Watching My Students Turn Into Soldiers of Empire

By Danny Sjursen Patches, pins, medals, and badges are the visible signs of an exclusive military culture, a silent language by which soldiers and officers judge each other’s experiences, accomplishments, and general worth. In July 2001, when I first walked through… 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  

Without Regional Stability, The Resurgence Of The Islamic State Or Emergence of New Terror Groups Is Inevitable

By Shireen T. Hunter The death of Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State (IS), is good news. However, it would be a mistake to think that his demise means the end of IS. Even if IS… Continue Reading  

The Gathering Threat of Domestic Terrorism

by Emile Nakhleh The recent mass murder at Walmart in El Paso was an act of terrorism, not much different from similar international terrorist attacks. Terrorizing innocent civilians, whether domestically or internationally, and spreading fear among the populace for whatever… Continue Reading  

U.S. Iran Policy Gives Me Vertigo

by Gary Sick Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the entire U.S. government insist that the United States has authorization to strike Iran at will since, among other things, it temporarily sheltered some al-Qaeda leaders when the United States invaded… Continue Reading