Realism & Restraint

Not One More American Life Should Be Expended for Afghanistan

There is no hope of victory in the war against the Taliban today.

Why America Must Put Interests Before Ideals

Both are important, but prioritizing the latter leads to needless humanitarian wars that don’t work.

Yes, the Press Helps Start Wars

History shows that a jingoistic media can whip up support for hardline policies, as Trump rightly pointed out.

The Trump Doctrine Has Foreign Policy Elites Pulling Out Their Hair

But his policies are, in fact, right out of the standard GOP playbook.

The Much Diminished Russian Bear

Putin might be loud and disruptive, but he’s hardly the neo-Soviet menace that many Westerners see.

What Everyone Seemed to Ignore in Helsinki

The Washington establishment came to their own conclusions about Russia and NATO—but this is what they missed.

America Doesn’t Need Another Weakling NATO Ally

Macedonia is the latest nation invited into the alliance, but how does that enhance America’s (or Europe’s) security?

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Yes, We Should Call Them Imperialists

Neoconservatives like Max Boot are fooling themselves if they think imposing ‘values’ on the rest of the world isn’t a matter of empire.

Forget Trump: The Military-Industrial Complex is Still Running the Show With Russia

As the media fulminates, they fail to see how Trump has kept the usual machinery running.

Trump Needs to Put Up or Shut Up on Russian Arms Race

If he doesn’t, the nuclear buildup he so callously advocates will become a reality, with Moscow several laps ahead.

Rediscovering the Art of Diplomacy With Vladimir Putin

Trump has the opportunity for his greatest foreign policy accomplishment yet.

How U.S. Iran Policy Hurts Iran and America

It started with the Iraq War, which enlarged Iran’s regional power.

Forget War: Containment is the Best Way to Deal With North Korea

If it worked during the high stakes of the Cold War, it can work now, too.

Did Trump Really Hand Asia to China During the Kim Summit?

Beijing policymakers may not be as happy as the headline writers think.

Confronting America the Torturer

Despite Gina Haspel’s promises, we are in real danger of further excursions into the dark side.

Trump Will Never Get a Better Deal With Iran

And any agreement with North Korea will probably look like the JCPOA he despises.

Why Foreign Policy Realism Isn’t Enough

Realists need to provide something more than cold balances of power: a sense of morality.