Michael O'Hanlon

Michael O'Hanlon is the coauthor, with Hassina Sherjan, of Toughing It Out in Afghanistan (Brookings Institution Press, 2010). He is also the Sydney Stein, Jr. chair and director of research for the 21st Century Defense Initiative at the Brookings Institution.


Democrats need to learn that jobs and healthcare do not make up a national security strategy.

SINCE WE last wrote for The National Interest--in the Winter 2003/04 issue ("

How to measure real progress--or lack thereof--in Iraq.

There are 75,000 cruise missiles in the world, and the chance that some could fall into nefarious hands isn't nearly small enough.

A reply to their critics, claiming that James Lilley and Carl Ford miss the forest for the trees.


The U.S.-Saudi relationship is based on more than just oil—it hinges directly on common core interests.


Tales from World War II are tearing East Asia apart. 

The wars are equally unpopular on paper, but not in practice.

What can we reasonably expect in the April 5 vote?

Pushing the Russians for further bilateral arms reduction serves American interests.

Obama’s record to date on Iraq may not be his proudest achievement, but it is a solid and sober one.

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April 18, 2014