The Skeptics

Pulling a Fast One in Afghanistan

I have just returned from a discussion of U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan hosted by the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. The meeting of 25 or so journalists, think tankers, and current and former government officials featured introductory remarks by Gilles Dorronsoro, visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment, and FDD's Bill Roggio. FDD President, Cliff May, moderated the session.

No Aid for Pyongyang

The so-called Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is one of the world’s poorest nations. An estimated 600,000 or more people died as a result of famine in the late 1990s. Malnutrition and even starvation reportedly again stalk this tragic nation.

Playing Fast and Loose with Terms like “Revolution”

Last month, when I began following the developments in Egypt, I was reluctant to use the term “revolution.” It was far too early to tell whether the world would stand witness to fundamental changes in that country’s dominant political institutions, social order, and government policies--transformations typically associated with a term like “revolution.” Perhaps it would not go that far and remain an “uprising” or “re

China’s Increasing Assertiveness and Its Implications

Beijing has surprised a good many international observers by sending a warship to waters off the Libyan coast. There is a perfectly reasonable explanation for that step, since there are some 30,000 Chinese nationals living and working in Libya who may need to be rescued from the chaos in that country. Nevertheless, it is an unprecedented step for the Chinese navy.