Can Donald Trump Make His Short and Long Game Work in the Middle East?

by Eric Bordenkircher The U.S. decision on October 13th to withdraw its forces from northeastern Syria is prudent and long overdue. The maintenance of U.S. forces in Syria was becoming increasingly precarious, and America does not need to wake up… Continue Reading  

How the Blob’s Lawlessness Brought Mayhem to the Middle East

by Robert Wright This week’s abrupt withdrawal of US troops from a Kurdish enclave in northern Syria inspired a variety of criticisms, as politicians and commentators of all major ideological stripes condemned Trump for ordering it.

The Real Cover-Up

by Andrew J. Bacevich There is blood in the water and frenzied sharks are closing in for the kill. Or so they think. From the time of Donald Trump’s election, American elites have hungered for this moment. At long last,… Continue Reading  

American Exceptionalism and the Myth of Abandoned Victory

by Siamak Tundra Naficy A commonly held view, popular both in the United States and abroad, is that for the past 70 odd years, the U.S.—guided by its principles and values—has used its military force and economic strength to craft… Continue Reading  

A Balance Sheet on America’s “War on Terror” in the Middle East

by Charles W. Dunne Eighteen years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the United States remains engaged in a multi-front war against a multi-faceted extremist-terrorist threat, much of which emanates from the broader Middle East and North Africa.… Continue Reading