Churchill on Democracy: Lessons for Today

by Larry Garber Five years ago, during a previous government shutdown, I used my downtime to research one of the most frequently cited quotes about democracy, which I then shared with a small group of friends and colleagues. Given the… Continue Reading  

Creating a Perpetual War Machine

by Andrew Bacevich The purpose of all wars, is peace. So observed St. Augustine early in the first millennium A.D. Far be it from me to disagree with the esteemed Bishop of Hippo, but his crisply formulated aphorism just might require a… Continue Reading  

Trump and May: A New Special Relationship?

by Robert E. Hunter “Special relationship” is used so often to describe Anglo-American ties that it has long since become a cliché. But it still has force, reflecting not just tangible interests but the intangibles of culture, history, and shared… Continue Reading  

Democracy, the “Great Debates,” and China

by Graham E. Fuller The “Great Debates” between candidates Clinton and Trump encapsulate what is wrong with the US political process. There’s been little substance; it’s all about personalities and sound-bytes and gotcha. Never mind the grand issues of our… Continue Reading  

Iran Deal: Overture to the Middle East Grand Opera

by Robert Hunter The US debate on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran is in full swing and will not be resolved soon. That must wait until the final vote in the House and Senate on whether to… Continue Reading