A New Decision to Go to War in Syria

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by Paul R. Pillar Behind a façade of continuity, the deployment of U.S. armed forces in Syria for the purposes that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson described in a speech this week represents a departure from what such forces were… Continue Reading  

A Second Korean War?

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by Rajan Menon Most people intuitively get it. An American preventive strike to wipe out North Korea’s nuclear bombs and ballistic missiles, or a commando raid launched with the same goal in mind, is likely to initiate a chain of… Continue Reading  

Trump’s National Security Strategy: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

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bu Robert E. Hunter The Trump administration’s recently issued National Security Strategy for 2017 has already sunk from public sight. Judged by its content, that is as it should be. As The New York Times reflected when the NSS was… Continue Reading  

The Trillion-Dollar National Security Budget

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by William Hartung You wouldn’t know it, based on the endless cries for more money coming from the military, politicians, and the president, but these are the best of times for the Pentagon.  Spending on the Department of Defense alone is already well… Continue Reading  

The Legacy and Lessons of Zbigniew Brzezinski

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by Robert E. Hunter Zbigniew Brzezinski’s funeral last week at Washington’s St. Mathew’s Cathedral was characterized by The New York Times as remembrance of “a Lost Era…a bygone political moment most [of the mourners] seemed to prefer.” That was true… Continue Reading