Permanent Warfare as Normality

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by Paul R. Pillar The newest issue of Foreign Affairs features the theme of “America’s Forgotten Wars,” with a cover illustration that juxtaposes a carefree scene of Americans enjoying a picnic with that of American soldiers fighting and incurring casualties… Continue Reading  

Americans Wrote the Russians’ Material

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by Paul R. Pillar Russian interference in domestic American politics is a large and complicated story that the media and independent analysts are only beginning to understand fully. Some of the lessons and implications of that story, especially as it… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Speech on Iran: Warmed-Over Rejectionism

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by Paul R. Pillar Donald Trump’s speech on Iran is the latest chapter in his struggle to reconcile his overriding impulse to destroy any significant achievements of his predecessor with the fact that the most salient of those achievements in… Continue Reading  

The Operational Code of President Trump

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by Paul R. Pillar Press reports indicate that later this week President Trump will “decertify” the nuclear agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), relying on a clause in the relevant review legislation that permits the president… Continue Reading  

NMDB and the JCPOA

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by Paul R. Pillar A major theme of those seeking to kill the Iran nuclear agreement, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), is that Iran is doing lots of other things, especially in the Middle East,… Continue Reading