Iranian Resurrection

Iran is becoming a superpower. Funding proxy armies, controlling vital energy hubs and winning the heart of the Arab street, Tehran has created a sphere of influence on an imperial scale. If we don’t do something—and soon—Iran, not China or Russia

Robert Baer

Oil Dependence As Virtue

In short, a world that doesn't need oil may also be a world that doesn't need the United States.

Daniel W. Drezner

Afghan Awakening

Can Kabul be saved? More troops are on the way, but a one-size-fits-all surge is not enough. We also need to change our tactics.

Bing West

The Art of Petraeus

There is no doubt that General Petraeus’s strategies salvaged Iraq. His successes, however, mask a vital policy debate about the future of our armed services.

T. X. Hammes

Russian Roulette

The current conversations of the American political class are frighteningly similar to past black-and-white misinterpretations of fundamental foreign-policy decisions.

Dimitri K. Simes

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.

Andrew KohutRichard Wike

Kabul Goes Tribal

The best way to solve insurgency issues in Afghanistan is to adopt policies that succeeded in Iraq—work with local tribal leaders instead of nation building.

The Maverick's Maladies

While Obama plays it cool, McCain has turned “pitbull” Palin loose. Can the Republican campaign survive on evasiveness and negativity alone?

Russia Makes Partner

With the dust settled from the Georgian conflict, it’s clear that Russia doesn’t have grandiose imperial ambitions. But Moscow does want a seat at the table.