for the criminal at hand to slip out of the situation. Criminal activity is on the rise in sanctuary cities because local governments refuse to act due to partisan political views, putting innocent citizens and legal immigrants at risk.