Realism & Restraint

Will Congress Finally Reassert Its War Powers?

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

The Dangerous Reality of an Iran War

A new war in the Persian Gulf could start accidentally—and would take a toll on U.S. forces.

Reagan Redux at the Pentagon

Why Trump is attracted to Cold War tactics, including big defense spending

How to Engage North Korea

Isolation has failed. Talking might help.

Why Are Women in Combat?

The Pentagon cares less about equal rights and more about maintaining recruiting for endless wars.

Making France Great Again

The nationalism of Cardinal Richelieu still inspires the French.

How Trump Can Defeat ISIS

Attacking Iran will not win the war on terror. Working with Russia and Syria might.

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