Tom Switzer

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Dean of the Realists

Owen Harries was Irving Kristol’s friend—and neoconservatism’s foe.
Tom Switzer November 23, 2015

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.
Tom Switzer March 5, 2015

Don’t Isolate Russia

Disasters like MH17 could recur if Washington can't understand Putin's interests.
Tom Switzer July 28, 2014

Putin’s Side of History

Russia's recent actions don't herald a new Cold War, but a return to great power realism.
Tom Switzer March 5, 2014

Three Realist Lessons From Obama’s Syria Missteps

Whether the deal to dismantle Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles is enforceable and verifiable is an open question. But what…
Tom Switzer September 26, 2013

‘Fawlty Towers’ in Mesopotamia

The war left Iraq bloody, unstable, and under Iranian influence. But otherwise OK.
Tom Switzer March 19, 2013

Baghdad Isn’t Berli

Free elections and popular power entail grave risks for the Middle East.
Tom Switzer May 23, 2005