Trump: The Manchurian Candidate

by James A. Russell Hollywood has always had a vivid and creative imagination in providing entertainment that an adoring public eagerly gobbles up around the world. That imagination, however, has proven prescient on more than one occasion. We are now… Continue Reading  

Trump and the Decline of the West

by James A Russell Donald Trump’s election represents another nail in the coffin of the post-World War II global order that saw a unified West anchor the international system with its centrist domestic political consensus, free trade, and collective security… Continue Reading  

Mosul and America’s Quixotic Search for the “Decisive” Battle

by James A. Russell and Donald Abenheim The Super Bowl-like reporting about the assault on Mosul is regrettably but perhaps inevitably cloaked in America’s desperate search for a clear-cut, decisive battle that will allow the country to bask in the glow… Continue Reading  

Bombs Away! America’s Latest Misguided Strategic Fad

by James A. Russell You know you’re in trouble when a group of State Department diplomats (of all people) join the hawkish consensus calling for an open-ended commitment to start blasting away at Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad. Somehow they think… Continue Reading  

America’s Last Gasp in the Middle East

by James A. Russell The annual spring ritual of America’s would-be presidents and politicians parading before the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) declaring their undying fealty to the Jewish state evokes an odd nostalgia in 2016. All these current and… Continue Reading