Luke Coffey, Arab News

Luke Coffey

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Past articles by Luke:

Why now is the time to connect the Caspian to the world

The presidents of Turkey, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan — Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ilham Aliyev, and Serdar Berdimuhamedov — met last week in the Turkmen city of Awaza on the Caspian Sea coast, following a meeting of their foreign ministers over the summer. Considering the economic and cultural links the three countries share, it is surprising that this was their first such summit. → Read More

Finland’s and Sweden’s NATO Accession Is in the National Interest and Should Receive Senate Support

In light of Russia’s most recent invasion on Ukraine, Finland and Sweden have formally applied to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Finland and Sweden possess robust military capabilities and decades of experience working with the U.S. and NATO. Far from being like other “free riders” who have contributed little to the Alliance in recent years, their entry into NATO would… → Read More

Russia Cannot Remain a Permanent Observer at the Organization of American States

The Organization of American States (OAS) will soon vote to suspend Russia’s Permanent Observer (PO) status in the wake of its invasion of Ukraine. The vote comes as Russian President Vladimir Putin escalates his unprovoked war through new offensives in the Donbas. Putin has repeatedly tied Russian engagement in Latin America and the Caribbean to immediate imperial endeavors in Eastern… → Read More

What the U.S. Must Do Immediately to Support Ukraine

More than one month into Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, the conflict seems nowhere close to being resolved. The actions by the U.S. and its North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies are steps in the right direction, but they must do much more. Right now, the U.S. → Read More

How the U.S. and Its Allies Can Weaken the Russian–Chinese Relationship

The Issue After months of military buildup around Ukraine, Russia used military force to change the borders of a European country for the second time in eight years. During the early morning hours of February 24, 2022, Russia launched a missile attack against every major city in Ukraine except Lviv. These attacks were followed by a major Russian ground operation in the north, east, and south of… → Read More

The Russian Threat: Bolstering NATO Deterrence at a Critical Time

The security and prosperity of the transatlantic community, including the United States, rests on the foundation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Russia’s ongoing war of naked aggression against Ukraine, a NATO non-member state, should put to rest any lingering questions about the modern utility of the Alliance and about which threat should be the focus of NATO’s upcoming… → Read More

Biden cannot make US failure in Afghanistan disappear by ignoring it

Last week, President Joe Biden delivered his first State of the Union address to a joint session of the US Congress. He started his speech by focusing on the situation in Ukraine but then quickly dived into promoting his domestic agenda. It was a lengthy speech, running to more than 6,500 words. However, one defining moment of his presidency so far was not mentioned at all: → Read More

How the U.S. Should Help Defend Ukraine

The first stop on the road that led to the current crisis in Ukraine was Kabul. The way that President Joe Biden left Afghanistan was a stain on America’s honor and prestige, and has invited U.S. adversaries, particularly Russia, to test the White House. → Read More

The U.S. Cannot Neglect Its Backyard—It Is Time for an Atlantic Strategy

It is in America’s interest to develop a coherent and coordinated strategy for the Atlantic region. In the final weeks of the Trump Administration, officials on the National Security Council started developing such a strategy. It is not clear if the Biden Administration has continued with the initiative. The goal of an Atlantic strategy is to create the conditions for a stable, prosperous, and… → Read More

Here’s What US Can Do to Weaken Moscow-Beijing Partnership

There are big reasons why Russia and the West could never team up to deal with China. But the U.S. can make the alliance less valuable. → Read More

Seven Rules for Exiting Misplaced U.S. and NATO Talks with Russia

In the past two months, Vladimir Putin has ramped up the pressure in Europe in a bid to force the U.S. and its allies back to the negotiating table. Russia has staged 100,000 troops along the border with Ukraine, threatening to unleash new aggression against Ukraine unless Russian demands are met. Belarus, Russia’s ally, continues to pressure Eastern European nations through hybrid attacks that… → Read More

Seven Actions Russia Must Take Before Receiving Another Meeting with NATO

In December 2021, President Joe Biden reportedly offered to convene a meeting between North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) members and Russian President Vladimir Putin “to discuss the future of Russia’s concerns relative to NATO writ large.”REF → Read More

What Russia Might Do in Ukraine: 5 Scenarios

Ukraine is at a tipping point, and its ongoing national struggle will determine whether its future geopolitical orientation tilts toward the West or Moscow. The outcome will have long-term implications for the transatlantic community and the notion of national sovereignty. → Read More

Russia’s Influence in Azerbaijan Makes Lasting Peace Unlikely

More than one year after the 2020 cease-fire agreement that brought the Second Karabakh War between Azerbaijan and Armenia to an end, tensions remain high between the two. Just like the 1994 cease-fire that brought the first round of fighting to an end, Russia also brokered this cease-fire, and in so doing has dramatically expanded its presence in the region. However, it does not seem that… → Read More

Russia’s Influence in Azerbaijan Makes Lasting Peace Unlikely

Russia helped broker a cease-fire that halted war between Azerbaijan and Armenia. It also dramatically expanded its influence in the region. → Read More

5 Questions Congress Must Ask Austin, Milley About Afghanistan Pullout

This week, two committees of Congress will get a chance to grill Austin, Milley, and McKenzie about the botched Afghanistan pullout. → Read More

I Served in Afghanistan. This Chaos Was Avoidable, and Biden Is Squarely to Blame.

The scenes at Kabul’s international airport are heartbreaking. Thousands of Afghans, trying to flee the grip of the Taliban, swamped the airport hoping to catch a flight out. → Read More

The Biden Administration Must Provide Clarity on Its Approach to Afghanistan

One year after the U.S. and the Taliban signed an agreement in the Qatari capital of Doha to pave the way for a reduction in Taliban violence and a potential reduction in U.S. troop presence, → Read More

I Served in Afghanistan. This Chaos Was Avoidable and Biden Is to Blame.

It is a sad geopolitical irony that the Taliban actually will control more of Afghanistan on Sept. 11, 2021, than it did on Sept. 11, 2001. → Read More

I Served in Afghanistan. This Chaos Was Avoidable and Biden Is to Blame.

It is a sad geopolitical irony that the Taliban actually will control more of Afghanistan on Sept. 11, 2021, than it did on Sept. 11, 2001. → Read More