Eurasia’s Great Game and the Future of the China-Russia Alliance

by James M. Dorsey Addressing last year’s Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, then US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis dismissed fears first voiced in 1997 by Zbigniew Brzezinski, one of America’s greatest 20th century strategists who advised US presidents Lyndon B. Johnson… Continue Reading  

The Rise of the Hardliners

by Bob Dreyfuss Here’s the foreign policy question of questions in 2019: Are President Donald Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, all severely weakened at home and with few allies abroad, reckless enough… Continue Reading  

Trump Punts on Syria

by John Feffer Donald Trump wants to pull U.S. troops out of Syria as quickly as possible. Well, it’s Wednesday, so that’s what the president wants now. Tomorrow, who knows, maybe he’ll insist that Syria pay for the pullout. Maybe… Continue Reading  

Media Worried US Won’t Occupy Syria Forever

by Gregory Shupak In December, President Donald Trump said that he planned to withdraw the US troops from Syria, which number between 2,000 and 4,000. Trump’s claim was widely condemned in corporate media, demonstrating the commentariat’s shared belief in American… Continue Reading  

Mattis Resigns: Sky Will Not Fall

by Paul R. Pillar   Take a deep breath, everyone, while contemplating the rapid-fire events that have culminated in Secretary of Defense James Mattis submitting his resignation. Mattis is a distinguished public servant and an uncommonly knowledgeable warrior. Although he… Continue Reading