A War Without Allies

by Mark Perry In late May of 1944, rubbed raw by his country’s disagreements with the Americans over war strategy, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill turned to Gen. Dwight Eisenhower. “There’s only one thing worse than fighting a war with… Continue Reading  

Qatar: The Mouse Whose Roar Might Prevent a War

by Mark Perry America’s 18-year war on terrorism just got complicated—or, perhaps, it just got more complicated. At the center of the complication is the tiny state of Qatar, the Persian Gulf emirate that hosts the sprawling al-Udeid Air Base,… Continue Reading  

Donald Trump’s Marine Corps Presidency: The Few…The Proud…The Unhinged

by Mark Perry Ask anyone in the Pentagon for their opinion of new White House chief of staff John Kelly, and the answer is nearly unanimous: “Kelly is one of the most fundamentally decent people I’ve ever met,” a senior… Continue Reading  

Will the Trump Administration Start a War with Iran?

by Paul R. Pillar The direct stakes in whether the Trump administration adheres to the agreement that restricts the Iranian nuclear program are important enough, in terms of nuclear nonproliferation.  Also important are the opportunities to build on that agreement… Continue Reading  

The Saudi Debacle in Yemen?

by Hooshmand Mirfakhraei The second round of UN-sponsored peace talks to end the nine months of hostilities between the Saudi-supported government of Yemen and the Iran-backed Ansarullah (or Houthi) rebels started on December 15 in Switzerland. The warring sides had reportedly agreed in… Continue Reading