John Mueller

John Mueller is senior fellow at the Cato Institute and professor of political science at Ohio State University. Together with Mark Stewart, he is the author of the recently published Terror, Security, and Money: Balancing the Risks, Costs, and Benefits of Homeland Security (Oxford University Press, 2011).


A nuclear Iran may not be the biggest threat to Israel. Fear is a danger in and of itself.

Public enemies are unlikely to obtain nuclear weapons, despite widespread fears to the contrary.

The attacks on Washington and New York were the first of their kind; they may also be the last. A case against rushing to conclusions.


A look at the evolution of U.S. public opinion on engagement abroad.

The president's big speech failed to address the reality of terrorism.

The aftermath of the Boston bombings saw more measured opinion than prior attacks.

If the past is our guide, we may want to stop worrying and love—or not hate—the bomb.

Blog Posts

We are asking the wrong questions when it comes to our safety.

Terrorism alarmists strike again.

Contrary to Panetta's claims, there is no need to reach complicated agreements before getting rid of unnecessary weapons.

The questions no one is asking about Iran.

War on a massive scale is increasingly unlikely. Washington should stop spending as if it were around the corner.

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April 18, 2014