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Getting "Containment" Right This Time

Philip Seib | Posted 04.08.2014 | World
Philip Seib

"Containment" is dismissed by some today as an archaic strategy. But as it was defined by Kennan it remains a sensible and honorable way to keep rogue states from proceeding too far down a path that could lead to continued tension and eventual conflict.

The Reductio ad Absurdum of Iran Containment

Jahandad Memarian | Posted 04.05.2014 | Books
Jahandad Memarian

The discerning and articulate book Unthinkable: Iran, the Bomb, and American Strategy defends and supports containment policy toward Iran.

The Iranian Deal: Now You See It (Or Do You?), Now You Don't

William Bradley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

There's still a fair amount of mystery around the West's much ballyhooed almost deal with Iran on its hotly disputed nuclear program. Like, what was the deal? And why did it suddenly stall?

From Containment to 'Restrainment'

Christopher Holshek | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

Given the recent behavior of the United States when dealing with Libya, Syria, Mali, Iran, and North Korea, what we may be witnessing is a new way of applying Roosevelt's adage more along more humble lines of practice than seen certainly since becoming the world's only superpower.

In a Future Nuclear Confrontation, Iran and Israel Would Have No Hotline to Avert Catastrophe

Alan Elsner | Posted 10.01.2012 | World
Alan Elsner

In an Israeli-Iranian confrontation, who would their leaders call? How would they communicate? There may be backchannels but these are slow, cumbersome and unreliable. The danger of a catastrophe would be unacceptably high.

Spring Fever, War Fever

Ned Lamont | Posted 05.29.2012 | Politics
Ned Lamont

"I don't oppose all wars," said a young Barack Obama in 2002 during the lead up to the invasion of Iraq. "I am opposed to a dumb war, a rash war," and a war with Iran is dumb and rash.

Intellectual Containment and U.S.-China Relations

Philip Seib | Posted 04.04.2012 | World
Philip Seib

For those attentive to the ongoing intellectual Cold War between the United States and China, Hu's recent words suggest the need for an American equivalent of George Kennan's "X" article of 1947.

Rift Grows Between Government and BP

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

One thing BP has proven without a shadow of a doubt is if you don't ask the right question, they are more than happy to just sit there and not answer the relevant questions.

Explaining BP's Explanation: Next Effort to Stop Oil

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

BP's latest solution may work, but why did it take 2 1/2 months to build? In one of its presentations, BP said that this was one of the first ideas they had. If that's true, why didn't they just build the thing?

BP Blowout: Containment Effort Halted

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

It's time to step back from deepwater development not only until we have a reliable way to keep disasters from happening, but more importantly, until we know how to cope quickly when they do.

BP's Incentive: To Not Capture All the Oil

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

While they have every incentive to get the well killed, BP also has every incentive to not capture 100% of the well flow until they do. As soon as they do, then a real, measurable spill number will be in front of the public.

Obama, Cameron's BP Oil Spill Phone Call: President Tells Britain No Hard Feelings Over Spill

AP | JILL LAWLESS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

LONDON — President Barack Obama reassured Prime Minister David Cameron on Saturday that his frustration over the mammoth oil spill in the Gulf o...


Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

NEW ORLEANS (Associated Press) - A containment cap was capturing more and more of the crude pouring from a damaged oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, but...

The Non-Bush Doctrine: Still Waiting for Obama's

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Leon T. Hadar

That the Obama Doctrine and the foreign policy that the president has been pursuing are closer in terms of substance and approach to those advanced by Bush I and Clinton may sound like very good news.

Three Choices in Afghanistan: Counter-Terrorist War, Counter-Insurgency, and Containment

Howard Schweber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Howard Schweber

The problems that McChrystal identified with the present approach are daunting: a corrupt and illegitimate government, insurgents' use of safe havens in Pakistan, and pervasive fear and mistrust of the international forces.

Let's Not Get Ahead of Ourselves on Cuba

Peter Drivas | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Peter Drivas

By all means, we should look to continue normalizing our relations with Cuba -- however, we ought to do so with caution.