Dimitri K. Simes

Dimitri K. Simes is president of The Center for the National Interest and publisher & CEO of The National Interest.


U.S. policies have created a risk of pushing two great powers together.

The international system is at a transformative moment. Yet President Obama has failed to set a direction for America.

International trends have become less favorable to the United States. This national vacation from serious foreign-policy analysis in the political arena is both ill timed and dangerous.

Obama’s foreign-policy decisions—from provoking Islamabad to two-timing Beijing to alienating Moscow—lack the strategic long-term thinking the U.S. needs. Hypocrisy and incoherence rule.

One doesn’t need to be a Russian domestic radical or a foreign Russophobe to see major flaws in the way Russia is ruled. The population, however, is satisfied with the status quo...for now.


Notwithstanding the book's shortcomings, Mearsheimer and Walt do perform an important service in pointing out how difficult it is to produce pragmatic decisions based on national interest.


America's reaction to the Crimea crisis risks reducing flexibility on a paramount priority.

The real problems with an intercepted phone call about Ukraine.

"In its totality, Russia’s domestic terrorism problem is more like Pakistan’s than America’s."

By failing to build domestic support for his policies, the president laid the groundwork for the present crisis.

Growing Sino-Russian ties could threaten global stability.

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April 18, 2014