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Maxwell-in-Washington Graduate Student Mario Marquez Joins in Call to Repeal War Authority in Iraq

March 31, 2023

The Iraq War veteran is director of national security for The American Legion and is pursing an executive master’s in international relations degree.

Taylor Quoted in Vox Article on Russian Paramilitary Network the Wagner Group

March 27, 2023

“Wagner was a very useful stopgap in that period between when [Russia] had so many of their regular forces attrited and Putin came around to the realization that he had no choice but to bring in hundreds of thousands of more people. That may, in some sense, prove to be that Wagner is at its sort of height of influence,” says Brian Taylor, professor of political science.

McFate Speaks With Newsweek About the Exodus of Wagner Group Soldiers

March 24, 2023

"Most of the old guard have sought to remain in places like Mali, or in Africa, away from the Ukraine fight, because the guys I talked to before the invasion were not supportive of the invasion," says Sean McFate, adjunct professor in Maxwell's Washington programs.

Murrett Discusses the Putin-Xi Moscow Summit with the Associated Press, Daily Mail

March 22, 2023

The Moscow summit has the effect of underscoring and reinforcing the status of “Russia as a junior partner with China—economically, militarily and diplomatically,” Robert Murrett, professor of practice of public administration and international affairs, tells the Associated Press.

McFate Talks to Newsweek About the Rift Between the Wagner Group and the Russian Military

March 15, 2023

"There's an ongoing public split between Wagner and the Russian military, and both sides are looking for symbolic wins," says Sean McFate, adjunct professor in Maxwell's Washington programs.

McCormick Comments on the Use of Military Force Against Mexican Drug Cartels in Dallas Morning News

March 14, 2023

Gladys McCormick, associate professor of history, says Mexico already has a significant police and military presence on its side of the border and efforts to confront the cartels militarily have not solved the problem. “It’s been tried and it has failed colossally,” McCormick says. “So the idea to sort of try it again to me sounds utterly irresponsible.”


Williams Piece on Putin’s Fear of Democracy Published in the Atlantic Council UkraineAlert Blog

March 10, 2023

"Putin has always known that NATO poses no credible security threat to Russia itself. Since the end of the Cold War, NATO’s force posture and the U.S. military presence in Europe have greatly declined, reducing any potential military threat to Russia. What really scares the Russian elite is the spread of democracy," argues Michael John Williams, associate professor of public administration and international affairs.

See related: Conflict, NATO, Russia, Ukraine

McFate Provides Stratagems on How To Defeat Russian Mercenaries in Newsweek

March 8, 2023

"Those who think international law can curb mercenarism are unrealistic. Even if we had solid laws (which we do not), who will go into Ukraine and arrest all those mercenaries? Not the UN or NATO. The market for force resists arrest, which is why mercenaries are the second oldest profession. Now they are back, and we must re-learn strategies to fight this unique form of warfare," writes Sean McFate, adjunct professor in Maxwell's Washington programs.

Ekbia Article on the Current Revolution in Iran Published in Geschichte der Gegenwart

March 7, 2023

"Despite brutal repression, protests in Iran continue. The ruling clergy can no longer rally the "masses" behind them, as they have successfully done since the 18th century." University Professor Hamid Ekbia examines the perspectives and dangers of the present revolution in Iran.

Taylor Discusses Russian Political Stability at CNAS Forum and in Washington Times Article

March 6, 2023

As we pass the one-year anniversary of Russia’s war in Ukraine, numerous factors such as the Russian military’s poor performance, Putin’s botched mobilization, mounting casualties, economic challenges resulting from sanctions and export controls, and increasingly visible elite fissures are raising questions about the political stability of the Russian regime. Brian Taylor, professor of political science, weighs in.

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