Realism & Restraint

The Real Reason Behind Qatar’s Gulf State Freeze Out

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

Troops Now, Strategy Later?

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

Welcome to the Post-Liberal International Order

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

Italy’s Next Crisis Could Be Its Worst

Anarchist violence and Muslim extremism might produce a near-failed state.

John Paton Davies, Foreign-Policy Prophet

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

The Beltway Foreign-Policy ‘Blob’ Strikes Back

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?

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