The Promise and Peril of H.R. McMaster

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by William Hartung President Trump’s choice of H.R. McMaster to replace Michael Flynn as his national security advisor has elicited glowing words and sighs of relief among experienced foreign policy hands and mainstream journalists alike, and rightly so. The most… Continue Reading  

Bacevich and Mearsheimer on U.S. Policy in the Middle East

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by Derek Davison With Donald Trump set to take the oath of office and become America’s 45th president in a matter of days, this is an appropriate time to begin to evaluate Barack Obama’s presidency. To help analyze his performance… Continue Reading  

Bacevich and Mearsheimer on Obama’s Legacy

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by Derek Davison With Donald Trump set to take the oath of office and become America’s 45th president in a matter of days, this is an appropriate time to begin to evaluate Barack Obama’s presidency. To help analyze his performance… Continue Reading  

History After “the End of History”

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by Andrew Bacevich The fall of the Berlin Wall in October 1989 abruptly ended one historical era and inaugurated another. So, too, did the outcome of last year’s U.S. presidential election. What are we to make of the interval between… Continue Reading  

Donald Trump and the Swamp of War

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by Andrew J. Bacevich President-elect Donald Trump’s message for the nation’s senior military leadership is ambiguously unambiguous. Here is he on 60 Minutes just days after winning the election. Trump: “We have some great generals. We have great generals.” Lesley… Continue Reading