The Days of One-Way Pain Are Over

by Gary Sick The Global War on Terror (GWOT) has operated from the start on the unspoken assumption that the enemy—usually scattered and primitive—was unable to strike back effectively. U.S. drones keep watch 24 hours a day over al-Qaeda hideouts… Continue Reading  

The AI Wars

by Allegra Harpootlian and Emily Manna Here’s a question worth asking about America’s seemingly endless global conflicts: if you kill somebody and there’s no one there (on our side anyway), is the United States still at war? That may prove… Continue Reading  

How the Private Sector Supports Authoritarians in the Arab World

by Charles W. Dunne When the global resilience of authoritarianism and its causes are considered, the role played by governments, leaders, and international organizations and their policies in confronting or abetting dictatorships worldwide is often the focus of discussion. President… Continue Reading  

The Coming of Hyperwar

by Michael T. Klare There could be no more consequential decision than launching atomic weapons and possibly triggering a nuclear holocaust. President John F. Kennedy faced just such a moment during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 and, after envisioning… Continue Reading  

Entertaining Our Way into Falsehoods

by Paul R. Pillar Long after Donald Trump leaves office, analysts will continue to discuss the roots of his presidency’s excesses and outrages. They will offer explanations about larger phenomena in politics and society that go beyond Trump himself and that… Continue Reading