Russia and the Iran Crisis

by Mark N. Katz As tensions ratchet up between Washington and Tehran, Moscow has adopted a more measured approach. Putin, along with many of Washington’s Western allies, has criticized the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action… Continue Reading  

NATO Came and NATO Went

by Robert E. Hunter Lasts week’s NATO mini-ministerial in Washington was designed to inject new lifeblood into the alliance, demonstrate solidarity, and send a message to President Donald Trump. Even though NATO didn’t hold a summit meeting on the occasion… Continue Reading  

Interview with Mearsheimer

by Roberto Vivaldelli John J. Mearsheimer is one of the most important and influential international relations scholars in the world. Last September, he published The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities (Yale Press University), which generated a great debate… Continue Reading  

Waiting for Mueller—and Losing on Russia

by Robert E. Hunter Long-running anticipation of Robert S. Mueller III’s report on the 2016 presidential election has become like a Samuel Beckett play. Indeed, near the end of Waiting for Godot is the following exchange: Estragon: I can’t go… Continue Reading  

Next Steps in Afghanistan

by Alia Ahmed In an about-turn of its two decades-old policy on Afghanistan, President Donald Trump tweeted in mid-December his decision to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan (and Syria). Until September last year, the United States had held firmly to… Continue Reading