Mattis Was the Best Secretary of Defense Trump Could Have Had
In grading him, we must adjust for the difficulty of the assignment.
Americans’ Blind Faith in the Military Is Dangerous
U.S. citizens show deference to the armed forces regardless of their political persuasion. Their willingness to let the generals decide is a threat to the democratic tradition of civilian oversight.
How the Generals Are Routing the Policy Wonks at the Pentagon
At stake is civilian control of the military.
Give John Bolton a Chance
If you squint at Trump’s new national security advisor, you might see some silver linings.
General Erdogan’s First War
Turkey’s Islamist president is the first civilian with control over his country’s military – and you can tell by the results.
Does the Military Need a Micromanager?
The Trump White House has delegated enormous responsibility to the Pentagon to look after itself, with predictable results.
Here’s How Trump’s Ban on Transgender Service Members Can Serve as a Teaching Moment
The way the president rolled out this decision is almost a textbook example of how not to make difficult decisions on military policy.
All the President’s Generals
There’s some reason for concern about the balance of America’s civil-military relations, but it’s the civil side we should be worried about.
The United States of Myanmar?
A federal system of government may be Myanmar's best step forward towards national unity and a more robust democratic process.