Author Archives: Daniel R. DePetris

Trump’s CIA Director Reaches Out Directly to Iranian Foe

Mike Pompeo broke with recent protocol, and that’s not a bad thing.

Putting Meat on the Bones of ‘America First’

Trump’s new National Security Strategy tries to lay out a coherent vision. But will it matter?

The Drama Over ‘Rexit’ is All About Iran

The president wants a more ideological Iran policy. If Rex Tillerson is pushed out, he just might get it.

President Rushes to ‘Gitmo’ in NYC Terror Reaction

There’s a reason why there won’t be an orange suit for Sayfullo Saipov.

We May Miss Rex Tillerson When He’s Gone

The reportedly disgruntled secretary of state has been a crucial check on Trump.

Dictators Know That Only Nukes Will Save Them

This is how the North Korea stalemate happened.

Will Congress Finally Reassert Its War Powers?

For the first time in decades, new legislation aims to curtail presidential prerogatives.

The Case for Talking to North Korea

All diplomatic options should be exhausted before considering the use of military force.

Mission Creep in Syria

Why are U.S. soldiers now acting as peacekeepers?

Why John Bolton Isn’t Part of the Trump Administration

There isn’t much in the man’s worldview that rings consonant with President Trump’s “America First” foreign policy.

Why Trump Must Define the Mission in Afghanistan

After 15 years, the first campaign of the War on Terror is on autopilot.

Time for a Change at NATO

Too many powerful members are shirking their defense commitments.

Think Before Sanctioning Russia

Our anger at Moscow is justified, but punishment shouldn’t be our sole objective.

Arming Ukraine Is a Bad Idea

Sometimes, not getting involved is the right move.

The Ineffective War on Terror

More defense spending will not stop terrorism.

Suing Saudi Arabia

Under new legislation, the 9/11 families could turn to the courts.

The All-Purpose Authorization of Military Force

Fifteen years later, it’s time for Congress to do its job.

Obama Goes Nuclear

To secure his diplomatic legacy, he’s leveraging his power to the extreme.

The Hawks Are Still in Charge

Last week’s GOP discussions should end all doubt.

Paul Ryan’s Bad Idea

Tying the budget process to the GOP legislative platform brings only pain.

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