Reflections on “Peace” in Afghanistan

by Andrew Bacevich When the conflict that the Vietnamese refer to as the American War ended in April 1975, I was a U.S. Army captain attending a course at Fort Knox, Kentucky. In those days, the student body at any… Continue Reading  

Selling Oil From Our Strategic Reserve Is a Bad Idea

by Thomas W. Lippman Whatever else he may decide to do is response to the attack on Saudi Arabia’s critical oil installations last weekend, President Trump has already made one shortsighted, ill-advised decision.

To Make a Deal with Iran, Consider Culture, Not Cliche

by Siamak Tundra Naficy When U.S. economic sanctions, military threats, and outright demands fail to ensure political success with Iran, there may be a temptation to put down Schelling and Clausewitz and instead pick up Franz Boas. While an understanding… Continue Reading  

The Emperor’s New-Old Nuclear Clothes

by Helena Cobban How is it still possible to write a lengthy article about the military/strategic dynamic among the triad of Israel, Iran, and the United States while making zero mention of Israel’s robust nuclear-weapons capability? New York Times staffers… Continue Reading  

The Encirclement of Saudi Oil Production by Iran

by Jean-François Seznec The latest attacks on the Arab Gulf oil industry seems to be part of a strategy by Iran to warn the Gulf states that it can block all oil shipments, if it sees fit.