Battling ISIS: Some Unanswered Questions

by James A. Russell All wars, no matter how long or short they may be, draw on historical and political context that is germane to the application of force in pursuit of strategic objectives. The ongoing American-led bombing campaign to… Continue Reading  

Learning the Wrong Lessons from the Wrong Wars


by James A. Russell The apparent beheading of American journalist James Foley adds a particularly gruesome and tragic twist to the sports event-like reporting of our attempts to thwart the advances of the Islamic State in Iraq over the last… Continue Reading  

The West vs. Russia: Options and Realities


by Robert E. Hunter Less than a month from now, September 4-5, the 28 NATO allies will hold a summit in Wales. It was originally figured to be a “ho-hum” meeting, focusing on the end of the Alliance’s decade-long military… Continue Reading  

Iran Plays a Waiting Game in Afghanistan


by Sumitha Narayanan Kutty It has been a worrisome few weeks for Iran. The negotiations with world powers over its nuclear program are seeing significant differences, there is chaos in Iraq to Iran’s west, and more recently, the political transition in… Continue Reading  

WSJ’s Daniel Henninger’s Reagan


  by Jim Lobe As readers of this blog know, I’m not a big fan of the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board, which pretty much defines neo-conservative foreign-policy orthodoxy and is probably the movement’s single-most influential and effective proponent in… Continue Reading