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A Reality Check on ISIS

A Reality Check on ISIS

11.20.2014
The focus of our strategy should not be on what we do or do not do with our military. The principal focus of our "fight" should be on getting...
Is Obama Weak on Foreign Policy?

Is Obama Weak on Foreign Policy?

11.18.2014
Despite the rhetoric of Republicans, by historical standards, Obama is a practitioner of militaristic activism.
The Death of Strategy

The Death of Strategy

11.18.2014
I've long resisted the facile argument that there is a fundamental divide in Latin America -- left/right, vegetarian/carnivore, illiberal/liberal,...

Iran: Syria and Iraq the Red Lines

11.16.2014
Currently, the US and Western allies' major campaign in the Middle East is fighting the Islamic State while ignoring to address Iran's...
The United States' Ambiguous Strategy for Dealing With ISIS

The United States' Ambiguous Strategy for Dealing With ISIS

11.14.2014
According to the White House, the decision to send additional military advisors represents a new phase of U.S. strategy in dealing with...

What Berlin (and Brussels) Can Teach Cairo and Washington

11.13.2014
While business and trade promotion may not correspond to our desire for bald action in favor of democracy and human rights, they do, however,...

The United States Should Give China Breathing Room to Rise Peacefully

11.11.2014
The Chinese may be authoritarians and the Americans may be more pluralistic, but China does have legitimate security concerns, and the...

Global Leadership for U.S. National Security

11. 8.2014
The United States is a global power with global interests. Our future will depend on how successful we are in shaping a more stable world,...
The Training Game

The Training Game

11. 7.2014
Two new American generals have been summoned to oversee military training efforts in Iraq. Each will, in due course, be called upon to...

The Two Senate Republicans Who Won on Tuesday Night

11. 6.2014
You can call it a "wave," a "thumpin'," or a "shellacking," but whatever term that the pundits and politicians use, it's quite clear that...
Don't Forget Gaza

Don't Forget Gaza

11. 6.2014
The 1.8 million Palestinians who make Gaza their home are calling for help from anyone that is willing to hear them. What they need is...

More Meddling in the Middle East: Challenges Between Civilian and Military Engagement

11. 5.2014
The U.S. is once again intervening in the Middle East with no plan, no idea, no clue and no thinking about how to shape this into a positive...
Here Come The Hawks: Foreign Policy Under A GOP Senate

Here Come The Hawks: Foreign Policy Under A GOP Senate

Ali Watkins  11. 5.2014
WASHINGTON -- When Republicans take the reins of the Senate in January, they'll bring a new round of international hawks into the upper...
The New Congress and Foreign Policy

The New Congress and Foreign Policy

11. 5.2014
A sea change in the composition of the Congress is always taken to have profound consequences for American foreign policy. Those expectations...