Don’t Make It About the Oil

By Paul R. Pillar Confusion has prevailed regarding the purposes of the U.S. troop presence in Syria, and whether the declared purposes are the actual ones. Originally the expedition was widely understood to be all about combating the Islamic State… Continue Reading  

Pushing NATO into the Persian Gulf

by Paul R. Pillar Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper is in Brussels this week for a meeting of NATO defense ministers, with the Turkish incursion and related events in Syria likely to figure prominently in the discussions. But Esper… Continue Reading  

Impeachment and the Integrity of Foreign Policy

by Paul R. Pillar Amid the stream of impeachment-related developments in recent weeks is a largely overlooked contrast with the cases of the three previous presidents who have faced impeachment: U.S. foreign relations are at the center of the impeachment… Continue Reading  

Who, and What, Identifies a Threat?

by Paul R. Pillar Among the roles that the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff plays is that of “global force integrator,” which entails setting priorities in addressing threats around the world and recommending where to deploy U.S. military… Continue Reading  

The Shortsighted Debate on Syria

by Paul R. Pillar President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from the border region in northeast Syria is exceptionally rare in drawing fire from Republicans at least as much as from Democrats who oppose him on a multitude of… Continue Reading