Author Archives: Tom Switzer

Dean of the Realists

Owen Harries was Irving Kristol’s friend—and neoconservatism’s foe.

Keep the Aussies Out of Iraq

Taking the terrorists’ bait to re-enter Mesopotamia is neither in America’s interests nor its Anglophone ally’s.

Don’t Isolate Russia

Disasters like MH17 could recur if Washington can’t understand Putin’s interests.

Putin’s Side of History

Russia’s recent actions don’t herald a new Cold War, but a return to great power realism.

Three Realist Lessons From Obama’s Syria Missteps

Whether the deal to dismantle Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles is enforceable and …

‘Fawlty Towers’ in Mesopotamia

The war left Iraq bloody, unstable, and under Iranian influence. But otherwise OK.