The Skeptics

Does Trump Have a Foreign Policy?

The 2016 Republican primary elections in the United States has not only defied all expectations, but has also made mince-meat out of the business of making political predictions. The political pundits that Americans so often recognize on television, whether Democratic or Republican, liberal or conservative, have either been exposed as fools toting the conventional line or partisans hoping that a bombastic self-marketer will crater and lose his chances at winning the Republican nomination.

Kasich's Contradictory Foreign Policy

Now that Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign has stalled on the tracks like the D.C. Metro system, what are establishment Republicans to do? What options are available for the big GOP donors and political strategists who are desperately trying to save the party from nominating Donald Trump—a candidate who exhibits qualities that are the exact opposite of what the Republican Party believed was necessary to win a presidential election after a second humiliating loss to Barack Obama?

The Escape from Hell

Just days ago, in one of the most terrifying and exhilarating nights imaginable, a young Iraqi woman and her family were delivered from the barbaric hell of Islamic State–controlled territory just south of Mosul. After this daring escape, I now know that life for civilians currently trapped under ISIS domination is even worse than has been imagined.

Can Mosul Be Retaken With Magic Beans?

Last week the Hill reported that Department of Defense officials were giving serious consideration to expanding the involvement of U.S. military advisors in Iraq down to brigade level in support of the expected battle to retake Mosul from the Islamic State (ISIS). According to an Iraqi expert cited in the article, having U.S.

There Is Not Enough Scrutiny of America’s Wars

At last year’s annual meeting of the American Political Science Association my Cato colleague Ben Friedman organized a panel to consider the question “Why is there not more scholarly evaluation of war?” The good people at H-Diplo/ISSF Forum invited us to reprise our discussion for a wider audience, and Friedman, Alan Kuperman and Jon R. Lindsay accepted the invitation, offering three distinct answers to the question.