Elephants in the Room

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with National Security Advisor Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster on February 20. (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Grand Strategy Is Overrated

Why President Trump shouldn’t necessarily heed the long-term vision of his own National Security Strategy.

The U.S. capitol building on Sep. 27, 2013. (Getty Images)

Warning to Congress: Bad Iran Legislation Is Worse Than No Iran Legislation

President Trump can’t let the House and Senate play politics with Iranian nuclear deal.

The Israeli flag flies in front of the Dome of the Rock and the city of Jerusalem on Dec. 1.
(Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images)

Will the U.S. Embassy’s Move to Jerusalem Matter?

Israel currently sits athwart two countervailing strategic trends.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, U.S. President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during the South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Manila on Nov. 13. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Australia Is Worried About America’s Ability to Lead

The West needs a strong, committed, engaged White House to hedge against China’s inexorable rise.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks at a Woodrow Wilson Center event in the Reagan Building Nov. 28, in Washington, DC.
(Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Two Cheers for Rex

The secretary of state has been going through a rough patch, but not all of his endeavors deserve to be pilloried.

Afghan security personnel destroy an illegal poppy crop in the Surkh Rod district of eastern Nangarhar province on Apr. 5. (Noorullah Shirzada/AFP/Getty Images)

Kill All the Poppies

There’s no way to ever win against the Taliban if the heroin trade is left to flourish.

A deactivated Titan II  nuclear missile in Green Valley, Arizona on May 12, 2015. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

President Trump and the Risks of Nuclear War

How command and control works when the military wakes up the president vs. when the president wakes up the military.

The insignia of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) on a member's uniform in al-Karamah, Syria on May 10. (Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images)

The Kurdish Explosion Is Unleashing Demons

The United States needs to put a stop to this flashpoint before it’s too late.

People take part in a rally supporting Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández in Tegucigalpa on Nov. 5. (Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images)

The United States Has a Lot Riding on the Honduras Election

Central America isn’t beyond repair, but there aren’t a lot of good people we can work with right now.

A Syrian man holds the Iranian flag as a convoy carrying aid provided by Iran arrives in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor on Sept. 20. (Louai Beshara/AFP/Getty Images)

Does Trump Realize That His New Iran Strategy Could Suffer a Fatal Blow in Syria?

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump holds a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 10. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Trump Will Be Haunted by the Ghost of TPP

Throwing out a global trade deal has enormous ramifications in Asia.

President Donald Trump steps off Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Oct. 16. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Needs to Show That He Is Serious About America’s Rivalry With China

The president should use his trip to Asia to reassure allies and assert U.S. power.

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