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Senior Fellow—Hudson Institute | Sanctioned by Russia | Слава Україні! 🇺🇸🇺🇦
Aug 7, 2018 6 tweets 2 min read
10 years ago Russia invaded Georgia. Today, Russia continues to occupy 20% of Georgia’s internationally recognized territory. Here is a thread showing you what that would look like in each P5 country. /1 First up is Russia. In 2008 it was Russia that invaded Georgia and not the other way around. However, if 20% of Russia was under foreign occupation it would look like this 👇🏻
Jul 10, 2018 11 tweets 2 min read
NATO uses unanimously agreed formula based on GDP to determine how much each contributes to NATO’s common defense spending. In 2017, US share was 22.15%, followed by Germany (14.65%), France (10.63%), & UK (9.84%). All members have met their common funding obligation requirement. US forces are not in Europe to protect Europeans at expense of US taxpayer. Instead, US troops are there to protect US national interests. The huge garrisons of US troops in Europe are no longer the fortresses of the Cold War, but the forward operating bases of the 21st century.
Jun 13, 2018 14 tweets 2 min read
I want Macedonia in NATO more than anyone but I urge caution to everyone prematurely cheerleading the recent news about name dispute. There is a long way to go before this is finalized. There are a lot of issues at play here. /1 Domestically, the big issue for Macedonians will be the requirement to change the name in the constitution. Right now the govt does NOT have a majority big enough to do this on their own. /2