Russia Iran Israel

The (Not So) Great Game

Central Asia and the Caucasus, we are often told, are vital political and economic interests for the United States. This is, to put it mildly, a gross exaggeration.

Anatol Lieven

The Folk Who Live on the Hill

Talk of vital interests has become canonical on Capitol Hill. But when pressed to identify these interests, too many congressional Republicans fall silent.

James Kitfield

China's Military, Take 3

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

Bates GillMichael O'Hanlon