It's taken a long time for Germany and Japan to recover from the Second World War. After enduring the indignity of military occupation, they regained sovereignty only by guaranteeing against future threats to peace. Germany's new constitution only authorized military force in self-defense or in collaboration with collective security agreements. Japan's Article Nine went further, "forever renounc[ing] ... the threat or use of force as a means of settling international disputes." But this post-war settlement is unraveling before our eyes. The Obama administration must learn to distinguish the urgent from the truly fundamental. Unless it rethinks our traditional post-war partnerships, it risks an authoritarian Japan and a profoundly alienated Germany -- destroying one of the greatest legacies of the twentieth century.
Thank you Tim Howard. Thank you Team USA for uplifting a nation and for roundly sending to history's trash heap the ignorant allegation that soccer is "a sign of the nation's moral decay."
The general population should tune in at this critical juncture in the policy debate, as we so enthusiastically do for Laverne Cox on Netflix. The time is now for New York to step up and finally help transgender citizens.
With world leaders, east and west, voicing their concerns to China, it may well be Japan's strengthening of its neighbors, such as the Philippines, Vietnam and Indonesia, that will give China pause.
I have written about Chuck Hagel's declaration that the ban against transgenders in the military should be "reviewed" and that "every qualified Americ...
No one said the "sausage-making" of public policy is interesting to watch, but it is nonetheless a vitally important part of the legislative process.
While the notion that transgenderism is mainly if not entirely a medical condition may have helped remove a little bit (though certainly not much) of the stigma attached to being a trans person, it also limits us. And it will limit the military.
African American female servicemembers comprise the highest percentage of women in the military.
While there is an inherent asymmetry between U.S. and Chinese military capabilities in related technology, this should not be used as an excuse by the Chinese leadership to avoid a more open engagement with the United States in the coming months and try to break the cyber stalemate between the two rivals.
The United States' desire for a de-escalation of tensions in Asia has become recently more acute due to the unfolding deterioration of diplomatic relations with Russia under the leadership of Vladimir Putin over Ukraine.
America is once again getting a lecture from a client state in the Middle East. This week's lecturer is Egypt's president-in-waiting, a man who should be before a court in The Hague for the worst repression in his country's modern history.
Next Thursday, May 1, is the National Day of Prayer -- that abhorrently unconstitutional congressionally mandated day each year when our government tells us all that we should pray.
This is a critical time for the the Asia-Pacific Pivot. Which is, of course, America's shift from its fateful post-9/11 fixations with the Islamic world of the Middle East and Central Asia to the rising Asia-Pacific.
A bitter extended exchange between two very old friends from Capitol Hill's contingent of Vietnam vets -- Secretary of State John Kerry and Senator John McCain -- captured the spirit of anger and disarray that presently characterizes America's geopolitical posture.
Both leading U.S. cabinet offices concerned with international security are joining in a steady drumbeat of calling China to task for its aggression just as President Obama prepares to travel to Asia.
Co-authored by Dr. Stephen Bryen, Chairman, Ziklag Systems Rachel King and Danny Yardon of the Wall Street Journal have done some excellent reporti...