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The Three Faces of NATO

One must wonder why, with the end of the cold war, NATO did not dissolve. How do we explain the organization's transformation and vitality at the end of the twentieth century?

Xenophobia on the Continent

Anti-Semitism is on the march in Europe. But the European’s new turn toward isolationism goes even further than that.

All the World's A Stage: America's Image in the Muslim World

"Simply put, America’s image in much of the Muslim world remains abysmal." With the deepening and unrelenting challenges we face in the Middle East, how much has America’s image in the Muslim world declined?

Double or Nothing

All bets are off when it comes to the U.S. military.

Is This Victory?

Defining what constitutes victory in Iraq is the number one question in American politics. Washington needs to go beyond offering bumper-sticker cliches to provide workable yardsticks for measuring success. Some thoughts on the matter.

Reaganism v. Neo-Reaganism

Reagan knew the difference between a conservative foreign policy and Wilsonian interventionism. Do his soi-disant heirs know it too?


Libya Escalation Inevitable

One way or another, America will have to become more involved in Libya to break the stalemate.

Attack of the Drones

Drone air strikes are the best option against the Taliban and al-Qaeda in Pakistan, and the most humane.

Terror in the Balkans

Forget whatever flavor of the month is making headlines in the Balkans. Guess where the perpetrators of nearly every terrorist plot of the last twenty years got their start?


The Incredible Shrinking Militaries of Europe

The Obama administration would do well to emulate London and its other allies across the pond.

History Lessons and Talking with the Taliban

In short, there really are some lessons from past wars that we would do well to heed in Afghanistan.

Negotiating While Fighting in Afghanistan

Americans like to think of war and peace as two distinct states. But the United States has often negotiated with the enemy while fighting them at the same time—and is doing so again in Afghanistan.

Books & Reviews

Losing Mythic Authority

As a result of America’s misadventures in Iraq and Afghanistan, we have lost the global clout we derived from our role in World War II—for good.

Books: Some Unconventional Wisdom

A review of The J Curve by Ian Bremmer and Winning the Un-War by Charles Peña.  Two authors turn their critical, discerning eye on the foibles of U.S. counter-terror and nation-building strategy. Just one offers a constructive course

Strategic Horizons

Despite predictions to the contrary, America's superpower status remains uncontested.

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April 17, 2014