National Security Strategy

Sonny Liston lies out for the count after being KO'd in the first round of his return title fight by world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali,  Lewiston, Maine, May 25, 1965. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

America Needs the Muhammad Ali Doctrine

When in doubt, Washington's foreign-policy strategy should be to rope-a-dope.

U.S. President Donald Trump discusses his administration's National Security Strategy in Washington on Dec. 18, 2017. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Should Abide by His Own National Security Strategy

The United States could restore its global influence by adhering to its commitments.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks in the auditorium of Eisenhower Executive Office Building on Jan. 16. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Trump Doesn’t Believe in His Own Foreign Policy. Does That Matter?

The president's policies often deviate from his dangerous preferences. But these divergences present their own problems.

Rep. Ed Royce speaks during a conference on countering violent extremism, in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 23, 2017. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Rep. Ed Royce’s Failure to Hold Trump Accountable Is a Dereliction of Duty

The chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee should use his last year in office to reverse the unprincipled silence and moral weakness of Republicans in Congress.

President Donald Trump and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen meet in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, on Jan. 4. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

If You Thought 2017 Was Bad, Just Wait for 2018

Last year, Trump corroded U.S. foreign policy, but avoided disaster. This year, there are powerful reasons to think that matters will worsen.

President Donald Trump, with National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster, on August 10, 2017.  (Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump Has Set a Scary Strategic Precedent

There's a reason why other administrations didn’t plan national security policy this way.

U.S President Donald Trump speaks about his administration's National Security Strategy at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C, Dec. 18. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

How to Grade Trump’s National Security Strategy on a Curve

Strategizing for this president isn’t easy. But that excuse only gets you so far.

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers a speech on his National Security Strategy on Dec. 18, in Washington, D.C. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Two Cheers for Trump’s National Security Strategy

Its survey of the world is mostly accurate, but the discussion of domestic policy falls flat.

U.S. President Donald Trump announces his administration's National Security Strategy in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 18. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s National Security Strategy Deserves to Be Ignored

The Trump administration claims — and fails — to provide a plan to keep Americans safe.

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of Congress on Feb. 28 in Washington, DC. (Jim Lo Scalzo/Getty Images)

Does Trump’s National Security Strategy Have a Values Deficit?

The administration notices growing competition with authoritarian countries, but skirts around the source of conflict.

The Shanghai skyline on Jan. 18, 2016. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)

Combatting Chinese Economic Coercion in the NSS

The Trump administration needs a robust plan to make sure America remains the world’s most powerful economy.

U.S. National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster gives a keynote speech in front of the Jamestown Foundation in Washington, D.C. on Dec. 13. (Eric Baradat/AFP/Getty Images.)

The Guerrilla Campaign Against McMaster Is Alive and Well

Now critics claim the national security advisor is hurting efforts to recruit senior White House intelligence advisors.

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.

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., Max Boot joins us to discuss his new book "The Road Not Taken."

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?

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