As a young reporter in political Washington in the late 1980s, I noticed that there was a type of person who thrived in the driven, transactional environment of the capital.
The United States needs to put a stop to this flashpoint before it’s too late.
Policymakers must articulate the “why” informing a strategy and periodically revaluate whether it is achievable and what ought to come next.
Without a plan for countering Iranian and Russian interests in Eastern Syria, the administration could find itself in a very bad place in the Middle East.
A month after its independence referendum, Iraqi Kurdistan is seeing its economic future threatened.
And Western countries need a plan to defuse the threat they pose.
The war against the Islamic State concealed the Kurds' political and economic weaknesses. The loss of Kirkuk has made them impossible to ignore.
China is the biggest threat to the U.S.-led global order. But America keeps getting distracted.
Our propensity to see the world in terms of good and evil might be described as a shared, though ill-defined, moral conviction so strong that it blinds leaders to the complex motives, interests, and perspectives of other actors.
After decades of tension and years of U.S. prodding, Riyadh and Baghdad are mending fences.
Five questions to help understand what exactly America’s latest Middle Eastern war has, and hasn’t, accomplished.
The "sacred trust" between military families and the commander in chief provides secure ground
The war in Iraq won’t end as long as the United States avoids deciding what it wants there.