Repairing the Damage: What Democratic Candidates Ought to Talk About

By Paul Pillar The contest for the Democratic presidential nomination has had the unreal quality of not focusing on what the eventual winner will have the power to do, and will be most pressed to do, as president. Instead the… Continue Reading  

Servants of the U.S. National Interest

By Paul R. Pillar The roles of national security professionals who spend careers in government have gotten increased attention lately, mainly because some of their number have been thrust into an uncomfortable spotlight because of the possible impeachment of Donald… Continue Reading  

Don’t Make It About the Oil

By Paul R. Pillar Confusion has prevailed regarding the purposes of the U.S. troop presence in Syria, and whether the declared purposes are the actual ones. Originally the expedition was widely understood to be all about combating the Islamic State… Continue Reading  

Pushing NATO into the Persian Gulf

by Paul R. Pillar Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper is in Brussels this week for a meeting of NATO defense ministers, with the Turkish incursion and related events in Syria likely to figure prominently in the discussions. But Esper… Continue Reading  

Impeachment and the Integrity of Foreign Policy

by Paul R. Pillar Amid the stream of impeachment-related developments in recent weeks is a largely overlooked contrast with the cases of the three previous presidents who have faced impeachment: U.S. foreign relations are at the center of the impeachment… Continue Reading