Donald Trump, the Hawk, Follows His Instincts

by Charles Davis “My original instinct was to pull out,” he said. “And historically, I like following my instincts.” That was U.S. President Donald Trump, talking about Afghanistan, announcing on Aug. 21 that he was prepared to deploy thousands more… Continue Reading  

Has Afghanistan Become America’s Afghanistan?

by Paul R. Pillar Fifteen years and counting.  America’s longest war keeps getting longer.  The very duration of the expedition, with an end no more in sight now than it had been at any of several points one could have… Continue Reading  

The ISIS Phenomenon: How Does It End?

by Graham E. Fuller The ISIS Phenomenon continues to astonish—to notch up innovative new features in Islamist politics that suggest a deepening ability to exploit and feed off long-term accumulated Muslim grievances. What are the logical end-points of extremism at… Continue Reading  

Malarkey on the Potomac

Five Bedrock Washington Assumptions That Are Hot Air by Andrew J. Bacevich “Iraq no longer exists.” My young friend M, sipping a cappuccino, is deadly serious. We are sitting in a scruffy restaurant across the street from the Cathedral of St.… Continue Reading  

There’s a Glaring Omission in the Economist’s Special Report on Iran

by Jahandad Memarian According to a recent special report on Iran in The Economist: “The revolution is over.” The article concludes by suggesting that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s approach to the country’s controversial nuclear program and international relations is a departure… Continue Reading