Lazy Allies

Many of our military partners aren’t contributing enough in Iraq and Afghanistan. How should American officials deal with these reluctant friends?

Peacemakers at War?

Obama is taking a big gamble with so many special envoys. Their statecraft experience might improve our global standing—or their monumental egos could lead to a disastrous turf war.

Empire Falls

The United States is in unprecedented decline. Future generations will look back at the past decade as the beginning of the end of American hegemony.

Robert A. Pape

The Replacements

Every president faces the daunting task of putting together a team that can lead America while transitioning to the role of leader of the free world. Given the way the new administration’s cabinet is shaping up and the heap of global crises, Obama

The Age of Woman

Can women keep us safe? For all the talk of a rise of women to positions of power, there is still a dearth of the female perspective in national security. With the unprecedented appointment of three women to some of the highest posts in the new ad

Woodrow Wilson's War

George W. Bush’s decision to invade Iraq was more consistent with the American tradition than many of his critics claimed, and some of his erstwhile supporters wished. The Wilsonians try to distance themselves from Bush, but they wind  up demonstr