National Security Strategy

TOPSHOT - US President Donald Trump takes his place for the family photo on the first day of the G20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany, on July 7, 2017.
Leaders of the world's top economies gather from July 7 to 8, 2017 in Germany for likely the stormiest G20 summit in years, with disagreements ranging from wars to climate change and global trade. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

There Is No Trump Doctrine, and There Will Never Be One

Six months into the president’s term and it’s already clear that small wins and tactical deals do not amount to a strategy of any sort.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 28: President Donald Trump speaks on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Oval Office of the White House, January 28, 2017 in Washington, DC. Also pictured, from left, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Vice President Mike Pence, and White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon. On Saturday, President Trump is making several phone calls with world leaders from Japan, Germany, Russia, France and Australia. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The Hardest Part of Trump’s National Security Strategy to Write

Sometime this year, the Trump administration intends to release the legislatively mandated National Security Strategy (NSS). What will it contain about Russia?

On this episode of The E.R., the Panel joins forces with Lawfare to have a conversation with Bob Bauer and A.B. Culvahouse.

Clean Up on the Foreign-Policy Aisle

Trump’s Cabinet is always at the ready with brooms and mops to clean up the commander-in-chief’s errant outbursts. But does the administration have a real strategy?

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 01:  National Security Adviser Michael Flynn answers questions in the briefing room of the White House February 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. Flynn said the White House is "officially putting Iran on notice" for a recent missile test and support for Houthi rebels in Yemen.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Michael Flynn Resigns as Russia Scandal Dogs White House

Trump’s national security advisor steps down, after misleading the vice president about his conversations with Russian ambassador.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 22: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during an Inaugural Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders Reception in the Blue Room of the White House on January 22, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump today mocked protesters who gathered for large demonstrations across the U.S. and the world on Saturday to signal discontent with his leadership, but later offered a more conciliatory tone, saying he recognized such marches as a "hallmark of our democracy." (Photo by Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)

Trump’s Grand Strategic Train Wreck

Believe it or not, the president has a grand strategy. But it's a nightmarish mess.

US President Donald Trump speaks the ceremonial swearing-in of James Mattis (R) as secretary of defense on January 27, 2017, at the Pentagon in Washington, DC.
The oath was administered by US Vice President Mike Pence (L) / AFP / MANDEL NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The Coming Chaos: What to Expect From Trump’s National Security Team

The way national security policy is made ultimately derives from the tone set by the president and there is no sign that Trump is changing.

President Barack Obama addresses American University's School of International Service in Washington, District of Columbia, U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015. The speech focused on the Iran nuclear deal being debated in Congress. American University was chosen as the venue by the White House because it is where President Kennedy made his famous 1963 speech on nuclear disarmament. President Obama's Iran Deal speech at AU falls on the 52nd anniversary of the signing of the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. Photographer: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg/Pool

Don’t Knock Offshore Balancing Until You’ve Tried It

Whatever you want to call the Obama foreign policy, it has not been a calculated attempt to contain the rise of hegemonic threats.

TOPSHOT - President-elect Donald Trump waves to the media from the steps at the clubhouse of Trump National Golf Club November 20, 2016 in Bedminster, New Jersey. / AFP / DON EMMERT        (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

A Grand Strategy Challenge Awaits Trump

The strategy that has guided post-Cold War presidents thus far may have reached a crisis point.

Bamford Drone Final Flat

Terrorists Have Drones Now. Thanks, Obama.

86 countries have drones, 19 of them armed. Now ISIS wants them too. Is it too late to stop the unmanned arms race?

Bamford Final Flat

Watch Thy Neighbor

To prevent whistleblowing, U.S. intelligence agencies are instructing staff to spy on their colleagues.


How to Read the New National Military Strategy

The newest strategy document contains some stunning admissions, if you know where to look.

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