Realism & Restraint

Trashing the Conventional Wisdom on North Korea

Three steps toward solving the current crisis.

Yes Congress, Afghanistan is Your Vietnam

Does any member have the courage and vision to take responsibility?

Don’t Whitewash the Hiroshima Bombing

It reveals a dangerous strain of vengeance in U.S. foreign policy.

The Real Scandal: Americans Don’t Care About Afghanistan

Will kids who weren’t yet born when the war began have to fight it?

Is the Military Losing Its Ability to Fight Capable Foes?

We need to refocus on future existential threats.

9/11 Doesn’t Justify Today’s Wars

Kill the 2001 authorization for war.

Don’t Be Fooled, There Is No ‘Diplomacy’ With North Korea

Some would prefer a preemptive attack.

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Hint: Al Jazeera, Muslim Brotherhood, and the Arab Spring.

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The U.S. has exhausted its strategic options in Afghanistan.

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Liberal states must prepare for competition from non-Western world systems

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He thought about world affairs the way that Americans should think about them—with both clarity and humor.

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A Washington think tank calls for more of the same failed intervention.

Trump’s New and Misguided Respect for NATO

What happened to the president who promised to make Europe pay for its own defense?

Washington’s Shameful Fondness for Saudi Arabia

Why is Trump expanding the U.S. alliance with the Kingdom?