Stoking Middle East Conflicts Has Just Become More Damaging

by Paul R. Pillar The Abqaiq oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia has always been regarded as a vulnerable choke point in the world petroleum trade. Essential for separating harmful gas and stabilizing crude oil to make it safe to… Continue Reading  

Afghanistan: A Failure to Tell the Truth

by John Glaser and John Mueller Speaking to the press in the Oval Office in July, President Trump acknowledged the need to “extricate ourselves” from Afghanistan. “We have been there for 19 years,” he complained. “It’s ridiculous.” This was not… Continue Reading  

Trump Provoked a Crisis with Iran, and Now May Try to Solve It

by Ryan Costello Trump’s firing of John Bolton has single-handedly dealt a two-pronged blow to those in Washington who sought to maneuver him into a devastating war with Iran. Not only has the likelihood of conflict gone down with Bolton… Continue Reading  

The U.S. in Afghanistan: 18 Years and Still Counting

by Robert E. Hunter Always the man of surprises, President Donald Trump this past weekend sprang two: the first to schedule a “secret” meeting at Camp David to try settling the Afghanistan conflict; the second to cancel the meeting and… Continue Reading  

Bolton’s Firing Undermines Netanyahu in Several Ways

by Mitchell Plitnick Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had a very disappointing day on Tuesday. Struggling in the polls a week before the rerun of April’s Israeli national elections, the embattled prime minister was desperate for something to swing a… Continue Reading