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Charles Knight
Charles Knight is a co-founder of the Project on Defense Alternatives and a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy. He has served as the President of the Commonwealth Institute which he helped found in 1987. In 1989 he founded the Ground Force Alternatives Project at the Institute for Defense and Disarmament Studies, where he was a Research Fellow. As a follow-on to that project, in 1991 he co-founded the Project on Defense Alternatives.

In his work at the Project on Defense Alternatives he has authored numerous publications and co-authored another thirty. These have been published by the Commonwealth Institute and have also appeared in such publications as Defense News, American Sentinel, Boston Review, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, Social Policy, Boston Globe, International Security, and Dissent.

Mr Knight also edits the Defense Strategy Review Webpage. He has made numerous presentations on peace and security issues at governmental and non-governmental institutions, and during the 1994-1996 period had the honor to consult on stability-oriented security options for southern Africa with the African National Congress and South African Ministry of Defense.

Formerly Mr Knight was a fellow at the Institute for Peace and International Security in Cambridge, Massachusetts; publisher of Working Papers magazine; administrator of the Pequod Counseling Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a research associate at the Cambridge Institute, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Entries by Charles Knight

Choosing war & decline ... or not

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 8:07 PM

We are entering a new strategic era which will have large and lasting effects for the international and domestic policy of the United States.

The foremost indicator of this change is Russia's decision to intervene in the Syrian civil war in support of the Damascus government. This is the...

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Afghan Army Now Ready ... to Lose to the Taliban

(2) Comments | Posted September 14, 2015 | 4:44 PM

One need not be prophetic to sense a bad outcome for the U.S. war in Afghanistan. Almost nothing has gone by plan since the Bush administration joined forces with the Northern Alliance in 2001 to kick the Taliban out of Kabul and into the tribal territories of Pakistan.


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Can 'All the King's Men' Put Iraq Together Again?

(2) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 5:10 PM

Once again President Obama is being sharply criticized by domestic opponents for what Politico calls a 'gaffe' uttered in a press conference in Germany on 8 June 2015:

We don't yet have a complete strategy, because it requires commitments on the part of the Iraqis as...
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Making a Nuclear Deal With Iran Stick

(9) Comments | Posted March 24, 2015 | 4:36 PM

In November of 2014, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to the Jewish Federations of North America's General Assembly saying:

...the worst thing that can happen now is for the international community to agree to a deal that leaves Iran as a threshold nuclear power and removes the...
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Beware the 'New Cold War'

(1) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 11:42 AM

The notion of a New Cold War with Russia first arrived in 2008 with the publication of Edward Lucas' book The New Cold War: The Future of Russia and the Threat to the West. It received some attention at the time, but the cold war construct in its...

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Kerry for Keeping Option to Use Ground Forces 'In the Event Syria Imploded'

(4) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 1:58 PM

When President Obama sent his war authorization resolution over to Capitol Hill he said the purpose of the military action was to "hold the Assad regime accountable for their use of chemical weapons, deter this kind of behavior, and degrade their capacity to carry it out."


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Military Intervention in Syria? -- American People Show Greater Wisdom Than Washington

(2) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 6:19 PM

Advocates for U.S. military intervention in Syria are presently confounded by wide and deep opposition from the American public to additional military interventions abroad. A recent poll by the New York Times and CBS News finds that by better than two to one Americans think the U.S. doesn't...

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Three Leadership Steps for Peace in Korea

(1) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 1:46 PM

Time Urgent

National Security Memo to Mr. Obama, Mr. Kerry and Mr. Hagel

1. Before you take your next steps to deal with the Korean situation reflect on Cold War history of American reaction to our perception of a powerful threat. During the Cold War era...

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Obama Getting Ready to Reduce Nukes: A Step in the Right Direction

(1) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 3:13 PM

President Obama will soon sign a new strategic nuclear directive which reduces the number of enemy target points. This in turn will justify a reduction of about 500 warheads from the deployed strategic forces, as reported by R. Jeffrey Smith of the Center for Public Integrity and

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President Obama Must Prepare for the Sequester Squeeze Play

(5) Comments | Posted February 1, 2013 | 12:53 PM

Congressional leaders, the Pentagon, and a few senior Republican hawks in the Senate are poised to put President Obama in a classic squeeze. The squeeze play in baseball is when the hitter attempts a sacrifice bunt that allows a runner on third base an opportunity to score.

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Making Defense Sense With Budget Cuts

(2) Comments | Posted May 30, 2012 | 11:59 AM

After the U.S. economy slid into the Great Recession in 2008, the federal government's deficit spending and the national debt grew rapidly. President Obama responded to this perceived fiscal crisis by establishing the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, which worked through most of 2010 to craft a bipartisan...

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Regaining Our Balance: the Pentagon's New Military Strategy Takes a Small Step

(3) Comments | Posted January 20, 2012 | 4:19 PM

President Obama wisely invoked the words of President Eisenhower from nearly 51 years ago when he presented the Pentagon's new strategic guidance last week. In his famous farewell address, Eisenhower advised his countrymen to "maintain balance in and among national programs."

"After a decade of war," President Obama

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Are We Ready to Cut Defense Spending? What the Polls Say

(21) Comments | Posted February 8, 2011 | 6:28 PM

Although neither the White House nor Congress seem eager to apply the deficit-reduction axe to the Pentagon's record-level budgets, the American public appears ready. This is the upshot of a January poll conducted by the Program for Public Consultation (PPC), a joint effort of the Center...

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