Realism & Restraint

The Face of Imperial Overstretch

From Caracas to Tehran, Trump appears to be a caretaker rather than a check on reflexive interventionism.

How NATO Pushed the U.S. Into the Libya Fiasco

Obama officials reveal how relentlessly our ‘allies’ lobbied for this ill-advised regime change war.

The Blob and the Hell of Good Intentions

Stephen Walt takes aim at the dysfunctional caste of privileged insiders who botch our foreign policy and then ‘fail up.’

Walter Jones Cried While the Rest of Them Lied

The late Congressman spent the rest of his life committed to doing penance for his Iraq War vote.

Trump Has a Chance for a History-Making Deal With North Korea

A lot could go wrong at the Vietnam talks. But success could finally bring peace to the Korean Peninsula.

Beltway Warriors Target China as the Next Global Threat

We drained all of our resources in the Middle East. Now we turn further East in search of monsters to destroy?

Trump’s ‘Eyeball-to-Eyeball’ Orders to the Generals on Syria

Despite the storm and fury, the Syria withdrawal policy is unambiguous and going forward.

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When Conspiracy Is The Only Explanation For Failed Neo-Liberal Dreams

It couldn’t possibly be that their Davos ideals were weak. Russia must be to blame.

What if Trump’s Trade War With China Goes Too Well?

A conversation with a former administration staffer reveals a hawkish mindset that could be disastrous.

Washington’s Incoherent Policy Towards Dictators

It’s been either self-serving fawning collaboration or hostile meddling. Will Venezuela be any different?

Trump’s Opportunity—or Peril—in Venezuela

For the first time, he’s setting a bold, well-coordinated foreign policy course. He just can’t let the neocons take the wheel.

Make Congress Vote on Syria and Afghanistan

For those whining about Trump’s foreign policy moves, it’s time to put up or shut up.

Beware the Foreign Regime Change Charlatans

Ahmed Chalabi’s imitators are still trying to pressure America into war with Iran.

Eisenhower’s Nightmare: Space Wars Edition

Trump’s new missile defense plan will be a bonanza for political patronage in Washington, and a huge fail for peace.

Make No Mistake: ISIS Needs the U.S. to Survive

This week’s fatal attack was a calculated event designed to sow chaos amid American withdrawal. And the Blob is responding predictably.

NATO is a Danger, Not a Guarantor of Peace

Status quo supporters like the New York Times poke fun at Trump for even questioning the alliance. But who’s the fool?

Russia Sure Behaves Strangely for a Country Bent on Conquest

Its conduct has been abrasive and aggressive, but there’s no evidence that Moscow harbors expansionist ambitions.