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Commentary

Can Obama Save His Mighty Pivot to Asia?

Not by racking up frequent flier miles, he won't.

Surprise Attack on Iran: Can Israel Do It?

Israel will need to achieve surprise if it hits Iran's nuclear program—yet that's very hard to do.

Missile Defense: A Way Forward in the Gulf

America has long wanted its Persian Gulf allies to work together. Now that they're mad at us, it's happening.

Essays

China's Near-Seas Challenges

A threat to stability—for now.

The Deepening Chaos in Sinai

A security vacuum in the Egyptian peninsula has created a dangerous haven for terrorists and all sorts of illicit actors.

Demystifying Iron Dome

The successful missile-defense system doesn't herald similar gains against ballistic missiles.

Asia's New Age of Instability

Asia’s four pillars of stability, bulwarks of a highly successful regional system crafted and fostered by America, are all crumbling. The region’s future will be shaped and defined by the struggle to replace those pillars.

American Interest, American Blood

The price America pays in blood for its overseas initiatives rarely gets mentioned in political debates surrounding such policies, but it deserves more attention.

All the Ayatollah's Men

Some Westerners are puzzled that Iran’s foreign policy remains as bellicose today as it was in the time of Ayatollah Khomeini. But history shows that the regime’s foreign policy is designed to maintain its ideological identity.

Blogs

China's Taiwan Reality Check

It's time for Beijing to face the facts.

The Forgotten Principles of Deterrence

Even the basics are missing from the Ukraine discussion.

Books & Reviews

Inside the Mind of George F. Kennan

The wisest of the wise men.

Redcoat Leaders Weren't All Dolts

The British generals who lost the American Revolution were hardly incompetent fools.

Dilemmas of the Modern Navy

The maritime services are under growing strain. But is there really no alternative to U.S. sea hegemony in the same form we have seen it in since 1945?

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April 23, 2014